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Top 10 Window Air Conditioners 2016

Ensure that your house is as secure as it may be all year round, with such a window air conditioners. Designed particularly to be used in apartments or rooms without getting entry to a central air-conditioning system, these models include units that can also heat rooms whilst the temperature drops.

Friedrich EP12G33B 12000 BTU Chill Series Room Air Conditioner with Electric Heat, 230-volt13,700 BTU - ENERGY STAR - 115 volt - 12.2 EER Kuhl Series Room Air ConditionerFrigidaire 25,000 BTU 230V Window-Mounted Heavy-Duty Air Conditioner with Temperature Sensing Remote ControlSPT WA-1022S 10,000BTU Window Air Conditioner - Energy StarFrigidaire FFRS0822S1 8000 BTU Heavy-Duty Slider Casement Window Air Conditioner, Electronic Controls, Remote ControlLG LW1815ER 18,000 BTU 230V Slide In-Out Chassis Air Conditioner with Remote ControlKoldfront 18,500 BTU Heat/Cool Window Air ConditionerLG Electronics LW8015HR 7500 BTU 115-volt Slide In-Out Chassis Air Conditioner with 3850 BTU Supplemental Heat FunctionFrigidaire 6,000 BTU 115V Window-Mounted Low Profile Air Conditioner with Full-Function Remote ControlHaier ESA412N 11.3-EER Window Air Conditioner, 12000-BTU, Energy Star Rated

A Refrigerator For Your Window

At one point or another, I'm sure we've all stuck our heads in the refrigerator or freezer to get a burst of cool air on a hot day. It wasn't until I learned a few of the basics behind refrigeration that it became clear to me just how bad of an idea this is. If you've ever been silly enough to run a window air conditioner in a closed room, the unit, say, just sitting there on the floor, you might get some idea as to why the above refrigerator scheme doesn't quite play out.

You see, air conditioning is all about an exchange of energy, with the front part of your AC generating cool air and the back part (that's ideally hanging out the window) expelling hot air. If the unit's just sitting there in the room, then all the hot air stays there with you. Open a refrigerator door, and the hot and cold in the room will only balance out, if not lean hotter.

There are two sets of coils in a window AC unit, one in the front and one in the back. The set of coils in the back circulates a heated refrigerant that gets compressed into gas on its way to the coils in the front. That process cools the refrigerant significantly because of Amonton's Law of Pressure Temperature, which states that a decrease in pressure will result in a decrease in temperature. When the liquid refrigerant transforms into a gas, its pressure drops, and so, too, does its temperature.

It's the same reason that a can of compressed air starts to feel cold as you spray it; as the liquid, you can hear if you shake the can turns to gas, it loses pressure and gets colder. That's also why low-pressure weather patterns bring cold air.

Then, it's simply a matter of blowing a fan against the cooling coils and sending that air out into the room. The refrigerant then travels back through the unit's compressor where it's returned to its much warmer, liquid form.

The British Are Coming!


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Even though the air conditioner was invented in America (more on that later), the people who sell these things still insist on measuring their efficiency in BTUs, or British Thermal Units. A BTU is the amount of energy in joules (that familiar measure!) needed to raise the temperature of one pound of water by one degree Fahrenheit. It's possible there's supposed to be a cow sacrifice and a rain dance in there somewhere; you never know with the Imperial system.

Whatever the case, before you buy your AC, you ought to figure out just how many BTUs your unit will need to cool the room or rooms in question.

The lowest BTU rating among the air conditioners on our list is 6,000 BTUs. That's good enough to cool about 150-200 square feet of space. According to the National Association of Home Builders, the average master bedroom in a 2,000-2,999 square foot home was 271 square feet in 2013. That's a big bedroom: 27 feet long by ten feet wide. Get up from your computer and walk that out. You can cool all that space with only 8,000 BTUs.

The most powerful AC on our list pumps at 25,000 BTUs, more suited to a 900 square foot space. You very well may have a great-room configuration combining your kitchen, foyer, living room, and more into one space, and if you only want to have one AC unit running, that beast may be for you.

In short, measure your space and consult this handy chart and calculator. It'll tell you all you need to know about how many BTUs your room needs to stay cool.

Rebels Are Rarely This Cool


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I recall a movie about gorillas and diamonds and lasers set in Africa. It was called Congo, and among all the amazing pillars on which the film was built, one thing stays with me above all else. The scientists had little baby air conditioners for their tents!

But just moments ago, we talked about the air conditioner being invented in America. The inventor himself was a man named Willis Carrier, an engineer specialized in heating. I guess that would make him, like so many iconic Americans before him and to come to a rebel.

In 1902, Carrier got a patent for what would become the first prototype AC, though it would be another 13 years before a commercial unit hit the market. This original unit of 1902 was designed as a humidity reduction device for a printing company in Brooklyn whose inks would not dry efficiently in the muggy air. By forcing the humid air over coils containing a coolant (sound familiar?), Carrier was able to remove the excess moisture from the environment and solve the problem.

Industrial applications abounded, and in a short time, the air conditioner found its way into people's homes, putting an ever-increasing strain on our cities' power grids ever since.


#10.Haier ESA412N 11.3-EER Window Air Conditioner, 12000-BTU, Energy Star Rated


Easily control the temperature of your home with the aid of this air conditioner and its accompanying remote. The AC unit features everything from 3 different cooling levels and a dehumidifying mode to 4-way air direction and a quick-snap window kit for easy installation.


