For those who have an AC already
Once you have an air conditioner, installing it is a trickier prospect than you might realize. For one, there are certain regulations you’ll have to make sure you follow. For two, you don’t want to slice your hand open. Avoid doing that.
What you’ll need
- Window-unit air conditioner
- Manufacturer’s instruction manual
- Grounded, three-prong outlet (no extension cords, no adapters)
- Power drill
- Foam seal
Step 1: Assemble your unit
Most residential window units are made with a top rail and accordion-like panels that will help keep bugs and rodents out. You’ll want to use your screwdriver and follow manufacturer instructions to screw the top rail securely onto the top of your air conditioner. For the side panels, you’ll typically slide the accordion-like panel into a track or slot on either side of your AC. (Be sure to insert each panel on the correct side, as inserting them backwards on some models can be an irreversible rookie mistake.) The plastic or metal frames of your panels should slide into the rail you fastened to the top of your unit.