Temperatures in the 90s might have some residents looking into A/C units
EUGENE, Ore. - With temperatures hitting the 90s this week, you might be thinking about getting an air conditioning unit.
You’re not alone, so we found out more homeowners in the Pacific Northwest are getting in-home cooling systems.
Over the last few decades, more Oregonians are feeling the A/C all day long.
“Early 2000s is really when it kind of started kind of hitting everything and everyone was demanding it,” local realtor Chelsea Dietmeyer says.
She’s calling it the new standard.
“I think it's one of those things that we've just become accustomed to,” Dietmeyere says. “Even in our cars we expect to have air conditioning in our cars, it's kind of becoming that same thing in homes.”
Nearly half of the listings in Lane County, both old and new homes, have air conditioning. And almost all of new homes in Lane County come with built in air and heating.
But, if you’re still in need of a cool down, there’s a wide variety of A/C units.
“The portable air conditioners are really popular,” Brian Pryzybyla with Jerry’s Home Improvement Center says.
He says the portables are good for apartments, but the window units are more efficient.
“The 5,000 BTU and the 6,000 BTU are really great for bedrooms,” he says. “Maybe that room faces the south sun and it gets really hot.”
Or, you can buy a large one around 10,000 BTU to keep the whole house cool, or even one with a timer.
“You can also set it so it'll turn off in the middle of the night, so it's cooling your house down so you're able to sleep it'll turn off for you and you won't have to run it all night long,” he says.
And, don’t forget about the dogs!
“When I come home they're not panting,” he says.
And, if you’re looking for a cheaper option, you can buy a fan for the window for about $30 to $40.
If you live in an apartment complex, you should check with the management before putting in a window unit.
Local stores say they are not selling out of A/C units.