If you have a choice, you should opt for a window air conditioner. In terms of cost, an 8000 BTU window air conditioner will run anywhere from $200 to $300. On the other hand, an 8000 BTU portable air conditioner will cost considerably more, up to $500. Also, portable ac units don’t tend to cool as well, at least according to Consumer Reports.
1) LG 8000 BTU Air Conditioner LW8012ER (cost $220)
This LG 8,000 BTU is a popular model and will set you back only $220.
This 8000 BTU air conditioner comes with Energy-star rating and a 24-hour programmable timer. This is useful for keeping electricity bills in check. It also has a nice restart function that will automatically turn the unit on again after a brownout.
The LG comes with a remote control and variable fan speed and a limited one-year warranty that includes parts and labor (including the compressor).
Reviewers tend to like this unit a lot, commenting on its low price, excellent cooling, and relatively quiet compressor.
You can purchase this unit here.
2) GE 8000 BTU Air Conditioner AEN08LP (cost $270)
This GE unit also comes with a number of cost-saving features, including a 24-hour programmable timer as well as Energy-Star rating. This unit also includes a seeting that allows you to program it to shut down automatically when it senses that the room is cool enough. This feature can help save you cash on your electricity bill.
The GE unit will fit in a window or a wall for easy installation. It will work in a space that is 22 to 38 inches. It also comes with two adjustable fan speeds and a four-way vent so that you can direct cool air where you want it. Like the LG model, it also includes a remote control for easy use even when you are seated across the room.
Users tend to like this unit, commenting on its reasonable price and top-notch cooling.
3) Frigidaire 8000 BTU Air Conditioner FRA086AT7 (cost $215)
The Frigidaire window air conditioner is the best value of the air conditioners reviewed.
In spite of its low price, it comes with a number of nice features. In addition to a remote, the Frigidaire is Energy-Star rated and uses a unique low voltage operation mode. It also comes with an 8-way directional vent and a low-voltage start up feature that can save you money on your monthly electricity bills. Finally, it has a three-speed fan and a programmable timer.
Users like this unit a lot, commenting on its small size (weighing in at just 50 pounds), which makes it easy for one person to install. Reviewers also report that it is a very quiet unit. Many reviews also praised the inexpensive price of this solid ac unit.
You can purchase the Frigidaire here.