Window AC / August 27, 2018 / Francoise Salmons
Equipped with remote control and electronic thermostat this is a very comfortable machine to operate and should handle bigger jobs perfectly. It is just another example of a highly rated GE window air conditioner. With so much competition in the manufacture and sale of conditioners there are certain models (we are not talking about cheap foreign manufactured models) which cost just a few hundred dollars. However better models cost more and provide better service. Even if you are aware of your requirement from an air conditioner there is always a dilemma as to which type of conditioner should a person choose.
The answer is It depends on the wall thickness. Sleeve specifications for some window air conditioner manufacturers include the maximum wall thickness before it will cover part of the louvers. For example Amanas 18000 BTU models have a max of 8.5 inches. If the wall thickness is at or below that these models can be used in as a wall air conditioner without adversely affecting function. So whats the problem if the wall covers a little of the louvers? Two things: 1) restriction of air movement and therefore reduced efficiency and 2) these units pull air in very powerfully. Cut wall edges could become loose allowing material to be sucked into the unit and potentially causing damage.
To help make that decision more clear I will explore some of the positives and negatives of the two major options. Ductless split type units are also becoming more of an option. I will do another article on that option. To include that in this article would just be more confusing. So for now we will just look at window air conditioners and central air conditioning. Central air conditioning is the best way to go if you already have a central hot air heating system already installed in your house or building. The advantage that you have is that you already have the air handler or blower part already installed.