Window AC / September 9, 2018 / Denise Brisette.
When purchasing a window air conditioner it is very important to purchase one with the proper cooling capacity. An air conditioner that is not properly sized will not work as efficiently as one that is sized properly. This is one of the most common mistakes made when selecting air conditioners. Use an air conditioner size calculator to select the proper sized unit for the room you want to cool. Undersized air conditioners will run continuously and not cool the space adequately and an oversized unit will cycle on and off too often. This increases equipment wear and can actually cause fuses to fail.
Installing Your New Air Conditioner. Before you remove your new A/C from its packaging youll need to recruit a helper. Air conditioners are very hard to grip because their weight is uneven and dropping the unit from a window could be catastrophic. After you find a friend or family neighbor to help you can begin the installation by installing any mounting brackets that have been provided by the manufacturer. Heavy older units typically come with mounting brackets that help to support the A/C unit using the window sill and outer wall as balancing points. Next attach any extenders that come with your air conditioner.
Window air conditioners come in various sizes and it is important to choose the one that best fits the size of your room and needs of the user. The first thing to consider is to the rooms size. Using an climate control unit calculator or using the Energy Star chart for choosing a properly sized cooling appliance. For the average 150-250 square foot room youll need a climate control unit that has a capacity of 6000 BTUs. If you have rooms that flow into one another with archways or open doorways youll need to include the square footage of the adjoining room when calculating the capacity necessary to cool the area. Outside of square footage it is important to consider the climate of the room you wish to cool with an air conditioner.
These extenders will fill the space between the unit and the edges of to keep air from leaking out. Youre now ready to open the window from the bottom pain and have your helper raise the A/C into position. Rest the A/C on the window sill and slide the extensions out to fill any gaps. Check the instructions provided with your A/C for the what the correct placement is for your specific appliance. Most air conditioning units should tilt outward to drain any condensation that may accumulate on it. Finally you will fasten the brackets and lower the window pain back to the top of your machine. Sometimes it is wise to fasten the upper window pane in place to avoid movement of your A/C.