In many climate zones, having one of these top 10 air conditioners is critical to comfort and even health. While some homes and businesses utilize central air conditioning systems, many still do not and then rely on window air conditioners and portable air conditioning units. Among these, there are many options, which is a great thing, but when you don’t know which are the best air conditioners for the buck, shopping in this area can be like taking a shot in the dark to only later know the result of that decision. Saving you time and money, we’ve taken the guess-work away and reviewed the field ourselves. Here are ten best window air conditioners and portable air conditioners out there right now.
1. Frigidaire FFRA0511R1E Window-Mounted Air Conditioner
The FFRA0511R1E by Frigidaire is a low-cost performer in window-mounted AC units. Its 5,000 BTU cooling power, easily adjusted vents, and 1.1 pints of dehumidification per hour get the job done in rooms up to 150 square feet. Additionally, this unit’s low-power startup is very helpful in circuits where several items are already running, and other AC units would likely then trip the circuit breaker at startup.
2. Black and Decker BPACT14WT Portable Air Conditioner
For the affordable price point of the Black and Decker BPACT14WT, it’s hard to find better cooling power. This portable AC unit emits a commanding 14,000 BTUs of cooling power and without the noise of many, other, comparable units. It also comes with nearly 5′ of sturdy exhaust duct and an easy-to-install window trim kit. An included remote control, simple, onboard, digital controls and a reliable timer control make this deal even better.
3. Frigidaire FFRE0633S1 6,000 BTU Window-Mounted Air Conditioner
Hitting our list again is Frigidaire with its very worthy FFRE0633S1 model. This window-mounted unit does a great job cooling space up to 250 square feet with 6,000 BTUs of cooling power at an energy star efficiency rating of just 12.2. Being able to remove 1.3 pints of moisture from the air each hour definitely adds to the comforts provided by this unit, but its built-in ionizer is really a great bonus too – offering allergy sufferers a valuable, additional reason to rejoice.
4. Global Air 10,000 BTU Portable Air Conditioner
This 10,000 BTU portable AC unit by Global Air provides a perfect, mid-range level of cooling at a very reasonable price point. In areas up to 400 square feet, this unit is a perfect match, and even better, there is no water tank to keep track of and have to dump like what is found in so many, other portable AC units. A large, digital control panel and remote control make operation a breeze, while a solid caster system makes movement easier than ever on most surfaces.
5. Honeywell 10,000 BTU Portable Air Conditioner
Honeywell, a leading name for years now in climate control and HVAC products, does it right with this 10,000 BTU unit. This air conditioner is rated for use in spaces of up to 450 square feet and meets the job with ease with its strong fan and patented vertical wind distribution system. We also really liked the back-side layout of this unit, offering easy, no-brainer access to the drain, filter, and duct ports.
6. HomeLabs 5000 BTU Window-Mounted Air Conditioner
At 5,000 BTUs, this window-mount AC unit finds itself in the lower capacity category, but in that category, it’s a real performer and at an affordable price as well. Here, HomeLabs offers the user a quiet-running unit with a refreshingly high, seven temp output settings to choose from. An additional consideration helpful to many is the unit’s inclusion of a leaf guard system to help those in areas with heavy foliage which can otherwise eventually interfere with the common window unit’s operation.
7. LG Energy Star Window Air Conditioner
LG is a company known for some great home appliance products, and its Energy Star, 6,000 BTU window unit is no exception. This window unit is a straight-forward performer with its no-frills, reliability-focused design. Users of this air conditioner also can enjoy a high, 1.8 pints-per-hour dehumidification service and 260 square feet of solid room cooling. The unit’s remote and digital interface also carry on with its greater theme of simplistic yet effective performance.
8. GE AHU05LY 17″ 5000 BTU Window Air Conditioner
Another excellent, straight-forward and affordable air conditioner option comes to us by way of GE’s model AHU05LY. The AHU05LY puts off 5,000 BTUs of cooling power at an energy star efficiency rating of 11.2 and a CEER of 11.1. Environmentally-friendly refrigerant, a compact size for ease of window installation, and controls that anyone can understand make this the best pick for an economy window AC unit.
9. Emerson Quiet Kool EARC8RE1 8,000 BTU Window Air Conditioner
Those looking for a bit more than 5,000 BTUs of cooling power but still not wanting a really massive unit are well served by Emerson’s Quiet Kool EARC8RE1 model window AC unit. This 8,000 BTU performer cools very well and without all of the noise produced by many, other comparable units. Other great features here include an overall 12.1 energy efficiency rating, eight points of airflow adjustment at the louvres, 24-hour timer controls, and a large, inviting LED screen.
10. Koldfront WAC10003WCO 10,000 BTU Window-Mounted Air Conditioner
Koldfront really does it right with its WAC10003WCO model 10,000 BTU Window-Mounted Air Conditioner. This window AC unit puts out a lot of cooling power with 10,000 BTUs and a notably strong fan motor. The additional “Sleep Mode” and “Dry Mode” give the user more options in how they choose to use this unit, and its filter alert system is great for reminding everyone of that all-important time. An energy efficiency rating of 12.0 is also a great advantage worth mentioning.
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By BCR Writing Staff