A video entry system gives you an extra sense of security. The only non-residents that can get into the residential area of the building are people that have been permitted by someone in an Ice House Apartment. Check out this short video of the same system in action at Urban Exchange.
Utility expenses at the Ice House depend entirely on usage. From what tenants have told us, the electric bill is about $40-$60 a month and the water bill is about $28-35 each month.
Mini splits have no ducts, so they avoid the energy losses associated with the ductwork of central forced air systems. Duct losses can account for more than 30% of energy consumption for space conditioning. All apartments at the Harrisonburg Ice House are cooled and heated with mini split units.