Read this before you install your A/C unit this weekend

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Was it, what, a week or two ago that we were still tentatively toggling between our spring and winter coats? And now, all of a sudden, it's muggy and getting up to 90. If you're anything like us, this means your weekend to-do list consists of getting your A/C unit locked and loaded for another season of sweet, artificially freezing air and jacked-up electric bills.

[Note: This story originally ran in May, 2015, and was updated with new information in May, 2017.]

Before you hoist your heavy, cumbersome friend into the windowsill, brush up on some of our best tips for keeping your bills low, your neighbors safe, and your apartment blissfully cool: