A window-mounted air conditioner is a great option for those individuals that either do not want to spend a lot of money on a central air system or simply do not need the amount of cooling power that a central air system can provide. However, you still will want to do everything you can to get the most out of your window-mounted air conditioner in order to avoid breaking the air conditioner or dealing with unnecessarily high utility bills. Listed below are two tips for getting the most out of your window-mounted air conditioner.
Ensure That The Air Conditioner Is Draining Properly
An important tip for getting the most out of your window-mounted air conditioner is to ensure that the air conditioner is draining properly. If the air conditioner is not draining properly, then you will very quickly notice that the air being produced by your air conditioner is not going to be especially cold.
In order to ensure that the air conditioner is draining properly, make sure that the air conditioner is tilted out of your window a slight bit and that the cap is removed from the drainage hose so that water can constantly drain out of the system. If you would rather not keep the cap off of the drainage hose at all times, you simply need to make sure that you remove the cap periodically to drain the accumulated water.
Make Sure That The Window Is Completely Sealed
Finally, one of the most important things that you can do to keep your window-mounted air conditioner working well is to keep the window around the air conditioner completely sealed. As long as there are gaps between the air conditioner in the window frame, a good portion of the cooled air that your air conditioner produces will simply flow right back outside of your home and be completely wasted. In many cases, a window-mounted air conditioner will come with a set of expanding panels that are intended to fill in the gaps between your window and your air-conditioner, which can be supplemented with tape and other sealing materials.
Contact an HVAC contractor today in order to discuss what you can do to get the most out of your window-mounted air conditioner and how to keep that window-mounted air conditioner in the best possible condition. Ensuring that the air conditioner is draining properly, and making sure that the window around the air conditioner is completely sealed are both great ways to make sure that your window-mounted unit is working as efficiently and as well as possible.