What does CH/A mean on apartment listings?

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  1. BrunoPuntzJones

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    What the hell?
     
  2. KingNothing

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    Central Heating/Air
     
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    central air sucks big time
     
  4. BrunoPuntzJones

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    Window units eat shi+ in the summer in TX

    Down here we refer to it as HVAC, never seen it called CH/A until now

    Heat/vent/ac
     
  5. KingNothing

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    No, central air blows big time.
     
  6. Hayabusa Rider

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    HVAC is the term usually reserved for commercial air conditioning. Something on a large scale. Central air is an extremely common term, but reserved for housing.
     
  7. KingNothing

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    And you dragged my post along to state that because...? :p
     
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    central air for an apartment means that the whole complex is centrally cooled like a commercial building. the reason it sucks is that in general you can't decide whether its on heat or cool, so when the building manager switches it over in the middle of the day from cool to heat and your thermostat is trying to use the hot air to cool the apartment down. then you get home and your apartment is hot and muggy
     
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    I don't think that's necessarily what it means. Each unit at my parent's apartment complex has its own air conditioner unit sitting outside, so each apartment has central air but not like you're describing.
     
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    Because I'm an ornery bastage don'tcha know ;)
     
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    thats what central air is called in a house but i've never seen them call it that for an apartment
     
  12. BrunoPuntzJones

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    Interesting

    I've never been in a single apartment here that didn't have its own thermostat. Guess it's just a bit different. I know HVAC is usually for big stuff, I've just always heard HVAC or central air, never seen it as CH/A and was really driving me nuts :p

    I forgot to say thanks :(

    All houses and apartments that are central air/heat just means that they have vents and ducts. If it's not central air then it's window units. I know what you mean about central air and there being one AC for several units, offices are like that, just never seen apartments like it.


     
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    Well what do they call it then? Off-to-the-side heating and cooling?
     
  14. Deeko

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    AFAIK central air just means you have a heat/air vent in each room, rather than single HVAC units or AC's in the window.
     
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    Whoa, the 'V' in HVAC stands for ventilation? I thought it was central vacuum. Our old house in Canada used to have central vacuum...it was pretty cool! Basically you open up a flap on the wall mounted in what looks to be a standard power receptacle, and WHOOSH! you feel the rush of air. These suction outlets were in every major room and hallway upstairs and downstairs. The vacuums themselves were pretty sleek units...no need for bulk when all the dirt is getting sucked through the walls to a big storage unit in the garage. You could even run it without power (the suction power alone was enough to 'sweep' floors with, though with carpets you needed power!)

    Had I lived in that house through puberty, I would have probably tried some nasty things with that sucking hole in the wall...
     
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    Tried it...was way too narrow.


    ;)
     
  17. BrunoPuntzJones

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    Ah, simliar to my experience.

    *Me in the back of the suburban*

    "Dad I have to pee"

    "Just stick it in this empty Big Gulp 80oz drink from 7-11"

    "It won't fit!"

    :D

     
  18. SarcasticDwarf

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    I would reccomend staying away from apartments (if you had the choice) that use central heating/cooling. The reasons are as follows:

    *complexes can get away with being cheap by having underperforming units and storing in tanks
    *units are served by underground water lines, which occasionally (occurence depends on geography, maintenence, construction, planning, etc) break causing long-term loss in heating/cooling
    *central heating/cooling requires a special class of technician to repair, who generally takes a while to get to the site due to low numbers of technicians. Smaller units can be serviced by any idiot