My air handler shares a closet with my water heater and clothes dryer

It is housed in a large closet that also contains our water heater and our washer and dryer

My wife recently accepted a new job across the country from our home. I am a freelance contractor in programming and software design and largely work from home. My wife on the other hand is a recent graduate in nursing school and had trouble finding work in our small town. When she landed the new job out west, we were both ecstatic. I mentioned for years I wanted a change of pace and thought this would be a perfect chance for us to start a new life in a new place neither of us had ever even stepped foot in. It was also going to be the first time either of us had lived in a medium sized city. We both had grown up and lived in that same small midwest hamlet our entire lives. What we soon discovered was that rent rates in our new city were unbelievably higher than back home. Whereas before we could rent a two bedroom house on my income alone, we were now restricted to apartments only. It wasn’t the perfect solution, but we now had a chance to save from two incomes instead of one, so we decided to stick it out. One large problem we’re having is how the air conditioner was installed. It is housed in a large closet that also contains our water heater and our washer and dryer. The heat from both of those components warm up the air conditioner to the point where our electric bill is as high in this small apartment as it was back home in our old house. I think that we will have to find a new apartment when our lease is up, because we can’t even afford to save a little each week with living costs as high as they are now.



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