We're back with more common questions about window air conditioners. In our previous post, we clued homeowners into what a BTU is and how to decide if switching to window air conditioners was a more cost-effective way to cool their entire home. These units can help save you money on your energy bill if your HVAC system is having trouble keeping up with your demands for cool air, or they can save the day in the event that your central air goes out. Homeowners have lots of questions about these handy units. Here are some of the most common.
How Difficult Is It to Install a Window Air Conditioner?
Installation of a window air conditioner is best done with two people. While you may be tempted to skip the support shelf or bracket for the back of the unit - don't! These are parts that can help keep your unit level so that it runs efficiently and keep your window frame and surrounding wall from being damaged by the weight of the unit. Some larger window air conditioning units are quite heavy. Be sure to get someone to help you lift the unit into place and secure it. Homeowners around the country end up in the emergency room with injuries due to their attempts at installing window air conditioners on their own.
What Is a SEER rating?
The higher the SEER rating on your air conditioner, the more BTUs of cooling power your unit creates for every watt of power. Simply put, the SEER rating is directly tied to your window air conditioner's efficiency. To find your unit's SEER rating, you can divide the number of BTUs by the wattage used per hour.
How Do I Maintain My Window Air Conditioner?
Just like a central air system in your home, your window unit has a filter that needs to be cleaned and replaced every three months. If you live in an area where there is a high pollen count or a lot of dust in the air, you may need to replace this filter more often. Just like in an HVAC system, a clogged filter can increase your energy costs and decrease the performance of your system.
For more common questions about window AC units check back with our last post.
Affordable AC Repair Wake Forest NC
If your HVAC system is struggling to keep you cool this summer call the professional team at Choice Heating and Air Conditioning. Our upfront pricing guarantee means you'll know just how much you'll pay for any parts or repairs before work begins. There are no hidden charges or fees with us. All of our technicians are trained to evaluate your complete system, not just diagnose the problem so that you can rest assured your system will make the switch from air conditioning this summer to heat in the fall.
Call today and schedule your summer tuneup with Choice Heating and Air Conditioning today!