Transform Your Bedroom Into a Cool Oasis: Discover the Perfect Placement for Your Window Air Conditioner
Picture this: it’s a sweltering summer evening, the heat clinging to your skin like an unwelcome third layer of clothing. Exhausted from the blistering day, you retreat to the sanctuary of your bedroom, hoping for respite from the oppressive temperatures. But alas, the stagnant air shows no mercy, stifling any chance of a peaceful slumber. Don’t despair, dear reader, for salvation is within reach!
In the battle against the blistering heat, a wise choice of window air conditioner placement can make all the difference. When it comes to creating a serene and pleasantly cool oasis in your bedroom, placing your trusty A/C unit in the best possible position is paramount. Fear not, for in this article, we shall delve into the realm of ideal placement options so that you can revel in refreshing temperatures and attain the tranquil sleep you so deeply desire.
Embark on a journey with us as we explore the ins and outs of finding that sweet spot for your window air conditioner. From optimal window selection to considering furniture arrangements, we will guide you through every twist and turn to ensure you make the most out of every cool breeze. So bid farewell to sweaty nights and say hello to a sanctuary where dreams are woven amidst the gentle hum of chilled air.
What to Look For When Placing the Indoor Unit?
Installing the air conditioner at the right place in your bedroom is very important because it not just concerning your health but it is also very messy to relocate it.
Cold Air Should Not Blow Directly onto the Bed
A lot of people like to have their air conditioners blow directly onto their bodies. For a while, it does feel good with the strong wind. But, with the air conditioner continuously blowing cold air onto your face during your sleep, it does more harm than good.
When the air conditioner directly blows cold air onto your body, it carries away heat and moisture at a faster rate. Thus, you may feel too cold and other problems may arise such as dry skin, dry lips, and headaches after you wake up in the morning. You may not realize that it is affecting your sleep quality.
I remember when I was a kid, my air conditioner was blowing cold air towards my face all night long. Moreover, it was a non-inverter-type air conditioner. Every time the compressor kicks in, it blasts cold air at full capacity.
I couldn’t stand it and I had to either cover my face with my blanket or switch my sleeping position. Swinging the air conditioner blade up only helps a little because the cold air still falls onto my face.
Don’t Install the AC Too High, It’s Hard to Service!
The ceiling height of a typical bedroom is about 2,700mm to 3,000mm.
The air conditioner should be installed at about 2,100mm to 2,400mm in height for ease of service because the filter of the air conditioner needs to be cleaned every 2 to 3 months depends on the air quality.
If you place your air conditioner too high up, the service will be much difficult and takes a longer time.
Air conditioner service technicians usually use a 6-step ladder. Thus, if your air conditioner is located at a higher than expected height, the technician will not be able to reach it for the cleaning.
In addition, the technician might try to reach your air conditioner despite using a short ladder due to the cost of revisiting your house which increases of risk of injury.
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Leave Some Gap for Your Air Conditioner to Breathe
The air conditioner depends on the return air temperature to determine and control your room temperature.
If your bedroom ceiling height is low, you still need to leave at least a 50mm to 100mm gap between the air conditioner and the ceiling to allow sufficient space for good return airflow.
Otherwise, you’ll strain the air conditioner and it’ll not run as efficiently as it should be.
Furthermore, having a small gap between the air conditioner and the ceiling can gather insects as they like to hide in dark and tight spaces. These insects can fall into the air conditioner.
Then, they’ll be stuck inside the cooling coil and you’ll need to clean them. Horrible.
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There Should Be No Object In Front of the Air Conditioner
I saw some air conditioners installed above the bedroom closet. It is like almost hiding above the closet. This will cause improper airflow which will reduce the performance of the air conditioner.
Some air conditioner has a motion detection sensor where it controls the energy usage based on movements. With the closet placed right in front of the sensor, it obstructed the detection and this can ruin its energy-saving function.
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I Don’t Have Space Above My Bed, What Are the Other Options?
The air conditioner also can be placed at the side of the bed as long as it does not blow directly onto your face. If you really have no other place to put your air conditioner, you can do two things:
1. Adjust the Diffusers
If you have no other options, you can adjust the diffuser of the air conditioner so that it turns the airflow away from your bed. However, it can only divert some of the airflows. You’ll still feel the cold air but lesser.
2. Consider an Inverter Air Conditioner
Inverter air conditioners are capable of reducing cooling power by regulating the speed of their compressor.
