I live in an apartment building (sans central air) with 20+ floors, which means all sane tenants have window air conditioners. Someone on a floor above me has their AC in the same window that I do, and their (and possibly other) ACs were draining onto mine, causing a drip-drip-drip noise that sounds like a small cymbal. It would literally wake me up at night, and was driving me (and my boyfriend) crazy. After searching online for a solution, I came across this thread on Apartment Therapy. The solutions were plentiful:
- Screw a piece of plywood onto the top of the unit
- Tie a towel on top
- Buy a $20 piece of magnet-backed foam and place it on top
- Buy a piece of foam from a craft store & glue it on top with liquid nails
- Tie Astroturf on top
- Place an outdoor mat on top
- Ask the person above you to insert a piece of plastic tubing into the side of their unit to direct water away from yours.
My every intention is to eventually move into a place that has central air, at which time I’ll sell the unit I have, so I didn’t want anything permanent (screwing or gluing things on top). I also didn’t want something that looked terrible (astroturf, towel, foam – my opinion). So here’s what I did. I picked up a 19″ x 19″ carpet tile from the dollar store for $1 & a set of bungee cords from Lowe’s for less than $3. I trimmed the carpet to fit the top of my unit, used a zip-tie to secure the two bungee cords together on one end, laid the carpet on top, and kept it in place with the bungee cords. It works PERFECTLY, is removable, doesn’t look terrible, and cost me less than $5. BOOM!