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Where To Place Your Air Conditioner (Best Practices & Examples)

So you have decided that you want to install an AC system and want to know where to place your air conditioner. There are a few things to consider ranging from the number of units you want to install, the room layout and external heat sources. These things are essential to consider so that you get the most out of your investment. We are going to look at the best practices and some placement examples based on room type, size and layout.

Best Practices on Where to Place Your Air Conditioner

Install on the North or East Side of Your Home

If possible, it is best practice to install your air conditioner on the north or east side of your home. This will ensure that the unit stays out of sunlight during the hottest parts of the day. Keeping your unit in the shade is essential for energy and cooling efficiency.

Keep Away From Other Heat Sources

Placing your AC near heat sources will prevent it from running efficiently. Heat sources such as lights bulbs, refrigerators and TV’s can cause the unit’s sensor to read the wrong temperature and will make the system work harder than it needs to. As a result, you will be looking at higher energy bills.

Do not obstruct air flow

It is important to keep room layout in mind when choosing your ideal placement. It is best not to obstruct the airflow of the unit. This will prevent the cool air from circulating efficiently and will lead to increased energy bills. This includes installing your AC above wardrobes, doors and electronic devices.

Install In A High Position

To get the maximum efficiency out of your AC it is essential to install it as high on the wall as possible. This is because hot air rises. This way the room will get cooled much quicker than if it were installed low on the all.

Install In A Central Location

Placing your unit in a central location will ensure balanced cooling. It is important to keep in mind that it should be central to the space that you use and does not mean centre of the wall.

Where to Place Air Conditioner Based on Room Type & Layout


In your bedroom, you need to place the unit in such a way that it is not blowing cold air directly onto you. Many find the direct cold breeze uncomfortable. In addition, you will most likely experience a dry throat in the morning. Depending on the shape of the room, the unit is best placed on the side of the bed. In a rectangle shaped room, it is best to place the unit along one of the longer sides. Placing the unit in a central location is key for even cooling distribution.


When it comes to installing an AC in your kitchen, it is best to place it as far away from the oven and hob as possible. This is to allow the air to circulate the room and prevent the AC hindering the cooking process. It will also prevent cooking fumes from entering the unit. These fumes can clog the filter of your unit which will require regular cleaning as a result.

Living Room

One of the main things when placing an AC in your living room, is to make sure that it is not blowing directly on you. You should therefore not place the unit directly above the TV. This will also protect your TV from any water droplets which may come from the AC unit.


There are a variety of factors to consider when it comes to finding where to place your air conditioner. Following these best practices will ensure that your AC runs with maximum efficiency and provides balanced cooling to your space. Some of the key points to remember are to:

  • keep away from heat sources
  • place in a central location
  • keep space well ventilated
  • install high on wall

We would recommend that you hire a team of AC professionals to install your new unit. They will ensure that your unit is placed in the best position possible so that you get the most out of your investment.

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