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Old 10-04-2009, 09:03 AM
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I bet its on a slab too. The brick walls and a slab floor will store a huge amount of heat once they get hot and will give it off til they equalize with the air in the house....that could take all night.

Brick or concrete accepts heat or rejects it at a rate of about one inch per hour. Insulate the ceiling by all means but keep the ac on all the time, don't let it get too hot because it just takes too long to cool off all that mass.
Bummer I'm not a huge fan of $350 power bills.

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Old 10-04-2009, 08:40 PM
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You can do some passively if you have cool nights and warm daysm but in the tropics if you want to not sweat large amounts of electricity are needed!

In the summer I wear minimal clothing inside and keep it fairly warm. In the winter I bundle up and keep it fairly cool.

INbetween I sometimes open the house and let in the outside air but because of resperiatory allergies I often just keep the house closed and run the air. If its cool outside it won't cost much to run the air.
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Old 10-05-2009, 01:18 AM
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Originally, my house had something called "spraycrete" or some such similar thing on it. Included in the white finish, were little mica chips, which gave it a twinkling quality.
I paid (probably too much) to have a sort of vinyl coating put on it. This has done a great job of helping to keep moisture out. Also, when it rains, I no longer see any discoloration, and cracks.
I believe that this coating has contributed significantly to the reduction in A/C costs. In the last 12 years, my biggest electric bill was around $140.00. First, by being white, and reflecting heat, and second by helping to keep the humidity low in the house.
If I set the thermostat lower than 78, it feels cold in the house.

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