Window Air Conditioner

A window air conditioner is a great way to still get your home cooled down without having to pay thousands of dollars for a central AC unit. The window type is simple to use. All that you need to do is follow the instructions provided with the unit to get it properly installed into the window. Usually, this means opening the bottom of window and putting it in place. It's important to make sure that you have the unit angled slightly downward for it to work properly.

The window air conditioner will also come with some type of foam product to install into the gap between the upper and lower portion of the window to prevent bugs from coming in. The last step is to plug it into a standard outlet and turn it on. Within minutes, you will be getting some great cool air.

Top 10 Window Air Conditioners 2015

Frigidaire FRA052XT7
Frigidaire FRA052XT7
5000 BTU Cooling up to 150 sq.ft., 0.8 pints/hr Dehumidifier, Mechanical Control
The unit has an antimicrobial mesh filter that cleans the air and removes harmful bacterial. It can save you money because it has a low voltage start-up. It has easy to use rotary controls with 3 options to cool down the room.
Ratings : Frigidaire FRA052XT7 Ratings
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Frigidaire FRA065AT7
Frigidaire FRA065AT7
6000 BTU Cooling up to 216 sq.ft., 1.3 pints/hr Dehumidifier, Electronic Control
It has all the features and benefits people are looking for in an AC unit for medium sized rooms. It cools up to 216 square feet quickly even on the hottest of days. It's also perfect for bedrooms because it operates so quietly.
Ratings : Frigidaire FRA065AT7 Ratings

SPT WA-1211S
SPT WA-1211S
12000 BTU Cooling, 3.2 pints/hr Dehumidifier, 62~86°F Temp, 400-700 sq.ft.
It's really a fantastic value and the different modes are great and saves money and energy use. This is a relatively quiet AC compared to similar models of other brand name. The remote, timer functions and dehumidifier mode are all great benefits of this model.
Ratings : SPT WA-1211S Ratings

Keystone KSTAW05A
Keystone KSTAW05A
5000 BTU Cooling up to 150 sq.ft., programmable 24-hour on/off timer
It is recommended for anyone looking for a unit that will easily cool off a bedroom, office or other smaller room. It is very sturdily built and powerful enough to cool a room quickly. It installs easily and is lightweight so anyone can pick it up and put it into a window.
Ratings : Keystone KSTAW05A Ratings

Frigidaire FRA086AT7
Frigidaire FRA086AT7
8000 BTU Cooling up to 350 sq.ft., 1.7 pints/hr Dehumidifier, Electronic Control
It has low voltage start-up and conserves energy. It effortlessly controls and maintains room temperature, has a multi-speed fan and 8-way comfort control design with clean air ionizer which is perfect for the allergy sufferers.
Ratings : Frigidaire FRA086AT7 Ratings

Frigidaire FRA126CT1
Frigidaire FRA126CT1
12000 BTU Cooling up to 640 sq.ft., 3.8 pints/hr Dehumidifier, Electronic Control
Nicer looking and has better features too. It is a quiet unit and the installation is really quick and easy thanks to the easy installation kit. The compressor and fan motors start up and run smoothly.
Ratings : Frigidaire FRA126CT1 Ratings

Frigidaire FRA054XT7
Frigidaire FRA054XT7
5000 BTU Cooling up to 165 sq.ft., 1.1 pints/hr Dehumidifier, Electronic Control
Remote control is a real convenience and works well. It produces variable temperature choices and the airflow is decent. It's also lighter than most other models so it makes installation easier on your arms and back.
Ratings : Frigidaire FRA054XT7 Ratings

8000 BTU Cooling up to 340 sq.ft., 2.2 pints/hr Dehumidifier, 4-Way Air Direction
It has ability to cool down a room quickly, its energy efficiency and because it has a really handy remote. The white color fits nicely in any room décor and it is the perfect size for smaller rooms.
Ratings : LG LW8012ER Ratings

Frigidaire FRA064VU1
Frigidaire FRA064VU1
6000 BTU Cooling up to 216 sq.ft., Low-Profile, 1.3 pints/hr Dehumidifier
The air blows upwards instead of directly at you so that is a nice plus with this unit. It is also rather quiet while operating and allows you to get good sleep while keeping the room cool. It's a little more pricey but well worth it.
Ratings : Frigidaire FRA064VU1 Ratings

Frigidaire FRA106CV1
Frigidaire FRA106CV1
10000 BTU Cooling up to 500 sq.ft., 3.0 pints/hr Dehumidifier, Remote Thermostat
This is highly recommended based on superior performance and energy efficiency. It's a compact unit that works well and has features that users appreciate. It installs quickly and is relatively quiet when in use.
Ratings : Frigidaire FRA106CV1 Ratings

How It Different

The biggest difference between these window air conditioners and other types is primarily about location. Central AC is probably the best type of air conditioning, but the cost is extravagant. Wall units and portable air conditioners are the main competitors against the window unit.

The wall units have to be cut into the side of your home, so this will require quite a bit of extra labor. You will also have to find the same size if you need to replace it in the future. Many people do not choose the wall air conditioner because of these factors.

The portable AC are good because they only require a little bit of space, and they can be moved anywhere to cool down a room. The problem with these is that you constantly have to unplug it, move it and reinstall if you want to move it.

Why Window AC Unit

Lower Cost: The window AC are the least expensive that you can purchase, so they are friendly to your wallet. It definitely are the most cost-effective and simplest type to purchase.

Temperature Control: The units also come with a wide array of different temperature controls. This depends on the model that you purchase, but many of them come with remote controls, on and off automatic functions and a fan option. The temperature can also be changed simply by turning or pushing a button. You can decide instantly how cool you want your room to be.

Easy to Install & Unstall: A window air conditioner is also very simple to put in and take out. When the colder weather strikes, you simply take five minutes to remove it from your window.

How to Choose

When choosing your window air conditioner, you need to measure the size of the room that needs to be cooled. You then need to purchase a unit that fits the room. For example, if your room size is 330 square feet, you can use a 8,000 BTU unit without a problem. Measure your room and then figure out how many BTUs you will need from BTU Calculator table below.

Room Area (square feet)
Cooling Capacity
100 to 150
5,000 BTUs
150 to 250
6,000 BTUs
250 to 300
7,000 BTUs
300 to 350
8,000 BTUs
350 to 400
9,000 BTUs
400 to 450
10,000 BTUs
450 to 550
12,000 BTUs
550 to 700
14,000 BTUs

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