We didn’t want to be left out

A few days ago, I got the biggest laugh from our four year old daughter. Somebody had mentioned their “mini-split” air conditioner in her presence. Our daughter, being the queen of fashion, readily assumed that it had to do with clothes! She asked if I’d buy her a mini skirt, which of course made me ask why. She told myself and others she just heard that mini-splits are all the rage in Europe, and she didn’t want to be left out at school. Then, she told me she wanted her mini skirt to have more than one split, preferably one on either side. I don’t know with this kid sometimes! I explained to her that mini split had to do with HVAC or temperature control – not clothes and dresses. The “split” referred to how one half of the system is installed inside while the other remains outside. I continued to explain how while the inner portion was the air handler, the outdoor portion was the condenser that actually pushed cool air into the blower. She has lost interest by the time I began telling her about how it supported zone control, and that because each room had its own thermostat, there is no need to have in turned on in an unoccupied room, and that saves energy! Making sure she wouldn’t ask about mini-splits again, I took her hand and led her over to our own mini split HVAC unit that cools part of the house. She seemed somewhat enlightened by the new information but observed that ‘mini split’ was a weird name for a machine.When I asked what name she would give to our cooling/heating unit, she responded: “Bucket!”.Well, I guess I’ve to remember to call it Bucket from now on in her company.

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