My dad is stubborn. He has been retired for years and is slowing down a bit. Mom wants an air conditioner at least in the bedroom so she can sleep better. They have casement windows, and a window unit costs a fortune for that type of window. You can get one for a standard double-hung window for about $200. It is about three times that much for windows that open vertically. He said he won’t pay more for the same thing made to fit a different window. I called a place that does AC installation in NYC to see how much central air would cost.
I figured that since they already have a forced-air heating system, then adding an AC unit would not be outrageous. After all, they do not have to run new ducts. It is just putting coils inside on top of the furnace and the unit outside. A little plumbing with copper tubing and wiring a junction box is all the extra they need. They already have a four wire cable running up to the thermostat to add an AC system. Plus, I changed their thermostat for them awhile back, and it is ready to be hooked up to AC.
My wife and I decided to give it to them as a Christmas, Anniversary and birthday present. They do not really need anything other than for an AC system to cool off the house. I was always miserable in there growing up. I remember the fans in the windows and fans on the floor and still sweating trying to sleep at night. It would get so hot in that upstairs bedroom. Now that they are older, they need to be in a more controlled climate. Well, they will have whole house air conditioning by the weekend. Dad asked me what to do if he feels cold as mom just starts feeling comfortable. I ordered him a nice heavy sweatshirt online. Not sure if he appreciated the humor though.