Working in a small home office has it's definite advantages and disadvantages. We enjoy the compact efficiency of our narrow sleeping patio-turned-home office, everything within an arm's reach. But even with window coverings and open windows, Los Angeles' summers are prone to convert our office into an unintentional Easy Bake Oven.
A viable option is to use blackout window shades, which we're considering adding to our existing panel shading for both heat blocking and glare reduction. But this will only relieve only a percentage of our 2nd story room's overheating issues. So, despite a reluctance to avoid the additional cost of air conditioning, we've been looking around for possible thru-the-window cooling solutions that meets our temperature reduction requirements, while hopefully minimizing the fuglification of our interior space.
Let's be frank. Thru-the-window air conditioners are engineered solutions, with very little aesthetic design included in the selection of models we've seen online and at brick-and-mortar retailers. The best solution we've found is LG's slim 6000BTU LP6000ER model ($299)l; a little over 15" high and a relatively light 55lbs, we're seriously considering this unit as our savior from our own personal plane of hell.
But if money wasn't an issue ($2500-$3000), I'd be chillin' like Dylan (Bob or McKay) with one of these minimalicious ductless air conditioners from LG's Art Cool 2005 line. Not so sure about the Van Gogh panel model (you can change out and customize with any printed 17"x17" graphic of your choosing), but the LA180CP is now on my "if I win the lottery" list.