How To Secure Your Window Air Conditioner

Airtech of Stamford
21 Anthony Street, Stamford, CT 06902
(203) 323-3959

While some homeowners choose to remove their window air conditioners once the cold weather sets in, others may opt for keeping it in year round to avoid the hassle of needed to re-install it every summer. However, for those that choose this approach, it becomes even more important that the unit is secured properly to ensure that it doesn’t become loose or worse – fall out – when harsh winter weather conditions arise.

So, which of the above do you prefer to do? If you plan on keeping your window unit in during the next few seasons, here are a few tips to help you make sure it’s secure:

How to secure your window air conditioner

Use an air conditioner mounting bracket: Even if your air conditioner is on the first floor, you may benefit from installing an air conditioner mounting bracket. Although your unit may be screwed into the window from the inside, this piece of equipment can provide added protection on the outside as it gives the back of the air conditioner something to rest on. Not to mention, the fact that these brackets are typically attached to the house gives your air conditioner another source of strength to hold it up.

Double check the accordions: If over the course of the summer you only used your air conditioner’s accordions to seal the open space and didn’t secure them directly to the windows, you’ll want to do so now. But before you start making any holes in the window, refer to your air conditioner’s instructions as they may outline the exact way in which this should be done – including which type of screws or other tools are best to use.

Tighten the window locking bracket: Once you’re sure that the air conditioner isn’t going to move, you’ll need to make sure that the window won’t either – this is where the window locking bracket comes in. Even if you haven’t noticed any movement over the summer, wind, rain and snow from fall and winter could place more stress on your unit, so you must be able to guarantee that your window can hold it in place.

Do you have any other tips that you use to keep your air conditioner in place all 365 days of the year? If so, be sure to let us know on our Facebook or Twitter page!

For over 50 years, we at Airtech of Stamford have been providing exceptional HVAC services to Stamford, Greenwich, Darien and New Canaan customers. To learn more about how we can help you with your air conditioning system, please visit www.airtech-hvac.com or call (203) 323-3959.

Tips For Taking Out Your Window Air Conditioner

Airtech of Stamford
21 Anthony Street, Stamford, CT 06902
(203) 323-3959

With Labor Day having passed, many of you may be getting into the mindset that summer is officially over. And even though we are still battling some high temperatures, soon enough it will be time to prep our homes for the fall.

That being said, if you have a window air conditioner at home, you may be starting to think about taking it out. Here are step-by-step instructions you can use when doing so:

How to take out a window air conditioner
  1. Power down your unit and unplug it. If your wiring is quite lengthy, you may want to find a way to tighten things up so that it doesn’t get caught during the rest of the process.
  2. Place a towel or other protective covering on the floor under the unit to catch any water that drips out.
  3. Assuming you have secured the air conditioner to the window with screws, take them out and slide in your unit’s accordian side panel/side curtain and frame.
  4. Grab the air conditioner firmly from behind, then have a buddy lift the window. As the air conditioner is no longer held in by the window, be prepared for it to tilt or move a little.
  5. Remove the unit from the window and place it on the towel below to allow any extra water to leave the system.
Although taking your air conditioner out of the window seems pretty simple, always have a friend near by. Not only can they help when it comes time to physically remove the unit, but it’s always a good idea to have a second set of eyes and hands available in case the situation should get a little hairy.

On the other hand, if you have an HVAC unit that needs to be prepped for fall, give Airtech of Stamford a call! We specialize in various cooling services and can help with just about any need you may have. To learn more about how we can help customers in Stamford, Greenwich, Darien and New Canaan with their air conditioners, please give us a call at (203) 323-3959 today.

How To Seal Air Leaks In Your Home

Airtech of Stamford
21 Anthony Street, Stamford, CT 06902
(203) 323-3959

Whether it be summer or fall, winter or spring, it’s never a good time to have air leaks around your home. After all, to maintain a temperature that you’re comfortable with, you mustn’t allow the air inside your home to exit and the air outside your home to enter! Not to mention, the more your heated or air conditioned air leaves, the more you spend in energy costs since your HVAC system has to then work harder.

As you get ready to prepare your home for the upcoming change in season, here are some DIY tips to help you seal air leaks you come across:

How to seal air leaks around the home
  1. Using weatherstripping and caulk, fill in the cracks or spaces around the framing of your windows and doors. Caulking can also be used to seal the leaks where plumbing or wiring enters certain rooms through walls, ceilings and floors.
  2. For the colder months, swap out your window and door screens for storm windows and doors, as they are able to better stop the flow of air in and out of your home.
  3. Add insulation around recessed lighting. Since most of these types of fixtures have vents that lead up to the attic, it’s only obvious that they act as an easy out for hot and cold air.
  4. Using foam gaskets, patch up the space behind your outlets and switch plates. Although these spaces may be extremely small, they are a very common source of air leaks.
  5. Weatherstrip the area around the door that leads to your attic. If your attic is unfinished space that you use for storage purposes, you’ve probably noticed that it can be extremely cold in the winter and even hotter in the summer. To keep this air from taking over the rest of your home, and to keep all of the air your heating/cooling unit produces from rising into this space, you’ll want the gaps around this door to be completely covered.
For more information about how to seal air leaks in your home, check out this article from House Logic.