When your room reached the set temperature, an inverter air conditioner will reduce the cooling power and maintain the set temperature. Your room temperature will be much more consistent compared to if you’re using a non-inverter air conditioner.
With an inverter air conditioner, your room most likely won’t be too cold even it is a small room because an inverter air conditioner typically can ramp down to as low as 4,000 BTU.
Nevertheless, using an inverter air conditioner only solves the too cold problem, you may still have dry skin and dry lips problem. Thus, regardless of it is inverter or non-inverter, the cold air should not blow onto the bed.
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How About the Location of the Outdoor Unit?
Ideally, the outdoor unit of the split air conditioner should be installed at a shaded place. The outdoor unit should not be located in an enclosed space where there is no fresh air flowing through.
Also, keep in mind the accessibility to the outdoor unit for servicing. The location of the outdoor unit will affect the efficiency of the air conditioner.
Most installers quote their price based on a back-to-back installation (the outdoor unit is right behind the indoor unit) where it only involved a short length of refrigerant pipe. They usually maintain their price if the indoor unit and outdoor unit is about 1 to 2 feet away.
Beyond that, they’ll start to charge extra fees. Do check with your installer before start work to avoid any arguments later.
The maximum distance between the indoor unit and outdoor unit of the split air conditioner is about 15 meters. For a typical bedroom, it usually more than sufficient to allow your indoor unit to install at the perfect location.
1. “Creating the Perfect Cooling Haven: Unveiling the Best Spot for Your Bedroom Window Air Conditioner”
When it comes to finding the best spot for your bedroom window air conditioner, it’s crucial to strike that perfect balance between efficiency and comfort. After all, you want your room to be a haven of coolness during those scorching summer days. Here are some tips to help you create the perfect cooling oasis:
1. Assess the Layout: Take a closer look at your bedroom layout to determine the most suitable location for your window air conditioner. Consider factors such as proximity to power outlets, windows, and furniture placement.
- Check for Unobstructed Airflow: Ensure that there are no obstructions like curtains, blinds, or furniture blocking the airflow from the air conditioner. Unrestricted airflow helps in efficient cooling and allows the cold air to circulate evenly across the room.
- Avoid Direct Sunlight: Position the air conditioner away from direct sunlight to prevent excess heat from entering the room. This will reduce the workload on your AC unit and help maintain a cooler temperature inside.
- Consider Noise: Although often an overlooked factor, noise can significantly impact your sleep quality. Place the air conditioner away from your bed
2. “Mastering the Art of Comfort: Discovering the Optimal Placement for Your Window Air Conditioner in the Bedroom
Where should you place an air conditioner in a bedroom?
The air conditioner should be placed in a location so that it doesn’t blow directly on the bed. Usually, the air conditioner can be placed on the left or right side of the bed.
Here are a few other criteria for placement of an air conditioner in a bedroom:
Keep the AC unit away from heat sources
Heat sources will affect the AC unit’s thermostat reading. For example, if you have an AC near a refrigerator then the heat from the refrigerator will affect the AC’s temperature sensor.
Heat sources also include sunlight. If the front of the AC gets direct sunlight, the AC will warm up and think that your room is hotter than it actually is.
Keep the AC unit away from electronics and appliances
There’s always a small chance that water may leak out of your air conditioning unit. So keep electronics away from your air conditioner.
For instance, if you have a window AC then don’t put a computer underneath it.
Electronics and appliances also produce small amounts of heat that will affect the AC’s thermostat reading. For example, a TV (especially an older one) will produce some heat and skew your AC’s thermostat reading.
Install the AC in a space that has no obstructions to airflow
Placing the AC in an open area will allow for proper air distribution in your area.
Proper airflow is essential for any AC to run efficiently. If an AC’s airflow is obstructed, then the AC will have to work overtime in order to cool your room.
Placing an object in front of an AC will also increase the chance that condensation forms. For example, if a chair is placed directly in front of an AC, condensation may form on the chair’s surface due to the cold air from the AC.
Install the AC at a proper height
Installing an AC at the proper height is important for airflow patterns in your room. This is because of the anatomy of the human body. In order for a person to feel the cooling effect from an AC, the cold air from the AC must be blown to a height that is 3-5 feet from the floor.
In the case of a window AC, the air is blown in a relatively straight pattern. This means that for a window AC, the proper installation height is 3-4 feet from floor level.
Split ACs are designed to blow air in a downward direction. So for a split AC, the proper installation height is 7-8 feet from floor level.