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 questions!