New windows and air conditioner

LynnlovesoldstuffMay 20, 2012

Hi all,

We just put new ($$$$) windows throughout our house. Now it's time to put up the air conditioners and I am freaked out about putting the window units in the new wooden windows. Should I worry? Is there some kind of frame or air conditioner "condom" that I can use to prevent any damage to the windows? Thanks for any help you can give me.

Lynn

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heatseeker

Is that the only word you can use to describe your Needs? Get central air and heat and forget the window units.

    Bookmark   May 21, 2012 at 9:13AM
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weedmeister

Some window units have a 'shell' or casing that is permanently mounted to the outside of the window. This is vendor/model specific.

Otherwise I would say that it is model and window specific. Withoug seeing what you have, I couldn't really say.

    Bookmark   May 22, 2012 at 4:51PM
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Lynnlovesoldstuff

Heatseeker,

I'm sorry if I offended you. We cannot do central air because we heat the house with solid fuel (wood pellet) and do not have the necessary duct-work.

Weedmeister,

thank you for your suggestions.

    Bookmark   May 23, 2012 at 1:00PM
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ionized_gw

Look into heat pump mini-splits.

    Bookmark   May 23, 2012 at 2:07PM
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energy_rater_la

some window units come with braces that support the
weight of the unit on the exterior of the wall.
this takes the weight off the window unit and distributes
it on the wall. usually by putting a piece of lumber
between siding of house and support braces.
then the window closes to the top of the unit & pull out
pieces on the side of the window close the unit to
the sides of the windows.
hard to describe, but look at pics on window
unit boxes.

I think hd and lowes sells these braces seperately.
go talk to them & see what they have.

best of luck.

    Bookmark   May 23, 2012 at 7:09PM
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Rozer123

The ultimate in climate control for your family, even during continuous periods of hot and humid weather, can be provided by add-on air conditioning.

Here is a link that might be useful: ducted air conditioning systems sydney

    Bookmark   May 24, 2012 at 5:51AM
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heatseeker

You afforded new windows time for new central ac system.

    Bookmark   May 24, 2012 at 10:56AM
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mike_home

The area of most potential damage is where the air conditioner sitting on the window frame and sill. You will probably need to custom build something to put underneath the unit. It could be something simple the a one thick piece of wood shelving. It would be better if it were a plastic material in the event it gets wet. You may for to stuff in some foam insulation to block any voids.

Make sure the unit has a slight tilt toward the outside. This will allow condensation to drip outside and not inside.

    Bookmark   May 24, 2012 at 12:52PM
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energy_rater_la

maybe they afforded new window and
only need a/c 3 of 12 months.

    Bookmark   May 24, 2012 at 2:35PM
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Lynnlovesoldstuff

Thank you all for your help. It's true that we only need AC for a short time each year. Our house is in Michigan and is surrounded by trees. However, when it's hot, it's HOT. I will check on these various suggestions.

We are thrilled with the new windows and saw tremendous energy savings this winter. They are worth every penny. Thanks again.

Lynn

    Bookmark   May 25, 2012 at 7:08PM
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energy_rater_la

http://www.homedepot.com/webapp/catalog/servlet/ContentView?pn=Installing_a_Window_AC

here is a hd link that shows window unit brackets.

about what % of savings did you see with new windows?
in my area 14% is the average savings. this is
with .30 shgc & ufactors.
what type of windows did you install?

    Bookmark   May 26, 2012 at 10:26AM
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