It was in the high 90's in my section of New England this weekend. As much as I love summer and the heat, it was wayyyyy to early for this type of weather, and it's official, we are in a heat wave with the temperatures not expected to drop until Wednesday.
I spent most of yesterday afternoon in the cool of the living room with the shades drawn, a large glass of ice tea and watched old DVD's. My Air Con unit (3,000 or 5,000 BTUs) is one I broke down and bought last year at Target. It's designed for a small bedroom, even my small house is almost too much house for it to cool completely. It does make a dent into the heat, sucks out the humidity and keeps the dogs and myself comfortable. I much prefer fans and a breeze, but no air was moving yesterday-None, on went the AC.
When I bought the AC last year, I was starting to doubt my purchase judgement skills, remember I was in the middle of filing bankruptcy and doubting every purchase I had ever made (I was seriously stressed). A spell of hot and humid weather and after 5 very sleepless nights, I broke down one afternoon in the Target. This AC got very mixed reviews (of course I read them AFTER the purchase), and could have made it to the "stupid purchase classification". It was on sale, I was hot, tired and cranky. The unit was "on special sale". I dragged out my debit card and bought the unit. I was lucky, the little $79 A/C works just well enough to keep the house (and more importantly, the dogs) comfortable. It does not fall into the "stupid purchase" category.
Why did I write this? It's about planning and research. Pre-bankruptcy, post bankruptcy, debt reduction, increasing savings, what ever. If you are planning on making a major purchase or almost any purchase, you have to do your research. IF I had been smarter, I would have taken the time to research small window A/C units. I MAY have opted for a different brand than the one I got based on the reviews. I know the Target return policy, the unit was on sale, and for the reasons above, I jumped on it and bought the unit. I was lucky, this until turned out to be OK and does the job I need it to do.
Moral of the story, you have to do your home work, whether it's buying a car or buying an Air Con unit. Hope you are staying cool where ever you are.