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Old 04-17-2015, 09:02 AM   #1
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I'm new to the site and need to know if there are ways to rig a typical hopper style basement window (about 33 X 12 1/2" ) to accept a low profile air conditioner. I realize the window portion itself may have to be removed. The finished area of the basement is only about 500 sq ft. and the perimeter walls are well insulated. The unit would face the north. We used to run a dehumidifier but the summers just are too warm here in south Jersey to run it in the summer. The portable units do not seem to be well regarded and I know from use that window air conditioners do the job in rooms that size. Mini splits are too expensive for me. I'd probably hire someone to do the work. Any suggestions on units would be appreciated also. Thanks.

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You would probably have better luck with what is now commonly known as a "portable" a/c


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Or just install a mini split. A whole lot quieter than the room unit pictured above. Along with those units tend to not drain properly.
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i have a couple of those portable ac units form sharp and they work fine, make sure you get two hoses/ducts they are more effcient that way!
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Frigidaire makes a nice one.

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[QUOTE=gregzoll;1957393]Or just install a mini split. A whole lot quieter than the room unit pictured above. Along with those units tend to not drain properly.[/QUOTE

I wish I could afford one. Looked into it. $3500 installed requires permitting. Portables have a bad rep. Real inefficient to run. Even more so than a window unit. Was hoping to find someone that did this modification to a basement window to fit in a plug in unit. I see there are units that are about 12" tall that would fit. Just trying to find "that guy" that did the modification to let me in on any pitfalls. Thanks for your responses everyone.

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Is the basement window above grade, or below with a retaining wall running around it?
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It's in a well drained window well where top of the window is almost flush with grade
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You should be concerned about airflow for a window unit in that case. Not much space in those wells.
The unit needs as much open space as possible to avoid recirculating air.
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You should be concerned about airflow for a window unit in that case. Not much space in those wells.
The unit needs as much open space as possible to avoid recirculating air.

Very important. If it recircs the air the unit overheats and shortens the life of the compressor and uses a lot more elec = less efficiency/more cost to run. Also the coil gets dirty quicker if it close to ground and if any debris like leaves or paper gets sucked in to the well it plugs the coil.
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Very important. If it recircs the air the unit overheats and shortens the life of the compressor and uses a lot more elec = less efficiency/more cost to run. Also the coil gets dirty quicker if it close to ground and if any debris like leaves or paper gets sucked in to the well it plugs the coil.
Thanks guys. Good to know. No wonder I can't find any info on the net about people doing that. Good thing I always ask these questions and dig before I start tearing into things. The fact that you guys share important info like this is very helpful to us non experts. Looks like it's back to dehumidifier and fans. Cheers!

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Save up and do a quality portable or a minisplit. Preferably a inverter drive mini, I've come to love those things.
Doing a start up on a Samsung heat recovery unit tomorrow.

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