In the interest of preserving the very good friendship I have with my neighbors, it would be helpful to get some info before I have a discussion with them about my sleepless nights.
Last summer they had central air installed - the big square unit was placed in the space between our houses - but basically right outside my bedroom wall ... maybe 9-10' feet away. I don't begrudge them - the second floor of their 1909 Craftsman house is like an oven when its hot out. Their bedroom is at the front of the house ... far enough away that I don't think they hear it.
This unit is loud; it has a high-pitched rattle and hums in a pattern that almost sounds like a washing machine - and it never shuts off. They ran it for 3 days and nights in a row, and I about went crazy with the noise. The only window closest to my bedroom (no windows in my bedroom) is also near this unit - so I had to close it when I usually keep it open all summer. Thankfully we cooled off for a few days.*
I guess I'd like to know a few things - are these units supposed to be loud?; are they supposed to rattle?; aren't they supposed to shut off once in a while?;
I've seen them with boxes built around them ... is that to keep the noise down or is it just for cosmetics? Is there anything I can suggest they do so that I don't cringe when the forecast says hot?
*The upcoming 10-day forecast is for hot, hot days ... help?