It is hot in LA, and we were just gifted with a window-unit air conditioner! Hurrah! We have bars on all our windows! Boo! We've rigged up a very rickety looking system and it works, but...I feel like we might be setting ourselves up for disaster?
Standard sized in-window air conditioning unit. We've propped it up on the inside of our living room window part of it resting on the windowsill, part of it on table, to where it is still inside the window - meaning, inside both the window screen and the bars. Furthermore, there's a good several inches on either side of the unit, as the window is wider than the unit. We turned it on, and well - it is certainly working.
But! This is obviously not ideal. First off, I realize that by not creating a seal and the window being larger than the unit, it is wasteful. Any tips on figuring that out? I know that some units come with little expandable thingies on either side, but this one did not. Second - is there a problem with the unit being on the inside of the screen? I know traditionally, I see units fully outside the window like this.
Third - will the unit create any condensation issues I should be aware of? Fourth - we have drapes. Do we need to keep the drapes very far away from the unit?
Important details: I'm on the first floor. I'm a renter. All utilities are included in my rent. We don't plan on running it very often except for August and September - traditionally the hottest months of the year. I've never had a home with an air conditioner before (recently moved to East LA from the cooler coastal area) and feel like a total n00b. Thanks!