Summer is here! The days just keeps getting hotter and humid. Lucky for us we have a powerful ally in our battle against overwhelming heat and humidity: the air conditioner! Who hasn’t had the near-ecstatic experience of walking in from the unbearably muggy outdoors and into the instant bliss of cool, conditioned air? It’s indescribably refreshing. And one the most popular models of AC unit today is the window air conditioner, mostly because of its simple installation and flexibility. You just open the window, fasten the unit securely, seal off the rest of window opening, plug it in and say “aaaaaaaaaah.” But which unit is right for you? And what is the best window air conditioner on the market? That’s where Appliances Connection can help. We’ve assembled a lineup of some of the top window AC units we have to offer.
But before you make a purchase, you should be able to measure how much power you need in an AC unit for a particular room. Take a look at this chart that compares the BTU (British Thermal Unit) levels needed to cool a certain room size:
Now, with that in mind, you can review these units and be able to pick the right air conditioner for you.
Which brands have the best window air units?
ROOM SIZE: 150-250 sq. ft.
Haier is a major global manufacturer of household appliances with a well-earned reputation for quality and dependability. Their 21-in. wide window air conditioner can deliver up to 6,000 BTUs of cooling power. Its convenient features include a 24-hour on/off timer so you can plan ahead and cool a room before you enter it. It also has several modes including a dehumidify function, quiet mode, a check filter reminder, and a sleep mode that adjusts temperature for overnight comfort. For even more convenience, you can control this AC unit with an included full-function remote control. This item has also been Energy Star certified, so it’s good for your wallet as well as the environment. Comes with an easy-to-install window kit.
ROOM SIZE: 100-150 sq. ft.
Admit it, when you hear the name Frigidaire, the first word that pops into your mind is “cool.” Well, the company has been a builder of quality home appliances, and we believe their 17-in. two-speed, 5,000 BTU window air conditioning unit is the best window air conditioner for small rooms. A major appeal of this unit is its quick cool/warm mode, which speeds up the fan for a faster result. It also has an Effortless Restart, so it resumes operation at the same programmed temperature is was at before shutting off. It also has an easy to clean filter, so you can get consistent maximum efficiency. SpaceWise adjustable side panels fill out any remaining open window space, and an extra-long, three-prong power cord so you won’t have to use any extension cords.
ROOM SIZE: 1,400-1,500 sq. ft.
Now if you have a big room, you need an air conditioner with some serious power. And that’s what you get with our winner in the category of best window air conditioner for large rooms—LG’s 26-in. window air conditioner with 24,500 BTUs of cooling power. In addition to its chilling capabilities, it has three cooling and fan speeds for variable settings, and four-way adjustable air-directing vents you can point in any direction. A programmable 24-Hour on/off timer, you can ensure your home will be cool and comfortable when you want it to be without running up your utility bills, and the Energy Saver mode turns the unit on and off while maintaining room temperature. You can change settings without getting up thanks to the stylish wireless remote control. And if by chance your local power goes down, it has a power failure auto restart to safely resume cooling your home. This unit’s Energy Star rating also makes it easy on your electricity bill and the planet.
ROOM SIZE: 150-250 sq. ft.
GE has been innovating home appliances for over 125 years, consistently delivering quality merchandise to help make life more comfortable. That certainly includes the GE 19-in. window AC unit with 6000 BTUs of cooling power—enough to be one of the best air conditioners for the bedroom. It has plenty of modern features, including three fans speeds, a 24-hour on/off timer so you can cool a room before you arrive without running the unit full-time. The fully functional remote control allows you to program the unit from across the room, while the integrated electronic thermostat guarantees precise temperature control. The EZ-Mount curtains extend to accommodate various window sizes for quick, easy installation. And to top it off, it has an Energy Star rating for both economic and environmental benefits.
ROOM SIZE: 550-700 sq. ft.
And finally, we have a powerful window AC unit from Emerson—a company that has been involved in delivering environmental comfort since their inception over a century ago. This 23-in. unit delivers 15,000 BTUs for some serious air cooling. It also has a bevy of convenient features such as three fan speeds and three conditioning functions all steered by eight-direction vents for custom air direction. It is fully programable to turn on and off anytime, and its sleep mode turns off the unit automatically when you don’t need it. The remote control lets you keep cool and relaxed while changing the unit’s programming from the sofa. The filter is easily removed and cleaned for simple maintenance. And an Energy Star certification combined with the unit’s use of an eco-friendly refrigerant makes this the most environmentally thoughtful unit on our list.
So we’ve given you our list of the five best window air conditioners. But everyone has their own opinion (and that’s cool with us). So if you have any questions, comments, or suggestions, please leave them below.
Where is the best place to put a window air conditioner?
In a ten-foot high room, a window type AC, the best height is 3-4 ft. from the floor.
Should a window air conditioner be tilted?
Many window units require a very slight tilt away from the building to keep condensation from dripping inside the room. Typically, the tilt shouldn't be more than 1/2 inch, but check your installation guide.
How long can you leave a window air conditioner running?
Experts say that it’s safe to have your window air conditioner running 24/7. But most people run their AC in intervals to save on electricity.