Tips for installing air conditioners

Don't let your hard work, electricity payments, and cool air go out the window! The New York State Energy Research and Development Agency (NYSERDA) offers the following tips.

First, if you're buying a new room AC, be sure to select an ENERGY STAR(r)-qualified model, which will save you more than $100 in energy costs over the lifetime of the unit.

Next, installing your room AC unit correctly can save a bundle in energy costs, too. Researchers have found that the average room air conditioner leaks as much air as a six-square-inch hole in the wall.

Here are some tips for installing units most effectively:

NYSERDA also recommends the following tips to maximize the operation of your window-type AC unit:

When your air-conditioning unit is snug in its window, don't neglect the other places in your home where cold air could escape. Use caulk to seal other windows and doors.

For more energy-saving tips from NYSERDA, click here http://www.getenergysmart.org/Resources/Tips.aspx

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