Have you ever wondered what goes into a heating or air conditioning system for a large office building or another large building like a mall or a school? My name is Evelyn, and I am an HVAC architect. I design heating and air conditioning systems for large, corporate buildings. Making sure that a large building with many rooms or offices is efficiently heated and cooled is a very large job and is much more complicated than simply heating or cooling a home. This blog will educate the reader on how heating and cooling jobs this large are designed and completed.
Window air conditioning units can offer a break from the heat if you don't have central air conditioning. Most window units come with a mounting kit that's designed with an average-sized, vertical-opening window in mind. But not all windows come in the same size and function.
Here are some tips on how to use a window air conditioner in unusually shaped windows — and when to go for a different type of unit.
Horizontal Slide Windows
Some larger bay windows and other wide styles open horizontally by sliding open rather than lifting straight up. There are ways to get a traditional window air conditioner to stay in these windows using a custom-built wood support frame. But the risk of the air conditioner falling out and harming person or property isn't worth the workaround.
Instead, head to your local home improvement store and look for a horizontal mount window air conditioner. Note that you want to make sure it specifically states that it's suited for horizontally opening windows. Ask a worker if you're unsure you found the right model.
Follow the installation instructions carefully to make sure the unit is snug inside the window frame. If you have doubts, call an air conditioner repair person to install the unit for you.
Does your warm room have unusually small vertical-opening windows? While small window air conditioners do exist, the smallest model might still be too large for your window. Never try to hang an overly large unit half in a window as it poses both a safety risk and the risk of the unit not functioning properly.
Instead of trying to wedge a large unit in a small hole, invest in a portable air conditioner. A portable unit has a handle that makes it easy to transport from room to room. Simply plug the unit in, place its exhaust hose out the window, and enjoy your cool air without the fuss of window mounting.
If you need a more permanent cooling solution for a rental room, consider a packaged thermal air conditioner, or PTAC unit. You will recognize PTAC units as the type of cooling system present in most hotel rooms.
The wall-mounted PTAC unit looks like a window air conditioner but can offer better cooling output and more temperature control options that include heat. You will need to have a contractor or HVAC technician make sure your wall is suitable support for a PTAC unit before installation.
Contact a business like Jones Air Conditioning & Electric to learn more about air conditioning units.