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Hello and welcome to RefrigerantHQ! If this is your first time here, I’m happy to announce that this is a great first article for you to land on. If you’re a recurring visitor, I want to say that I’m excited to share with you something I’ve wanted to publish for a long time: an ultimate guide to ductless air conditioners.

As RefrigerantHQ continues to become more popular, we want to make sure that our articles are the most in-depth you’ll ever find on the Internet. So make sure you check back often for more guides like this. Alternatively, we always have a fresh round of articles pertaining to refrigerants to include news, product reviews, and various pieces of information relating to all-things air conditioning.

Before we get started, take a glance at these amazing ductless air conditioners on Amazon. That’s what you’d see if you typed in “ductless air conditioner” in the Amazon search area. I want you to see what they look like and get acquainted with them. Look at the different types, sizes, and colors. It’s good to see what they look like before I go into great detail as to what they are, what they can do for you, and other things relating to them. I personally love to use Amazon when making a purchasing decision as I can see all of the specifications on the product, tons of pictures, and best of all various product reviews. It allows me to make an informed decision when I decide to purchase.

This guide, as you’ll soon see, is structured in a first, middle, and last type of format. First, it’s important to learn what ductless air conditioners are. You’ll learn such things as their benefits and drawbacks. Then, in the middle portion, you’ll learn how they work and how to install them. Finally, you’ll learn the types of ductless air conditioners that are good for your situation (because everyone’s situation is different). And you’ll also read what I believe are the best ductless air conditioners you can buy. By “best”, I based this off of what people say on Amazon. After all, if 1000 people say a product is the “best ever”, it probably is!

So make a fresh cup of coffee, get comfortable, and start reading the ultimate guide to ductless air conditioners. If coffee isn’t your thing, that’s okay! The important part is that you’re prepared to read a guide that is designed to be very helpful to you. If you’re in the market for a ductless air conditioner, there is no better place than this article. And, if when you finish this article you still have questions, feel free to contact us. We’ll be sure to answer your questions as best as we can. The major sections of this ultimate guide are

How does that sound? This article is meant to be read chronologically; however, feel free to go right to the section you’re concerned with. If you want to know the benefits to ductless air conditioners, you can skip to that section. If you want to know the best ductless air conditioners, you can skip to that later section as well. This is a resource for you. Do with it what you want. Our main concern with this guide is providing you the best information we can about ductless air conditioners. As a whole, we are concerned with providing you the best information we can with everything relating to refrigerants (and that includes all types of air conditioners). So, without further ado, let’s jump right into our first section!

What is a Ductless Air Conditioner?

So, what is a ductless air conditioner? What makes it different from an HVAC system, or a portable air conditioner? Out of the three words, “ductless” is the keyword. To understand what a ductless air conditioner is, you must first know what ducts are and how they function.

PIONEER Ductless Air Conditioner
PIONEER Ductless Air Conditioner

Do you have an HVAC system? If so, you probably have an air duct that snakes throughout your home. These air ducts open each in many rooms in the form of air vents. This is the system that essentially moves air around the home. An HVAC system is not required if you want to live in a temperature-controlled climate. That’s where alternate forms of cooling come into play, such as with a ductless air conditioner.

So say goodbye to ducts. You don’t need them! Ductless air conditioners are commonly called mini split air conditioning systems. This is because the ductless air conditioner is two separate, but connected units. You’ll understand this better when we get to the “how they work” section. For now, know that one of the units is indoors and the other unit is outdoors.

Energy.gov is an extension of the U.S. Department of Energy. They provide information about everything related to energy. With regards to ductless air conditioners, they detail why someone would benefit from owning the system. “Ductless, mini split-system air-conditioners (mini splits) have numerous potential applications in residential, commercial, and institutional buildings. The most common applications are in multifamily housing or as retrofit add-ons to houses with “non-ducted” heating systems, such as hydronic (hot water heat), radiant panels, and space heaters (wood, kerosene, propane). They can also be a good choice for room additions and small apartments, where extending or installing distribution duct work (for a central air-conditioner or heating systems) is not feasible.”

The article continues to talk about the benefits and drawbacks of ductless air conditioners (but we’ll talk about that soon). For now, the important thing to know is what they are and why you would buy one. Extending the home is a perfect example! Let’s say a growing family needs a home with more space. They have two options: move to a new home to make their current home bigger. It’s not uncommon that the homeowner could create an addition to the home. When they do, they’ll be happy with an extra bedroom, a bigger kitchen, or a larger den. There’s only one problem: the new room is not part of the air duct system!

This presents a unique challenge to the homeowner. What happens in the summer on a hot and humid day? The room would be almost unbearable to spend time in. A wall fan isn’t going to do the trick. The homeowner has a few options. They can extend their duct system to the new room. Or they buy a mini split, portable air conditioner, or window air conditioner. Extending the duct system to the new room would probably be the most expensive option. Furthermore, there could be a loss of air strength in other rooms since the HVAC system will be stretched to the additional room. Because this guide is geared towards ductless air conditioners, we are going to focus solely on that option. And let’s be honest folks, if it was me I would go with the ductless as well as I like the idea of saving the money of routing the extra ducts.

Next, we are going to talk about the benefits of ductless air conditioners. And there are many benefits! Let’s take a look at what those might be.

Benefits of Ductless Air Conditioners

There are more benefits to ductless air conditioners (mini split systems) than the ability to just cool a space. Sure, the primary goal of a mini split system is cool a room. After all, it’s an air conditioner. But let’s take a look at what some other benefits are. They are:

  • Saving money on your energy bill
  • Possibly qualifying for a federal tax credit
  • Flexibility to move around

Money savings and flexibility are the two main benefits (outside of cooling a room) of mini split system. Let’s take a deeper dive to better understand why a ductless air conditioner can save you money on your monthly energy bill.

Lower the Energy Bill

If you’re like me, you like to save money. Think about it. If you really tried, I bet you could save at least one hundred dollars each month by making a few adjustments. You can cancel cable in favor of a streaming platform like Netflix. You can make more meals at home instead of eating at restaurants. And you can use a ductless mini split more often than using an HVAC system. Let’s focus on the third point, which is the topic of our guide.

It boils down to this: you are charged for the amount of energy you use. What uses more energy, an HVAC system or a ductless mini split air conditioner? To answer this question you need to know how much energy the HVAC system or ductless mini split air conditioner uses. But I think it’s safe to say that the HVAC system will almost always use more energy. They are normally more powerful and therefore use more energy than ductless mini split air conditioners. Running a ductless mini split air conditioner will then translate into you saving money. The downside is you are only able to run the ductless air conditioner in one (or a couple) rooms.

Owning a ductless air conditioner creates a “ductless zone” in the home. The more rooms there are with mini split systems, the more ductless zones there are in the home. An Angie’s List article details why having ductless zones is a good thing. “If there are multiple ductless zones in a home or structure, you can control the temperature in each room instead of using a thermostat for the entire house — making them more energy efficient. As much as twenty percent of air moving through a traditional central air duct system can get lost due to holes or leaks, according to Energy Star.”

