Window AC / September 10, 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.
I have seen many units that are not even screwed fast. If the window air conditioner is just there balancing in the window frame it becomes very inviting for a unexpected guest. The window air conditioner is also very inefficient. These units use more power per BTU of cooling than any other type of air conditioner. If you are a light sleeper than chances are you will not want one of these window shakers. Window air conditioners are one of the loudest forms of air conditioning. The blower for these units is very loud when running. Then add the noise of the compressor and you have enough decibels to keep many people wide awake all night long.