When your home does not have an integrated central cooling system, one of the most logical choices is a window air conditioning unit. These portable air conditioners can be purchased at just about any retail or home improvement store, they're fairly affordable, and they are easy to install. However, there are good reasons why most homeowners would prefer to have a central air system over a window unit. It is not at all uncommon to find after installing a window air conditioner that keeping your home cool and comfortable is a little more expensive than you expect. Take a look at a few sneaky reasons why the cost of cooling your home with a window air conditioner is higher than it should be.
You have not installed your window unit correctly.
Installing a window unit is a fairly straightforward process; you simply slide the unit through the open window and then secure it in place. However, if you do not take the proper measures to actually seal the area that surrounds the unit, you will lose a lot of the cooled air that the unit creates before it ever gets the chance to cool your home. To avoid this problem, make sure you secure the unit in place and add weather stripping around the perimeter to keep hot air out and cool air in.
The window unit you are using is not large enough to cool your home.
You can get window air conditioners in a range of different sizes, some being made primarily to cool one room or a small space and others designed to handle the cooling of larger areas. If you try to get too much out of a small unit, you will definitely see a peak in your power bills. Smaller units have a limited air distribution range, so if you are cooling a large wide-open space, the unit will run almost constantly to try to get the temperature down. This can definitely cause you to see an uptick in your cooling costs. So even if a larger unit is more expensive, it can be better and less costly to operate than an ill-fitting small unit.
There's no question that window air conditioning units are convenient, but they can also be a costly cooling option. Talk to an HVAC contractor like Advanced Heating & Cooling to find out more about how to efficiently use a window air conditioner to keep your home cool in the summer.