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Old 05-10-2007, 11:37 AM
 
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I am moving to Austin from Chicago this summer and trying to rent an apartment. My question is, how hot it is on the top floor (3rd floor) of an apartment? It would be quiet, but also lots of sunshine, I guess. My electric bill would also vary. I have never experienced the hot weather in Texas, so I have no clue. Please advise me.
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Old 05-16-2007, 05:40 PM
 
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it will be very hot depending on the side your apartment face. if there are trees nearby it will be better. the electricity bills would be big, as much as $80 -100. if u are at home u need to switch on ac all the time. this year it is better i feel than last years summer.
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Old 05-17-2007, 08:13 AM
 
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It does not matter how many trees you have or how you face, the third floor is going to be VERY HOT! My daughter lives on the third floor and we just put in solar/mesh fabric for her on her balcony and bedroom window and we hope that it will help keep her place cool.

Last summer she had to run all 3 fans 24/7, keep the thermostate at 72 and take a cool shower everynight, and she would still wake up HOT! She lives in SW Austin in a newer complex, her electric bill went up to $257. YIKES!!

Try not to get an apartment that faces or has your balcony facing WEST. That evening sun is really hot. Hers faces SE, so it is not that bad.

I hope that helps.
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