Window air conditioners are the best-suited solution for small homes that don't have room for a full sized central air conditioning unit, or for apartments where it isn't possible to install another type of cooling system. Like their name would suggest, window air conditioners are designed to fit into a window frame, and provide cooling to the single room that they are installed in. Proper installation of a window air conditioner is essential to maintain the efficiency and effectiveness of the unit:
Before You Begin
You'll need a drill, screws, foam weather stripping, a pair of scissors, caulking, and someone to help you lift and carry the air conditioner. All of the other parts that you'll need should come included with the air conditioner.
Installing a Window Air Conditioner
First things first, you need to install the mounting brackets that the air conditioner will actually sit on (if your air conditioner did not come with mounting brackets, you can find replacements at most hardware stores - opt for the supports with the highest weight capacity). Open the bottom window sash all the way, and attach the brackets to the window sill using the drill and screws. Make sure that the screw heads go just a bit into the wood of the sill for the greatest degree of stability.
Next, lift the air conditioner into place on top of the newly installed support brackets. You'll want to fasten the unit to the supports, which is done by hand with fasteners included with most window air conditioning units. Simply screw the fasteners in, turning clockwise, until you can't any longer.
Next, you'll want to install the side panels that close any gaps between the sides of your air conditioner and the sides of your window. However, these are not always included with your unit but can be found at most hardware stores. Simply use the drill and screws to attach them to the sides of your window, and should be able to hook into the sides of your air conditioning unit.
Finally, once the air conditioner is secure in your window, you can finish up the installation process. Measure weather stripping along the top and bottom of your air conditioner, and cut it to size with your scissors. Since weather stripping is self-adhesive, all you have to do is press it into place by hand to secure the seal of the window. Finally, you'll want to apply caulk along the sides, top, and bottom of where the air conditioner meets the window in order to solidify the seal completely. Once that's done, you're able to attach the drainage hose and plug in your unit and begin enjoying fresh, cooled air.
Contact a company like Allied Mechanical & Electrical, Inc. for more information and assistance.
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