The Best Air Conditioners Reviewed
Summer means camping, beach trips, vacations, and days lounging by the pool. It also means rising temperatures. It's important to stay cool and hydrated at all times of year, but it can pose more of a challenge during the summer months. It's a good idea to try to avoid being outdoors during the hottest time of the day, usually between noon and 4 PM. Carry a water bottle with you and drink regularly. Popsicles are great for both cooling your off with their icy temperatures as well as hydrating you. Wear breathable clothing made out of cotton, particularly in light colors. A swimming pool is a great way to cool off outdoors, but for inside the house, you're really going to want an effective AC unit.
When choosing an air conditioner unit, there are a few factors to keep in mind. For example, are you planning on getting a wall unit or a window unit? What is the size of the room that you plan to cool? Oftentimes, it is better to get a smaller unit for each room of your home rather than a large unit for just one room, since it may not cool the entire house effectively due to doors and walls. Cooling capability is measured in BTUs, or British Thermal Units. If you plan to install the AC unit yourself, it should be easy to do. Some air conditioning units offer a greater number of functions than others, such as programmable timers. Energy efficiency can end up saving you money in the long run, so that can be as important as your budget.
Our Favorite Wall Unit: Frigidaire Built-In Room Air Conditioner
The Frigidaire Built-In Room Air Conditioner measures 14.5 inches by 24 inches by 20.5 inches and weighs 72 pounds. You can select a temperature between 60 and 90 degrees Fahrenheit with this unit. There are three different fan speeds for you to choose from as well. Reviewers find that it offers great cooling power (12,000 BTU) for rooms measuring up to 550 square feet. Those in humid areas will be pleased that this unit can remove up to 3.3 pints of moisture from the air each hour. Everyone hates when summer storms knock out the power, but this AC unit will luckily start right back up once power is restored, even remembering the last settings you had it at. It comes with a 1-year full warranty.
Our Favorite Window Unit: Frigidaire Gallery Quiet Temp Room Air Conditioner
The Frigidaire Gallery Quiet Temp Room Air Conditioner is our favorite window AC unit. It measures 21.25 inches by 13.43 inches by 19 inches, and it weighs 60 pounds. It cools rooms measuring up to 350 square feet thanks to its 8000 BTU power. Reviewers love the Sleep Mode, which gradually increases the temperature overnight while you're sleeping, so you won't be too cold to get out of bed in the morning. Plus, it saves energy which in turn saves you money on your electric bill! There is also a separate Energy Saver Mode where the AC works like central air, turning on and off at different intervals to keep the room cool but without constant running. Reviewers found this unit easy to install. It comes with a 1-year full warranty.
According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), an average of 658 people die from extreme heat every year. They further report that this is preventable, with the number one protective factor being air-conditioning. During the hottest days of the year, you most likely won't feel like spending much time outdoors. Unfortunately, it can get just as hot inside if you don't have a good quality air conditioner. Try to have yours installed before summer starts so that you won't waste one minute sweating more than you have to!