Window AC / September 10, 2018 / Francoise Salmons
They are also easy to install unlike split air systems and central ac. Installing a window unit is an easy DIY job that can be tackled in an hour or so. Also because they are installed in a semi-permanent fashion you just set it and forget it. Unlike portable ac units which are often wheeled around from room to room a window unit is designed to stay put. In spite of all of these benefits however window units have one major drawback: the noise. These units are loud and different models can range from being moderately annoying to downright deafening.
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.
A wall with simple sheet type siding may be only 6 inches thick whereas a brick or stone wall can be much thicker. So wall air conditioner sleeves have ventilation louvers only in the back to avoid louvers being covered by the wall edges. This limits the amount of ventilation space available in turn limiting how powerful the unit can be. Wall air conditioners generally dont get much over 14000 BTU depending on the brand. So are they interchangeable? This question usually arises when someone needs a lot of cooling power in a room without suitable windows for a window unit.