Long day. Should be writing, but it’s hard to clear my head on or after a busy day at work.
Ursa and I are in the only air-conditioned room in our house. She was just terribly hot, and she was breaking my heart. So we’re hanging in the bedroom, keeping it chill. I wish we had central air, because the window units in/window units out part of our annual homeowning cycle is quite tedious. Also, we never get around to it until one of us (me, yes) cries and says I’m dying.
Or we have house guests. Looks like we’d better get on that main AC unit this week, or there will be more than one person crying and dying in our house this weekend.
Also, Ursa is hot. She can’t help it. She’s a black dog. You try wearing a black fur coat during a Chicago summer. She’s taken to hiding out in our bedroom. Even without the AC on, our bedroom is often cooler.
My dog is SMRT.
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My furry friend suffers from black coat condition too. I asked the groomer if we could shave him, knowing the answer was no. He is a short hair dog. But only if she knew his pain, she might have hesitated a moment before saying no.
And we're back in the bedroom this evening, too. I can't stand to hear her pant. Our poor dogs! Ursa also has short hair. But she likes to play in the baby pool.
Lori, fans help dramatically, working with AC to make it even cooler. Good return on energy usage. So if you don't have some good fans, I'd recommend investing in them. We have one window AC unit, one ceiling fan, and four standing fans. Temperature is reasonably pleasant in house.
Iggy, as you know, is not only a dark dog but a fluffy one, gifted with both long hair and an undercoat (great hanks of which have been ejected all over my house for the past two months.) And I really dislike being in any environment over 70 degrees. So every spring I install two window unit ACs – one normal-to-smallish one in the bedroom, and a large one in the living room. And that living room AC is pretty much running all the time (on energy saver mode), and keeps most of the house quite temperate. Neither girl nor dog complains too much, and the summer electricity bills aren't actually that high.I agree it's a pain in the arse though. I'd love to install central air one day, but for bungalows with baseboard radiators, if you want to keep the integrity of the structure you've gotta do a space-pack that involves a converter in the attic and costs a whopping 10,000 bucks.
We have an AC in the bedroom and have an AC to put in the living room that takes care of most of the house, but we have to be smarter about when to put it in. When it's already stinky hot, you don't feel like doing it. We are idiots. We do this every year.Fans we have. It pushes the hot air around. Ursa doesn't see to appreciate the fans.