That information presents an important fact about air loss. In HVAC circles, the term is air leakage. Nevertheless, you won’t have that problem with a ductless mini split system. The air goes straight from the system into your room! There are no ducts to patch. We’ll learn more about how mini splits work soon.

Another reason to use a mini split system is if you spend most of your time in one specific room. Why turn on an HVAC system that will cool the entire house if you’re not using the entire house? That’s a waste of energy! And when you get your monthly energy bill, you might regret using that much energy, especially in the summer. There are many times that I’ve opened my power bill after a hot July and recoil in horror at the price. A mini split system can, to a degree, compliment an HVAC system. Let’s say your HVAC system is old. Over time, the HVAC system might lose some of its strength. Running a ductless air conditioner will give the HVAC system a break so it won’t have to work hard at all times.

Still, there’s another financially-smart reason to buy a ductless mini split system. You may get a tax credit!

Tax Credits and Rebates

There are, at times, financial incentives to buying certain appliances or systems for your home. These incentives can come from the federal, state, or local government.  Sometimes incentives are offered through your local energy company. So make sure you stay up-to-date and check with them! What is the rebate, tax deduction or credit, or incentive for anyway?

The government and energy companies are concerned with energy efficient systems. They want you to own an energy efficient air conditioning solution! If the ductless mini split system is ENERGY STAR-rated, it may qualify for a deduction or other type of financial incentive. “ENERGY STAR certified ductless heating and cooling systems are eligible for rebates from some local utilities — up to one-thousand dollars per unit depending on what system is being replaced.”

Tax deductions and tax credits are not always available. Neither are rebates or incentives from your local energy company. Therefore, and as you read this, make sure you check with them! Give your local energy company a call to see what deals they have available. You might be surprised by what they offer. Please remember that you won’t actually buy the ductless mini split through your local energy company. We’ll talk later about how to find the best deals on ductless air conditioners. The important thing is letting your energy company know you now own an energy efficient air conditioner. And they might grant you some type of incentive.

Let’s now take a look at the third benefit to owning a ductless air conditioner. You’ll have the flexibility to move it around.

Interior Section of a Ductless Air Conditioner
Interior Section of a Ductless Air Conditioner

Ductless Mini Splits are Flexible

When it comes to flexibility, ductless mini split systems are right between HVAC systems and portable air conditioners. An HVAC system is stationary. It isn’t going anywhere! And there’s no reason to move it around to a different room or otherwise. The HVAC system is connected in part via the duct system.

On the other side of the spectrum, you have portable air conditioners. These are extremely portable units which you can freely transport room-to-room and home-to-home. Most of them are not as powerful of ductless air conditioners, however. And, portable air conditioners are most often noisier than ductless mini split systems. Speaking of “mini split”, recall that I said one unit is indoor and one unit is outdoors. Guess which unit is the loud one? The unit outdoors is the loud one! That’s perfect for many reasons, which I’ll touch on later.

Where would window air conditioning units fit on the scale of flexibility? They would be in between a ductless mini split and a portable air conditioner. So all three are quite flexible. Service Champions, and HVAC service company, lauds the flexible nature of ductless mini split systems. They write “ductless AC systems are incredibly flexible since the tubing or conduit allows for the indoor air-handling unit to be moved and positioned exactly where you want it. This unit can be placed on the floor or installed on a wall, and since it is remote controlled, you can customize the cooling or heating as per your preferences with zero hassle.”

Let’s ponder on the tubing or conduits aspects for a moment. You can add more tubing or conduit if you want the indoor unit moved! That alone attests to the flexibility of ductless air conditioners. And using our example from before, about adding a new room to a home you would have the option of moving the unit to the new room. Ductless air conditioners are turning out to be a great air conditioning solution!

But what are some possible drawbacks? Are there cons to owning or buying a ductless air conditioner? You guessed it. Just like with anything, there are always drawbacks. And some of it depends on your current situation and your personal or family needs. Let’s dig a little deeper to learn about the possible drawbacks of ductless air conditioners.

Cons of Ductless Air Conditioners

Nobody likes to focus on drawbacks or cons of items they either own or are about to buy. For example, I know many people who own iPhones. I don’t hear them complaining! That’s because they love their iPhone. It’s similar to owning a ductless air conditioner. There might be small drawbacks here and there; however, the pros outweigh the cons! They are cons, however. They are:

  • Mini splits require regular maintenance
  • They may not be aesthetically pleasing
  • Potentially large upfront costs

So there you have it. There are three potential drawbacks to either owning or buying a mini split system. Each of the cons, as you’ll soon see, have ways to be mitigated. But there’s no getting around, for example, regularly maintaining a system like a ductless air conditioner. Let’s talk about that one first:

Regular Maintenance is Required

Most major appliances or systems need to be maintained at some point. So it should come as no surprise that the ductless air conditioner needs to be maintained as well. After all, HVAC systems, portable air conditioners, and window air conditioners need to be maintained as well.

People want convenience. I’m not different! If I’m going to spend money on something, especially something that might be pricey, I want to “set it and forget it”. I don’t really want to spend more than money (I’m talking about time) working on a system, especially if I’m not familiar with maintaining such a system.

There is light at the end of the tunnel, however. You don’t necessarily have to maintain your system. You can pay someone else to do it! And by that, I mean a professional, similar to an HVAC technician. If you are unfamiliar with maintaining systems like a ductless air conditioner, it’s probably a good idea to just leave it to the professionals.

I’m not going to talk about how to maintain a ductless mini split system, yet. After all, I have an entire section that will talk about that! So let’s move right into the next con.

Ductless Systems Might Not Look Attractive

What do you like about your home? Do you like everything to have its place? Does everything need to look neat, organized, and aesthetically pleasing? Depending on your room, a ductless mini split may or may not look good in your room. It might not match the overall color scheme. It might be too “blocky”. Or there might be another reason it “doesn’t match” with the rest of the room. I’m talking about the interior unit here. There are also aesthetic concerns relating to the outdoors unit.

Tuckey, a home and commercial services and manufacturing conglomerate, had a few things to say about the aesthetics of ductless air conditioners. They write “the refrigerant and drain lines need to be able to penetrate walls to get outdoors to the outside unit and/or drains. This requires running the pipes, etc. in what is called “slim duct”. This will hide the lines; however, you may have to have the piping on a finished home exposed on the outside (depending on the home and installation). Normally it can be worked around but could be less than pleasing to the eye depending on the specific circumstance. To some, this is a big concern, especially when it comes to the aesthetics of the home (both interior and exterior).”

So there you have it. There are interior and exterior concerns when it comes to the look and feel of the ductless air conditioning system. When holes are drilled, walls are penetrated, pipes are fitted, will it still look good afterward? In a perfect world, the answer is yes, of course. But this isn’t a perfect world. The good thing about the look of the interior unit is that you get to choose which one it is before you buy it (obviously). When you’re shopping, I’m sure you’ll consider aesthetics as you go through your options. And we’ll share some favorite ductless mini split systems later.

