Gene Howe wrote:Naw, we really love it here. But, after a few years of of our sons' griping about us being so far from decent medical facilities and, how they'd like us to be closer to them and our grandkids, we saw the wisdom in their thinking and, decided to pull the plug, up here. Now, we'll be less than an hour from both families as opposed to 5+ hours way.
Having lived just a few miles north of our new digs for 18 years, (Coolidge/Florence area) we're not relishing living in the summer's heat, again. It can be brutal! As you know.
Thinking of a mini split and more insulation in the metal shop building.
Yeah, I finally broke down last year and purchased a 24k BTU, 20.5 SEER Mitsubishi mini-split heat pump for my garage workshop. It IS
tool in my shop since I live in the PHX area. The space is a 3 car garage, though my shop is only one bay of the garage, so it is about half the size of your new shop. It does a good job cooling (or heating) my garage, but you may want to consider installing 2 mini-splits for that size shop. You can try to do it with one like I have, but you will need additional fans to get the air to circulate all the way across the shop. How well is your new shop insulated? My garage walls were insulated and I added rock wool (R-15) insulation in the ceiling, but I still need to purchase insulated garage doors next. Once I have some new garage doors I am sure I will be even happier with my Mitsubishi heat pump.
Unfortunately this past summer was the absolute worst here in the 23 years I have lived in the desert. Since the pandemic I have seen LOTS of storms and rain on the east coast, but it has been bone dry here. Without any monsoon storms we never cooled off here. I even had some cacti die in my yard from lack of rain...that is how hot and dry it was this past summer.