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July 2003

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Winds of Change

Central air conditioning is becoming a standard feature for an increasing percentage of homeowners in the United States. According to the U.S. Census Bureau (2000), 80 percent of U.S. homes have some form of air conditioning.

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Giving Yourself A Lift

I t usually starts with the groceries. Though some people need an elevator in their house to access the multiple levels of living space, most homeowners purchasing elevators today simply want one for the convenience. "From a 2,000-square-foot house to a 14,000-square-foot house, people are installing elevators," says Eugene Aubrey, an architect who is planning an elevator in a luxury home in Northeast Harbor, Maine.

Choosing A Cooling Strategy

Room air conditioners have their advantages: They are relatively inexpensive and easy to install, and they can effectively dehumidify a room. They are noisier than central air, however, and generally not as energy efficient. As with many things in life, there are trade-offs when it comes to choosing a way to keep your home cool in the summer.

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