Let’s first talk about the third con of buying a ductless air conditioner: upfront cost.

Mini Split Systems can be Expensive at First

The key words here I want you to focus on are “at first”. Remember those. I’ll get back to those soon. But for many people, they might look at the initial cots of buying a ductless air conditioner and take a step back. At that point, they might look into other options such as replacing their HVAC system or researching portable air conditioners.

HGTV, a beloved television channel by many, recently ran an article about the pros and cons of mini split systems. They touched on these air conditioners possibly being pricey. Later, we’ll talk about where you can find some great deals. But first, let’s read what HGTV said. They write “For a single-room solution, ductless units cost several times more than comparable window units or baseboard heating units (thousands of dollars versus hundreds). And in whole-house terms, if you replace your existing central heating/cooling system with a complete ductless solution, you may pay two-to-three times the cost of simply replacing with another ducted unit.”

The thought of “expensive products” can immediately make a person more reserved; however, you can find quality ductless air conditioners and not pay a large amount of money for them. So, how much do mini splits cost? Sure, you can find great ones that cost thousands of dollars. But, as you’ll read more about later, it’s possible to find a very nice ductless air conditioner for under one thousand dollars.

Now, do you recall when I said to remember the words “at first”? In context, it was “mini split systems can be expensive at first”. What did I mean by that? I’ll tell you. Sure, you might pay one or two thousand dollars up front. However, over time, you’ll be saving money. How is this possible? Because you’ll be using less energy by using a ductless system and an HVAC system! The article from HGTV continues “you’ll get lower energy bills in return, but the payback period depends on your climate, your use of the system, and your local electricity rates”. So there are a few different factors at play here.

It’s always a smart idea to think long term. Think about delayed gratification. Sure, the ductless air conditioner is going to cost you money. But, over time, it will save you money on your monthly electric bill. If you own it long enough, it just might pay for itself!

And now, let’s get into some technical things. It’s time to learn about how ductless mini split air conditioners work.

How Ductless Air Conditioners Work

Get ready for an in-depth look at how these systems work! This part of our guide is divided into a few different sections.  They are:

  • The different parts of a ductless air conditioner
  • How the parts of the ductless air conditioner interact

It makes sense to know what the parts are before you can understand how they interact with each other. I already gave a top-down view of mini split systems when I said one unit is indoor and the other is outdoors. This is very important! And you’ll know why once I get to how it works. But first, let’s take a look at the different moving pieces of this amazing air conditioning system.

The Different Parts of a Ductless Air Conditioner

The ductless mini split is two separate parts; however, they are connected. The outdoor unit includes an inverter-driven variable speed compressor, a condensing coil, and an expansion valve and a fan which cools the condenser coil. The indoor unit includes the quiet oscillating fan and an evaporator.

In addition to the indoor and outdoor units, they need to be connected somewhere. That’s where the refrigerant line-set comes into play. It’s made of insulated copper tubing, which protects the liquid/vapor. The insulated copper tubing is enclosed in a conduit next to both a power cable and a condensation drain.

You could technically include a remote control (which is often included) as one of the parts do ductless air conditioners. They need no special introduction other than what they do: turn on and off the ductless air conditioner. The remote control sometimes has additional features, however. We’ll talk about those later when we talk about the best mini split products on the market.

So we have the compressor, condensing coils, expansion valves, insulated copper tubing, and more! I hope you like mechanical systems because you’re about to find out how these different parts work with one another (if you don’t know already).

How Mini Split Systems Work

I suppose many people will press the “on” button, feel the cool air, and move on about their day. There’s nothing wrong with that! For those who want to know the how, keep reading. It comes down to a matter of science, actually. You also need to know the refrigeration cycle. The moment you press the on button, the gears start spinning.

Mitsubishi has a great explanation of how ductless systems work. Yes, that Mitsubishi. Let’s first take a look at the refrigeration process. Mitsubishi explains “in the refrigeration cycle, low-pressure gas is transformed into high-pressure gas by the action of a compressor. The heat is dissipated into the outdoors by the action of a forced air fan. The refrigerant then becomes a high-pressure liquid, and it is again changed into a low-pressure liquid by a metering device at the evaporator coil. Heat energy from the indoor air is absorbed by the refrigerant, and the resulting cooler air is pushed into the living area by the internal blower. The resulting low-pressure gas is moved through the suction line back to the compressor, and the cycle is repeated again.”

The story of how the ductless air conditioner works is actually the story of how refrigerant works. And, as you know, we love talking about refrigerants here, seeing as how this is RefrigerantHQ!

How to Install a Ductless Air Conditioner

Now that we know how mini split systems work, it’s time to understand how to install them. There are a few caveats here. Chief among them is that you don’t need to install it yourself. This is very important to know.

Ductless Air Conditioner Layout
Ductless Air Conditioner Layout – Courtesy of thefavorite.info

Do you have a local HVAC company? Here’s an idea, you can have one of their technicians come out and install it for you. The best part is that the price might be negotiable. And you won’t know unless you ask!

The ductless air conditioner will come with instructions. After all, is a major system. What major system or appliance doesn’t come with an instruction manual? There are many types of mini splits or ductless air conditioners on the market. Therefore, it would be difficult to write about a one size fits all type of section here. However, we can give you an overview of what to expect when installing a mini split system.

Disclaimer: The steps below do not constitute advice. You should not perform these steps unless you coordinate with a professional electrician or ductless air conditioning installer under their supervision. There are seven general steps to installing a ductless air conditioner. In order, they are:

  1. Buy Required Tools
  2. Assemble the Wall Bracket
  3. Mount the Indoors Unit
  4. Drill a Hole and Feed Refrigerant Piping
  5. Mount the Outdoors Unit
  6. Connect Piping to Electrical Unit
  7. Testing the system and setting up the WiFi

Disclaimer: The steps above do not constitute advice. You should not perform these steps unless you coordinate with a professional electrician or ductless air conditioning installer under their supervision. Let’s get specific and expand on these of these in the list

Buy Required Tools

What good is your installation attempt if you don’t have the proper tools? Start off on the right foot by having everything you need. If you do, you won’t have to run to the hardware store in the middle of your install. You can have your tools on hand even before your mini duct system arrives. Just search online for installation manual of the ductless air conditioner you are ordering. It’ll list the required tools and anything else you might need.

Assemble the Wall Bracket

A wall bracket helps the indoors unit stay attached to the wall. As you read in the instructions, the bracket should be installed higher up on the wall. Make sure the outdoor unit will be closeby on the other side of the wall. This will mean you’ll have to use less pipe to connect the two units.

Mount the Indoors Unit

Now that the wall bracket is in place, it’s time to attach the indoor unit. These units aren’t light, so you want to make sure you secure it tightly. This will mitigate any possible falls of the unit, which would cause an accident.

