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No-Sweat A/C Tips

Installation
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).

Extra Filters
Plan on replacing them every three months (from $22 at P.C. Richard & Son, 53 W. 23rd St., nr. Sixth Ave.; 212-924-0200).

Maintenance
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).

Emergency Service
Call the pros at Five Borough Air Conditioning any time, day or night (from $125; 164 Manhattan Ave., nr. 107th St.; 212-334-1970).

Storage
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).

Budget Cooling
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.


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