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#9.Frigidaire 6,000 BTU 115V Window-Mounted Low Profile Air Conditioner with Full-Function Remote Control


Frigidaire's FFRL0633Q1 6,000 BTU 115V Window-Mounted Low Profile Air Conditioner gives you back more of your window view while still providing strong cooling with high energy efficiency. Perfect for cooling a room up to 250 square feet, this streamlined model works like a breeze. Ready-select electronic controls allow you to easily select options with the touch of a button. A full-function remote control allows you to precisely control the temperature and fan speed from across the room. The multi-speed fan features three different speeds for more cooling flexibility and the 8-way comfort control design allows you to easily control the direction of the cool air, wherever the unit is mounted. The washable mesh filter with tilt-out access and check filter alert cleans the air, removing harmful bacteria. Plus, quiet operation keeps you cool without keeping you awake.


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#8.LG Electronics LW8015HR 7500 BTU 115-volt Slide In-Out Chassis Air Conditioner with 3850 BTU Supplemental Heat Function


You can keep you warm or cool all year round, no matter the season with one efficient unit. This unit features 7,500 BTUs of cooling and 3,850 BTUs of heat and 4-way air direction, which allows you to direct the air up, down, left or right to move the air where it’s needed most. Whether it’s cold in April or hot in October, we’ve got you covered all year round so you can always feel comfortable in your home.


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#7.Koldfront 18,500 BTU Heat/Cool Window Air Conditioner


The Koldfront 18,500 BTU Heat/Cool Window Air Conditioner(WAC18001W) can service a space up to 1,000 square feet with cool air during the warm summer months and heat during the winter. The air conditioner has 18,500 BTUs of cooling power and 16,000 BTUs of electric heating power. Using the electronic thermostat and digital display, you can set your desired temperature as well as control other convenient features like the energy saver mode, fan speed, and 24-hour timer.


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#6.LG LW1815ER 18,000 BTU 230V Slide In-Out Chassis Air Conditioner with Remote Control


Energy Star 18,000 BTU 230V Slide In-Out Chassis Air Conditioner with Remote Control With 18,000 BTUs of power and 3 cooling and fan speeds that can cool up to 1,000 square feet, you can be sure the heat will never be a problem in your home. Enjoy the cool air even more with our four-way air direction. This function allows you to move air up, down, left or right, so no hot spot is left untouched, and you can control the temperature of your room at your own pace. Even when a summer storm wipes out your power, Auto Restart will automatically turn the unit back on when power is restored.


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#5.Frigidaire FFRS0822S1 8000 BTU Heavy-Duty Slider Casement Window Air Conditioner, Electronic Controls, Remote Control


Frigidaire 8,000 BTU 115V slider/Casement room air conditioner is the perfect solution for cooling a room up to 350 square feet. This unit is specifically designed for use with sliding horizontal windows or Casement windows and is not suitable for standard (double-hung) window installation. Ready-select electronic controls allow you to easily select options with the touch of a button. The full-function remote control allows you to precisely control the temperature and fan Speed from across the room. The multi-speed fan features three different fan speeds for cooling flexibility and 4-way air direction control allows you to direct the air where you want it. The washable mesh filter with slide-out access reduces bacteria, room odors and other airborne particles for a healthier, more comfortable environment. Plus, quiet operation keeps you cool without keeping you awake


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#4.SPT WA-1022S 10,000BTU Window Air Conditioner - Energy Star


Works as advertised. Is it quiet? No window unit is quiet. i should know, had seven of them over the past thirty years. This one has less mechanical noise than my Kenmore of the same BTU in the bedroom. Occasionally it has a bothersome cyclic low-level mid-range pulsing sound that I can hear when sitting a chair, but not when standing or moving around the room. Seems to only happen around 70 degrees.


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#3.Frigidaire 25,000 BTU 230V Window-Mounted Heavy-Duty Air Conditioner with Temperature Sensing Remote Control


Energy Star 25,000 BTU 230V Window-Mounted Heavy-Duty Air Conditioner with Temperature Sensing Remote Control With Effortless temperature control, you can easily maintain a preset room temperature so you will remain at your comfort level. The Frigidaire 25,000 BTU 230V Window-Mounted Heavy-Duty Air Conditioner dehumidifies up to 8 pints per hour and quickly cools a room up to 1,600 sq. ft. It also features three cooling speeds and a three-speed fan for more cooling flexibility.


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#2.13,700 BTU - ENERGY STAR - 115 volt - 12.2 EER Kuhl Series Room Air Conditioner


The reason I'm leaving this review is because I rely heavily on them when I make a purchase so I know the importance. I bought 2 Kuhl units. The ES12n33 is for my 650sqft basement. The SM15n10 to cool my entire 600 sqft second floor. I've only had them installed for a couple weeks, so I can't comment on the long term use but so far I'm very satisfied. While you can install these in windows with a kit I chose to eliminate one of my basement windows and frame out the ES chassis , so it is essentially a through the wall install. When I installed the SM I cut a hole in the side of the house and framed that out also. I find that through the wall installs are FAR more efficient, quiet and you don't have to worry about losing a window or removing it every winter. The basement window I used was not in use anyway.


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#1.Friedrich EP12G33B 12000 BTU Chill Series Room Air Conditioner with Electric Heat, 230-volt


12000/11500 Btu cooling and 11200/9200 Btu heating 230/208v room air conditioner with electric heat. Chill's design is cool, sleek in designer white. And it's lighter weight so it's easier to lift and install. Programmable timer a 24-hour programmable timer lets you preset an on and an off time. Auto air sweep swings louvers left to right for more even air distribution throughout the room. Energy management the money saver setting turns the fan off with the compressor to use less energy. Comfort three cooling speeds plus a fan only setting. Safety & security entry Gard anti-intrusion protection protects against kick-in intrusion. Filtration washable antibacterial air filter.


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