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Comfort at Home (Bed and AirCon)
« on: August 24, 2013, 02:52:30 PM »
I haven't been able to find anything relating to any of these two, so I thought I'd combine them :3

I've been slowly trying to make my apartment feel more friendly, and these are the last two big items.  I know LifeGarden in Nirasaki has a place to buy air conditioners, but I wasn't sure if they installed or not.  As for beds, I don't even know where to start.

Does anyone have any advice for either of these, or any tips on where to get the most value?  (And for me personally, the closer to Hokuto, the better)

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Re: Comfort at Home (Bed and AirCon)
« Reply #1 on: August 24, 2013, 08:14:05 PM »
Airconditioners

I don't think there is any point in going into the second-hand market for this. Aircons are a little tricky and you can never be sure if the aircon was un-installed correctly and how much of the refrigerant had been lost in the process. It can be quite the gamble. Then comes the installation, which requires someone who knows what they are doing.

Better to go and buy new and you will get something which will run more efficiently and come with more options. However, if the price is right, second hand aircons can be worth it.

Buying new, there are two options.
1. Buy them online through the usual channels. You can get them cheaper than in the shops but then you need to find an engineer who will install it for you.
I went down this route but a good friend of mine is an ex-engineer and was able to help me out.
2. Go to Nojima, Kojima, K's-denki etc and check out their selection. Usually their prices include the installation but I don't know how much more expensive they are than route 1.

Before you do either, you will have to check that you have the exit hole for the air conditioner's pipes mounted high up on the wall.



Bed

I can think of three places

1. Nittori
http://goo.gl/maps/yWb6S
http://www.nitori.co.jp/

2. Tokyo Interior
http://goo.gl/maps/lbwsa
http://www.tokyointerior.co.jp/

3. Muji in Laza Walk (Not such a big selction, but closer)
http://goo.gl/maps/5W9cy
http://www.muji.net/

4. I don't know Hokuto so well, but you could try D2, Kuroganeya etc too.

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Re: Comfort at Home (Bed and AirCon)
« Reply #2 on: August 27, 2013, 04:33:30 PM »
I haven't been able to find anything relating to any of these two, so I thought I'd combine them :3

I've been slowly trying to make my apartment feel more friendly, and these are the last two big items.  I know LifeGarden in Nirasaki has a place to buy air conditioners, but I wasn't sure if they installed or not.  As for beds, I don't even know where to start.

Does anyone have any advice for either of these, or any tips on where to get the most value?  (And for me personally, the closer to Hokuto, the better)

Hmm...a real air con in Hokuto with real installation is going to need our supervisor's approval, since we live in teacher's housing.  The cost will also be epic for this type.  Sara and I have aircon/dehumidifying units which sit on the floor (not mounted on the wall) and we basically vent it outside with cardboard and duct tape.  I am not sure about hers but mine is not very powerful but if I sit directly in front of it plus a fan, it is better than nothing.  I bought mine off of a leaving JET but Lifegarden, J-Mart, Kuroganeya may have them. 

They do have a limited amount of beds at J-Mart, D2 and Kuroganeya. 

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Re: Comfort at Home (Bed and AirCon)
« Reply #3 on: August 27, 2013, 05:15:08 PM »
For installed aircon, here is an idea of online prices

http://kakaku.com/kaden/aircon/

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Re: Comfort at Home (Bed and AirCon)
« Reply #4 on: August 27, 2013, 07:21:03 PM »
I haven't been able to find anything relating to any of these two, so I thought I'd combine them :3

I've been slowly trying to make my apartment feel more friendly, and these are the last two big items.  I know LifeGarden in Nirasaki has a place to buy air conditioners, but I wasn't sure if they installed or not.  As for beds, I don't even know where to start.

Does anyone have any advice for either of these, or any tips on where to get the most value?  (And for me personally, the closer to Hokuto, the better)

Hmm...a real air con in Hokuto with real installation is going to need our supervisor's approval, since we live in teacher's housing.  The cost will also be epic for this type.  Sara and I have aircon/dehumidifying units which sit on the floor (not mounted on the wall) and we basically vent it outside with cardboard and duct tape.  I am not sure about hers but mine is not very powerful but if I sit directly in front of it plus a fan, it is better than nothing.  I bought mine off of a leaving JET but Lifegarden, J-Mart, Kuroganeya may have them.

Mine isn't as powerful as a big wall-unit for sure, but I feel like it puts a pleasant dent in the summer heat for my living room area.  Compared to last summer, I think it was well worth the ~$300 I spent on it.  I haven't tried the heating function on it yet, but I might just switch over to kerosene in the winter because it's set up in my window and probably will let too much cold air in.  I actually did a lot of shopping around in the Hokuto/Nirasaki area for aircon and nowhere that I checked had this type, but I did see some window units that also don't require invasive installation.  I think they were around 4 man.  I ended up buying mine on Amazon here: http://www.amazon.co.jp/gp/product/B007M69QTG/