How’s the weather where you live? Here in the heart o’ Texas, it’s the usual hotness level for late July. That has made working in the office in Cameron an interesting proposition for us, because the downstairs air conditioning and heat are not functional (upstairs works fine).
We’ve been limping along in the basement by keeping the upstairs from getting too hot, so it won’t radiate down, installing fans in each of our offices, and using a dehumidifier. That thing does a great job of making it feel cooler without changing the actual temperature. It only takes a couple of hours for it to extract a full tank of water from the air, and I think the tank holds two gallons (maybe one). I highly recommend this solution, which will let you set your air conditioner higher yet keep you comfortable.
We lucked out one day when Lee tried the ancient wall unit in the conference room and discovered it still worked. So, when we are in the office, that thing blasts out cool air that eventually leaks out into the main area. It helps, at least.
A More Permanent Solution
Thankfully, now that a few properties have sold, we have some funds to work on the Hermit Haus building. Most assuredly, improving the air conditioning situation was number 1 on our to-do list.
We had our favorite A/C tech, Felix, in Cameron over the weekend to take care of a duct-work issue found in the inspection on the Washington house (we’re glad they found it! that’s what inspections are for!). He took care of that, and wow, it’s going to be cool and efficient for the new buyers!
While he was in town, he met with Lee about the Hermit Haus/old church building. After a thorough investigation, they decided that they could simply replace the old downstairs system, rather than build a new one (which would have required structural changes and permits and all that). We’ll get a new heat pump that is energy efficient, put in efficient ducts, and have a really nice looking setup. Lee still plans to remove the remaining ceilings in the basement, so the ducts will be part of the decor, you know, like modern offices.
I’m not real fond of the exposed air conditioning ducts trend, but I’ve grown used to it in my Austin job’s office (I still hate the ugly, non-stained concrete floors). And an added benefit is that if something comes detached or gets damaged, we’ll know right away!
As you may imagine, Mandi and I are anxiously awaiting Felix’s bid, so we can get this work done as soon as possible. We know it will be a mess, but since we’re also starting work on the offices this weekend (more on that tomorrow), we’ll just have to live with mess.Hermann says please like and share!