As spring comes to an end, many of us start thinking about the summer and what needs to get done to be ready. One if these projects may be to install a window air conditioner to a spare bedroom, garage or another space that could use more ventilation. Below are some benefits of installing a window air conditioner. It’s easier than what you may think!
You Don’t Need a Professional to Install It
As opposed to central units, window air conditions can be installed by the average home owner. In fact, there are many instructional videos and articles like this one that show you how to do it. All you need is a friend or family member willing to help you.
With an outlet nearby and the right sized air conditioner for the window that you want to use, you can have the unit installed in a couple of hours. This is provided that there are no major adjustments to be made to the window or any unforeseen issues. Other factors to consider is whether the unit will be used in second story room and if will will need additional support to hold it’s weight. If the window is a casement window, then the best option is to buy a casement window air conditioner. These types of units are specifically made to fit casement windows.
Window Air Conditioners Can Help Lower Your Energy Bill
Because window units only focus on one room, the rest of the home can be set to another temperature. This means that you don’t have to cool the entire home just to cool off one area. Many of the modern air conditioners are energy efficient as well and can significantly help reduce energy costs.
Air conditioners are rated by the SEER number. SEER stands for seasonal energy efficiency ratio. The higher the SEER rating, the more BTUs of cooling power the air conditioner creates for every watt of power. The SEER rating is calculated by dividing the unit’s BTU’s (British thermal unit) by the watts used per hour.
For example, a 5,000 BTU unit with a SEER 10 rating and a cost of $0.25 per kilowatt hour, would cost 12.5 cents per hour to run. If the unit is run for 8 hours a day for 125 days (average length of summer), the cost of running the unit would be about $125 a year.
Window Units Can Also Heat as Well as Cool
Even though they are primarily though of as cooling units, many window air conditioners are also heaters. This is a great feature to have if you live in an area that gets cold in the winter and hot in the summer. Again, this can help reduce energy costs as the entire home would not need to be heated.
Here are some additional benefits of window air conditioners:
- Great option for older homes without central units
- Modern units are relatively quiet
- Cost between $100 to $600 dollars depending on the BTU and SEER rating
- Some units come with a remote control
- Can be turned on and off and used only when needed
Window air conditioners can provide a fast and economical way to cool a single room or make an unusable room like a garage or attic into an additional usable space in your home. All it takes is a few hours, and you’ll be ready to cool off during those hot days of summer!