PIONEER Air Conditioner Piping
PIONEER Air Conditioner Piping

Drill a Hole and  Feed Refrigerant Piping

If the indoors and outdoors units are directly on opposing sides of the wall, you won’t have to use lengthy piping. Try to keep the piping and drain hose as close to the wall as possible. You can even secure it in place by using metal brackets.

Mount the Outdoors Unit

You’ll mount the outdoors unit in a similar way you mounted the indoors unit. Remeber, these steps are a general overview and each ductless air conditioner is different; therefore, you’ll need to refer to your specific instruction manual. The outdoors condenser unit will probably include a support piece, cross support piece, and many screws, bolts, and brackets. The outdoors unit is the heavier of the two!

Connect Piping to Electrical Unit

This is the step where is most important to defer to a licensed electrician or other professional if you’re not used to electric work. The electrical components will need to be connected to the outdoors unit, indoors unit, and, most importantly, the electric power supply or electrical box.

Testing the System and Setting up WiFi 

Finally, all you need to do at this point is press the power button! Does it work? If so, you’re going to have a very enjoyable environment and atmosphere in the room it’s installed in. Conduct a comprehensive check of the remote control and the system for full functionality.

Another note, and an honorary mention, is that you can set up WiFi in some units. You’ll be able to operate the ductless air conditioner from your smart phone. Let’s say you turn your mini split system off during the day while you’re at work. Before you get home, you can remotely turn the air conditioner on and the room will be nice and chilly by the time you get home! Technology is amazing. And we want to make sure your ductless air conditioner lasts as long as possible. That’s why routine maintenance is required. Let’s take a look at what that entails.

How to Maintain a Ductless Air Conditioner

Everything breaks down over time. And ductless air conditioners are no different. They, like other air conditioning solutions such as traditional split HVAC systems, have plenty of moving parts. These parts—the lifeblood of mini split systems—have different maintenance needs. Let’s take a look at what some ways to you extend the life of your air conditioner. They are:

  • Keep it clean
  • Replace air filters
  • Check for ice or leaks
  • Get professional service

Keeping the Unit Clean

There are numerous parts to keep clean so the mini split system runs at optimal performance. Clean dust and debris on the outside of both units, indoors and outdoors. An accumulation of debris and make its way into the unit and cause backups and stoppages. If left unchecked, it could cause a complete system failure.

Replace the Air Filters

What happens when you fail to replace an air filter in your car or furnace? It doesn’t work as it should! If the air filter gets caked with debris over time, the mini duct system won’t get enough air. At that point, there might be some type of system failure. Replacing air filters is one of the easiest and cost-effective ways to keep your system running healthy not to mention keeping the air flow quality!

Check for Ice or Leaks

It’s important, especially in the winter, to check for any ice buildups. Ice can cause a multitude of problems including covering where the air should be entering or exiting the system. Leaks are another hazard to watch out for. This is especially true when you look at the piping of the mini split system. A quick check of the pipes can potentially save the unit from future failure if any problems are spotted early on. 

If you find that you have a leak please remember that the last thing that you want to do is dump more refrigerant into the system. Refrigerant is the lifeblood of your air conditioner and if it is leaking out then you have a problem. Simply ‘recharging,’ the unit without fixing the leak will not solve the problem. Instead, you’ll be back to where you were in only a few days or weeks depending on the size of the leak. The correct approach here is to identify where the leak is and then fix the leak. For help on identifying leaks and where to find them check out our ‘What’s the Best Way to Find a Refrigerant Leak,‘ guide.

Get Professional Service

If you aren’t familiar with maintaining a mini split system, you’re in luck. You don’t have to maintain it if you don’t want to! Well, the maintenance still needs to happen; however, but you can hire a local technician and they will come to your home to do the job. Most of the time this is your best option as you never want to guess your way through something like this as you have already invested a significant amount of money into the machine. It would be terrible if you did something to break the air conditioner accidentally because you didn’t know exactly what you were doing.

There are a number of reasons why hiring a professional technician is a good idea. First and foremost, the answer is in the word “professional”. They know exactly what they’re doing and probably have years of experience working on air conditioning systems. It’s their job! Another reason is that that might know tips and tricks that are in addition to what’s available in the instruction manual.

The HVAC technician industry exists for a reason: most people t either don’t want or know how to maintain their systems. Some people might be interested but just don’t have the time. At the end of the day, the important thing is that your ductless air conditioner gets the maintenance that it needs.  If you’re going to pay money, and sometimes good money, for a major appliance or system, you might as well do everything you can to extend its lifespan as much as you can. And proper, regular maintenance is just the trick to doing that.

Buying the Right Ductless Air Conditioner

There are many mini split systems to choose from. Which one is the best for you? In this section, our goal is to give you the tools you need to find the right ductless air conditioner. Everyone’s situation is different and there are unique types of mini split systems for different situations. Let’s take a look at what some might be. The major factors are:

  • Cost of the mini split system
  • Size of the room you want to cool
  • Features of the ductless air conditioner
  • Durability and warranty information

The Price of the Mini Split System

Cost, or price range, will probably be the first factor you consider when shopping around. Are you willing to spend in the three-to-four thousand dollars range? Are you willing to spend in the one-to-two thousand dollars range? Depending upon the range you’re in, there will still be numerous options for you to choose from.

Here’s something for you to consider: a more energy efficient model might be just out of your price range. But when you do the math, considering monthly energy bill payments, which option will eventually be more cost-effective? For example, let’s say there are two models, one for two thousand dollars and another for two thousand five hundred dollars. What if the more expensive one will save you fifty dollars each month on the energy bill? Well, within a year, the more expensive option would actually be the less expensive option. Sometimes it pays to do the calculation and see how many months it will take to get your return on investment.

The Size of the Room Matters

Mini split systems are not equal when it comes to cooling power or the ability to cool rooms of different sizes. How many square feet do you want to cool? Take a look at the ductless air conditioners on Amazon. You’ll notice that they either display the square footage or the “BTU”, which stands for British Thermal Units. To learn more about BTUs, read our article “What are Air Conditioner BTUs?. Reading that article will give you the tools you need to know what BTU number is right for you.

Along with price, the strength of the ductless air conditioner is going to be one of the more important factors you’ll use to choose. You don’t want to buy, install, and find out the mini split system isn’t strong enough for the room. That’s too late! If you end up with a unit that’s too large for your room then you’re going to be wasting energy as well as ending up with hot or cold spots throughout the room. On the inverse of that if you purchase a unit that is too small for your room then the air conditioner will be running constantly causing your energy bills to go up and up. On top of that your room will never fully be cooled. So please ensure you do the proper research before you buy your mini split system.

Senville SENL-12CD Ductless Air Conditioner
Senville SENL-12CD Ductless Air Conditioner

Features of the Mini Split System

Some people only need it the air conditioner to turn on and cool the room. Others prefer their unit to have a timer, include a remote control, or have additional features such as heating mode. Like anything, you’ll probably get what you pay for. So if you’re a fan of “bells and whistles”, it might be a good idea to spend a few hundred dollars more. You never know, the higher priced model might be more energy efficient. And, like we learned earlier, you might even be saving money over time in the form of lower monthly energy bills.