As a leading HVAC contractor in Stamford, Greenwich, Darien and New Canaan, Connecticut, we at Airtech of Stamford understand the importance of keeping the air your unit produces right where it should be. For more information about how we can help with various heating and cooling related tasks, please visit us on our website or call (203) 323-3959 today.

Ways To Hide Your Air Conditioner

Airtech of Stamford
21 Anthony Street, Stamford, CT 06902
(203) 323-3959

Did you know? August is National Curb Appeal Month! As an observance that is dedicated to helping and encouraging homeowners to improve the appearance and ultimately the value of their home, we wanted to take a few minutes today to discuss one way that you can particularly focus on aesthetics. While we all need an air conditioner to keep cool during the warmer months here in Connecticut, some of us struggle with having a bulky piece of equipment outdoors, often making it the first thing others see. But, with these tips, you can hide it from plain sight:

Ways to hide your air conditioner

Use your landscaping: Though it isn’t ideal to have grass clippings surrounding or in your unit, an article from Angie’s List suggests that you can use your landscaping to your advantage to make your A/C less of an eyesore. Just make sure to use the right types of grasses and plants so that your system can continue working as it should!

Add a fence: A somewhat simpler approach, fencing your air conditioner unit in completely is a surefire way to keep it out of view. If this is the approach you choose to take, start by analyzing the exterior of your home to determine what type of style it has. Then, simply choose a fence that compliments it all! But remember, you don’t want to suffocate your system, so be sure to install your fence in a way that gives it enough room to breathe. 

Design a structure: When thinking of ways to revamp a backyard, we wouldn’t be surprised if your first thought is to string some lights or grow a garden. However, you can also give your backyard some more personality by designing and building a structure around your air conditioner! For example, Houzz mentions building a storage unit for outdoor supplies like your hose or garden tools – talk about the best of both worlds! With this home addition, you can improve your yard’s organization and hide your A/C all in one shot.

So what do you think? Will your next home improvement project revolve around making your air conditioner a bit less visible? Be sure to visit us on Facebook, Twitter or Google+ to let us know your plans and how you would go about doing so!

For over 50 years, we at Airtech of Stamford have been providing exceptional HVAC services to Stamford, Greenwich, Darien and New Canaan customers. To learn more about how we can help you with your air conditioning system, please visit www.airtech-hvac.com or call (203) 323-3959.

Ways To Keep Cool When Your A/C Breaks Down

Airtech of Stamford
21 Anthony Street, Stamford, CT 06902
(203) 323-3959

Keeping cool in the summer

Having an air conditioner that breaks down in the midst of summer may just be one of the worst things that could happen in your home. And although an expert HVAC company like ourselves can resolve the problem in no time, we know that there will be a need to keep cool while you wait for us to arrive. That’s why we’ve done some research and compiled a list of ways that you can keep your body temperature low in the event that your system starts to fail; check them out below:

Close your windows: While you may think that opening the windows could bring in a cool breeze, the truth is that having them open can actually make your house feel hotter. As a result, to avoid letting the hot air in while you have no system to fight against it, your best bet is to keep them closed!

Use your fans: Placing standing fans in the right places and adjusting the direction of your ceiling fans can drastically change the way you feel. If your home isn’t equipped with a ceiling fan, place your standing fan right in front of you to maximize how much air you feel. On the other hand, if you do have ceiling fans to use at your leisure, make sure they are spinning in a way that causes you feel the breeze in a downward motion.

Eat cold foods: Simply sipping on something cool or biting into a refreshing food can make all the difference when you’re trying to beat the heat. Additionally, eating cold foods means you likely won’t need to turn on the oven or the stove, which are natural sources of hot air.

Turn off the lights: Although modern lighting fixtures are said to be more efficient, they can still produce just as much heat as your traditional light bulbs. Therefore, we recommend turning off your lights whenever there is natural light from the sun available to you! 

Take a shower: If you don’t have a pool to jump into, why not take a cold shower to cool yourself off? Not only will you feel cooler while in the shower, but you’ll likely also feel cooler afterwards when the water evaporates from your skin. But if you’re looking for a quicker approach that has similar effects, don’t forget that you can always just rub your wrists with ice cubes.

For additional ways that you can keep cool without your air conditioner, check out this article from Good Housekeeping.

As an HVAC company that has been serving Stamford, Greenwich, Darien and New Canaan, Connecticut for over 50 years, our team has the tools needed to get a failing air conditioner up and running in no time. Additionally, we have the resources and products available to completely install a new system when you need it most. Should your air conditioner break down at any point this summer, don’t hesitate to give us a call at (203) 323-3959; we are available 24 hours a day so that we can help at any time!