Using a Remote Control with an Air Conditioner

Window air conditioner
  • 1-5 hours
  • Beginner
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What You'll Need
Air conditioner
Foam insulation
Remote control

An air conditioner will keep your house cooled down during the hot summer months. Not only will it provide clean air, but it will also reduce the level of humidity in your home. Invest in a unit that has remote-controlled access for convenience.

Step 1 - Purchase the Right Air Conditioner

Before you can worry about running an air conditioner, you need to make sure you get the right size as well as one that is equipped with a remote sensor. Buying one that is too small, will overwork the unit causing it to freeze up. Buying one that is too large will make your room too cold and even lead to medical conditions. Using a window air conditioner starts with finding the right one.

Measure your room, or the area you want to keep cool. Stretch out your tape measure along both the width and the length of your room. Multiply these two numbers together to achieve the square footage of your room. The general rule of thumb is that you will need a 5,000 BTU air conditioner for a room that is 150 square feet. This is usually the normal size of a bedroom. If your room does not get a lot of sun during the day, then it isn't going to warm up as quickly. Consider this when buying your air conditioner.

Step 2 - Determine Window Location

air conditioner

Most of the remote controls you will use for an air conditioner works with direct line of sight. This means you can not go around corners or through furniture. Pick a window in the direct line of where you normally sit. It does no good to have a remote control if you still need to get up to use it.

Step 3 - Seal Window

When using a window air conditioner, one of the problems is loss of the cool air through the window. You will make your air conditioner run much more efficiently, and save money on your electric bill, by lining the window with foam insulation. Do not just put the foam insulation around the air conditioner, but also around the entire window.

Step 4 - Install Air Conditioner

Place the air conditioner in the window you have chosen and secure it with the mounting hardware supplied with the unit.

Step 5 - Configure Remote Control

air conditioner remote

If you have more than one air conditioner, you can configure a universal remote to control them all. This will make it much easier to keep track of the remote.

Step 6 - Use Plug In Remote

If you already have an air conditioner and want to use a remote control with it, you still can. Purchase an auxiliary plug that runs on remote control. Plug in your air conditioner into this unit and then plug that into the wall outlet. Now you can easily turn it on and off with a touch of a button from your sofa, bed, or favorite chair.