After an exceedingly drizzly and cooler-than-average spring, summer suddenly arrived about a week ago in a whoosh of hot air. Here in southeast Pennsylvania we went from early spring to mid-summer like bada-bing bada-bang and let there be 90 degrees!
When the weather gets warm the thoughts of many people, including Mrs. Working Stiff, turn to air conditioning. Our house has central air of course, but while the first floor will be pretty much whatever temperature we tell the thermostat to maintain, the upstairs is another matter entirely. A warmer matter. Our master bedroom is fairly large and has three windows facing roughly north. That room can really heat up over the course of a long sunny day. We can feel the AC coming out of the registers, but simply not with enough power to really cool the room. So, like many homes in the same development as the Chateau Working Stiff, we install a window unit for the summer. The window unit does a pretty good job of cooling the room down for sleep-time. Also, I’ve moved it back and forth between our third window and its winter home in the garage enough times now that it really isn’t an ordeal. (Let’s not sugar-coat it, it’s all relative. Anyone who has ever installed a window AC unit knows that it isn’t exactly high on the Fun-O-Meter!)