How Long the Ductless Air Conditioner Will Last?

This is very important! How long will the mini split system last, on average? You’ll want to review different pieces of information here. Chief among them is to know both the warranty details and what other people are saying about the mini split system you’re considering. Both can be found on the Amazon product page.

Normally, a warranty will be for two or three years. I would recommend going against buying a mini split system that has a warranty of only one year. What good is the air conditioner if it breaks after one year of use? You’d have to buy the unit every year! Some people, as you’ll read, buy the extended warranty. This might be a smart option, especially if you’re going to buy a more expensive mini split system.

Speaking of the “right” ductless air conditioner, let’s take a look at the last section: our favorite products.

Top 5 Ductless Air Conditioners

Finally, we’re excited to share our top 5 picks! Now, we’re basing our “top 5” on Amazon customer reviews, score, and through our own individual research. If you’re in the market for a mini split system, you might as well start with the most popular products! Let’s take a look.

5) INNOVA Mini Split Air Conditioner and Heater

This is ductless air conditioner you’d consider if you have a strict budget. It costs just under $700 total. (Prices can change at any time.) This unit has twelve-thousand BTUs, which means it can cool a room between four-hundred and fifty to five-hundred and fifty square feet in size. Keep in mind that a standard bedroom is around one-hundred square feet. That means this mini split system will be able to cool bedrooms, living rooms, and home office spaces. Here are some benefits to this unit:

  • Features silent operation mode for quiet use indoors
  • Comes with a heater as well as an air conditioner
  • Triples as a dehumidifier in addition to cooling and heating
  • Includes a hidden LED panel so you have covert functionality

Ductless air conditioners can be quite loud; however, the INNOVA Mini Split is different. You might use this unit for a home office. If that’s the case, you’ll want it to be as quiet as possible. Or, you might be a light sleeper. Either way, the silent operation feature of this unit is perfect for situations that need a system which is quieter.

Does your room get humid? The INNOVA Mini Split will mitigate that. It functions as a dehumidifier! You don’t need to buy separate air conditioners, heaters, and dehumidifiers. With this unit, they are all included. That also has the added benefit of taking up less space in your room.

LED panels are great because they provide valuable information. On the INNOVA Mini Split, the LED tells you the current temperature of the room. Here’s the cool (no pun intended) part: the LED temperature is displayed only when the unit is on.

This ductless air conditioner weighs ninety-five pounds during shipment. So make sure you have something like a dolly to be able to move the box around before installing the system.

4) Ductless Aire Mini Split Air Conditioner and Heat Pump

This mini split system has three price and power options. The highest power is about double the price and power of the last one. It clocks in at around $1,600 (Prices can change at any time.)with a BTU of twenty-four thousand. If you wanted to do a more proper comparison with the prior, this ductless air conditioner has a twelve-thousand BTU option for around $1,099. (Prices can change at any time.)

DuctlessAire Air Conditioner
DuctlessAire Air Conditioner

No matter which option you choose, each of them has the same features! The only difference is the power level (BTU) so it depends upon the square footage of the room you want to cool. Let’s take a look at the features and benefits of this unit. They include:

  • “Whisper-quiet” operation allows it to run in the background
  • Comes with the heat pump addition as well as the air conditioner
  • 3 fan speeds mean you can choose your cooling power level
  • Washable air filters will keep your air quality fresh and healthy

“Whisper-quiet” operation is ideal for any major system or appliance in your home. This is especially true if the ductless air conditioner is going to be installed in your bedroom. No matter which room it’s in, you’ll have the peace of mind knowing the mini split system won’t bother you with too much noise. Maybe you want to catch a game on TV, or talk on the phone, or sleep. Either way, you’ll be able to those with no problem.

Having an option for three different speeds is powerful for a few reasons. One of them is related to your wallet. You can choose to run this ductless air conditioner on the lowest setting. This will use less energy, which in turn translates to a lower monthly electric bill. Or, on hot days, you can toggle the unit to blast air on its highest setting. This choice will cool the room the fastest. If you aren’t sure which to choose, you can always meet in the middle and use the standard cooling option. It’ll still get the job done.

Some ductless air conditioners come with washable filters. This means that you don’t have to keep buying new ones if you want clean air. You can just take the washable filter out and clean it! It’ll probably consist of running it below a water faucet. Just to be sure, check the maintenance manual for specifically how to clean it.

3) MRCOOL DIY Mini Split Air Conditioner with Heat Pump

MRCOOL is the perfect name for an air conditioning company. And they won’t let you down with their quality mini split system Their product description on Amazon says it all. “Is the only ductless mini-split system on the market explicitly designed for amateur installation. You don’t need special tools or training to install this high efficiency heat pump. The line sets recharged with R-410A refrigerant, the quick hook-up electrical connections, and the quality engineering mean just about anyone can install a MRCOOL DIY in their home with no problem at all in only a few short hours. If you want great air comfort without paying an arm and a leg for installation, you want an easy-to-use MRCOOL DIY Series ductless heat pump.”

I would argue this is one of the main features of the MRCOOL Mini Split. You’re going to save hundreds of dollars by installing it yourself! And if there’s a ductless air conditioner for beginners, it’s this one. No special tools and the ability to have it up and running in a few hours is a major plus.

Another feature of this mini split is that it doubles as a heater! That means you won’t have to buy a separate system for when it gets cold in the winter. Simply press the heating mode on the remote control and you’re on your way to a comfortable room temperature.

This ductless air conditioner (and heat pump) runs at twenty-four thousand BTUs. That means it’s powerful enough to cool (or heat) large bedrooms, living rooms, and office rooms.

2) Senville Mini Split Air Conditioner and Heat Pump

The two words that come to mind when considering the Senville Mini Split are options and quality. This ductless air conditioner has four different power level options. They are nine-thousand, twelve-thousand, eighteen-thousand, and twenty-four thousand BTU levels. Customize your unit to just the right size for you! To make matters even better, this air conditioner doubles as a heat pump! Like the last choice, you don’t have to buy a separate heater for when it gets cold outside. There are some great features to this air conditioner. They are:

  • Features quiet operation to work in the background
  • Includes an infrared remote control for accurate temperature
  • Weights only sixty-six pounds, being one of the lightest mini split systems

The higher up we get on our list of favorites the more often you’re seeing quiet operation mode. It makes sense since quiet operation is a key benefit to the ductless air conditioners people love. And people do love this one. As a matter of fact, as of this writing, the Senville Mini Split has nearly four and a half stars, out of five on Amazon.

This ductless air conditioner comes with an infrared remote control. Infrared is an area of the light spectrum that people cannot see; however, some animals can see it. This infrared remote control senses electromagnetic waves, which allows it to show a better estimate of the temperature of the room. Therefore, you’ll be able to program your air conditioner to exactly the temperature you want.

