A Guide to Installing Window Air Conditioners

November/December 2013
A version of this article appears in the November/December 2013 issue of Home Energy Magazine.
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October 31, 2013
Homeowners in the United States spend $1 out of every $8 of utility costs on cooling their living space. Window air conditioners (A/Cs) are an inexpensive alternative to central systems and are sold in greater numbers each year than all other residential cooling systems. They are bought to cool a specific room, are inexpensive to purchase, and are easy for anyone to install. But these benefits come at a cost. Window A/Cs operate less efficiently than most other residential cooling systems, and they may not provide equivalent comfort.

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