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Yes, exactly why I thought a smaller sized floor unit would work. They're cumbersome but unfortunately we sweat a lot in summer and I would be lying if I said "we'll get used to it". I know we won't but it's not a good enough reason to not move there.
We lived in a temp apartment last summer which had a floor-standing rolling unit that vented with one of those flexible 15cm diam hoses hung out a window. It cooled a living room but very very slowly during the hot 2-3 weeks. Worked better in a small bedroom. (Even with a window slightly open to put the hose out.)

I'd say in Paris there were between 4 and 6 weeks last year where at least a fan was necessary and an air conditioner would've been quite nice.

(...screens for cats in windows...)
When I did some research last year most of what I found was rolls of netting meant to be stretched between hooks that you screw into the façade outside the window. Totally impractical if you also want to, say, be able to go outside and sit on your terrace sometimes. Possibly compatible with metal shutters, though.

Called "Filet de protection pour chat", e.g.:
Filet de protection pour chat Trixie, vert olive - À prix avantageux chez zooplus
 

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Thanks! That's all really helpful. The ACs I've seen here have another option as well which is to have their own water container inside them and then shut off when they reach a certain level so you can dump out the water.
And for screens I was thinking something a little more tightly woven like what is used here for window screens. Dense, but not so dense that it blocks light. But this product you've showed me is really great too! Keeps the cat inside and the pigeon outside, right? :)
Yeah, the rolling A/C had a water catchment tank like that that you had to empty if you didn't have a hose to a drain. Every A/C is going to have that issue... (and with hardwood floors everywhere...)

For DIY, the hardware stores definitely have rolls of mesh and possibly also rolls of netting. I forget what all I've seen at brico stores.

I've love inset or hook-mounted screens with their own frames, though. That'd be great.
 

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I've made those in several apartments here in New York but the thing is that here the window frames have a track for screens. I'll think of something that doesn't piss any landlords off.
One place I lived in in the U.S. had external screens which hung from flat wide hooks at the top and had a latch at the bottom. They had rubber gaskets so they rested softly against the window frame. In the winter, one would take them off and replace them with a set of storm windows that went on the same hooks. Pretty minimal installation impact: two hooks at the top, one or two hooks or latches at the bottom.
 
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