Deciding to install a window AC unit can help you cool down a room in your home without having a full system put in. Then again, knowing how to install a window AC unit is a different story.
While things will vary based on your home’s windows and the specific unit you get, the following are some general do’s and don’ts you should adhere to along the way:
- Do Analyse Your Windows: Not all windows can support air conditioners. Appliances like these are usually meant for double-hung windows with lower panes capable of sliding up and down under a fixed upper pane. Casement windows tilting outward and sliding windows going left and right aren’t likely to work.
- Don’t Assume You Automatically Have Permission: If you live in a condo, apartment, or community with a local owners association, there might be rules preventing you from installing window units. These can range from safety and liability matters to aesthetic reasons.
- Do Have the Right Power Available: Your window unit will need electricity. That means there has to be an outlet within reach of the power cord. That outlet also needs to provide the right level of power safely. Contact an electrician if you need upgrades.
- Don’t Do Your Measurements Just Once: Not only do you need to measure the window to make sure a unit can physically fit it safely, but you also need to measure the area of the room that needs cooling so you can get an appropriately powerful air conditioner.
- Do Use Brackets if You Need Them: Sometimes, brackets are necessary for supporting the weight and position of an air conditioner. This might come from the manufacturer, but it can also be a matter of local ordinances. Use them if you have to.
- Don’t Do This Alone: Air conditioners weigh a lot. Even if you can pick one up with your two hands by yourself, you won’t have any hands free to do the work. Have someone help you.
Once you have this accomplished, you can cool down the most frequently used room in your home. You might even decide to put units in windows of multiple rooms for more cooling.
If you’re not entirely sure you’re up for it, or you just want to make sure that it’s done right, then contact CLF Services for professional expertise and assistance with this matter.
For more information or to make an appointment, please call CLF Services on 1300 257 561.