Should You Buy a Through the Wall Air Conditioner?

If you are worried about sacrificing your window view with an AC unit, you do have another option. Instead, you can opt for a through the wall air conditioner.

Through the wall air conditioner units are a popular alternative to a window air conditioner. A through the wall air conditioner will give you the same functionality of cooling your room as a central air conditioner system. Plus, you can also buy a through the wall air conditioner with heat so that you can use the same unit to keep warm in the winter as well.

Through the Wall Air Conditioner Installation

If you do choose a through wall air conditioner, you will have to hire a professional installer to cut a hole in an exterior wall. Also, if you plan to use your through the wall air conditioner in an apartment building, make sure you check with your manager to see if you can cut a hole in a wall.

When your through the wall air conditioner is installed, technicians will cut an opening in the wall that is big enough for the unit to fit. They will then place a scaffold on the outside of the wall where the unit will rest. Finally, the installers will attach a permanent sleeve to hold the air conditioner securely in place. The cost for a typical installation can run up to $3000.

Two Important Reminders

There are two important things to keep in mind before you purchase a through wall air conditioner.

First, make sure you take careful wall measurements. Because you will have an air conditioner through the wall, you need to make sure that you will install it on an exterior wall. You also should check how thick your wall is because some models cannot be used on particularly thick walls.

Second, make sure you measure the square footage of the room where you plan to use the through the wall air conditioner. Air conditioners are measured in BTUs and you need the square footage of your room before you can determine how many BTUs you will need.

Through the Wall Air Conditioner Reviews

Here are three of the most popular through the wall air conditioner units available today.

1)   Frigidaire FRA124HT2 Energy Star 12000 BTU Air Conditioner 230-Volt   

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Frigidaire FRA124HT2 12,000/11,700 BTU Through-the-Wall Room Air Conditioner

This popular Frigidaire model can cool a room that is up to 640 square feet and runs about $560. It is available here.

This is an energy-efficient model that can also save you cash on your electric bill. Users comment on how quiet this unit is, making it easy to sleep on sweltering summer nights.

The Frigidaire FRA124HT2 also comes with a bunch of bells and whistles, including an antimicrobial mesh filter, which removes harmful bacteria, 3 different fan speeds, a remote control, and a 24-hour timer.

2)   Frigidaire FRA086HT1 Energy Star 8,000 BTU Air Conditioner 115-Volt   

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Frigidaire FRA086HT1 8,000 BTU Through-the-Wall Room Air Conditioner

If you are looking for a unit that will cool a smaller space (up to 350 square feet), the Frigidaire’s FRA086HT1 is the air conditioner for you.

Priced at about $450, this unit is also known for its quiet compressor. This unit also comes with energy-saving features as well as a temperature-sensing remote.

You can buy this model here.

3) Friedrich US14D30 13000 BTU  – 230 volt – 8.5 EER Uni-Fit Through the Wall Air Conditioner

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Friedrich US14D30 13000 BTU – 230 volt – 8.5 EER Uni-Fi

The Friedrich US14D30 is a popular choice for cooling larger rooms. This $720 unit can cool a room up to 600 square feet.

This model includes a Money Saver feature which using only the fan when in cooling mode. This can save you some cash on your electricity bill. It also includes a 24-hour timer.

You can buy the Friedrich here.

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