How to Air Condition a Home With Baseboard Heat

The window unit is an option for cooling a home with baseboard heat.
The window unit is an option for cooling a home with baseboard heat. (Image: window air conditioner image by Aaron Kohr from Fotolia.com)

Baseboard heating systems limit options when it comes to installing air conditioning. A home with baseboard heat does not have the duct system that a home with a forced-air system does. Upgrading and installing ducts is costly and, in some cases, impossible. Window-based units systems is a cost-effective way a homeowner can air condition a home with baseboard heat. Window units fit most windows and can save energy costs because you only have to turn the units on in the rooms you're using at the moment.

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Choose the windows where the air-conditioning units should be placed in your home. Window units work best in double-hung windows because window that open side-to-side, for example, may not open wide enough. Window units work best when they receive shade in the afternoon and are close to the electrical outlet.

Pick the window units that will best fit your air conditioning needs. Window units range from cooling around 150 square feet on a 5,000 BTU unit to 650 square feet on a 12,000 BTU unit. Other options may include multiple fan speeds, 24 hour cycle settings, and directional controls.

Install the units using the with mounting brackets provided with most models to keep the air conditioners in place. Most systems have accordion-style flaps that can be screwed in place to keep a tight fight. Check throughout installation that the unit stays level for best efficiency.

Tips & Warnings

  • Split air conditioning systems can also be used in homes with baseboard heat and cool multiple rooms at once; however, these systems should be installed by a professional. Trying to install a split air-conditioning system on your own may void the warranty.

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