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Old 09-22-2006, 09:41 AM
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Just wondering what the average price per sq/ft of air conditioning for a relatively new house keeping it at about 74-76 degrees in the Tampa Area? How about in other areas?

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Old 09-22-2006, 09:46 AM
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Florida is a very big state--many different electric companies. Any particular area of FL? BTW--you don't have to keep it set that low when you live here. 79-80 degrees feels very comfortable when you live in Florida.
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Old 09-22-2006, 09:54 AM
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My house is old and the ac is too. I am looking forward to the answers here. I have 1600 about sq feet and my electric bill is 325.00 to 375.00 and I have to keep it at 73 degrees. I hate the heat. This is for the summer.
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Old 09-22-2006, 10:11 AM
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Our 1800sf house is 11 years old, as is the AC unit, temperature is set to 78 degrees and our electric bill is $283 month.
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Old 09-22-2006, 10:11 AM
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Alexander: If your home is old I would definitely invest in a new a/c. You are spending way too much per month for that sq. footage...Get some quotes from Carrier, Rheem, Trane etc...should run probably anywhere from 1200 to 2000 but I am not an expert in that field....
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Old 09-22-2006, 03:40 PM
Location: Naples, FL & Monterey, TN
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Our last month was $311.00 for 2000sq. House is 11 years old also, but maintained very well. Inside and out. But with 3 kids and a swimming pool you got to expect it.
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Old 09-22-2006, 08:07 PM
Location: Spring Hill, Florida
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there are many variables that will affect your cooling bill in a home. from electricity costs, to many different levels of insulation, to the efficiency of your A/C unit(s). There's really no way to tell what they will be without assessing the specific situation.

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Old 09-23-2006, 12:33 AM
Location: WPB, FL. Dreaming of Oil city, PA
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10 cents a square foot, thats what we pay.
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Old 09-23-2006, 07:37 AM
Location: Miami
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Well, we just bought a 4 ton unit for our 2400 sq. ft. (2200 livable) home and our electric bill just came in & it's $285 - keeping it at 78 & it kicks in during the day quite a bit, as it's hotter than the 78 & one has to play w/the outside temperature - so it doesn't make sense to put it lower than that. If it were 78 outside then I'd put it at 76. The new unit has helped a lot. The old clunker that I burnt was running like $350 a month. Plus, I have tile which keeps it cool.
In any event it could've been more w/old or new unit...
What I've done for sleeping purposes is that I bought a window unit and we use that at night, & put that one at 72 - I bought one at Sears where it has an electronic temperature window/& remote control - about $200. We still keep the central ac set on automatic at 78 during the night & it kicks in twice a night - not as frequent as the day, but at least keeps it at a comfortable level and humidity free.
The way I figure if we are not really living thru-out the 2200 sq.ft. at night, why really cool it full blast? Whose enjoying it? The window unit does a marvelous job, plus the humming sound saves our marriage...a true must have for the ladies when there is snoring going on

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Old 09-26-2006, 09:39 AM
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My uncle has a 1,200 ac sq. ft. villa that is about 25 years old, and even with a brand new unit (installed last year) paid roughly $230 or so on their last bill (running at 77-78).

My home is roughly 1,800 ac sq. feet and was built 4 years ago using R-30 insulation and our highest bill this past summer was $162. This is running at 78 degrees with high efficency ceiling fans in the bedroom and living areas. (My lowest winter bill was actually $63 two years ago).

I guess my point is that a better insulated house makes quite a bit of difference. Years ago I lived in an older condo that was pretty small yet paid close to $300 with the old central air unit....just crazy.
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