Installing Air Conditioning in Apartments (Units) - Can It Be Done?

Living in an apartment can be challenging during the summer months. With limited opening windows it can feel like an oven inside your apartment without air conditioning. So, can you install air conditioning in your apartment?

The answer is yes, but there are some considerations to take into account before doing so. Below are the key points to consider when installing air conditioning in an apartment:

Check With Your Body Corporate

Installing an air conditioner is a great way to stay comfortable during the hot summer months, but it's important to check with your Body Corporate before attempting to install it. Depending on where you live, the regulations around installing air conditioners may vary, and getting permission from Body Corporate for your apartment complex is essential so that you don't run into any issues down the road.

What will you need to install an air conditioner in your apartment (unit)

There are five main things you will need in order to install an air conditioner in your apartment:

  1. Outdoor Unit Location.You will need a place to install the outdoor unit. This location typically will need to be hidden from view from the street - normally a requirement of the body corporate. It will also need free air flow around the unit - to allow for adequate disbursement of the hot air coming off the condenser. The outdoor location will also have an impact on the ability to service and repair the system going forward.
  2. Power Supply for outdoorAll Air Conditioners sold in Australia require a 240v power feed to the outdoor unit. The size of the air conditioner you install will determine the amount of current your air conditioner will draw. Smaller systems, up to 5kW, can typically take their power from an existing power circuit. Larger systems should be installed with a dedicated circuit.
  3. Indoor Unit LocationYou will need wall space adequate in size to accommodate the indoor unit you are installing. Smaller capacity air conditioners can be as little as 770mm in width whilst larger systems may be as much as 990mm (or more).
  4. Connection between indoor and outdoor unitsThere needs to be a direct connection between the indoor and outdoor units - this allows for the routing of the refrigerant pipes and the electrical interconnect between the indoor and outdoor units.
  5. Drain PointThe indoor unit produces condensate (water) it does this as it cools the air and removes humidity from the air in the room being air conditioned. This water needs to go to a drainage point. The drainage point is ideally at a lower level than the indoor, with a direct downhill pathway from the indoor unit. If this is not possible then pumps will need to be employed.

All these things are necessary in order to install an air conditioner into your apartment (unit).

Make Sure That the AC Unit is Installed Properly

After you have checked with your landlord, chosen an appropriate size of air conditioner for your apartment, and consulted a professional electrician if necessary, it's essential to make sure that the air conditioner is properly installed. This can only be done by a licensed installer.

Important Considerations When Installing an AC Unit in Your Apartment

Before you decide to install an air conditioner in your apartment, there are a few essential points to consider:

The Size of the AC Unit

When installing an AC unit in your apartment, size should always be a priority. Depending on the size of the area you need to cool, choosing the correct AC unit can mean the difference between a comfortable, enjoyable living environment and an overworked system that can't keep up with your needs.

The wrong-sized unit can also cause added strain on your electricity usage resulting in higher bills and more wear and tear on the unit itself. For these reasons, it is essential to take into consideration all factors around size when deciding which AC unit to install in your apartment. Only then will you ensure absolute comfort and confidence in your purchase.

The Type of AC Unit

For most apartments wall mount split systems are the only viable choice for the indoor unit.

If you are looking to install multiple indoor units there are a number of options where you can have multiple indoor units connected to a single outdoor unit.

Bottom Line

In conclusion, it is essential to take into account all factors when considering installing an air conditioning unit in your apartment. From size, type, and placement of the AC unit to consulting with a professional electrician and the body corporate - there are several considerations owners must contemplate before making their purchase. Doing the necessary research upfront can save time, money, and stress in the long run!

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