Not all apartment buildings have central air conditioning, and those tenants that don’t have that luxury may have to go out and buy their own window unit. But before the tenant can enjoy the cool comfort the air conditioner provides, they have to get the A/C unit installed correctly first. There are a number of factors that go into getting air conditioner, so it’s vital to make an informed decision.
Before You Install an Air Conditioner
Because it’s not your property, the first step is to make sure that you have permission from the landlord or property owner to install the air conditioning unit first. The property owner might have rules or preferences about how or where you install the unit, as well. Depending on the landlord’s preferences, it’s good to find out which room is optimal for cooling the whole space.
There are a lot of options out there, so knowing how many square feet you need to cool can help determine the number of British Thermal Units (BTU) you need. Generally, every 400 square feet requires around 20 BTU to cool. Factors like vaulted ceilings, sunny spaces and multiple occupants can increase that number, as well. Also, before you go grabbing the biggest unit with the most BTU, make sure the unit you choose will fit where it’s getting installed.
Securely Installing Your Apartment A/C Unit
Once you know the size of your space, and the other particulars, it’s time to get it installed and running so you can relax in the comfort. When dealing with apartment heating and air conditioning in Denver, it is vital to make sure the A/C unit is installed correctly. A mishap may create a dangerous situation – depending on what floor you’re on – or could damage the window or frame it is mounted in. Remember, the more BTU, the heavier the unit will be.
You’ll need all of the proper tools, and the manual should provide a list of what you need. Once the unit is properly assembled, it’s important to be safe when getting it mounted in the window. Don’t just balance the A/C unit on the window sill, because the window sash is not designed to bear all of the weight of an air conditioner. If your unit doesn’t come with one, use a support bracket on the outside wall. Rest the unit on the bracket for help in securing it when you get it into place. Not placing it properly and getting it sealed in place with the sashes around the unit and window can meke it not work as efficiently, and can be dangerous.
Correctly installing an air conditioner in an apartment is more than just buying one and propping it in a window. Making sure it’s done safely and correctly is important for the tenant and landlord alike. For more information on how to install an A/C unit in an apartment, contact the experts at Go Green Heating and Air Conditioning today.