Sunday, July 22, 2012

Cooling boxes

this building is on somerset street in boston. i think its the courthouse... and i finally got to photograph all the air conditioning units that hang from many houses and buildings here! (i actually took several and couldnt decide which one to post). isnt it funny?
usually, a window (or half a window) is sacrificed to place the unit into it (but you could also cut a hole through the wall, ofcourse...). its huge, heavy and ugly. if standing underneath it (outside), you might get wet; this sometimes made me wonder whether it started to rain. if you want to know how air gets cooled through such a unit, please visit wikipedia... :) its quite long! all i took from it is that these units as you can see above are produced since 1935. although its ugly and you basically loose a window, the advantage of these units is that you can cool that specific room. our apartment for example can only cool (or heat) the entire place, including the bathroom... :( but as i cant stand the noise and quite quickly get cold when its on, we dont use it too often.

9 comments:

Eyeliquor said...

Very nice!

s.c said...

Nice shot.Like the composition.

biebkriebels said...

Nice photo, but I think the boxes are ugly.

Manon said...

Beautiful picture! Yesterday we installed our first A/C unit in our bedroom window. I prefer the noise over the heat ;)

Birdman said...

Life in a city... you just need it.

Stefan Jansson said...

Wow, that is a lot ow electricity.

hamilton said...

great shot! these are ugly boxes, though!
(and no, I don't have a/c. I have several fans, though)

Kay said...

Nice shot, but having lived in California earthquake country all I could think of was how I'd hate to be near this building in an earthquake. Buildings bend and flex and windows pop out in big ones. So would AC units.

Tim said...

beautiful