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Once I purchased my first home, I realized that I needed to do my part in caring for my home appliances. In addition to reading the user manuals for my kitchen appliances and state-of-the-art plumbing system, I realized that I also needed to do a little research about HVAC. Because I had no experience with HVAC systems, I called out a professional to teach me a thing or two. It was fascinating to talk with him, and I was able to take notes about all kinds of important topics, such as maintenance, troubleshooting, and even shopping for a new system. This blog is all about understanding HVAC guidelines.

Understanding HVAC Guidelines

4 Reasons Your Window AC Unit Isn't Working As Effectively As Possible

Marilou Girard

One way to cool off a small space is with a window air conditioning unit. However, with a window air conditioning unit, you need to ensure you have the unit set up to operate effectively. Without the right set-up, your window air conditioning unit will not operate effectively and keep your space warm.

1. Check the Position of Your Unit

First, you need to check the position of your unit. If your unit is positioned so that it is directly getting hit by the sunlight for most of the day, you will want to consider repositioning the unit so that it isn't directly hit by the sun all day. Likewise, your unit will work better if it is located in a shadier location.

If you can't move your unit, you will want to do what you can to cool it off. If you can add an overhang or cover, that will help to shade your unit. You can also add either curtains or shades to your room to help keep the room cool. This will help allow your unit to work as effectively as possible.

2. Ensure the Unit Is Sealed in Place 

Second, you need to ensure your unit is sealed up properly. If the seal isn't secured in place around your unit, air will be seeping out around the unit. Hot air will be seeping in around the unit, and cool air will be seeping out. Most air conditioning units have installation panels in a place that help keep the unit in place and reduce the airflow around the unit. You are going to want to add weather stripping around the unit to really keep it in place.

3. Make Sure The Unit Isn't Vibrating.

Next, you are going to want to make sure your unit is not vibrating. If your unit is vibrating, it was not installed correctly. As a result, your unit is not even and thus will not operate efficiently as it should. If your unit is vibrating, you can have an HVAC professional reinstall the unit. They will ensure the unit is installed correctly and balanced, which will allow the unit to operate as it should.

4. Check the Air Filter 

After that, you are going to want to check the air filter. Most window air conditioning units have a filter you can take out and clean. When you are using your unit, you will want to clean the air filter once a month. You will want to turn the unit off while you are taking out and cleaning the air filter. A clean air filter will keep the unit working effectively.

When it comes to your window air conditioning unit working effectively, you will want to keep it out of direct sunlight. In addition, you will want to ensure the unit is securely sealed in place and isn't vibrating, and you need to keep the filter clean. A professional HVAC technician can help install your unit and ensure it is working effectively.

For more information, contact a residential AC service near you.