No-Sweat A/C Tips
New York City requires securely installed window air conditioners. Translation: You should be able to open the window and not have the air conditioner plunge. If your super won’t, Mega Air Conditioning will (from $149; 212-475-2759).
That Irritating “Ping-Ping”
When it rains, the Frost King foam stuck to your air conditioner will ensure silence (air-conditioner drip cushion, $21.95 at Garber Hardware, 710 Greenwich St., nr. Charles St.; 212-929-3030).
Plan on replacing them every three months (from $22 at P.C. Richard & Son, 53 W. 23rd St., nr. Sixth Ave.; 212-924-0200).
Luxury models require an annual cleaning, oil, and filter change. On models that cost less than $400, just clean the filters monthly (home appointment, from $150 at Airmax Air Conditioning, Inc., 73 Spring St., nr. Lafayette St.; 212-343-0336).
Call the pros at Five Borough Air Conditioning any time, day or night (from $125; 164 Manhattan Ave., nr. 107th St.; 212-334-1970).
Have your bulky units whisked away for the winter, high-pressure cleaned, and reinstalled in the spring (from $320 at AA Cool, 261 Grand Concourse, nr. E. 140th St., the Bronx; 718-402-1440; $338 at Elgot Kitchen and Bath, 937 Lexington Ave., nr. 68th St.; 718-617-2222).
G.E.’s no-frills 5,150-Btu unit (pictured top) cools rooms under 175 square feet (model AGR05LJ, $119.97 at P.C. Richard & Son, 53 W. 23rd St., nr. Sixth Ave.; 212-924-0200).
Cooling Nature’s Way
• For optimal ventilation, open up both the bottom and top sashes of your windows.
• Draw shades.
• Position oscillating fans across the room from open windows.
• Set the air conditioner above 70 degrees for a goose-bump- free breeze.