How can I cool my apartment?
July 9, 2010 5:04 PM Subscribe
How can I keep my apartment cool? And what are my landlord's responsibilities in maintaining my air conditioner?
posted by titus n. owl to Home & Garden (7 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
I live in Texas. The central air conditioning in my apartment (1970s-built tract apartments, not well-designed for functioning without proper HVAC) broke magnificently a few days ago - blew out the main breaker to the apartment and everything. I've called the landlord's office several times, but only ever manage to get the answering service (I made sure to get home in time to call during business hours today, got the answering service anyway, and walked down to the office personally only to find that he had inexplicably closed up shop 90 minutes early). They keep telling me they're paging maintenance, but so far maintenance has not contacted me. How long should I deal with this, and how would I escalate it if I had to?
More importantly, how can we keep comfortable inside the house in the meantime? It is currently 85 degrees and rising in the living room, which is the coolest place in the apartment - it's spacious enough to have proper air movement, and has a set of French doors that are mercifully shaded by the upstairs neighbour's balcony. The rest of the house, where we need to do things like sleep (and use computers - the workroom with our computers in it is unbearable right now, because computers make heat), is even hotter, with less air circulation and tiny windows that don't do much even if we open them for breezes and keep the Venetians closed for shade.
We do not have overhead fans. We do have one small electric fan. We've been taking a lot of cold showers. Any other hints for cooling the house and keeping ourselves from overheating would be greatly appreciated. At least our budgies seem to be enjoying this impromptu heat wave.