I waited a long time to finally buy a central a/c for our home.
In my local area, the Winter time weather is the main concern, and we often are forced to rely on the oil furnace for six to around 9 months.
The temperature remains steadily below 0 and sometimes dips into the negative digits. The wind chill makes it feel even chillier and it can be dangerous to spend any time outside. Because of this, I spend a small amount of money on our heating bills every year. I certainly didn’t want to face the cost of operating an a/c in the summer. Plus, our hot weather doesn’t really last all too long. At most, we get several weeks of temperatures and humidity that cause discomfort in the house. The price tag of central cooling didn’t seem worth it to me. However, a few years ago, the Summer was positively horrible. By early May, the temperature was steadily rising into the mid eighties. By the end of the month, it had soared into the low nineties with terrible humidity. We had condensation pouring down the windows and sweat pouring down our faces. It was impossible to get comfortable or get a night of sleep. Box fans and window a/cs couldn’t keep up. I finally couldn’t stand it anymore and in early summer, I called a local Heating and A/C corporation for a no charge quote. The cost of replacement wasn’t as much as expected. I was able to take advantage of a manufacturer’s rebate that made it especially cost effective, and now we have central a/c in the home!