The whole reason we picked this particular home to rent was due to how aged and rustic it was.
Now that we are living here, I have come to realize that “old and rustic” are better in theory than in practice. This home is too old, and it has a lot of issues I’ve never run into in any of the homes I’ve lived in. The pipes are noisy, and held together with baling wire plus duct tape in numerous key places. The shingles are coming off the roof in large swatches. The insulation in the walls is nonexistent, and worst of all there is no central heating and air conditioning in this place! My wife and I can handle most of the repairs ourselves, however we instantly called in a local a/c tech to examine our apartment plus supply us some advice. The HVAC tech said that he had good news and bad news. The bad news was that this place couldn’t accommodate a full sized central HVAC system, plus that even if the power grid could handle it there were undoubtedly few air ducts. The good news was that the heating system in the basement worked amazingly well, so our heating and hot water needs would be just fine. That meant our only real concern was cooling, and he recommended taking the low cost possibilities and getting a portable a/c, or a series of them, for the house. It was not the perfect solution to our a/c problem, but it would get the task done for a low price.