Forgive the following stupidity. I honestly know nothing about this as
I've never owned an air conditioner before.
I just purchased one today, a Maytag model that's about 18 1/2" wide,
13" tall, and 16" deep. Got a good deal, so I was very happy. I
brought it back to my apartment, thinking that I knew exactly which
window it would go in - but the window is only 17 1/2" wide. It would
fit on its side, but I've heard that doesn't work so well.
So I have a few questions:
1) Is it okay to put an air-conditioning unit on its side? This would
essentially solve all my problems.
2) What are the downsides to just plugging a window unit in before
properly installing it (ie., using it at a lower effectiveness to try
to combat the 41-degree humidex in my stifling apartment)?
3) The only other windows in my apartment are larger (maybe 30"x30"
squares) that seem quite thoroughly sealed in to their frames. Are
there any suggestions that could solve my dilemma with how to install
this in there easier perhaps?
Thanks for all your help in advance, and sorry that I know next to
nothing and have to bother all of you with my probably simple
I have casement windows, and wound up buying a portable A/C (the kind on
wheels that has an exhaust hose that vents to the outside). To get it to
work with casement windows, I had a piece of 1/4" Plexiglas cut so that it
is the same exact size as the screen, and I had them cut out a hole for the
5" hose. I put the Plexiglas where the screen normally goes, and when I
want to use the A/C I just crank the window open and turn it on. In heavy
rain, I shut the unit off and crank the window shut so that the window frame
doesn't get soaked. BTW, the hole they cut turned out to be bigger than the
hose diameter, which was actually smaller than 5" diameter, so I had to wrap
the hose with duct tape to get it to fit snugly.
Granted, the downside is the portable kind that has a single exhaust hose
isn't very efficient; they make a lot of noise, and they are expensive
compared to window units (at least $300 or $400), and they do look ugly with
a dryer-like hose sticking up into the window. Mine is a 9000btu Royal
Sovereign, and under hot conditions it probably doesn't actually work any
better than a 4000 BTU window unit. I'm only using it to supplement the
central A/C in a problematic room so it does the job. It is a
self-evaporating unit so I have never had to empty out a drain pan, (but I
likely would have to empty it out it weren't merely supplementing the
On 29 May 2006 11:41:05 -0700, firstname.lastname@example.org wrote:
If you get the windowns in 3) open, plus the first window you
mentioned, you may be able to be happy with a fan. Or an AC.
What are the window frames in 3 made of? Answers in return.
Are they double-hung?
Do you see sash cords, sash chains, springs, or anything esle to hold
up the bottom window?
Are you sure you have released the latch(es)?
How old is your building?
Do any of your neighbors' windows of this size open? Ask them if you
could try their windows, or at least watch, to see how to unlatch and
how hard to get up and down.
Almost all windows can be freed up, a bit at a time, being careful not
to break the glass. Details depend on what they are made of.
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