I just got a call from the new maintenance supervisor at the college and it looks like we are finally going to get a new air conditioner for the downstairs. We had to replace one last summer and the one they used to replace it has just NOT done the job. It barely cools one room and we need it to cool our entire downstairs. They'll be bringing us the new AC this afternoon. I know it's not the most efficient way to cool a house, but it's worked pretty well for the time we've lived here. I could have gotten them to put another AC in the front of the house, but we have wiring issues and we thought it might be too much of a strain on things to have two units working at the same time. (During certain cycles of the washing machine the house lights will dim and flicker. Weird.)
When this house was originally built, there was no air conditioning, but it was built with the windows and doors in strategic places to take advantage of cross breezes to keep the house comfortable. Unfortunately for us now, we can't open all the windows, so without air conditioning it would be unbearable in the house during the summer.
I think I've mentioned before that we don't own this house. It belongs to the college where The Professor is employed. It's been a nice arrangement for the most part, but on the other hand, this house is pretty much low priority for maintenance and improvements.
I would love to live in a place where I wouldn't need the AC in the summer time...like Flagstaff! Or up in the mountains of North Carolina around Maggie Valley.