Buying and installing an air conditioner seems like a pretty easy job while it isn't. Installation can render your air conditioner useless if it is not done the right way. In fact, there are conditioners like the central air conditioners that require the hands of professionals for installation. Portable and much smaller air conditioners like window air conditioners, though, can be installed by a common man. But still, it doesn't imply that the installation is easy.

Choosing The Right Air Conditioner

You must get it right from the moment you are choosing your air conditioner. Otherwise, you will find yourself returning the air conditioner to the shop complaining about malfunction issues while everything is working just fine.

In air conditioning, BTU is a unit that tells about the heating and cooling ability of air conditioners. Generally, the higher the BTU, the more efficient the conditioner is when it comes to cooling and heating. So it is not the size of the conditioner that determines efficiency; it is the BTU rating of the conditioner instead.

If your room measures 100 square feet to 150 square feet, you need a conditioner with a capacity of 5000 BTUs per hour. If you are cooling a room of about 150 square feet to 250 square feet, you need a conditioner with a capacity of 6000 BTUs. From 250 square feet, the BTU generally increases by 1000 for an increment of 50 square feet. So for a room that measures 250 to 300 square feet, the BTU should be 7,000.  The calculations hold until you get to 450 square feet. If you are cooling a room that measures 450 to 550 square feet, you require 12,000 BTUs. A 550 to 700 square inch room needs a 14,000 BTU air conditioner. A 700 to 1000 square inch room needs 18,000 BTUs, and lastly, a room that measures 1,000 to 1,200 square inch needs 21,000 BTUs.

Preparing For Installation

Even if you have an efficient air conditioner, you must install it the right way for the conditioner to work to its best. Installing the conditioner may not be that hard as compared to preparing for the installation process and that is why you must first focus on preparations. The first step is obviously sizing your room and determining the type of air conditioner that you need. If you are not the only person occupying the room, add 600 BTUs per person to your initial calculations. Then you must check if there is ample space behind the wall to fit your window air conditioner; in the back side of a wall, a window air conditioner can extend by two feet, and hence there should be some space available behind your wall.

Once you get the selection and installation right, nothing will stop you from controlling the air. Contact a business that handles air conditioner service for more information.