14 Apr '11, 6pm

When the Devil Is in the Installation Details: To minimize energy losses, people should hire qualified professio...

When the Devil Is in the Installation Details: To minimize energy losses, people should hire qualified professio...

For the window air-conditioner, the report recommends improving the quality of installation by hiring a qualified professional to mount the unit and seal all the potential leaks around it. “This may involve the use of weather stripping, closed cell foam and/or a more durable alternative to the common plastic accordion panels,” the report suggests. For sleeve air-conditioners, an obvious solution is to buy the right unit rather than trying to install the window-mounted type that, while cheaper, will not fit properly in the metal sleeve. It is also important, the report says, to seal the space between the sleeve and the unit or buy a hard plastic cover that fits around the entire sleeve.

Full article: http://green.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/04/14/when-the-devil-...

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