These systems can be quite heavy. It’s a breath of fresh air knowing that this one weighs only sixty-six pounds. You probably won’t be installing this mini split system; however, if you were, it would be easier than other mini split systems due to its lighter weight. The product description page on Amazon notes that this product should be installed by a professional.

1) PIONEER Ductless Air Conditioner and Heat Pump

You can’t go wrong with this “Amazon’s Choice” product. It’s not only Amazon’s choice. It’s ours as well! There are eight different power levels (and price) to choose from. The PIONEER ductless air conditioner offers the ultimate when it comes to power customization.

PIONEER Air Conditioner
PIONEER Air Conditioner

Let’s take a look at why this mini split system is so popular. Some of its features are:

  • This products weights only nineteen pounds
  • Includes installation, troubleshooting, and support hotline.
  • Quiet operation so you can concentrate on other things
  • Doubles as a heat pump, which warms you in the winter

The fact that this system weighs only nineteen pounds should come as a surprise to many people. After all, many ductless air conditioners can weigh up to seventy or eighty pounds, or even higher. Nineteen pounds is easy for most people to pick up; therefore, this ductless air conditioner should be easy to transport around.

On the Amazon page, PIONEER advertises “Unsurpassed support hotline covering installation, use, troubleshooting, warranty and parts issues.” That’s a big deal to a lot of people. Have you ever called a company, only to find yourself speaking with a robot on the other end of the phone? It sounds like that won’t be the case when you contact PIONEER for assistance. This is a huge help, especially during installation.

We’ve mentioned that many of the higher-tier models come with some type of quiet operation. And this product is no different. Check out the reviews on Amazon. People who have bought this mini split system are satisfied with how quiet it is. And that makes a big difference throughout the day or night.

Also, like some other quality mini split systems, the PIONEER ductless air conditioner has a heating ability. It makes a big difference when you’re able to use the same system for heating or cooling depending on how the weather is outside.

A couple other things to note are the reviews and “questioned answered” on the Amazon page.  PIONEER ductless air conditioner has over one-thousand answered questions. That’s a massive number! In addition, this product has nearly five-hundred product reviews! For that many reviews, and the product to score so high, it just goes to show how popular it is. After all, it’s “Amazon’s Choice” as the ductless air conditioner to buy. And, as we learned earlier, there are models and power levels for any budget.

Conclusion

Well, there you have it, folks! I hope that you enjoyed this ultimate guide to ductless air conditioners. And I also hope that you now have the tools you need to make the right decision when buying the perfect mini split system. Now, you know what ductless air conditioners are. You know their benefits and drawbacks. You also know how they work, how to install them, and how to maintain them. We’ve even shared our top five picks to give you a head start when making your choice.

After reading this article if you find that you are still leaning towards a different alternative air conditioner such as a portable or window unit consider checking out our best of guides on these. Click here for our best window air conditioner article and click here for our best portable air conditioners. There are many ways to stay cool nowadays, the question is which one will you choose?

If you have any further questions about ductless air conditioners you can contact us. Also, if you want more guides and articles like this, make sure you subscribe to our email list. As always, thanks for reading! And make sure to return in a few days for a new article from RefrigerantHQ.

Thanks for reading,

Alec Johnson

RefrigerantHQ

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The other day I was having dinner with my parents and they were telling me about a house that they looked at. You see, they have been trying to sell their neighborhood home and find a nice house out in the country. They just haven’t found the right house yet. The house they looked at this time was a one bedroom home on thirty acres out in the rolling hills of Missouri. I looked at it myself online and agreed that it was a beautiful home. It was built all the way back in the 1800’s and the quality definitely stood out.

Here’s the catch though. My parents are thinking about not buying this home because of one reason: It does not have a central air conditioner or duct work. Now, as someone who runs RefrigerantHQ I was amazed at this decision. Having a central air system isn’t the end all be all for a home. Yes, I understand that we live in the Kansas City area and as I write this article in July it is one-hundred and two degrees outside but there are other solutions out there. Retrofitting an older home with duct work and a central air conditioning system is a huge under-taking. Just the cost of a furnace and an air conditioner alone can be upwards to six-thousand dollars. Add to that the routing of duct work through the walls and you could easily be over ten-thousand dollars.

There is a better solution to all of this and I’m sure you’ve guessed it by now. Window air conditioners. Window units are no longer the ‘piece of junk’ you see hanging out of a tenth story apartment. No, in today’s world window units come in all sorts of sizes, quality, and options. Depending on what unit you want and what your budget is you can get a window unit or two that will perform just as well, if not better, then your traditional air conditioning unit.

In this example the house my parents looked at was just over one-thousand square feet and consisted of only a few rooms. On top of that, there were easily accessible windows. In my opinion, the house was a prime candidate for the quicker and easier solution of window air conditioners. In this article we’re going to take a deep look into one of these air conditioners: Frigidaire’s FFRE1033Q1 10,000 BTU window air conditioning unit. Is this the right unit for you, or should you be looking at a different sized product or perhaps even a different brand? Let’s dive in and find out!

Frigidaire

Frigidaire FFRE1033Q1 10,000 BTU
Frigidaire FFRE1033Q1 10,000 BTU

Now before I ever buy any product, especially an expensive one, I always like to take the time and research the company and the brand behind the product. After all folks, a company’s brand name is paramount to a company’s success. If you have a recognizable and reputable brand name then people will know your product. They will know what to expect. Look at cars, as an example. You know what to expect if you buy a Lexus. You expect a premium car that is top quality. The brand name tells you that. The very same principle can be applied to window air conditioners. Yes, I know it’s not as exciting as a new Lexus, but it is still worth it to do our research and understand the name and the company behind the product we’re looking at.

The Frigidaire company is one of the oldest refrigerant and air conditioning companies out there. In fact, I bet most of you have already heard of this company name. Chances are if you go into your kitchen right now that you’re going to find an appliance from Frigidaire. I don’t care if it’s a dishwasher, a microwave, an oven, or even your refrigerator. Speaking of refrigerators, did you know that Frigidaire was one of the very first companies to invent, patent, and began selling refrigerators? All the way back in 1916 Frigidaire was around and they were selling refrigerators. Over one-hundred years ago.

Since that date so long ago Frigidaire has grown and prospered. Over the years they have innovated, developed, and invented all new applications. With a century of experience behind them I would say that they are a great candidate to purchase an air conditioner from. They have the knowledge, the development, and one of the most recognizable brand names within the industry. Along with all of that they have a variety of window air conditioner products to choose from. If you find that this unit is not the right fit for you then I highly encourage you to visit Frigidaire’s online Amazon.com store so that you can find and select the perfect product for your needs.

Product Features

Now before we get into the Pros and Cons of the FFRE1033Q1 window unit I always like to take some time out and take a look at the variety of features that the unit offers. First and foremost, we need to decide if this is the right window unit for you. While there are certain aspects to consider like digital display, remote control, and other settings these are not the most important factor when purchasing a new air conditioner. No, the most important is the BTU size.

