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05 July 2006 @ 05:57 pm
Back in Georgia  
...when did it get so blasted hot?

The main floor of The House In Indiana (THII) stays beautifully cool even on the hottest days. The upstairs, though, is a different story. Even at that, when night falls and it cools off a little the whole thing becomes comfortable very quickly. We didn't turn the air conditioning on at all until the third day, and that only because it was very humid and we were running in and out so the humidity worked its way in.

Right now, the A/C doesn't cool the upstairs very well at all - there is a distinct thermocline as we climb the main stairs. We're likely to have to actually put in a unit in the attic so that the cold air can flow down instead of successfully resisting futile efforts at pushing it up from the basement.

Don't ask me about knob and tube wiring and the effect it has on insurance companies. Don't ask me about crawling through old roof space access hatches to try to trace said knob and tube wiring. And, most of all, don't ask about discovering that one set of wiring is about twice the length one thought is was, half of that very well hidden and inaccessible.

We had a good time and worked very hard (ladyat has much more to show for it than I do, as I am still missing the function of 4 of the 36 circuit breakers).
 
 
 
Kathryn: Ren faire chairdancingwriter on July 5th, 2006 10:56 pm (UTC)
Welcome back!

My father-in-law says there are only two things he hates about Georgia: July and August.
cflutecflute on July 6th, 2006 12:03 am (UTC)
Knob-and-tube is just fine as long as it still works. There's a bit of such left in my 1910 craftsman, as it happens. The one problem with it is that it isn't grounded wiring, so unless you're planning to rewire (or get a partial rewire to a new sub-panel, which is what I did), you'll have a bit of a problem with things that have three-prong plugs, like computers, printers, and UPS/surge supressors.
Bill Suttonbedlamhouse on July 6th, 2006 01:59 pm (UTC)
It isn't my problem, it's the insurance company's problem. Well, except for the grounded outlet thing, but previous owners have added at least one properly grounded circuit to each room so that can be worked around.
FilkerDavefilkerdave on July 6th, 2006 01:44 am (UTC)
Is there, offhand, a vent fan in the attic? My dad put one into my folks (small) Long Island ranch, and that keeps the attic MUCH cooler, it's controlled automatically by a thermostat.
markbernsteinmarkbernstein on July 6th, 2006 03:54 am (UTC)
I am still missing the function of 4 of the 36 circuit breakers

To be honest, Bill, we've known that for years, and were too polite to say anything. :-)
Rika, the bardling: Cobweb Fairybardling on July 6th, 2006 06:57 am (UTC)
Ok, now I'm going to have to look up what on earth knob and tube wiring is...
Occam's Pyramidoccams_pyramid on July 6th, 2006 10:06 am (UTC)
I gather the US electrical system is *very* different from both the UK system and the German system.
Marybraider on July 6th, 2006 11:58 am (UTC)
One other cause of warm upstairs is a need for more insulation at the roof line. Try that before another air conditioning unit.
Bill Suttonbedlamhouse on July 6th, 2006 01:06 pm (UTC)
In this case I don't think that's it. Considering there is a full-size attic above the second floor, adding in that you can barely feel the air coming from the second-floor vents when the fan is full-blast, and finally that I cooled the attic with a window unit that is up there and still did not get good cooling on the second floor, I'm pretty certain we're dealing with a circulation issue. There are no air returns on the second floor, either.

That's one piece of Georgia technology that I will "introduce" to Hoosierland. Down here it is standard to figure the cooling requirements for a 2-story house, cut them in half, and install two units (one for main floor and one for upper floor) of that size. Same power but MUCH more efficient - heat from the bottom unit, cool from the top one.
70bilbo on July 13th, 2006 05:58 pm (UTC)
knob and tube
Got the same thing on my new(built in the 1890's) house. It seems like they've done two upgrades but never bothered to get ride of all the old knob and tube in the attic. I've been told before I can insulate up there 'I really ought to fix that'. The joys of home ownership.