What owners need to watch out for.
An air conditioner provides cooling in hot weather. Therefore, it is also understandable if a community of owners wants to equip their apartments with these cooling devices. However, this is not easy in practice.
It is technically feasible to retrofit apartments with air conditioning. Legally, however, there are some traps lurking in owner associations. Because the installation of an air conditioning system represents a structural change.
In many cases, it must therefore be borne by the other owners, as a ruling by the Essen Local Court shows. In the case under negotiation, an owners’ meeting had unanimously decided to equip the apartments with air conditioning systems. The equipment was to be installed on the terraces of the apartments.
Two years later, the work was actually commissioned at another meeting, but without concrete specifications. The air conditioning system was installed on the gable wall of the building between the ground floor and the first floor.
An owner whose bedroom window was on this side of the building requested that the air conditioning be restored. On the one hand, the building is damaged, on the other hand, the device is so loud that he can no longer sleep.
The owner was successful in court: the judges found that the device had to be removed again. Because the installation actually represents a structural change that changes the appearance of the house.
Even in this form, the installation of the air conditioning system was not covered by the second decision of the owners’ meeting. For this does not indicate the type of air conditioner nor where it will be installed. In the absence of determinability, the decision of the owners’ association was therefore null and void (Ref.: 196 C 288/16). On the case the magazine reports ?the residential properties? of the owner’s association house & reason Germany.
Air conditioning in old building
Contrary to popular belief, it is not difficult to retrofit a modern air conditioner into an existing building. The best solution is split air conditioning systems. We will be happy to advise you.
An apartment under the roof and in summer the heat is unbearable? That doesn’t have to be any more nowadays, because with split climate systems there is a cost-effective way to remedy the situation. Split air-conditioning systems are decentralised air-conditioning systems in which there is one outdoor unit and at least one indoor unit. Decentralised systems require much less installation effort than centralised systems where a tube ventilation system with an external output has to be installed.
Decentralised systems have an external ventilation unit connected to the indoor unit or units. A single wall breakthrough is therefore necessary. For this reason, tenants must also obtain permission for such an installation from the landlord or the property owner.
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The costs for a split system range from three to four figures, depending on the size of the room, cooling capacity, brand and functionality. Please contact us for a more detailed price estimate.
A lot has happened in the area of consumption values in recent years. Air conditioning systems are not as big power guzzlers as they used to be. Nevertheless, it is always advisable to take a look at electricity consumption figures before making a purchase.
Air conditioning systems based on an air heat pump are also particularly energy-efficient in terms of consumption. However, such devices are more expensive to purchase. There are always different aspects to consider, especially when retrofitting. We will be happy to advise you which system is best for you.
Air conditioning for the rental apartment?
Monoblock or split unit? Only if you do not receive permission from your landlord to install a split air conditioner, or if you want to move again in the foreseeable future, should you choose the monoblock solution.
Monoblock units are often used in rental apartments. In these cases, all components of the system are in one housing. There is no outdoor unit whose volume disturbs the neighbours, which must be mounted on the house wall or for which a wall breakthrough would be necessary. Monoblock devices require little space, are inexpensive and uncomplicated. They can be flexibly taken into any room and only require a socket and a tilted window for the exhaust hose or hoses.
However, the rabbit is in the hole here too. Because the warm outside air flowing in through the window requires a counter-work of the system. The result: increased power consumption. Also consider: Monoblock units generate a certain noise level in the room to be cooled.