My family’s apartment growing up was entirely old.
The bedroom looked like it was untouched from the 1970s, save a few newer appliances like the microwave and refrigerator. The people I was with and I had a basement with a dirt floor and important attic above the house. For years we never had cable or satellite TV; instead, we used a big antenna on top of the roof that my father often had to adjust manually with a ladder. They finally got satellite television 1 year, but the rest of the apartment stayed the way it was with no other major updates. The people I was with and I never had a central cooling system because it was the northern midwest. The only thing we had to stay cool in the Summer was an seasoned window cooling system, otherwise we opened windows and used fans to create cross breezes. In the winter, we used the fireplace to keep the entire apartment warm. Even though we had a near endless supply of wood on that property, the fireplace wasn’t certainly efficient. Most of the heat went up the chimney with the smoke. When I was eight, my parents updated the fireplace with a wood stove. A wood stove can be installed a few feet away from a wall so a big amount of the heat emanates into your indoor air before it can go up the chimney via the flue. After we had the new wood stove installed, I was a lot more comfortable for a change. The apartment certainly felt warmer than before, and I guess my parents were cheerful with the improvements. Lastly, the fire burnt through the wood slower than the seasoned fireplace, meaning that we got more heat out of the same amount of wood used.