Not getting with the program

Take that, “SmartHours”!

I am NOT, however, going to hew to the “set it to 80 for the hours of 2 to 7 pm” like some power companies recommend. When I come home, hot and tired, from doing fieldwork or teaching in a hot building, I don’t want to have to wait several hours to be able to cool myself off again.

When it gets up around 110, you’re going to end up with close to 80 anyway: these semi-miraculous machines can only do so much.


  1. fillyjonk »

    9 July 2014 · 1:57 pm


    Even more: the booklet that came with the thing suggested 85 when you were out of the house and **80** at night when you were trying to sleep. In fact, I don’t think they suggested setting the thing below 80 at all. Or above 65 in the winter…..

  2. fillyjonk »

    9 July 2014 · 1:59 pm

    I will say, so I won’t make Al Gore cry so much, I DID set it to only cool to 80 for 7 am to 3 pm, when I am reliably out of the house. I might go up to 82, even, if the 80 degree experiment goes okay.

  3. CGHill »

    9 July 2014 · 2:34 pm

    No sacrifice is too great, if it keeps Average Al in his private jet.

  4. fillyjonk »

    9 July 2014 · 2:37 pm

    Hey, if he’s on the jet, he’s not talking all over the teevee. I count that a win.

  5. Francis W. Porretto »

    9 July 2014 · 3:33 pm

    “these semi-miraculous machines can only do so much.”

    But how much depends on which one you have. I have a 4-ton Lennox Signature that will reliably cool the house down from 100 to 65, and has done so recently, to the great improvement of our sleep.

  6. CGHill »

    9 July 2014 · 3:38 pm

    A four-ton box might be overkill for my little one-story ranch, but I can see going to a three (up from two) when the current machine finally dies.

  7. fillyjonk »

    9 July 2014 · 7:28 pm

    I dunno, in the past my smallish unit (snerk. Yes I am 12) seemed to do a decent job, I could keep the place below 80 even on days over 100.

  8. CGHill »

    9 July 2014 · 7:33 pm

    Worst case I remember was during one of the back-to-back Summers from Hell when it got up to 111 or thereabouts and the best the machine could provide was 78-79.

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