Window AC / August 24, 2018 / Aubrette Dumoulin
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.
Another Energy Star rated air conditioner from GE is the AEM08FM window unit. With a BTU 8000 this GE Air Conditioner has an energy saver feature making it much easier to save on your electric bill. It also comes with an electronic thermostat. This GE air conditioning unit also has strong reviews to back it up. Owners note how this product is also very quiet. If you have a big room to keep frosty go with the GE ASQ12AK Window Air Conditioning system. this Energy Star rated appliance does not skimp on quality. Figuring it effectively can keep a big room cool and at the same time be energy efficient this really is a bargain.
Another huge improvement in window air conditioners is in their appearance. Older models did not blend in very well with their surroundings. They were usually some shade of brown and looked like there was a box in your window. Window air conditioners today are much less obtrusive and look less like boxes. Corners are rounded and colors are much lighter. This gives them a much sleeker look. As with most things once they have been around for awhile cost become more reasonable and less of an obstacle. A window air conditioner can be purchase for less than two hundred dollars and often not much more than one hundred dollars. Of course this is for smaller units. Costs go up as the cooling capacity of the unit increases.