One of the earliest improvements I made to House the Original was adding a simple through-wall A/C to the upstairs bedroom, which had originally been an attic. Thanks to its attic-ness, temperatures in the summer were frequently ten to fifteen degrees warmer up there, and the little A/C (still going strong!) saved me from spontaneously combusting like Krook. House the Sequel, despite being an improvement in many ways on House the Original, has been entirely lacking in A/C. I didn't want to drill a large hole through my wall, as that's really not aesthetically pleasing, and the various options for houses with no pre-existing heating ducts (e.g., mini-splits) have one significant problem--they cost $$$. $$$ which I have already spent on fixing whatever else has been wrong with House the Sequel, like the incorrectly-installed bathtub. (Given the choice of having the bathtub crash through the floor into the kitchen or having pleasant temperatures upstairs, I opted for intact floors.)
Nevertheless, I finally broke down and grabbed myself a window A/C:
...which, as you can see, is still in a box, as opposed to doing its thing in a window. I don't know if you've looked at the title of this blog lately, but it's called "The Little Professor" for a reason. Just getting the A/C out of the car and into the house involved high drama, because the A/C weighs nearly as much as I do; I hope the neighbors weren't overly concerned by my yells of self-encouragement, which they might have mistaken for howls of agony. (Come to think of it, since the box wound up on my foot at one point, there probably were some howls of agony in there.) Needless to say, getting it up the stairs was a non-starter, let alone getting it into the window, but I have high hopes that a handyman will arrive on Wednesday to take care of the problem (well, that, and replacing the kaput gate to my deck, and fixing a window, and...). Of course, getting it out of the window come winter will be...interesting.
In case you're wondering, it's currently 87 degrees upstairs.