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A/C: What, me worry?

So despite dire warnings ... I mean, it's been HOT, I'm not saying otherwise ... but I guess it's been OK here:
Friday: 87/66
Saturday: 94/71
Sunday: 96/72
Monday: 92/69

And it's cooler today. This is probably why I don't run out and buy air conditioners like I keep threatening to. Our heat waves don't last that long. Besides, I just know that when I do buy one, it will suddenly become 70 degrees for the entire rest of the summer. Scoff, do you? I got one from a friend in 2002 over 4th of July weekend, on the hottest day of the year. Didn't even plug it in, and the heat broke the next day and stayed below normal the entire rest of the summer. Everyone (but me) scowled and had to wear long pants.

Yes, there are other issues, such as having to figure out how to put one in the window, and then block off the rest of the window opening (which I'd rather not do, but would have to so bugs didn't get in). There's the whole electrical situation: Not only would I need a new electrical outlet installed on its own circuit, but I have a fusebox instead of circuit breakers, and I intend to eventually replace that, and why not wait to rewire and get the circuit breaker box together. Finally, central air would be the best solution anyway.

But really, those are just rationalizations. The real reason is, I'm afraid of screwing up summer for those folks who want it warm.



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Jul. 18th, 2006 07:13 pm (UTC)
Food for thought...
Depending on how your fuse box is set up (circuits being used, etc.), you can still have the new circuit run for air conditioning. If/when you decide to switch out your fuse panel for a breaker panel, the wiring stays the same. (No different from the other circuits that will be switched to breakers.)

Thought #2 is to ask yourself why you're planning to switch over to breakers. Pros: You don't have to worry about stocking the correct fuse; it's easier to tell when a breaker is tripped than when a fuse has blown. Major con: Fuses are actually safer, since they blow faster than a breaker trips- possibly providing that crucial nanosecond between a minor shock and a fire-starting arc.

Next week in Electricity 101 - Why Kitchen Forks Make Lousy Circuit Testers...
Jul. 18th, 2006 07:54 pm (UTC)
Re: Food for thought...
Safer, huh.... I had no idea. I was just figuring the breakers were more modern, therefore better... see what I know....

Fortunately for me, the previous owner left me a whole bunch of spare fuses of both sizes needed (blue and orange, 10 amp and 20 amp, I think).

Are there any code implications to keeping fuses? That wouldn't be an issue till I sold the house, of course.

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