Window AC / September 8, 2018 / Babette Arsenault
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.
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.
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.