Window ACs can be the best way for these people to stay cool and beat the heat over the summer months. Unlike central air conditioners, windows units can be priced for less than $200, and be able to handle the work.
Window air conditioner units naturally sit in your window. This type of installation is ‘semi-permanent’. These units are designed to be work-ready as fast as you can get them out of their box. They require a minimum amount of effort to install. It basically consists of attaching the unit to the window sill, and closing the window down on it to help hold it in place.
Window ACs are designed to stay where you put them. This is one of the ways they differ from the portable units, that move on casters and can be rolled from one room to the next. However, when it comes to cooling power for the price, the window unit stands out from portables. If this is a benefit you want, then you have the option of placing a window unit in as many rooms as you like. By most estimates, placing 2 or 3 of these window units in your home would still be cheaper than the cost of installing a large central air system.
Our favorite window air conditioner for tiny spaces is the Frigidaire FRA052XT7 5,000-BTU Mini Window Air Conditioner. This is an excellent unit at a terrific price. You really can’t go wrong with this one.
When selecting your window AC, it is always good to take your measurements with you. Measure the room where it is going before you leave to go shopping. That way you’ll know how many BTUs will be sufficient to cool the area you want the unit to cool. A room of around 350 square feet would require around 8,000 BTUs of power to cool sufficiently. You also want to have in mind what types of special features you want with your unit.
Most of the window units feature controls that let you direct the air flow. Some have timers that you can program to turn off and on whenever you want them to, in order to help save energy. You will find many of them have multiple speed fans that are energy efficient, and remote controls to save you from getting up and down all day to adjust the unit.
Technological advances have put many new bells and whistles at your fingertips. ACs now double as de-humidifiers as well, removing moisture out of the air. They also have anti-bacterial filters for people who suffer from bacterial allergies, that can also remove odors from your rooms.
Always look into any type of energy-saving features. This is what will save you money on your utility bills. See if the unit you’re considering has its own Energy-Star rating. This is a rating assigned by the EPA to ACs that meet specific standards in regard to cost-effectiveness and energy efficiency. That way you will know you’re getting help on the electricity bills, no matter how hot it gets outside.
In the U.S. today, some of the most popular brands you will run into are LG, Friedrich, and General Electric. They have these brands and models at nearly all of your big retail stores like Sears and Best Buy. Amazon is another one that features these brands. The costs will vary, depending on the amount of BTUs your rooms call for after being measured. The cost range can go from around $180 for smaller units, up to around $500 for larger ones.