air conditioning system in studio apartment
Photo: D.P. Simmons III
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Be Cool

With all the windows on one side of the apartment, the lack of cross-ventilation makes an air conditioner a necessity. But placing the unit in a living/dining room window interrupted the skyline view, and when I first tucked it away in the kitchen window I ended up with a 5-foot-by-8-foot walk-in freezer attached to a sauna. My solution was to create an air delivery system that moves cooled air out into the apartment. Made from a clear plastic air deflector, silicone caulking, and about 10 feet of 4-inch PVC sewer piping, it's not my prettiest creation—but it does what I need it to do.
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