Ok, so it's getting hotter than the balls of Hades here in NY, and this is my first full summer as a freelancer. (That is, working/being at home just about all the time.) With that being the case, my ceiling fans and desk fan just ain't cutting it, and the weather's only going to get hotter and more humid as the summer goes on. In the interest of a.) not having to take 3 showers a day just to feel normal, b.) not sweating through laundry like it's going out of style, and c.) being able to work, live, and sleep comfortably in general, I decided to bite the bullet and buy a little a/c unit.
Now, it should be noted that whenever I buy something that I plan to have for a while, I do about half an hour of research on the best available deals. I wanted an actual air conditioner that would at least cool one room of my apartment effectively, rather than those glorified fans known as "evaporative air coolers." So, after checking out Google and Amazon for customer reviews, prices, et cetera, I just ordered this a/c unit for under $110 -- INCLUDING shipping! Base price was $99, with shipping coming in at about $20 for a 3-5 day delivery time. And a quick Google search for the phrase Conn's coupons turned up the code 10foru, which knocked another 10% off the base price. COUPON NINJA SHOPPER ATTACK!!!! (Sorry, got carried away.)
So in short, it looks like this a/c unit is a really good value, and I'll be sure to follow up on this post once I get everything installed in a week. Keep your fingers crossed for me, and stay cool!
UPDATE: The a/c unit arrived on time, and works terrifically! It kept my entire apartment cool throughout the summer and the unseasonably warm autumn, so I highly recommend it!