Air Conditioning Installation Archives

If you’re handy with mechanical projects, have a solid understanding of plumbing, electrical and ductwork and have a good selection of tools at your disposal, DYI air conditioning installation may be a project you can do yourself. While you can save hundreds of dollars by opting to do it yourself, you should be aware of the down sides of a DIY job of this caliber:

  • Incorrect installation can considerably reduce the efficiency and safety of your system.
  • There will be no labor warranty to fall back on in the event your system fails, and the product warranty may be void if you install it yourself.
  • You may encounter problems during installation that you’re not comfortable trying to solve, or for which you don’t have the proper tools .

dyi air conditioning installationAir conditioning installation is fairly straightforward for the handy homeowner, and with the help of instructional materials, you should be able to perform up to 90 percent of the installation yourself. The remaining ten percent of the install, which involves charging the system with refrigerant, must be done by a qualified HVAC professional due to Federal regulations regarding handling this potentially dangerous chemical.

Before beginning your air conditioning installation, read through the instructions thoroughly and make sure you understand every step of the process. Gather the required tools and make sure you have a clear plan of action before you proceed. These tips will help you prepare for and perform your air conditioning installation:

Outdoor condensing unit

  • Install the outdoor condensing unit in a shaded area to lower your cooling costs.
  • Consider the noise the condensing unit makes and locate it where it won’t disturb your neighbors at night.
  • Maintain at least two feet of unobstructed space around the unit.

Ductwork and registers

  • If you’re installing new ductwork, keep as much of it as possible in conditioned spaces rather than in attics and crawl spaces. Insulate ducts that must be placed in unconditioned areas.
  • Use the Air Conditioning Contractors of America (ACCA) Manual D to properly size your ducts.
  • Use mastic duct sealant to seal your ducts.
  • Make sure you have adequate return and supply registers for optimum air flow.

Indoor components

  • Allow plenty of room for the indoor unit to ensure easy accessibility for service and maintenance.
  • Locate your thermostat in a central location on an interior wall, away from any heat sources.

During your install, don’t be afraid to contact a qualified HVAC professional if you need help. Having your unit inspected when you’re finished is always a good idea to ensure your system is properly installed.

Portable Air Conditioners for your Apartment

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In New York City, portable air conditioners are as common as delis and rooftop water tanks. In fact, some people can’t imagine New York without a portable air conditioner quietly humming, dripping gently from every window and ledge.

There are fewer window mounted portable air conditioners than in the past. New York City has gone through enough boom and bust cycles that more modern buildings are built to stay. They get modern centralized air conditioning and HVAC systems more often than not and their windows almost all remain clear and unobstructed.

But luckily, NYC is also loaded with historical and older buildings that will never get air conditioning. They make the city interesting, exciting and even affordable in some cases. But if you find yourself in one of these apartments, the dog days of summer may be better spent after doing your own window mounted air conditioner installation. Here’s what you need to know about installing any air conditioning in a window.

Prior to purchase measure the room, rooms or apartment. As a general rule of thumb, you’ll want 20 BTU’s of cooling capacity per square foot. If you plan on cooling the entire place, you’ll need a bigger portable air conditioner. In New York City, portable air conditioners of less than 36,000 BTU’s do not require a building permit.

Make sure the building management is going to be OK with a portable air conditioner. You may still need their permission, if not permission from the city.

Check that you have a solid grounded outlet near the window where you plan to install the portable air conditioner.

A window mounted air conditioner installation will require a good window with a solid few inches of wall and window framing on which to mount the portable air conditioner itself.

Window Mounted Air Conditioner Installation

  • Read the manufacturer’s instructions and guidelines. A window mounted air conditioner installation will also require considerable physical strength, and perhaps some physical agility depending on the location and structure. Portable air conditioners are still not that portable.
  • Support the unit from underneath, and install it according to the directions provided. You may also fasten the air conditioner from inside with brackets. Most building maintenance teams will have an opinion about the supports if not about the whole window mounted air conditioner installation, so you may want to check with them.
  • Secure any leveling objects to prevent movement or vibration.
  • Be sure to either fix the window so that it can’t be opened or fix the air conditioner so that it is not dependent on the window. This is one of the most common causes of serious accidents with falling portable air conditioners.
  • Include a very slight angle to allow the unit to drain properly while running the air conditioning.
  • Be sure that the air conditioner is not blocking any fire escapes or outside walk ways. Keep the top of the unit free of any obstructions and don’t use it as a shelf.

It’s very important that your portable air conditioner is properly installed for serval reasons. The most important is safety! If you need help with your own air conditioning installation, just give us a call at 646-782-2475, we’re happy to help!