This may sound weird but my wife and I live in a restaurant.

  • Well, that may be a bit misleading.

What is now our home was once a busy diner in a once small town. Now, the restaurant has been long gone and the little town has now been swallowed up by a metropolitan area. Progress, or what is accepted as progress, never stops I suppose. The building is awesome and is part of a revitalization project. So, we jumped a the opportunity to be living right in the midst of what is becoming a thriving and progressive community. The problem was of course money. Or the lack of money would be more precise. Our renovation budget became stretched wafer thin from the very beginning. And that was before we even addressed the HVAC situation. Our common living area and kitchen are on the first floor. There is still a working central air system which handles heating and cooling adequately on the first floor. However, our sleeping quarters are upstairs without any sort of HVAC. Initially, we attempted to use those old window a/c units. But that only worked if we stood right in front of it. So we tried adding fans all over the 2nd floor. This helped a bit but we knew there was no way we could survive a July and August up there without some real HVAC cooling. An HVAC tech I know came over to have a look at our situation. I was hoping he might be able to rig the central air system to blow upstairs a bit. Turns out that is impossible. Instead, my buddy suggested we buy a mini-split heating and cooling system. These systems don’t need any ducts to do the job. Plus, my friend said that he and I could install it on a Saturday. It was that easy to install.
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