Monday, May 11, 2009

Need An Air Conditioner

Karen and I were recently informed of some construction work that will be happening this summer in our building. They are repainting the entire exterior of the building as well as spalling repair work. During the construction, all windows and lanai doors have to remain closed.

This presents a few problems. First, the building has no central HVAC system, nor are there provisions for one. We do not have a window unit air conditioner (though some units do), but we can't get one of those either because we don't have a window you can mount one in. We have floor to ceiling jalousie windows, which are not suitable for mounting window units.

I have to keep all of the windows and lanai doors open all day for there to be any sort of breeze, otherwise this place turns in to an oven. It doesn't cool down much at night either. However, it's not uncomfortable. It's noticeably warmer than other parts of the country, but you can sit around in this weather. If you close all of the windows, it really gets hot and stuffy fast. Therefore, air conditioner.

We are considering a portable air conditioner because it's just going to get too hot otherwise. Haier (makers of small sized appliances) makes a 7000 BTU portable air conditioner that's around $300 depending on where you buy it. This is sort of the price point I'm comfortable with.

Anyone have any other suggestions?

1 comment:

McGoogle said...


I'm on Maui and I was able to pick up a nice 9,500 btu unit by a company called Everstar (model MPN1-095CR) for $329.00 at the Home Depot. They have a 10,000 btu version for $399.00 as well by the same company. It works fine so far to cool down the living room/kitchen/hall area of a 3 bed 1 bath apartment.

Vented properly out the window of a 12x14 ft bedroom, the unit works VERY nicely wihtout having to empty out any water...and it comes with a remote control. A little noisy, but really not much more than your average window a/c unit. We've had the unti for about 2 weeks now and things are working FINE.