(Closed) Central AC – I want it!!

posted 6 years ago in Home
Post # 3
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: December 2010

Geez!  Man, I sympathize.

Up until 2 weeks ago, we didn’t have it either.  We just moved and a better (or how about just existing) heating and cooling system was a must for our new rental.  I can’t believe what a huge difference the a/c makes.  I only lived in a house with a/c for one year and didn’t grow up with it.

Last year wasn’t too bad, but the year before I was just melting in our apartment.  Our bedroom window there wasn’t big enough for a window unit so the nights were just miserable.  One day, I took 6 cold showers and was walking around practically naked.  Add to that no sleep for a couple of days and we’re talking crazypants land.  I would rather be freezing cold then super hot.  

Get an a/c for the living room.  It will improve your life.

Post # 4
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

We live in Louisiana, and they pretty much don’t build houses here without it. But I grew up in Southern California without central air, and do remember being miserable on days durring the summer.

Post # 6
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

It boggled my mind when I first found out that not everyone up north had a/c! Here in texas if you don’t have central ac you wouldn’t survive in the summer time! 

It’s just one of those things that i had never thought about… I just assumed everyone did. Lol

 

Post # 7
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2010

I grew up in TX (land of 2+ AC units per house) and went to grad school in Boston, where central air does not exist….despite the fact that it’s in the 90s in the summer. Miserable. Window units are not a replacement for central air, people!!

Post # 8
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

I never had AC growing up, centeral air is a must wherever I live.

Post # 9
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

I feel ya. We have hot water heating in my apartment, so installing central air would be astronomically expensive for the landlord. I also spend 80% of the time in the bedroom this time of year.

Post # 10
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Bumble bee

We have two portable air conditioners in our apartment (the ones that you stick the tube in the window)… one works well in a small room the other one is super strong and we can have it running in our main living area with good success. Some days we have to run it 24/7 to keep it cool but most of the time just turning it on when we are home is good enough.  I have no idea how people survive with no A/C at all. Only the top floor apartments have central air in our building.

Post # 11
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

Here in Phoenix, it’s pretty much a must. Yes, some older houses (especially in poorer areas) don’t have it, but I’ve never lived anywhere without. We’re currently renting a house and the AC worked wonderfully up until it got up toward 110. Then last week it just quite all together. We struggled with the property manager to get in touch with the homeowner / homeowner insurance folks to get it fixed. They came, they “fixed” it, it stopped working three hours later. They came the next day, “fixed” it and then it kept turning off to cool down the compressor every 30 – 45 minutes, getting up to 95+ very quickly inside.

Then they were to come on Monday but didn’t show. Then on Tuesday morning, but called Tuesday afternoon to say that they wouldn’t be here. At least time the reason was acceptable: The homeowner approved an entirely new unit to be installed. That happened on Wednesday. Somehow, Wednesday didn’t get above 80 outside (rainy and cloudy — amazing weather!) so we didn’t need it much, but today it has been working beautifully! 

Anyway, I can totally empathize with the lack of AC. It makes it impossible to do damn near anything. And I remember New England summers (NY counts!). They were not fun. And I only had to suffer through one heat wave when we lived up there. I was young and didn’t mind as much. Now, though, I’m pretty sure I’d stop moving for an entire season! 

Post # 12
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

We have one AC wall unit in our apartment, but it’s in the living room/kitchen area, and does not reach the bedroom.  We have a fan contraption set up in the hallway in an attempt to blow the cool air into the bedroom, but it definitely does not do enough (anything) during a heatwave like this.

It’s nights like these where I wish we had a pull-out couch or that blow-up mattress from our registry so we could sleep in the living room…!  I’m seriously considering sleeping on the hardwood floor without a mattress.

Post # 13
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Bumble bee

Portable A/C units are only a couple hundred bucks… worth every penny in my opinion.

 

Post # 14
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Helper bee

another texan baffled at no central ac.  the only people i know that dont’ have it is hippies who don’t wear deodorant either.  no one i know has no a/c.  we would die out here.

 

 

Post # 15
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

I’m from Missouri and can’t imagine not having it – we’re on day 10 (I think) of 100*+ degree days – but at least it’s not as humid as it normally is! I’ve been to friends houses as a kid who didn’t have a/c but they’d have dehumidifiers and fans and it was okay. I’ve never lived anywhere without central air – my current flat had it installed right before we moved in, thank goodness.

My BFF just moved to NYC and she doesn’t have a/c – or, rather, I guess her super just installed a window unit for them last week. She told me it’s completely normal to not have a/c – can’t imagine!

Post # 16
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2009

I would never live anywhere without it, (nor would I own a car without it).  Neighbors of mine had nothing for years, then finally got a window unit.  ONE window unit in a three-level home.  The whole family would sleep in the living room on hot nights in an attempt to keep cool.  Yeah, so not for me.

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