Whether you’re living in a rental apartment or an older house with no air conditioner you’re going to be facing some of the hottest months of the year, and we’re pretty sure you don’t want to be in that position.
While installing an entire HVAC system is probably out of the question for this upcoming year there are still plenty of ways to keep the rooms in your house cool. One of the most ideal solutions for regulating temperature might be a window air conditioner. Here’s a quick-hitting guide on how to choose and install one of these units.
1. Measure the Room
In choosing a wall unit you’re going to want to make sure that you know the size of the room you’ll be cooling. You’ll need this information to be sure that you choose one that will have the correct number of BTUs to effectively cool the room.
2. Measure the window
Most window units are made to fit into a double-hung window style, but they do make some that will fit sliding or swing-out windows. You’ll just need to be sure that you research the manufacturer of your unit and choose one that will fit into the windows at your house.
Be sure that you take measurements of the window itself before you head out to make your purchase. This way you’ll be sure that the unit you choose will fit when you move to install it for the year.
3. Install Your Unit
As with almost any installation project, you’ll want to be sure that you read the installation manual before beginning, as well as inspect the unit to make sure you have all the necessary pieces you need.
Raise the window’s lower sash and set the A/C unit centered on the windowsill. Most of the weight will be hanging out the window so be sure to keep a firm grip on the unit. Recruit a second person to help with the installation to make sure that you don’t drop the unit out of the window or onto the floor.
Pull down the upper window until it contacts the top of the unit. It should touch directly behind the metal flange running across the top of the unit. Keep pressure on the unit and then use the included L-shaped metal brackets. Screw the bracket to the upper window and repeat this to install the remaining brackets. Once the brackets are in place, and the lower sash is locked in position, the A/C unit should be secured. Finish with the two accordion extensions to finish enclosing the unit.
For more information on HVAC companies or HVAC units checked out a trusted local HVAC company that might be able to provide more information or help with installing your unit.