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How to Properly Insulate a Window AC Unit

How to Properly Insulate a Window AC Unit

As springtime becomes summer, you might want to use your window air conditioning unit as temperatures rise. However, if your AC unit isn’t properly insulated, it might not keep your apartment as cool as you want. Below, learn how to properly insulate a window AC unit in your apartment. 

Why insulate your window AC unit?

If your window AC unit is not properly insulated, you might be inclined to set its temperature lower since it may seem to not be working well. A poorly insulated window AC unit can thus raise your energy bill. If you notice any cracks around your window AC unit, it’s best to fill the space between the top and bottom window panes to avoid hot air and pests entering your apartment.

Luckily, many air conditioners come with insulation foam that you can cut and shape to fit your apartment’s window. Window AC units also come with plastic curtains that slide out from the sides, though these don’t necessarily stop hot air from coming into your apartment. They’re better at preventing pests from entering. 

How to Properly Insulate a Window AC Unit

How to properly insulate your AC window unit

If your window AC unit did not come with insulation foam or its insulation is worn out, you can easily insulate the unit with a few supplies from the home improvement store. Once you have your supplies, follow the below steps:

1. Look for cracks around the top of the unit

Even if your window looks like it’s tightly closed and fully securing your AC unit, sometimes there’s a little space between the unit and the window. Outside air can enter your apartment through these cracks. 

2. Check your window sash

It’s best to check your window sash area to identify any insulation problems. Look whether the accordion side flaps are properly filling in the cracks. If there’s a single crack, you may be able to seal it temporarily with duct tape. Even if there are no cracks, you should replace the flaps If they look yellowed or worn. 

3. Clean the unit before insulation

It’s best to remove dirt, dust, and grease from your AC unit. This way, you ensure that your unit properly adheres to your window, thus making your insulation effective and long-lasting. 

4. Use caulk on the outside of the unit

In some cases, you can fix insulation issues with caulk. It’s best to use caulk outside the unit to seal it in place and reduce the chance of air flowing in and out. To make sure the caulk insulation is effective, caulk the outside of your window AC unit when the weather is dry and cool. Experts recommend using caulk when it’s about 40 degrees Fahrenheit outside. 

You can press rope caulk into gaps around your window AC unit. If you have large gaps, you may need to press two pieces of rope caulk around the outside of your unit to properly insulate it.

5. Use spray foam, but do so with caution

If you’re not planning to remove your window AC unit during the winter months, you can use spray foam to effectively seal and insulate gaps. Spray foam is highly effective at sealing cracks, but you’ll need to use it cautiously. It sets almost immediately upon application, and it can be extremely difficult to remove.

What other AC unit insulation tips do you have? Sound off in the comments!

Published at Thu, 01 Apr 2021 19:00:43 +0000

How (and How Often) to Deep Clean Your Fridge

When you see a fridge spill or identify a bad smell in your fridge, finding the culprit isn’t always easy. The good news is that you don’t have to find the source to eliminate it – deep-cleaning your fridge should do the trick. Below, learn how (and how often) you should deep clean your fridge.

Wash shelves and salad drawers

First, start deep cleaning your refrigerator by removing your food. Remove your fridge’s drawers, vegetable bins, and removable shelves. If it proves tough to remove drawers and shelves, it’s best to check the fridge’s user manual before you start to avoid any possible damage. If you don’t have a user guide, check the manufacturer’s website or try to contact the manufacturer with your fridge’s model number ready at hand. How (and How Often) to Deep Clean Your Fridge

Remove tough stains

You can often remove tough stains from your fridge’s drawers and shelves with a sponge or a rag soaked in hot water. To avoid burning your hands, wear kitchen gloves (which also help your hands stay clean). Wring out and compress the sponge or rag on sticky substances. Holding a hot sponge or rag on a spill will make removing stains and spills easier to clean up. For especially sticky spills, use the sponge as many times as needed.

After cleaning your drawers and shelves, then clean the remainder of your fridge’s interior. You can use an eraser sponge for this task, as it does better at removing stains and yellow scuff marks. To use an eraser sponge, wet the sponge and squeeze it out. Then, rub the eraser sponge on stains and watch the stains disappear. After the interior is clean, add your clean drawers and shelves back into the fridge.

Dust your fridge’s coils

You might not think about your refrigerator’s condenser coils, but if you want to clean your fridge especially deeply, it’s best to clean these coils. First, unplug your fridge. You can then clean the coils by gently using a coil brush or carefully using your vacuum if it has a crevice attachment. You will only need to clean your fridge’s coils once or twice per year. 

Clean your fridge’s exterior

Wipe your refrigerator’s doors with a cloth dampened with mild soap and water. Make sure to disinfect the fridge’s handles with a cleaning solution since the handles are high-touch surfaces. For stainless steel fridges, you can use a stainless steel spray and wipe in the direction of the steel’s grain. Lastly, make sure to dry your fridge to prevent streaks from showing.

How do I maintain a clean fridge?

Once a week, you should have a fridge toss day to remove leftovers. Throwing food out once a week will prevent food from molding and thus releasing odors or staining your fridge. If you have a hard time remembering when you got your food, you can write down the date you first put your food in your fridge on a food label or a dry-erase board in your kitchen.

How often should I deep clean my fridge?

You should give your fridge a deep clean every three to four months. In between deep cleanings, it’s best to wipe up spills before they dry and regularly remove spoiled food. Regularly cleaning will make deep cleanings easier in the long run.

How often do you deep clean your fridge? Sound off in the comments!

Published at Wed, 31 Mar 2021 17:00:18 +0000