Window air conditioners are an effective solution to keeping rooms cool without the expense of installing a central air system. You can quickly install them when the weather gets warm in the summer, and remove them when the air temperatures drop in the fall. The following tips will make the process of installing a window air conditioner a breeze.
Determine the Space to Cooled
Window air conditioners are available in a variety of sizes and cooling capabilities. Before considering a unit for your room, you will need to determine how much space needs to be cooled. Use a measuring tape to determine the size of your room and use that measurement to get an appropriate conditioning unit. When you are considering units, be mindful of fire safety. Window air conditioners could block egress. Should there be a fire in that room, it’s important to be able to get out safely.
Look for Energy Efficiency
There are energy efficiency ratings on window air conditioning units. The rating ranges between 8 and 11.5. Units with a rating above 9 will help you save on your utility costs. Many of these units have added features like digital controls, sleep settings, and variable speeds that also help in conserving energy. These conditioners may cost a little more, but they will be worth the expense over time.
Installing Your Window Air Conditioner
Before you begin the process of installing your window air conditioner, have a friend around to help you with the task. These units can be cumbersome to handle and you will want an extra set of hands to prevent any chance of your new appliance falling and becoming damaged.
If your windows are double-hung, installing the unit will be quite easy. You may need to organize the window extensions for the appliance if your model does not already have them installed. Other units have special window attachment supports. If your model has these brackets, you will need to position them before installing your unit. Be sure to read the instructions provided by the manufacturer of your window air conditioner before you begin any work.
Lift the lower window pane. Position the unit onto the windowsill. Slide the extension parts to block the extra window space. Use the instructions to determine how the to position the unit in the window. Most air conditioners are somewhat to the outside to so that any condensation can drain away. There are some units that are designed to sit level in the window.
Attach the air conditioner to the supports and lower the pane onto the appliance to secure it into position. Most units require you to ensure that the upper pane is also secured so that the air conditioner cannot move. Lock the extensions into place. Use weatherstripping to seal the unit into the inside of the window. Apply caulking to seal the outside of the window. If your window has an odd shape, you may need to use a board to seal off any extra space that the extensions do not fill.
Powering Your Unit
Window air conditioners can consume a great deal of energy, so be sure to connect it to a circuit with that will have enough power. If the circuit you are using is also providing power to other appliances that need high levels of energy, you could have a problem. If you need an extension, be sure to use the shortest cord possible. Remove and clean the filter to the unit every six months to maintain optimal operating and efficiency levels.
Removing Your Air Conditioner
If your unit is properly sealed into the window, you should be able to leave it installed all year. However, if you would like access to your window space later in the year, you can easily remove it and store it away. You will need a helping hand for this job as well. Detach the unit from the support and remove it from the window space. Be careful to keep all of the hardware contained. Place the unit into a dry space to reduce any chances of damage from moisture.