Regretfully

@GardenGerty (105408)
United States
January 9, 2016 9:17pm CST
This place we bought has window air conditioners. Four of them. They are not all installed though a storm window is out for each one, and definitely not installed in the best way .Regretfully. The house is a bit drafty anyway, without taking those openings into consideration. We chose not to take them out for the winter and store them. Most people do not take them out and then turn around to put them back in. They just leave them and possibly cover them up better than these are.I think we should have taken them out. It is too cold to be outdoors to do that now. Lesson learned. The air conditioner in a window has made at least one room feel like a refrigerator, because I do not have two or three layers of heavy drapes over the windows, it would be way too dark and depressing. I do have my bedroom windows covered that heavily, because in the summer we need the room to be dark. In my bedroom I have a heavy drape over each window, with another set of blackout curtains over that. It is not drafty. I have plans to do some other covering. I want to move the worst one to another window as well. With the cold weather from the north we know what we will be doing for one of our early projects in the spring.
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@Hatley (164450)
• Garden Grove, California
10 Jan 16
wow you do have some work cut out f or you to make your house warmer for the cold windy winter weather we hav e a window air conditioner in our room but the space heater is smack in front of the air condiioner so it compensates for cool air coming in around the air conditioner. lol
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@GardenGerty (105408)
• United States
10 Jan 16
Actually this house is warmer in many ways than the one we moved out of . On my bed I have a heated mattress pad. I have four space heaters if I get too cold.
@jstory07 (72384)
• Roseburg, Oregon
10 Jan 16
I hope you get them installed better next summer.
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@GardenGerty (105408)
• United States
10 Jan 16
I am going to move the one in the front window to the side next year. Then it will not be getting the full north wind.
@JudyEv (141605)
• Bunbury, Australia
10 Jan 16
I don't think anyone in Australia would take air-conditioners in and out as required by the seasons. The winters don't get that cold.
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@GardenGerty (105408)
• United States
10 Jan 16
Most people here do not either. Actually there are outdoor sleeves for them or you can cover them with a tarp. I look around town though and no one else seems to do so.
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@JudyEv (141605)
• Bunbury, Australia
10 Jan 16
@GardenGerty I hate having a draft in a room. They are very uncomfortable.
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@GardenGerty (105408)
• United States
10 Jan 16
@JudyEv As I get older they become less comfortable, too.
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@DianneN (91959)
• United States
10 Jan 16
Although we have central air in our home, we used to have a home with window air conditioners. We left them in year round, but my husband made sure they were well insulated and covered. No problems.
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@GardenGerty (105408)
• United States
10 Jan 16
The one that is the most problem is going to move, and yes, I am going to get covers for all of them. We moved late enough in the year we did not use them, but according to the tenant and the spot on the rug this one dripped condensate. It should have been moved.
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@DianneN (91959)
• United States
10 Jan 16
@GardenGerty Oh, yes. Definitely not good.
@Jessicalynnt (47879)
• Centralia, Missouri
10 Jan 16
plastic and tape, wrap the pas with a fuzzy blanket
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@GardenGerty (105408)
• United States
10 Jan 16
I may cover the outsides of them with tarps and ducktape as I have both on hand. The really problem one is put in crooked or something and it really lets a lot of cold air in. I am thinking of hanging a clear shower curtain over the front to block the air.
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• Centralia, Missouri
10 Jan 16
@GardenGerty that might fix it at least for now, and not block the light
@bunnybon7 (37950)
• Holiday, Florida
10 Jan 16
I sure hope you find a way to cover the conditioner itself. before it gets even colder.
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@GardenGerty (105408)
• United States
10 Jan 16
I have an idea to try that should help immensely. If it does I will post it.
• United States
11 Jan 16
Is it common to have separate air conditions where you live or the entire a/c for the home?
@sharon6345 (147711)
• United States
11 Jan 16
I have three boxes with one a.c unit. To keep the draft down out that box in my room. I stuffed it with comforters I was not using. The one in the living room I need to leave in. The heat is so high we need that draft. When the heat was off it sure was not good. My neighbor needs to take hers out. her living room is freezing cold. You know you can cover it with a big black thick garbage bag,then get ome good duct tape and tape up around the edges.
@softbabe44 (5899)
• Vancouver, Washington
10 Jan 16
Anymore apts are like that to .
@just4him (132515)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
10 Jan 16
That's going to be hard to keep your heating bill down won't it?
@scheng1 (24741)
• Singapore
10 Jan 16
You might as well take down all the air conditioners, and install the split unit air conditioners. I think it will be cheaper in the end. New air conditioners are better than old ones, because they use less energy. If you can trade-in the 4 window units for split unit ones, I think you will save a lot of money too.
@simone10 (21646)
• Louisville, Kentucky
10 Jan 16
Window units can cause drafty rooms if they aren't installed properly and that is what it sounds like in your new home. Hopefully you can get through the winter without being too cold.
@LadyDuck (188335)
• Switzerland
10 Jan 16
Nobody has window air conditioners here, they are fixed units that you cannot move. Anyway most people do not have an air conditioner.
@Juliaacv (35242)
• Canada
10 Jan 16
We have 1 window air conditioner but it comes out every September.
@fishtiger58 (30317)
• Momence, Illinois
10 Jan 16
A few years ago we got central air conditioning I love it hate those dripping window units.