Remembering your questions, I made a side trip yesterday at Sam's
Club to check out their window AC units. Some suggestions and
observations that resulted from what I saw:
1) 5000-6000 BTU window units were about $90 and had SEER
ratings of 9.7 to 9.8.
2) 10,000 BTU window units were about $170-$190 and had similar
3) I would expect prices at WalMart to be about 10% higher?
4) There was a decent supply and selection still available.
5) All units were the sort in which you must install some permanent
bracketing to support the unit. You should consider if this is
the type that you would prefer. Many small units have accordian
side pieces and are designed to pop in and out of a window very
easily and quickly. I prefer the highly portable units for folks
such as you. At the end of the cooling season, the units can be
removed quickly and there is no evidence that they were ever in
6) All units that I saw were 120v. Avoid 240v units unless you want
to do some house wiring.
7) As I indicated in another post, I would suggest crunching your
own numbers and not hiring a pro to evaluate your requirements.
At Sam's Club prices, you can purchase 2 small units and a larger
10,000 unit for $360. For your modest AC requirements, you may
determine that those 3 units would be very adequate. No matter
what you compute, you probably won't be off by much if you make
a reasonable effort to compute carefully. And the money you save
by not bring in an HVAC pro will cover a large part of the cost of
your AC purchase.
8) Both Sam's Club and WalMart have online sites where you can
search for AC units, check prices and place an order. Obviously,
you must be a Sam's Club member (or have a friend who is a member)
to order from their site.
9) You can wait until December to save a few bucks on your AC. You
can also do all of your restaurant dining at 4PM or 11PM to save a
few bucks on meals. Personally, I make a purchase when I need it.
If you wait until winter to buy the AC units, how much will you actually
save and will it be worth going through the rest of this summer without
10) Sam's Club (and WalMart) have powerful floor fans for about $30.
Those help move the air around the house quite well. Do you have
central forced air heating? If so, running the furnace fan continuously
when the AC units are in operation helps move the cool air throughout
the entire house, if that is your goal.
Jim McLaughlin wrote in message ...
Here in the Pacific NW we usually have no need for AC. Yet the older I
get, the more the rare 100+ day affects me. We are going through a series
of 3 or 4 of those days now.
So I'm thinking about the room AC option. I'm not intending to stay in this
house more than another 8 - 10 years, so I don't think the whole house AC
opton really pans out
Any one have any links to sites that purport to give fomulas fo determining
what sze BTUs) unit for what siz spaces?
House is a tri-level. Main level has 24' x 12' living room; 12' x '12
dining room, 14' x 12 kitchen, and a sort of 8' x 6' foyer that leads to
staircases up and down.
Upper level has hall that runs almost width of house; master bedroom and
bath, about 20' X 14'; at one end of hall; largish bedroom at other end of
hall about 14' x 12; smallish bedroom next to that about 10' x 12'; full
bath about 6 ' x 8' .
Lots of doors, etc off that hall to rooms.
Lowest level has short hall at bottom of stairs running along the width of
the house from left to right; 12' x 22 family room with big french door set
with side lites that open, no other windows; full bath and laundry room
opening off middle of hall and another large ish 14' x 14' (?) bedroom off
other end of hall.
I'm thinking unit in upstairs master bedroom;
unit in LR and unit in downstairs large bedroom?
Opinions, thoughts, guidance, heat jokes all welcome.