When the weather outside starts warming up, you know that it is high time for you to put your air conditioner to use. But, what if what you got is a portable air conditioner? Can you install it in a push out window?
Many people shy away from portable air conditioners because they have push out windows. However, you will surely be glad to know that it is not only possible but is also easy to do at the same time.
Can portable air conditioners fit in push out windows?
Good news because you can fit your portable AC in a push out window. While most of these portable units come with the traditional window kit, an insert can be made to fit into a push out window to let you vent out the portable AC effectively. It is recommended to use Plexiglass but any kind of material that keeps the cold air in and hot air out will work.
Steps for installing a portable air conditioner in a push out window
Here are the steps you need to follow for installing a portable air conditioner in a push out window:
- Measure the push out window first to determine the specific size of Plexiglass insert that you will need. Most local hardware stores offer a piece of Plexiglass cut. You also need to cut a hole in the Plexiglass for the vent hose. It would be great if you can have the vent hose with you when buying the Plexiglass so the store will be able to cut the hole that perfectly fits the hose.
- After you got the right cut of Plexiglass, it is now time to proceed to the installation process. Start by opening your push out window then attach a latch firmly to both the window and the frame.
- Use twist clamps or retainer clips to put the inset in a secure position into the window former. This is also the time when you should caulk the area where the window frame and casing meet so you can seal the insert then keep it waterproof at the same time. Another option is to run a weatherproof stripping instead of caulk where the window frame and casing meet.
- After you have installed and waterproofed the insert, the only thing left for you to do is attach the hose to the insert and start enjoying the cool and refreshing air that comes from your portable air conditioner.
You might find it a bit confusing at first to install your portable air conditioner in a push out window. However, you don’t need to worry because a little bit of DIY is all that it takes for you to do the job. The best thing is that the whole process only takes a few minutes up to an hour. Now, if you think that this is something that you cannot do on your own, you can always get the help of the experts to simplify the whole process for you.