Tuesday, September 23, 2008


That's how we'll be this winter.

Yesterday, I wrote a check for $2,000 for a down payment for our new furnace and air conditioner. Upon completion, we'll owe another $4,000. We'll get some good rebates, which will help.

We believe our furnace is original to our house, which was built in 1976. We had a new air conditioner put in three or four years ago, but it has been nothing but problems. I've spent hundreds of dollars getting it fixed. We really had to debate getting a new AC, but we figured it would be cheaper in the long run.

Our new furnace is very efficient. Without getting the specs out, I can't remember the numbers, but it's going to be so much better than our current. The installer swears our gas bill will go down this winter. That remains to be seen.

We're also getting an air cleaner. That wasn't specifically in his written estimate, but when he was at the house yesterday, he told me it was included.


It took us a long time to save up for this. It will be very nice to not put it on the credit card. Of course we'll be flat broke again, but for once we did something right.

I'm dreading winter. Minnesota winters are hard because there's not a lot of sun and it gets so nasty cold. However, I'm thrilled we'll be nice and toasty this winter! And cool next summer!


Carole said...

Start saving and come to warm Delaware in February. Well, it might not be warm but it could be. It could be 50 or 60 or 70 but it might be 40 which would be cold for us, or we might have a snowstorm and get a few inches of snow while you're here. But it would be fun! And I know the sun will be higher in the sky here then there. And we'd love to have ya here.

Kate in NJ said...

Ah...warm is good.Our furnace is original to our much older house,
and we would like to replace it with one more efficient one day, but it works and is not all that inefficient(natural gas burning hot water base board)
so it won't happen any time soon.Unless it doesn't work when we turn it on this year.:-(
I should try it out soon I suppose.