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Old 06-23-2020, 09:55 PM   #46
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Just blind luck... it was the first hit on a Google search!

Anthony Thompson, "pretty much alive"
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108F outside and 82F inside. 13% RH outside, 38% inside. Not too bad.
It's amazing how the human body can adapt. I was cold at 73F a few months ago.









Firehouse siren just went off. 110F tomorrow.
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it's dry heat. in a more humid climate 82 would be far too hot indoors, hard to get indoor rh much below 50%.

your climate is probably good for swamp coolers but they may not be a good idea if california has water supply/resource problems.
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These numbers are without the new A/C, so I'm pleasantly surprised. It would be 114F inside without the weak A/C, based on last Summer's power outage.
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Okay, today is 88F but the indoor temp is 81F, not unlike the days with much higher temps. what would explain that? Is it the insulation keeping the temp lower?
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I am shocked that an opinion question had gotten so many responses.
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I am shocked that an opinion question had gotten so many responses.

I'm surprised so many sleep so cool!
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Okay, today is 88F but the indoor temp is 81F, not unlike the days with much higher temps. what would explain that? Is it the insulation keeping the temp lower?

Insulation, plus the A/C can reject more heat at the cooler outdoor temp.
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We turn the upstairs thermostat as far down as they'll go in April-May. Usually by May the downstairs thermostat goes from 60*F to as far down as possible as well.

It's hard to read what our temps are on a regular basis. Our outside thermometers often read over 100*F but the weather says it's 70*F. The house usually stays around 69-70, too hot for my husband to sleep, so we have the windows open up there at night and close them during the day. (Of course, land of the midnight sun, so the windows are basically open from like Midnight to 6AM lol) This seems to "trap" the cooler air inside and keeps the house survivable heh
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Usually you want to stay within 20 degrees of outside temperature. So, if it is 100 outside, it would be ideal to stay at around 80 inside. If you go too low, you risk putting too much pressure on the unit. This would also cause in a much higher cost of running. Here is a little breakdown of how power consumption can be calculated of your AC unit.
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Usually you want to stay within 20 degrees of outside temperature. So, if it is 100 outside, it would be ideal to stay at around 80 inside. If you go too low, you risk putting too much pressure on the unit. This would also cause in a much higher cost of running. Here is a little breakdown of how power consumption can be calculated of your AC unit.
Maintaining a greater than 20f temp difference doesn't "put too much pressure on the unit".

People in phoenix don't maintain 90f inside when it's 110 outside.

The high side pressure is actually slightly lower with a lower return air temperature - capacity is slightly reduced though.

The greatest concern is condensation forming inside walls when it's humid outside and the warm air leaks in and hits cold surfaces. not an issue in california.
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Well, I could be happy a little warmer, but have a relative living with me who requires January in July, so it's kept at 65 or lower (which requires moving the stupid wireless thermostat around to warm points near windows to keep the AC running).
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If this 101F with a dew point of 72 degrees and heat index of 110 persists i may be changing my plan. I know, i know, those conditions are only bad on the east coast.
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Our wall A/C (faces east) is set to 74 F. Its on from morning til we retire to bed. We have a stand fan to help with distributing cool air.

We usually wear shirts and shorts indoors. Doesnt take a lot to feel cool.

Our portable A/C in the bedroom is set to 70 F and blows air directly towards us. Theres also a ceiling fan directly above us. We like being bundled up under a fluffy comforter all year round.

When I look at our monthly electricity consumption, its stayed at $0.10/kWh over the years.
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