Keeping comfortable with a portable/in window AC requires that you maintain the unit. Learn the secrets to keeping your air conditioning unit working properly.
You depend on your portable in-window AC to keep you cool all summer long. That’s why it’s important to ensure that the unit stays in tip top shape. Take good care of your AC unit, and you’ll experience plenty of comfortable days and nights. To ensure that your air conditioner stays in good shape this summer, add the following five maintenance tips to your to-do list.
1. Provide proper ventilation.
Whether the unit is in a window or a portable one on the floor, it’s critical that your AC is in an area with adequate air … Read more...
Choosing the right air conditioner unit, when central HVAC may not an option, involves several factors. To determine what type of air conditioner to buy, consider the following questions:
- What type of window space can I install a unit in?
- Is an in-wall or slide-out unit possible?
- How many BTUs do I need to effectively cool the room?
- Will it need to be portable?
You may also need to factor in the ease of installation and the energy efficiency the AC unit offers.
Types of air conditioners vary depending upon the window space available. A vertically
hung sash window that opens up and down typically can accommodate a standard window air conditioner, while a slider/casement style … Read more...
A window air conditioner can provide the much-needed relief you need when the temperature rises, especially in homes without central air. To ensure you stay cool all summer long, it’s important to know how to troubleshoot some common problems with the unit. You may not be able to fix every problem, but at the very least you’ll gain an understanding of what the problem could be. From that point you can decide whether you need to repair the unit or purchase a new one.
My air conditioner won’t turn on.
The first thing to do if your A/C unit won’t turn on is to check for power. Is the air conditioner plugged in? If so, test the outlet by plugging … Read more...
Summer is right around the corner and temperatures are on the rise… Now is the perfect time to assess your cooling needs before the thermometer hits triple digits!
Already have an air conditioner? First, check and clean your air conditioner to ensure it’s running properly. If you haven’t bought a new air conditioner in the past 7 years, upgrading to a more energy-efficient model could save you money on your utility bill.
Need a new one? Whether you’re purchasing a window, portable or split air conditioner, you will find the choices in the market today are much more energy efficient. Before you go to the store, there are two major things you should consider before purchasing:
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As the temperatures rise, so do energy costs. We all know running the air conditioner during the summer months can be quite costly, but a cool home doesn’t have to cost a fortune. Here are some tips on how to keep your air conditioner running efficiently while keeping those energy bills low, without compromising your comfort.
Keep the Cool In and the Heat Out
Make sure your home is properly sealed. Check your attic to make sure it has been properly insulated. If you can see the attic joists, you will need to add more insulation. Check your windows and doors for drafts and seal up any cracks with caulking or weather stripping.
Help Your Air Conditioner Breathe
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As the temperature rises, so does the electric bill. Running your air conditioner during the summer months is quite costly, but with these simple tips, you won’t have to sacrifice your comfort to save some money.
Do you have the right size?
When it comes to maximizing your comfort while minimizing your electric bill, size matters. If you purchase an air conditioner that’s too large, you could be throwing away money. However, if you purchase an air conditioner that’s too small, it’s likely you’re not cooling your space efficiently. Having the right size air conditioning system is key. Whether you have a window air conditioner unit or a portable air conditioner unit, you need to make sure your AC has … Read more...
Wow, what a heat wave! We apologize for the inconvenience but due to the overwhelming demand for air conditioners in our area, all air conditioners are now in-store only. Supply is limited, so please go to our store locator page and call your local showroom to check the availability of the A/C unit(s) you need. We will let you know on this blog and at pcrichard.com when units are available online again.
If you need help figuring out what size air conditioner you need, please see our guide here. For A/C alternatives, please see our selection of fans and dehumidifiers and article on how to beat the heat. Remember to stay hydrated and limit your time in the … Read more...
When the temperatures rise an increase in air conditioner use is the result, there are some important things you should know about your units. Here are 5 things to watch out for and techniques for increasing the life and efficiency of your air conditioners.
1. Change the filter often during the cooling season
While your air conditioner is cooling you off, it’s acting as an air purifier as it prevents outside debris from blowing into your home. When was the last time you took a look at your unit’s air filter? Cleaning or changing it will increase efficiency, decrease your energy bill, and can potentially benefit your family’s health. Make a mental note to clean the filter at least once … Read more...