BTUs, or British Thermal Units, are a measurement of the cooling capacity of your air conditioner. The higher the BTUs the more power your air conditioner will have to cool your room. A lot of people may read this and decide that they’re going to go ‘big’ and buy one of the largest BTU units out there. This is a mistake. BTUs are a fine measurement and must be taken seriously. If you purchase a unit that has too much BTUs for the area you desire to cool then you’re going to have a room with random hot and cold spots. (This is due to too much de-humidification.) Along with that you will also be throwing money out the window for excess energy usage. On the flip side of this, if you purchase a unit that is has too few BTUs then your air conditioner is going to be running constantly causing your energy bill to go up and up. On top of that your room is never going to fully cool. For more information on BTUs check out our BTU guide by clicking here.

The solution here is to identify the correct BTU that your room needs. In order to do this you need to measure your room’s width and length. When you have those numbers times them together to get your room’s square footage. You now have a clue as to what size air conditioner you need. The standard rule of thumb is thirty BTUs per square foot. So, let’s say you are trying to cool your living room/dining room combo that measures twenty by twenty. We have a square footage of four-hundred square feet. Now, if we take our thirty BTU guide times the four-hundred square feet we get twelve-thousand BTUs.

Frigidaire FFRE1033Q1 10,000 BTU
Frigidaire FFRE1033Q1 10,000 BTU

Ok, now that we have that out of the way let’s take a look at the FFRE1033Q1  10,000 BTU unit. It is rated to cool rooms up to four-hundred and fifty square feet. In this case our example is a perfect match. While the rule of thumb states a recommended twelve-thousand BTUs we can see that the FFRE1033Q1 is rated to cool rooms up to four-hundred and fifty square feet. I would say that you would be safe either with the ten-thousand BTUs or the twelve-thousand BTU model. Either way it’ll get the job done without it being too large or too small. Along with the rated square footage this product also dehumidifies your room by up to three pints per hour.

The Frigidaire FFRE1033Q1  is a middle of the road product. It doesn’t come with all of the bells and whistles of the some of the premium brand names out there like Friedrich Air Conditioners but it does come with a variety of features that you just can’t find on the bare bone models. An example of this is that you get a digital display with the ability to control the exact temperature of the room that you are cooling. If you opt for one of the cheaper units you only have a simple turn dial knob that gives you a high, medium, or low setting. You have no control of the exact temperature. With the FFRE1033Q1 the control is in your hands, literally. Yes, you get a fully functional remote control as well. I don’t know about you but I hate having to get up in the middle of the night to adjust the air conditioner. I like to know that the remote is within reach and I can just roll over, hit a couple of buttons, and then go back to sleep. Peace of mind, so they say.

Along with the digital display you get a three separate fan speeds, a timer setting to allow you to set an on/off switch on your air conditioner, a sleep mode, as well as a clean air ionizer that works to remove pollen and other air impurities from your room. (This is a great feature for allergy sufferers.)  The fans can also be moved in eight different directions allowing you to control where the cold air is blowing. (Maybe you like it blowing right on you while you sleep. I know I do!)

You know what they say folks, size matters. Window size that is! Before you purchase a window air conditioner it is best to take the time and measure your window to ensure that the unit you are buying is going to fit. There’s nothing worse then ordering a product, having it arrive, going to install, and then finding out that it’s not going to fit in your window. Well, we’re here to help! The Frigidaire FFRE1033Q1 can fit in windows with a minimum height of fifteen and a half inches. The width can fit in a range between twenty-three inches upwards to thirty-six inches. Anything below that twenty-three or above that thirty-six inch measurement and the unit will not fit or mount in your window. While we’re on the topic of installation I’ll also mention that this unit only weighs in at fifty-nine pounds. That’s not too bad and can most likely be installed by an able bodied man. If you are unsure that you can do it by yourself though it cannot hurt to ask for help. The last thing you want to do is drop the unit out your window by mistake!

This Frigidaire unit comes with a one-hundred and fifteen volt plug-in. This is your standard plug that you can find throughout your home. Now, you may be asking yourself why I am mentioning this but I assure you there is a reason! On larger BTU air conditioners the one-hundred and fifteen volt plug tends to go away and is instead replaced with a two-hundred and twenty volt plug. A two-hundred and twenty volt is a rare find in most homes. In most cases you can only find these where your oven and your dryer plug in. It is always best to make sure that the AC you are buying takes a one-hundred and fifteen volt and if it does not you should be prepare to retrofit one of your outlets. Luckily, with the FFRE1033Q1 it comes with the standard plug so there is no worry. Also, the cord extends to six and a half feet which should give you more then enough space to install and plug your product in. I would not recommend using an extension cord for your air conditioner. If the window is too far from an outlet please try a different window.

Alright, the last feature to mention here before we move onto the Pros is the type of refrigerant that this unit takes. Most of you may not even pay attention to this aspect of your air conditioner but I feel like I have to mention it since we’re on RefrigerantHQ. In the past most units were taking R-22 as their refrigerant. R-22 was phased down back in 2010 and has now been replaced by R-410A. While 410A does not harm the Ozone it is still considered a greenhouse gas. The good news here is that 410A is found in nearly every home and office building unit, so if you do need a recharge down the road it shouldn’t cost you an arm and a leg.

Pros

The first Pro that I want to mention on this Frigidaire 10,000 BTU unit is the price. Yes, I realize that the price may seem high at first glance but you need to understand that this is unit is on the higher end of the BTU scale. There are much smaller BTU models out there such as the 5,000 hOme unit that you could find for a much cheaper price. My point here folks is that for the amount of BTUs that you are looking at there the price is very competitive.

FFRE1033Q1 Energy Guide
FFRE1033Q1 Energy Guide

Next on our list is the energy cost of the unit. All window, portable, and even ductless air conditioners come with whats called an Energy Guide. This information is regulated by the government and it’s goal is to give you an estimate of the yearly cost that the appliance will cost you. In this case the FFRE1033Q1 is estimated to cost you around eighty dollars a year. Yes, that’s right. That’s barely anything! Along with the energy cost there is an additional field to mention on the Energy Guide known as Energy Efficiency Ratio, or EER. EER is a measurement of how efficient the air conditioner is. The higher the number the more efficient your unit is. The usual baseline is around 10.0, the good news here is that the FFRE1033Q1  is rated at 11.3 EER. So, you’re a full point above the baseline.

I touched on this in our product features section but I want to take some more time here just to mention the digital display. This may not mean a lot to you right now but if you look at the hOme unit that I mentioned above you will see what a difference it can make. With the cheaper hOme unit all you get are turn dial knobs. No real temperature customization or anything like that. With this Frigidaire unit you get that display as well as custom temperature control.

This product comes with Frigidaire’s one year warranty. While one year isn’t a great warranty it is still something to protect you for the first year of usage. Personally, I would be more happy with a two to three year warranty, but one year is pretty standard for window and portable air conditioners.

