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3 Helpful Tips For Installing A New Window Air Conditioner

If you cannot imagine making it through another week without your home being cooler, it is time to learn about installing a new air conditioner. It is important to point out that a central air conditioner is a valuable luxury that many people cannot afford or do not actually require. Fortunately, the option of window units that are placed at strategic points throughout your home can help everyone make it through the next heat wave a little more comfortably.

Tip #1-Consider the Needs of Your Family and the Layout of your Home

One of the more common misconceptions about window air conditioning units is that every room, with the exception of the bathrooms and closets, needs its own window unit. If you do not live in an area with long, hot summers, that is not always true.    

Instead, it is often a better idea to choose larger units that can efficiently cool a larger area and place them at midpoints between rooms. For example, if your kitchen and dining or living area adjoin one another, you will find that choosing a window at a mid-point between the two allows both areas to maintain an acceptable temperature.

The same would apply in children's rooms that are close to one another, if they share a hallway or bathroom. In that instance, placing a window unit in the bathroom or hall window and opening both doors can keep everyone cool all summer long. Doing so means you will not only save money on your initial purchase, but also on your on-going costs,  since just one unit will be cooling multiple areas. 

Tip #2-Checking the Caulking of the Window before Installing the Unit

You are probably aware that your new window air conditioner will typically come with an expandable bracer that allows it to be securely contained within the window. In addition, you may also know that the window will need to be raised in order for the air conditioner to be contained.

However, you should consider verifying that the caulking in the window is still intact and functional. That can provide a more stable base for the unit and allows for a cost savings in the future, because there will be less lost air.

Tip #3-Verify that the Air Conditioner will be Properly Supported

Having chosen and installed your air conditioner, the last thing you will want is to do it all over again. Unfortunately, that is a very real risk if the unit were to fall out of the window. To prevent that, you can create a shelf on the outside of the window. In addition, you could use L-brackets to support its weight, while more light-weight units may just need a strip of wood posted outside to transfer weight to.

L-brackets are easy to install and are ideal for large, heavy units. They are available from most hardware stores and should be placed on the bottom corners of the air conditioner, outside. A small wooden shelf is easy to create, but if the unit is very heavy or if the windows or doors are fragile, you should invest in a strong material that will not give way in cold or rain.

Finally, today's window units are available in many sizes and types. Be sure that you know the approximate square footage of each room or area that needs an air conditioner and get the corresponding size. A unit that is too small to cool an area will run constantly and rarely provide a comfortable area—but you will pay dearly for it to work so hard trying. For any additional tips or advice, contact an HVAC company, like Robert Bair Plumbing Heating & Air.