How to Increase the Safety of Window Air Conditioners

Window air conditioning can be less expensive and more efficient than other options — especially for small rooms and difficult-to-reach spaces. However, when not properly installed and cared for, portable A/C units can become hazardous. Here’s how to increase the safety of window air conditioners:


1. Ask a friend to help with installation

“Air-conditioner units are clumsy objects, and you don’t want your brand-new appliance falling out during installation and landing on the ground below,” advises Popular Mechanics. Also, it’s important to make sure you have the proper brackets to keep the unit in place. Install these first to make installation even easier.

2. Don’t install air conditioners in escape windows

Is your window the only means of escape in case of fire or other emergency? If so, the American Architectural Manufacturers Association recommends avoiding installing a window air conditioning unit here, as it “could block or impede escape through the window.”

3. Plug your unit into a grounded outlet

Your window air conditioning unit should be plugged into a grounded outlet — that is, one that accepts three prong cords. If the outlet won’t accept a cord with three prongs, contact an electrician for service.

For more tips on how to increase the safety of window air conditioners, contact Service Plus Heating, Cooling & Plumbing at (317) 434-2627. And if you’ve decided it’s time for a new system, e can help you find a replacement that meets your budget and needs. These are just some of the brands we carry:

  • Carrier
  • Trane
  • York
  • Bryant
  • Lennox
  • Rheem
  • Ruud
  • Comfortmaker
  • Janitrol
  • American Standard

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