Although our apartment is equipped with a forced air furnace and complete duct system, I’ve never bothered with a/c. I live in the northeastern area of the country, where the Winter time is the longest season of the year. The heating method is absolutely the priority, and I spend a fortune on energy costs. I look forward to shutting off the furnace, opening the windows, and minimizing our expenses. However, the summers tend to be excessively overheated and humid. Leaving the windows open invites in pollen, dust, exhaust fumes, exterior noise pollution and bugs. There’s also a safety risk. When it rains, I’m forced to shut the windows and go separate from any influx of air. Running a bunch of electric fans is simply not enough to combat the heat and that clammy feeling. I’ve installed a portable air conditioner into our bedroom window, but it’s loud, ugly and not energy efficient. I honestly don’t want to buy a portable air conditioner for every room in the house. I’ve decided I want a whole-beach apartment cooling system, and I’ve been researching the unusual options. Modern air conditioners now achieve up to a 26 SEER, making them exceptionally energy efficient. Although the better models cost more, they pay for themselves in lower running costs. Since I already have the duct method in place, I’m hoping to afford a top-of-the-line model with a variable-speed compressor. Variable-speed technology allows the cooling component to supply only the exact amount of cool air necessary. It can run at speeds between 40 and 100% capacity to optimize sound levels, comfort and energy efficiency.