Am I moving to a decent apartment or a human kiln?
April 26, 2011 7:05 AM Subscribe
Has anyone survived a Texas summer (or a similar hell-like environment) living in a second story 110 year old building that has floor vents for air conditioning? Yeehaw.
posted by hillabeans to Home & Garden (14 answers total)
A little background - I will be moving to an apartment that I fell in love with in Denton, TX in May and snatched it up early. It was built in 1900 and while the bottom floor is commercial space, the top floors are being converted into apartments. The location is golden, the view is amazing, and the place is huge. Best of all, it's ALL BILLS PAID. I immediately paid the deposit and signed a year lease.
Here in lies the problem. Having had only 30 minutes or so to observe the place on a cold cool March day while it was being renovated, I sadly looked over a very important aspect - the air conditioning. Last week I snapped a few pictures and looking through I realized I saw no wall vents, only grills on the floor. I have seen these grills in houses up north where it was optimal for heating. Knowing that cold air sinks, especially on the second story, I am worried about the AC system. The building is a concrete block, so maybe it will insulate well. Either that or it will quickly become a kiln and melt me and all my belongings.
Has anyone had experiences with floor vent AC systems in a hot environment? Would investing in window units help? Would a concrete structure insulate well enough I won't have to worry? I know there are still a lot of unknowns but I would love any insight or advice from people who've had similar experiences. Thank you so much!