If your casement windows are wood, I'd look again at wall-throughs, or at
least removing the casement in question and replacing it with a temporary
plexi panel above the a/c unit or something. My grandmother, and my mother
after she took over that house, continually left the casements open in wet
weather, since the overhang kept the rain out. However, the casement frame
itself was in the weather, and it was pure hell on them. I had to do a
buttload of work on those windows when it came time to sell the place. And
these were good windows, Andersons (1961 vintage), that ordinarily are very
Besides being 'purdy' (assuming I understand this to mean 'pretty'), new
casement windows are generally slightly more energy efficient than other
styles of windows such as double-hung. I assume this is since the locking
mechanism pulls the window closed tighter and since there isn't the wear of
the sliding parts they seal tighter over the long run.
That said, they aren't easy to use with even the standard casement A/C unit.
I had to pull out the entire crank and lock mechanism and drill two small
holes to fasten the mounting hardware for the older style windows I use to
have. Installing a thru-the-wall unit would still be more work, but it
still wasn't as simple as the A/C units for double-hung.
What I did some years ago for a couple of people was to replace the window.
I put the Ac in the bottom of the window opening, then installed a shorter
window above it. You lose some window space, you have the AC in position
year round, but you have a window that can be opened on nice days. Just
check to see that the new window still meets code for minimum size.
Yes. They're designed for a more "modern" look. ;-)
They may seal a bit tighter, but half the cranks are stripped on
mine (another one went today). They stick out in the rain when
opened (have to run the AC whenever it rains in the summer). Can't
put an AC in them (easily). I'd *never* have them again. Gack!
Through wall isn't easy, but putting it under the window simplified
things quite a bit (other than the wiring going through there.
We have this one:
It works quite well and comes w/ a handy remote. Ok, so I have never used
the remote .. but if you needed one, it has one ;)
I'm thinking that ours was a little less than $300.
I have this one, a Whirlpool:
...installed through the wall, though (the dimension suited the particualr wall
space), it's new; I'm happy with it so far.
On Sun, 25 Jun 2006 21:34:42 -0400, Nathan Zimmerman
When I moved in the previous owner had a junky-looking casement AC in
the bedroom (which I had her discard). The inside window sill was
rotted. I have a portable AC now which requires sticking a vent out
the window. Because I have no place to store it, it is not the
optimal situation. Fortunately for most days around here, open
windows and a fan is sufficient.
If the casement AC doesn't work out, a portable might be an option.
Lead me not into temptation... I can find it myself!
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