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Apartments come in many different shapes, sizes, ages and installation challenges. Proper planning before you install your air conditioner is very important. Below are some examples of installations on various type of apartments. 

The cost to install in apartments is generally a bit higher than single story homes because they do require more thought and care.


Side back to back installations

Indoor unit located in the corner of the room

In a lot of apartment buildings there is not enough room to mount the indoor unit on the external wall for a variety of reasons. In this case there is not enough space between the window and the roof.

The simplest solution is to mount the unit on one of the adjoining internal walls. To do this the right or left side of the unit (depending on what side of the room it is going on) touches the external wall.

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Installing on an internal brick wall

Many apartments, especially those built pre 80’s are double brick. That means the internal walls are solid brick and have no cavity. This makes it impossible to run pipes insdie the walls. We have a few solutions that make it possible to still install a split system as neatly as possible.

Depending on the layout of the apartment it may be possible to run piping in cupboards or behind furniture reducing their visabilty.

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indoor unit

How to not lose balcony space

Most apartments have the outdoor unit mounted on the balcony, especially in high rise buidlings.

But what if you don’t want to lose the precious space balcony space?

In some situations it is possible to mount the outdoor unit off the balcony.

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do not mount on balcony


Installing on an internal wall – duct on walls

Installing an air conditioner on an internal wall in an apartment can be done providing you have the cupboard space to help. It usually requires running internal duct that can blend in with the room if done correctly.

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Installing on an internal wall – cutting plaster

When installing on an internal wall sometimes there is no other way than to cut plaster to be able to get the pipes, drain and electrical cables out side. It is also a better option for most even though it is more expensive when considering the extra cost of plastering and painting afterwards.

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indoor unit internal plaster wall

Content by Jason Tierney