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Jalousie Window A/C Units

David WalgasDavid Walgas Registered User regular
edited September 2010 in Help / Advice Forum
So I just moved into a new apartment last week, and unfortunately, the apartment lacks AC. Lots of fans, but not a thermostat around. One of the guys I worked with had an old window mounted A/C unit, and he gave it to me. Now I've installed a window A/C unit before, but this apartment has what I believe are called Jalousie (basically slat-type) windows so I am at a loss. Anyone encountered this problem before and found a good solution? Or am I just gonna have one loud ass fan in my spare room all the time?

Thanks, either way.

If there's a need for pictures or anything to show the window-type, I can easily provide.

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    EshEsh Tending bar. FFXIV. Motorcycles. Portland, ORRegistered User regular
    edited September 2010
    I Googled 'em and wow is that annoying.

    Found this?

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    Captain VashCaptain Vash Registered User regular
    edited September 2010
    would it be impossible to like.. duct the a/c exhaust through the slats and put the unit on a nearby shelf or something?

    I'm sure it would look pretty thereifixedit.com but if it works.. it works...

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    CauldCauld Registered User regular
    edited September 2010
    Those windows are very inefficient, I had them at a place I worked and you could literally feel the heat coming in the windows when the AC was on.

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    ChanusChanus Harbinger of the Spicy Rooster Apocalypse The Flames of a Thousand Collapsed StarsRegistered User regular
    edited September 2010
    I would ask first, but you may be able to remove the panes and seal up the area around the A/C unit.

    Emphasis on "lous[y]" in Jalousie. Those windows are awful.

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    darkgruedarkgrue Registered User regular
    edited September 2010
    You should be able to remove the glass slats from the window frame without tools. Assuming the width can clear the louver clips (minus the glass), if you remove enough slats to accomodate the A/C unit's height (with the slats closed), you should be able to mount the unit. Wear gloves when removing the glass (in case they shatter). You might find that crud or corrosion (the frames are usually made of aluminum) might have frozen the slats into the frame clips. Spraying some WD-40 on the areas and letting it soak in might assist in freeing the glass and making removing the panes easier.

    As already mentioned, the glass slats don't seal at all, and will let the hot exhaust from the A/C unit back in unless additional measures are taken. Additional work might be needed to seal up the edges and top. Might consider some painter's tape and foil as a low-cost means of sealing around the window. Or building and painting a plywood or fiberboard cutout that goes around the A/C unit and covers the entire window area. If you cut it a little small, you might be able to use foam pipe isulation that (looks kind of like big noodles split down the long edge) to seal around the edges and make the cutout press-fit into the window opening.

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    David WalgasDavid Walgas Registered User regular
    edited September 2010
    Alright thanks for the advice guys. I'll give it another try this Friday and if that fails, who needs A/C

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