“Heated” discussion

It's time I threw my two cents into the air conditioning discussion from Dan's blog (see http://blogs.msdn.com/danielfe/archive/2004/07/30/201459.aspx)

So I think what this discussion thread is really missing is a mention of cost/benefit analysis. I think for the type of house Dan and Angie are getting it costs about $5000 for good A/C. In my 3 summers in Seattle I feel like I would have turned the A/C on for maybe 15 days. That works out to over $300 per night. I can get a hotel for less than that and that doesn't even take into account the cost of electricity, noise, maintenance, etc. Of course, there's the value you add to your property and I am from Florida so my tolerance is probably higher than most... but it simply isn't worth it in my opinion. Besides - with Dan and Angie moving into my neighborhood in a few months I can just mooch off of them any time it gets warm. <g>

For a geek solution to the problem, check this out:
If I string together a series of powered USB hubs I figure I can create a comfortable array of fans for well under $5000 - and they should all be API addressable which means I can write an application which optimizes the heat flow pattern in my house. That's a lot more fun that just installing A/C, isn't it? 🙂

Comments (6)
  1. Eric Newton says:

    Ok that was geekish!

    "Optimize for heat flow patterns" LOL

  2. Personally I believe I will not go another summer in Florida without air conditioning in my car. I went through 4 years in Florida traveling to college and back without air conditioning and I will not do that again. I applaud any geek that chooses to be comfortable and use modern technology to keep them comfortable. I am just too much of a wimp to go without air conditioning. I have lived here in Florida for about 6 years so I am accustomed to the heat, doesn’t mean I like it though. This is of course my opinion and you are welcome to yours. But hey there are geeks out there that are too wimpy and cannot stand the heat and humidity of Florida without air conditioning.

  3. Brian Keller says:

    Richard I think you misunderstood – I am FROM Florida but now I live in Redmond. If you came up here to live you would also probably have no problem surviving a Seattle summer sans A/C.

  4. Ron says:

    I’m not so sure about that, Brian. It’s been my experience everyone eventually adjusts to their local climate. The tolerance to heat becomes relative to the area in addition to their own personal tolerances. Dan and Angie very well may *need* A/C for their own well-being.

  5. Brian Keller says:

    I see your point, Ron, and I agree in principle. However, given that Dan and Angie are going to take shelter in their air conditioned house from here on out while I continue to sweat out the 15 nights that get toasty, I maintain that I will retain my tolerance for warm weather while they become ever more reliant on A/C.

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