Air conditioner units for the window enjoy this level of popularity due to the fact that they are low in cost (they typically run between $150 and $600) and more importantly, they do not use up any floor area in your home because they are installed in the window sill.
You could pick up this mini Frigidaire FRA052XT7 5,000-BTU Mini Window Air Conditioner to cool a small bedroom or den for under $200.
If you are looking for something a bit bigger, try the Frigidaire FRA106CV1 10,000 BTU 115-Volt Window-Mounted Compact Air Conditioner with Temperature Sensing Remote Control which can keep a room cool up to 700 square feet. This is an excellent unit at a fair price.
Easy Installation Tips for Window Air Conditioners
It is also very easy to install these units which is unlike split air conditioner systems and central air conditioning. Air conditioner units window installations are simple jobs that you can tackle on your own in about an hour.
Additionally, because these are a semi-permanent installation, you are able to put them in place and forget about them. Portable ac units are moved from one room to another whereas a window unit is intended to stay right where it is.
Problems with Noise
Apart from all of these advantages, however, the noise that window units create is one major drawback. Most designs are extremely loud and the various models tend to range from mildly annoying to nearly deafening.
Why are these units so loud? There is actually a very simple reason for all this noise – the entire system including the fans, the condenser and the compressor – are all present in just a single unit.
Conversely, with central AC systems and split AC designs, the condenser and the compressor are situated outside of the home. As a result, the noise caused by the loudest air conditioning components is outside as well.
When you have a unit in your window, however, all of the noisy parts are going to be right inside with you.
This annoyance can be minor. It might require you turn your television volume up a bit in order to hear your favorite shows. However, these units can also result in a number of sleepless night if you happen to have one installed in your bedroom that produces extremely loud noises.
So What Can Be Done about the Noise?
It is generally recommended that you check the sound levels out on different units before actually purchasing one. Every air conditioner has a unit that specifies the decibels it generates. Loud machines tend to have high numbers. For instance, a unit that has a 50 decibel rating will be 10 times as loud as an option that has a 40 decibel rating.
It is wise to stop by a major retail outlet such as Walmart or Target and simply listen to these machines before investing in them. Even when considering different brands, it is vital to learn more about the decibel ratings and how these sound to you. This is best done by hearing different models in operation.
If you already own an AC unit for your window and have found that it has gotten much louder as of late, there are several things you can do.
Find out if the unit is starting to vibrate in the windowsill. It may be necessary tighten it up on its shelf. Additionally, the side panel may have come loose.
Check these out to find out if they need to be tightened. If the unit is vibrating far more than it usually does, think about stabilizing it by sliding a piece of wood beneath it.