I would so appreciate an answer to this question. I recently moved into an apartment that doesn't have central air and doesn't allow window units. I live in Los Angeles so this is not going be "chill" so to speak. The reason I moved in here was because it was kind of an emergency situation that I find a new place and (besides the fact that I may die in the heat) it's very nice. The building is from the 1920's and there is like a rule against anything being put out the windows. It's a weird rule, but my windows face the courtyard so there isn't any sneaking around I can do with the window stuff. I know there is probably nothing I can do but I have to ask. There is a bedroom with two french doors leading to a big living room. Is it possible to get an air conditioner with a tube and put the tube through the french doors and seal it up around it? I know that the living room will get very hot but if everything is sealed up will I be able to at least have a slightly cold bedroom for the summer months? I saw someone in here said to put the tube out of a door and in a bucket of water so it will evaporate there but I'm not trying to explode my whole building haha. Electricity cost is absolutely no issue so I have that going for me, I just don't know what to do.
I have a similar situation. We have thru-the-wall units in my apartment complex. For my 1 bedroom apartment, there’s one in the living room and one in the bedroom. The one in the living room is newer, but because they didn’t know WTF they were going when they installed it, it wets my carpet and furniture for many feet. I’d have them come in and fix it, but I have to finish organizing first. They either don’t have it properly tilted, although it’s in a wall sleeve or they forgot to remove a plug.
The one in the bedroom is many decades old and the ball bearings started going and making a racket. Haven’t had them in for the same reason as the other A.C. and this one would require a full replacement.
Like a number of people, I’ve been waiting for the Kapsulair to be released. Looks to be a 3rd hot summer, just waiting.
But, at least for the bedroom, I might’ve found a rare solution. I’ve purchased it, but haven’t installed it yet. It is an old Quasar Cool Look A.C. unit. The unit is 9” deep. I “might be able to replace my window fan with it, keeping it inside the window screen. I’ll have to find a way to safely brace it as, underneath it is one of my cat’s favorite sleeping spots. If I can’t, I won’t install it there. Most of even the smallest A.C. units are at least 14-15” deep. This is a very simple unit. No bells and whistles. But, I have just ordered a Sylvania Lightify smart plug for it that sylvania says will work just fine with its 5.4 amps. So, I’ll be able to set schedules, set it according to temperature spikes and control it with my iPhone thru Wink.I will be draping some very breathable, dark color fabric in the window and may paint the back of the unit black do, no one can see it. As it would reside ina window that’s just above my dead A.C. unit, no one should know what is running. Because of its smaller size and shallow depth, storing will be easier than most portable A.C. units with all those tubes and such. It is a 5,000 BTU unit. So it won’t be freezing in her, but it’s better than my other options.
Judy to note, portable floor units are a second to last resort. You pay more in energy, than cooling you get, in comparison to window and wall units. They may be more likely to leak as, you may need to empty yh. They’re big and heavy and most men don’t want to lug them around either. It’s like a ball and chain that is like s piece of furniture that you didn’t choose, that you don’t know what to do with when the weather cools for winter.
Evaporative coolers? Unless you live in an arid climate, they are a last resort. They can make it more humid and DO NOT place them anywhere you can’t afford a leak. For me, the main thing they may be good for is the often dry climate in an office, but mine started leaking all over my work last year. Homedics sent me a new filter but, we’ll see... And no matter how they’re advertised - THESE ARE NOT AIR CONDITIONERS!!!
According to one thread here some apartment buildings in some parts of the country were built with short 3" or so diameter tubes penetrating the outside walls and leading outside. I think these are in the lower half of the inside wall.
Possibly these were originally for portable A/C units or were for exhaust fans that would pull in cool air through open windows, but these were not a popular appliance and so they may have been plugged and covered over inside with some design element. Look to see if your apartment has such openings.
You could approach the management of the apartments and ask about installing minisplit a/c units with the condensing unit hung on an outside wall.