DIY Tips to Install a Portable Air Conditioner at Home

The beauty of owning a portable air conditioner is that you can move it from one room to another and they are relatively easy to install. Portable air conditioners cool a room by collecting the warm air then using refrigerants to chill it. The hot air which is a byproduct of this process is taken out of the room through the exhaust hose.

In order for a portable air conditioner to work, it should be properly installed. Here are DIY tips to help you install a portable air conditioner in your home.

Choose a location for your air conditioner

DIY Tips to Install a Portable Air Conditioner at HomeThe first step to installing a portable air conditioner is choosing the best locations. Keeping in mind that portable air conditioning unit you can move them from one place to another, just choose s place that has both an electrical outlet and a window. Also, ensure that the air conditioner is not in the way and air flow is not blocked by furniture or plants.

Check the window adapter kit

Almost all portable air conditioning units comes with a window adapter kit that works but in some cases, the kit may either be missing or it is not right for your window and you have to make certain adjustments.

For the air conditioning unit to function well, all gaps between the sides of the window, the vent hose and the window adapter should be completely sealed off. Begin by measuring the window opening to determine if the window adapter kit can be trimmed or expanded to fit well.

If your unit did not come with an adapter kit or it does not fit your window adequately, take accurate measurements of the opening you need and have a piece of Plexiglas cut out at your local hardware. You can also uses a piece of cardboard or plywood to fill the gap but these options are less attractive.

Connect the exhaust Hose

DIY Tips to Install a Portable Air Conditioner at HomeThe next step is to connect the exhaust hose to the air conditioner. The directions of doing this varies but most air conditioning unit have a single hose that is already attached with the connectors. If not, attach the exhaust connector to your unit then attach the hose pipe to the connector. Next, connect the window connection adapter or bracket to the exhaust hose then run the hose to the window and set the connection bracket into the window.

Secure the connection

Begin by adjusting the panels or the kit sliders until they fill the gap between the slides of the window and the window connection bracket completely. If you are using a Plexiglas, slide it into the windowsill above or next to the exhaust hose connection and hold it until the window is closed. Now close the window so that it fits securely against the hose window connection and hold everything in place and firmly.

In some cases, you may be required to use duct tape to seal all the gaps around the exhaust hose window connection in order to hold the window kit in place firmly. If there are no gaps, your air conditioning unit is ready for use.