With summer heat approaching a window air conditioning can be simple way to ensure your comfort. These small units don't require any technical installation since they are simply placed into the window and plugged into a standard outlet. The following tips can ensure you get the most from your unit this summer.
Tip #1: Make sure it's sized right
Not all window units are created equal. When shopping for a new unit check the square footage it is meant to cool. Choosing a unit that is too small for the space will cause it to over work, which can lead to the unit breaking down prematurely. A too-large unit is also prone to problems, since it may freeze up and ice over when cooling an overly small space. The manufacturer will recommend a square footage, so choose the unit that most closely matches the square footage of the area you need to cool.
Tip #2: Go for a stable installation
There are several factors to ensuring stability, and many are unique to the windows in your home. If you have a wide window ledge, for example, you may not need to do much to stabilize the unit other than slide it into the open window. Windows with little to no outside ledge should have a platform installed to support the weight of the rear of the AC unit so it doesn't topple out of the window. You can design the platform yourself or purchase premade AC platforms.
Tip #3: Tend to the filters
Window unit filters are different from central AC filters in that they tend to be reusable, but they still need to be cleaned at least once a month. You should clean them more often if you have pets, live in a dusty area, or have high pollen counts outdoors. Begin by shutting off the unit and unplugging it. Then, open the front and slide out the filter. Some units may have more than one. You can usually vacuum these off with an upholstery attachment. If they are really dirty, rinse them in cold water and then allow them to dry before placing them back in the AC.
Tip #4: Get yearly service
A window AC is an investment, so you want to make sure it is serviced annually so it will continue to work well. At the end of the season, the unit needs to be unplugged and then the outside housing should be removed. Any dirt or dust inside this housing should be cleaned out, and then the belts and moving moving parts should be inspected for damage and replaced as needed. The blower fan and motor will need to be lubricated, as well. Check the owner's manual for recommended lubrication points. After the housing is replaced, the unit should be removed and stored for winter or covered with an AC cover to keep moisture out.
If you need help with any of these tasks, contact an AC contractor in your area such as Tropic Air Conditioning INC.