Justin du Coeur (jducoeur) wrote,
Justin du Coeur

The *real* environmental challenge for me...

In honor of the day *after* Earth Day, I notice what's really going to be my challenge as far as being good environmentally: the air conditioner.

I have *always* worked in air-conditioned offices -- that generally follows from being in the computer industry. So today I am reminded of the one interesting problem of my new office. I'm set up in the great room, which is comfy and all, and allows me to be a bit social with msmemory when she's home. But it's also basically an Easy-Bake Oven, with windows and skylights and no attic above it. Once the tree next to it comes into full leaf that will help, but the fact remains that it's the hottest place in the house.

We've got central air in the house, so the temptation is always going to be there to use it. But I'd prefer to learn where my limits really are, and not succumb to that too easily. Experimentation is called for. Between the ceiling fan and the cross-ventilation, I can get air movement. I don't have to dress in office clothes -- when I'm working from home, shorts at work are a perfectly fine option. For *some* kinds of work I can probably retreat to the family room downstairs (which is always far cooler), although there are some network issues that make that only a partial solution.

It'll be interesting to see where my tolerance really is. I'm sure I'll still be turning on the AC when it hits 90, but it would be nice to keep it off on the 80-odd degree days like today.

(All that said, I may have to investigate ways to move the build server downstairs to the basement, since it's not especially happy in this heat...)
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