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  1. Mar 20, 2017 #61 of 125
    Rich

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    Must be wonderful living there. I've heard the same thing from folks that live down the shore here, but I grew up down the shore and I gotta call BS to that (not to what you wrote). I have heard many good things about the weather where you live. Expensive tho, no?

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  2. Mar 20, 2017 #62 of 125
    inkahauts

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    Depends on where along the coast he lives for how expensive it is. Some areas yes some areas kinda but not cramped and more laid back. (Capistrano beach area for one example)

    But I still believe you need ac along the beach in Southern California. There's usually a 2 to 4 week stretch where it can get very hot and humid. Doesn't last long but it's unbearable if you are a senior. (I'm not but my grandmother was having a very hard time during those hot stretches without ac when she lived there for a couple years. She was around 89 then )
     
  3. Mar 21, 2017 #63 of 125
    Rich

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    Sounds like the Jersey Shore. I was thinking about San Diego last night. Pretty far south. Must have mostly winds from offshore, no? When the sea breeze is coming in, the Jersey Shore is cool. When it comes off the land it can get really uncomfortable and the fly population makes itself known. Gets pretty nasty and not a lot of places have A/C units. My brother lived in Atlantic Highlands for many years and they didn't have one A/C unit in the house. They just endured those miserable nights. I'm not into enduring.

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  4. Mar 21, 2017 #64 of 125
    jimmie57

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    It is imperative for me here. I actually bought 3 window units when hurricane Ike came thru here. They are 110 volts and my portable generator will run them. If my AC goes out I stick them in the windows and plug them up.
    After Ike my daughter and her family came over and I gave them my bedroom. We all had a window unit keeping us cool and keeping the humidity down. They were cheap insurance and easy to put in and take out of the windows since each of them are about 50lbs to handle.
     
  5. Mar 22, 2017 #65 of 125
    Rich

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    Can't imagine what it must be like to lose power where you live and not have a plan B. I've got 3 sump pumps (punishment for being dumb enough to buy a house so close to a river) and in storms they have to run. I gave up on the portable generator I had and had a whole house generator installed after Sandy. Cost more than we wanted to spend, but...peace of mind and all that.

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  6. Mar 22, 2017 #66 of 125
    jimmie57

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    Very miserable. We are all terribly spoiled to the good life for sure.
    The generator I have will run the refrigerator, 3 window ACs, 1 TV system and 1 Computer system with ease.
    The main problem is that if you need it after a hurricane gasoline is hard to find. If the station has no power then no gas. If the station has power everybody has already been there and no gas.

    I have thought about getting one that hooks up to the Natural Gas line but I use it so rarely. It has ran maybe 14 days in it's lifetime including after hurricane Ike.
     
  7. Mar 22, 2017 #67 of 125
    Rich

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    Mine is hooked up to natural gas and we don't get much use out of it. Good selling point when you're selling a house, but not worth what we paid for it. My wife wouldn't agree with me, peace of mind and all that.

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  8. Mar 22, 2017 #68 of 125
    Lord Vader

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    Is it a Generac? I was eyeing one of those to power my whole house.
     
  9. Mar 22, 2017 #69 of 125
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    I have a whole home Generac with whole home transfer switch. Had it 5 years and never needed it for the big hurricane's as we have been lucky. It probably has about 20 hours on it total but will admit, when the power goes out for minutes or hours, the auto switchover and life carries on with only a 10 sec interruption is nice
     
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  10. Mar 23, 2017 #70 of 125
    Lord Vader

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    I was looking at one of those. They aren't cheap, though, that's for sure. MSRP is around $3600 for one of the whole house ones for a house of my size. Then there's the installation cost, which is separate. I don't even know how much that would be; I'd have to call the company and ask.
     
  11. Mar 23, 2017 #71 of 125
    NR4P

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    Agree, they aren't cheap. Not only installation costs but engineering and permitting too. If you don't have natural gas, then you need a propane tank and then buy the propane. And you have to be 100% sure the natural gas will flow when you need it.

    But I've been without power more than a week 3x in 2004/2005 and having to use a small generator and keep buying gasoline just for the basics was a nightmare. It all depends where you live and the probability of long outages.
     
  12. Mar 23, 2017 #72 of 125
    Lord Vader

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    I'm in a new house in a new subdivision in northwest suburban Houston. I do have natural gas, which is what I'd use to fuel this.
     
  13. Mar 23, 2017 #73 of 125
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    When the power is out I want a whole home generator. When the power is not out I don't worry about it much. It is like insurance, everyone wants it when they need it but many don't want to have it when they don't need it.

    If we had multiple day long outages a few times each year I'd lean closer to getting a whole home device. For now, the most I can lose is cheaper than the generator. It is just a frustration not to have power.
     
  14. Mar 23, 2017 #74 of 125
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    Yes, it's a Generac. I had problems with it after it was installed. Took Generac months to fix a bad rotor. I'd be leery of buying a Generac, their warranty division really took their time with the repair and I gotta wonder why they didn't replace the stator. I'd be looking at a Kohler...any more problems with the Generac and I'll be looking to replace it with a Kohler. I know nothing about the Kohlers, but that long repair unsettled me. I've sent many motors out for repairs and always got it done quickly, it should not have take as long as it did. Shouldn't have taken more than week, I would think. I sent far bigger motors out for similar repairs and never had to wait as I did for the Generac rotor.

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  15. Mar 23, 2017 #75 of 125
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    Agreed. When it works correctly it's fine. Have you ever had to have warranty work done?

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  16. Mar 23, 2017 #76 of 125
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    I bought mine just after Sandy hit us. We paid a premium price for it. Bad time to buy one. Don't remember what the whole package cost...think it approached 10 grand. Installation is not easy.

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    Lord Vader

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    OK, thanks for that info.
     
  18. Mar 23, 2017 #78 of 125
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    My wife was in panic mode during Sandy and even worse after it was over. Left to my own, I wouldn't have bought one, I'd have used my portable generator. She won that battle... :rolleyes:

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  19. Mar 23, 2017 #79 of 125
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    Well, living as close to the river as I do, I have to have my 3 sump pumps working in a storm and hooking up that portable generator in the middle of a storm wasn't pleasant. The peace of mind was worth it, I guess. Now that it is fixed and running well I'm not sorry I bought it. Should have done some more research before I bought it tho.

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  20. Mar 23, 2017 #80 of 125
    Herdfan

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    It usually doubles the price. It really all depends on how close the gas & electric meters are to each other.

    When the Derecho came though in 2012 and everyone was at HD/Lowe's getting on a waiting list for a small generator I went straight back to whole house generators and bought one. They were estimating more than a week to get power back and it was 90+ degrees with 80% humidity. So I ran plastic gas line around the house and over the deck and had it running on the driveway by evening.

    That was Saturday and on Tuesday the power came back on. So I started dismantling my setup and then Wednesday morning the power went back out so I had to set it all up again. Finally got it back the following Monday.

    Since then it has run several times including almost a week when Sandy dumped 8" of very wet snow on us. My mom decided she wanted one, so I took her mine (17Kw) and replaced it with a 22Kw so I can run both A/C's at the same time now.
     
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