HOT: This Week in Seattle

Most families on the Pacific Coast in Washington do not have air conditioning in their house. So this is very hot weather for us as projected for this week in the chart below:


While this is probably not noteworthy in much of the United States, I can tell you it is scorching weather for us. I argued against AC in our house for a number of years until I realized, I’m at an AC workplace and Suzy was in a hot house! After extensive research we purchased a heat pump which saves us money when we heat and cool the house. My manager Kate said that as the temp continues to break records that we will be very happy that we purchased the heat pump when we did.

My mom had the same challenge convincing Dad. I’m guessing that as the temps soar this Summer, Dad is going to be very thankful they invested the money to get a heat pump too. The cost to cool the house has not been catastrophic because we save money in the winter time and we don’t water our grass (allowing it to go dormant in the Summer) which saves us about $300 a month. We also have mostly indigenous plants in our yard which means we rarely, if ever, water the yard. And still the hydrangeas are blooming, the fruit trees thriving, and the Cypress trees growing 4 to 6 feet a year.

About Gandalfe

Just an itinerant saxophonist trying to find life between the changes. I have retired from the Corps of Engineers and Microsoft. I am an admin on the Woodwind Forum, run the Seattle Solid GOLD Big Band (formerly the Microsoft Jumpin' Jive Orchestra), and enjoy time with family and friends.
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4 Responses to HOT: This Week in Seattle

  1. Rambling says:

    I’m glad that you do have air conditioning. Any sort of conditioning we used to get in days gone by is gone because we work in air conditioned places usually and have little chance to become used to heat and humidity. And really, why force oneself to do that if it doesn’t break the household finances to buy some comfort when needed. Hope Bertie and your dad are well.

  2. JaAG says:

    Mom and Dad were at a family get-together this weekend. In good moods both, they are fun to have around. :o)

  3. L says:

    This reminds me of when we lived in Upstate NY early in our marriage, very few homes had AC, and it rarely got so hot you were uncomfortable in your home. Glad you have the heat pump, Seattle does seem to have more spikes in heat then were we lived in NY.Your comment about the grass I find interesting as well. I can understand not wanting to pay a huge water bill but I assumed (wrongly) with all the rainfall Seattle gets even without watering the grass would not go dormant. One thing I like about living in MI compared to other places we’ve lived is NO water bills. We have an acre of grass (not trees), soft, plush beautiful green grass that gets watered twice a day with inground sprinklers. Of course we have a well….every home owner has it’s own well not a shared one like some subdivisions. Downside is the cost for the Kinetico water system so the water in the house is clean, drinkable blah blah. Of course that’s a one time cost for purchase and installation.

  4. Bertie says:

    Tonight two different weathermen said we will probably get temps above 100 on a couple of days and that this week will break all records for Seattle, both in high temps and length of hot days. Yes, I am so glad we got our Jim’s to cooperate and let us get our heat pumps.

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