How can I install an air conditioner in a 5' wide window?
May 17, 2014 6:09 AM Subscribe
My bedroom window is 5' wide, which seems to be too wide for the traditional air conditioner side accordion flaps to cover. The previous owners mounted a steel bar horizontally at the height of the air conditioner, installed the air conditioner all the way over on the right, and then hot-glued a piece of plexiglass to cover the leftmost 60% of the window. It looked crappy, leaked air, and let in more street noise than I'd like. Is there a better way to do it?
posted by paul_smatatoes to Home & Garden (8 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
Keep in mind I live in New York, in a co-op where punching through the wall to put in a sleeve-mounted unit is not an option.
Options I've considered are a portable unit with a tube going to the window, or working with a handyman to make a second portable window with a screen that we would snap into the rectangular gap between the steel bar, window frame, and air conditioner.