Window AC / September 4, 2018 / Jacqueline Bizier
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.
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.
The most popular brands of window air conditioners in the US are General Electric LG and Friedrich. You can find these units at various big-box retail stores like Best Buy or Sears as well as at online at merchants like Amazon. The cost of window units varies widely depending primarily on how many BTUs you need. The smallest units can be as well as $180 with the larger units running up to $500. In some climates Summer months can be downright unbearable without an air conditioner. Window A/Cs are less expensive than central air cooling systems and they typically use less energy than whole house systems as well.