Although our beach house is equipped with a forced air gas furnace and complete duct system, I’ve never bothered with air conditioning. I live in the northeastern section of the country, where the Wintertime is the longest season of the year. The heating idea is truly the priority, and I spend a fortune on energy costs. I look forward to shutting off the gas furnace, opening the windows, and minimizing our expenses. However, the warm seasons tend to be excessively sizzling and humid. Leaving the windows open invites in pollen, dust, exhaust fumes, exterior noise pollution and bugs. There’s also a safety risk. When it rains, I’m forced to shut the windows and go without any influx of air. Running a bunch of electric fans is simply not enough to combat the heat and that clammy feeling. I’ve installed a portable air conditioner into our kitchen window, but it’s loud, ugly and not energy efficient. I absolutely don’t want to buy a portable air conditioner for every room in the house. I’ve decided I want a whole-beach house cooling system, and I’ve been researching the different options. Modern air conditioners now achieve up to a 26 SEER, making them exceptionally energy efficient. Although the better models cost more, they pay for themselves in lower running costs. Since I already have the duct idea in arena, I’m hoping to afford a top-of-the-line model with a variable-speed compressor. Variable-speed technology allows the cooling component to give only the exact amount of cool air necessary. It can run at speeds between 40 and 100% capacity to optimize sound levels, comfort and energy efficiency.