Frustrating 1952 HOUSE!!!
This is the 3rd consecutive HOT Texas summer we've spent so far in our home (built in 1952; 1,600 sqft). The pier & beam house is an "L-shaped" ranch style (mostly brick/stone) and has never cooled or heated properly since we've lived in it. The inside Heat/AC unit is positioned towards one "end" of the home in a small hallway closet surrounded by our 3 bedrooms and 1 small bathroom. At the other end of the "L" shape is our den, laundry room, and 2nd bathroom. The areas in between include our kitchen, dining room, and front living room. The house gets hotter the farther away from the unit you get.
Just before our current heat wave hit, we decided to bite the bullet and get some work done to the AC--obviously in hopes that it would make our home COOL this summer. We have the expensive electric bills each time this year...so why not make it worthy and have a COOL house?!!?!!
Well, we're about 6 weeks past the repairs and it is barely better than before. We had the coil in the furnace unit replaced (leaking and dirty); the furnace closet properly sealed inside and more ventilation area added; and all the air ducts redone. Also, something on the outside unit was clogged?...and thus fixed after I complained at the lack of improvement with the initial repairs.
From May 26 to June 26, we used almost 2,800kWH of electricity......our unit can not maintain a cooler temperature of 79 to 82 degrees (depending on how hot it gets outside). Also, this is the thermostat reading located in the bedroom hallway...the cooler part of the home! I'm dreading our next electric bill...its been hotter since that meter was read last! It seems like the unit never shuts off!
I am no energy consultant/expert here, but we're bound to be experiencing INSULATION problems, or the lack there of!!! Can or would anyone please direct me in the right direction to tackle our HOT issue? Thank you!!! AMBER