Replacing a Dehumidifier with a Window Air Conditioner
If you have a dehumidifier and no air conditioner system, consider installing window air conditioning to cover both the cooling of your home as well as dehumidification. Window air conditioners are relatively inexpensive and can be installed without outside assistance and in a short period of time. Read on for tips on selecting and installing a window air conditioner to replace your dehumidifier.
Why Select an Air Conditioner over a Dehumidifier?
An air conditioning system acts as a dehumidifier. As the air conditioner processes air for cooling in its condensing coils, it refrigerates the air and draws moisture out, the air conditioner feeds this condensation out through a drainage system and returns the dehumidified air to the room.
Deciding Which Window Air Conditioner is Right for You
The air conditioning system that you select for your room or home depends upon the size of your living space as well as the area in which you plan to install the system. If you have a large home or wish to cool multiple rooms in a building, a centralized air conditioning system may be a wiser long-term investment. However, if you have a smaller home or if you are working on a budget, a window air conditioner is a good choice.
If you are planning on purchasing a window air conditioner, examine the room in which you plan to install the system. Decide which window you will use for the air conditioner and measure it. Window air conditioning systems come in a variety of shapes and sizes, and it is important to select one that is appropriately sized for the window in which you plan to install it.
Installing Your Window Air Conditioning System
After removing the dehumidifier from the room, begin to install your air conditioner according to the manufacturer’s instructions. Generally, plan to install the air conditioning system using the following guidelines:
Install the mounting apparatus in the window frame.
Fit the air conditioning system to the mounting apparatus.
Close the window on top of the air conditioning system and secure the system in place.
Seal the gap space between the air conditioner and the window frame around it to prevent heat from entering the room.
Install the drainage hose and any other necessary components of the air conditioning system.
You may also find it helpful to seal the gap space around the outside of the unit and the window frame as well, as this will further help to prevent transfer of heat inside the room.
If you are planning to install a dehumidifier system in a house that does not already have air conditioning, consider installing an air conditioner instead in order to cover both the dehumidification and the cooling of the air in the home. Window air conditioners are inexpensive, easy to install and cheap to maintain. For questions related to your home or situation in specific, consult with a home improvement center or air conditioner supply service.