Ottawa’s hot summer months are quickly approaching and air conditioners make a huge difference.

For those who do not have central air conditioning, a window air conditioner unit is usually the go-to option. The reason for this is that they are generally the cheapest and easiest to install. However, this does not mean they are the best option for your home.

Let’s take a look at some of the downsides of choosing to install a window air conditioner unit. 

The Convenience of Installing a Window Air Conditioner Unit

Window air conditioner units are not a one-size-fits-all deal.

Several factors need to be considered such as the weight of the air conditioner unit, the size of the window, and its location. 

The window that will be holding the air conditioner unit must be able to bear the weight of the appliance. If it is not able to support it, there are some serious safety concerns to consider. 
The air conditioner unit will completely take away your ability to use the window. Meaning, you won’t be able to open your window if you feel like letting some fresh air into your home. 
The window needs to be located near an electrical outlet, extension cords are not something anyone wants to deal with. 

The window you choose to install the air conditioner unit on has to be just right.

Energy Efficiency of a Window Air Conditioner Unit 

Adding air conditioning to your home also means adding expenses topaying air conditioner and energy bills your monthly bill.

While using a window air conditioner unit to cool down a small room might work, it is not ideal for a home or even an apartment. Window air conditioner units have trouble effectively and efficiently cooling down larger amounts of space.

This means you will have to install multiple units, which in turn means you will have to give up access to more windows in your home.

This will also increase your energy consumption greatly as well as the cost associated with it. 

Safety and Security Risks of Installing a Window Air Conditioner Unit

When installing any piece of equipment, it is always important to make sure that it is being done correctly.

The absolute last thing you want is the window air conditioner unit falling from your window and hurting someone or causing damage to your house as a result.

old window air conditioner unit

Depending on where you are placing the window air conditioner unit there are also security issues that can come into question. Most units do not fit the size of your window.

An adjustable panel is included to allow for the cool air to stay in and the warm air to stay out. However, if your window air conditioner unit is placed on ground level, there is some security concern. 

Installing a window air conditioner unit has its downsides, especially when it comes to cooling down your home. Central air conditioning is a more efficient way of transforming your home into a relaxing and comfortable place during Ottawa’s hot summer weather. 

Advanced HVAC is here to help you with all your Ottawa air conditioning needs. 

Get in touch with us today and book your next appointment! 

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