Installing your system
Wash the windows: Ensure that you clean the windows before installing an air-conditioning unit — once it is in, then there is no way of cleaning both sides of glass.
Level it off: You should install the unit so it’s level. If the system tips downward, it can keep condensation from properly draining out of the bottom or back.
Go clear: You can replace accordion-style insulation panel with clear plexiglass. You will be capable to reclaim nearly two feet of light in every window. You can purchase plexiglass sheets at the hardware stores. Simply measure the gaps, score the dimension on both the sides of plexiglass with glass cutter or dull side of box cutter and just snap off the pieces. Remove protective cover and then secure plexiglass pieces with a few screws to the bottom rail and window sash.
Fill gaps: Regardless of how efficient your AC is, cool air can leak out of the home if you do not have it sealed properly, and you’ll end up with a higher electricity bill. Make sure that you fill gaps between frame of lower sash and window and upper sash, along with all cracks around side panels. A number of products are there such as Heavy duty weatherstrip seal, all-weather repair tapes and air conditioners insulating seals— that you could cut to size as well as use to seal the gaps. Filling the gaps can even cut down on noises; a gap between the AC unit’s frame and sash or between glass and frame can cause rattling or annoying vibrating sounds.
Maintaining your system
Clean the AC filters: Cleaning your air conditioner unit’s filters is simple to do but simple to forget to carry out as well. Try to clean them yourself every Sunday. Most of the people say that you can perform it in every 15 days, but you will find pollen, dirt and dust buildup, and that cannot be good for anybody. Follow your manufacturer’s instructions so as to open front of your system and remove its filter. Vacuum away the grime as much as possible and then rinse the filters in soapy, warm water. Once the filters are dry, put them back into the system. One tip here: Place a little red Sharpie dot on the topmost corner of your filter, so you will always know about which side of filter must face out.
Help to keep it cool: This may seem quite obvious, but keep the curtains drawn, the shades down and the windows closed during the hot summer months so that cool air remains in and hot air remains out.
Clean your coils: Your air conditioner unit coils are just what move hot air outside and cool air inside, and they, attract dust and dirt as well. Utilize an old toothbrush so as to gently clear as much of dirt as possible. Then utilize an old cloth which is dipped in warm and soapy water to quickly remove excess dirt. Ensure you let all the parts dry fully before you turn on the unit.