Window AC / August 25, 2018 / Babette Arsenault
If you live in a college dorm studio apartment or a one-to-two bedroom apartment a window air conditioner is probably your best bet for keeping cool during the summer months. Unlike a central air conditioner a window unit can cost under $200 and will do an excellent job keeping your place cool during the dog days of summer. A window air conditioner - as the name suggests - sits on your window in a semi-permanent installation. This type of unit is designed to work straight out of the box and requires minimal hassle when installing to the window. Basically you attach the unit to your windowsill and then close the window down on top of it.
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.
Air conditioners are old-timers among climatic equipment which provide comfortable conditions for living. The first window air conditioning system was invented in America in 1930s. Such devices became widespread at once due to their simple design low price and rather high power thus making the cooling of individual rooms possible. Buy your conditioner as per the appropriate BTU. It is a measurement of energy abbreviated as BTU which stands for British Thermal Unit. For this purpose you will be required to find the correct BTU of your room. BTU is proportional to the amount of heat a window conditioner will remove from a room.