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How to Add Window Screening to an Evaporative Air Cooler

If you are using an evaporative air cooler, then you may want to add a window screen to your room in order to regulate the amount of air which comes into the house. This can affect how cool the home is, and it will also affect utility bills, so getting the air flow correct ensures that you don't use more energy than you need to. Adding a window screen to your home is not difficult, and using one of these with an evaporative air cooler will help you to save money while still keeping a cool home.

Materials Needed
  • Wood
  • Saw
  • screwdriver
  • Screws
  • Metal wire or mesh
  • Tape Measure
  • Caulk
Step 1 - Measure the Area of the Window

Before you can fit your window screen, you will need to the size of the window. Check this several times, measuring carefully. Use a friend to hold the other end of the tape measure if the window is a large one. Note down the size of the window, as you will need to create a frame which matches the proportions of this window as closely as possible.

Step 2 - Make the Frame

Take the wood, and cut it into suitable lengths. For example, if you have a window which is 23 inches by 12, then you will need to cut out two lengths of wood which are just shorter than 23 inches, and two lengths of wood that are just shorter than 12 inches. Cut slightly too large, and measure up against the window until you can fit it tightly into place. Screw the four pieces of wood together.

Step 3 - Cut the Mesh

Cut the mesh until it is large enough to fit into the window. You should then install the frame against the window, and mark out the area of the evaporative air cooler. Take a pair of scissors, and cut around this area. The mesh should fit tightly around the evaporative AC unit. Using a mesh tool, push the mesh tightly into the frame, and hold it in position with staples or screws.

Step 4 - Fit the Frame

Take the frame, and push it into the window as far back as possible. You should push the mesh around the evaporative air cooler, so that it slides back tightly. You can then position the window screen by screwing it to the frame of the window. Screw down the window screen until it is secure in the window, and then add some caulk around the edges. This will ensure that there are no draughts around the edge of the window.

Step 5 - A Screen for the Evaporative Air Cooler

If you just need to add a screen to the evaporative cooler, then you can use the same principle to create a much smaller screen. Just measure around the edge of the cooler, and then build the frame to that size. This can be a useful addition during winter, as it can prevent cold air from coming into the home.