These are what provide heat and air conditioning in my apartment building. A friend called them ‘hotel’ units. I doubt they use this method in new buildings. They are quite noisy especially when you turn the fan to medium or high but when positioned properly in the room they are quite efficient. Unfortunately for us the one in the living/dining room is in one corner of a large area so only one part of the room gets heated or cooled. It’s not bad in the Winter but in the Summer in the dining area you sweat and in the living room area you shiver and it’s just annoying.
But here’s the thing – it’s not really an air conditioner. I don’t really understand but I’m told that there are big ‘chillers’ on the roof of the building. Air is drawn into the chillers, cooled, and then sent through the building. Also the building has an ‘air exchange’ system.
So – the problem. When the temperatures are somewhat low, say in the 70’s or even 80’s but the humidity is super high, like in the 90%, to get the air conditioning affect you have to put the thermostat to like 68 to get any cool air.
And there is something about the outside air temperature the governs whether you will get any heat or a/c at all. When the outside air temperature is 60 degrees these things will not generate heat or a/c.
I do not understand this. Also, they tell me with the air exchange system a venting system for bathrooms and kitchens is not need, so someone please tell me why my bathrooms are musty and moldy. I will tell you this system brings other people’s smells into my apartment, like right through the vents and there is a film of grey dust on everything in my bathrooms.
So many things not to like about living in an apartment but when you are old, and stairs are not practicable anymore, and neither is house maintenance (even tho you can always find someone to pay to do all that) apartments are convenient. I spent most of my adult life living in apartments and it never bothered me but nothing beats living in your own house where you are in control of everything.
Oh I do like being in control of my environment and then again I also like limitless hot water and someone who signs for all my packages and feeling very, very safe.