Cons

The biggest complaint that I see on this Frigidaire unit is the noise. Now, I looked up the exact rated decibel of the FFRE1033Q1 and it is rated at fifty-two decibels. I then looked at a comparison chart to see where fifty-two stood at. It is rated just above a ‘typical suburban background noise.’ The next level up at sixty decibels is a ‘busy office.’ So, this basically boils down to a matter of opinion. Is this going to be loud for you? (Especially if you have the unit in your bedroom during the night trying to cool.) If it was me, I can tell you that I wouldn’t even notice as I tend to sleep like a brick. But, if you are a light sleeper you may be weary of the extra noise that this unit will bring into your room. The only comfort I can say here is that it will be a constant noise and you may grow used to it over time.

When it comes to air conditioners rather they be window units or portable units the Environmental Protection Agency has something called their ‘Energy Star’ program. This program is a measurement on how efficient a product is. Most of the time this measurement is based on a product’s Energy Efficiency Ratio, or EER. If you remember, we mentioned EER in our Pros section. We did for good reason, this unit has an EER of 11.3 and most of the time to qualify for Energy Star rating you need a rating of 10.0 or above. So, while this unit is very efficient it does NOT qualify for the EPA’s Energy Star program. I am not entirely sure why that is as the EER is very high and the estimated energy cost of the unit is only around eighty-dollars a year.

When you purchase something online there is always the risk of it arriving to your home damaged. That risk increases with the bigger and heavier the package. On top of that, the risk increases even more when dealing with a machine like an air conditioner. Now, I’m not going to lie to you here. The chances of your unit arriving damaged is rare, but there is a chance folks. The good news though is that if this does happen you can always file a claim with Amazon.com and they will take care of the return process. Something that you’ll notice is that some of the ‘bad reviews,’ on this product are a direct result of the product arriving damaged to the consumer’s home. This is not Frigidaire’s fault and frankly shouldn’t be attributed to them.

Conclusion

Ok, folks. We made it through! We covered absolutely everything on this product that I could fathom. If you are still thirsty for more information please check out our ‘Important Links,’ section below for the official instruction manual, installation guide, and more.

As far as is this the right unit for you let’s take a look at our Amazon partner. There are nearly four-hundred customer reviews on this product with an aggregate score of four out of five stars. That’s an eighty percent rating across a wide range, pretty good rating if you ask me. If you are interested in purchasing this unit then please click here to be taken to our Amazon.com partner where you can have the product shipped right to your door.

Lastly, if you find that you have more questions or think you may need a different air conditioner please visit our air conditioner buyer’s guide by clicking here.

Thanks for reading,

Alec Johnson

RefrigerantHQ

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Hello everyone and welcome to Refrigerant HQ! Today we’ll be continuing the recent trend of reviewing portable air conditioners from Honeywell. Our main event is the Honeywell MN12CES Portable Air Conditioner. (Also the MN12CESWW and the MN12CESBB) Honeywell, as you’ll read or you already know, is a large company that sells quality products. We’ll talk about them a bit later.

The important thing to mention is that, with this review, you have another portable air conditioner with which to compare against. Now is the season to buy a portable air conditioner. After all, 100-degree temperatures are right around the corner! And depending on what part of the country you’re in, you might already be experiencing these types of temperatures! Here, in Kansas, the weather is going to be hot and sunny almost all week. It would be a terrible time to be in a home without some type of air conditioner. Even if you have an HVAC system, it’s smart to have a backup solution in case the HVAC system doesn’t work well. Buying a portable air conditioner is that solution. They are small, portable, and inexpensive. If you buy them on Amazon, you’ll probably get free shipping!

With that said, let’s take a closer look at Honeywell!

Honeywell

We recently talked about Honeywell in our latest review. But here’s some new information: they are headquartered in New Jersey. Many of the 58,000 employees in the U.S. surely work at that building. And many work in other areas of the country, such as in Indiana. Speaking of Indiana, do you know why that state is important when it comes to Honeywell? The company was first founded in Indiana!

Honeywell has at least five manufacturing facilities in Indiana. A quick glance at jobs websites shows available career positions at one of these Honeywell facilities. For example, you can get a job as an Inventory Controller, Material Handler, Materials Planner, or Senior Procurement Supervisor. And if you live in Indiana, you wouldn’t have to leave your state! Indiana isn’t the only state that has jobs if you want to work at Honeywell. Virginia, Ohio, New York, Florida, and North Carolina are some other states where you can find work at Honeywell. And the list goes on! It’s great to see a company so large that has so many jobs in America.

These are the same people that source materials for their portable air conditioners. They are the same people who negotiate with suppliers and distributors. They are also the same people who assemble and put their portable air conditioners together. And Honeywell sells more than portable air conditioners. They sell thermometers too, which is what they were originally known for. After all, the thermometer was Honeywell’s first product.

Alright, so now that we’ve learned a little about the company let’s dive in and take a look at the actual products that we’ll be reviewing today.

Product Features

Honeywell MN12CES, MN12CESWW, & MN12CESBB Portable Air Conditioner
Honeywell MN12CES, MN12CESWW, & MN12CESBB Portable Air Conditioner

First and foremost let me mention that this product comes with three different colors. While the colors don’t actually change any characteristic of the product they can be important to some people. When purchasing this unit from Honeywell you get a choice of Black (MN12CESBB), Black and Silver (MN12CES), or Silver (MN12CESWW). The price point is the same between these colors so the choice is up to you. Personally, my favorite is the all black.

There is a high number of benefits to this portable air conditioner. And I can’t wait to get to them all. Arguably the best benefit to this product is that is has a self-evaporation feature. Now, I’m not sure how familiar you are with how portable air conditioners work. Some people who read this might be experts. Others might simply be laymen who are interested in buying the best portable air conditioner for them or their family. Here’s what I’m getting at: many portable air conditioners require regular draining of moisture. This product does not require it.

Do you like convenience? I’m asking because I do. And when I purchase new items, I expect that the product has a high level of convenience. After all, that’s why I’m buying the product! The Honeywell MN12CES portable air conditioner fulfills the convenience part of the equation for me. I don’t want to drain a moisture tray every week or two. You might not want to either. That’s why the Honeywell MN12CES is the perfect choice for those who like convenience. Not to mention that with the other units if you forget to drain the moisture you could have a mess on your hands.

The other feature of this unit is that it has triple capability. It’s not only an air conditioner. It’s also a dehumidifier and a fan! Talk about your money going far. You don’t need to buy a separate fan or a separate dehumidifier for the space this product will be in.

I think that an air conditioner, coupled with a dehumidifier, can cool a room faster than with the dehumidifier. Picture this: with a dehumidifier, you’re removing excess moisture from the room. At the same time, with the air conditioner, you are cooling the room. It’s like a match made in heaven! And, to top it off, you get the fan included.

The self-evaporation and three-in-one features aren’t the only benefits to this portable air conditioner. There are many more! Let’s go through the list and see what they can mean for you.

Pros

We’ll start with the strength of the Honeywell MN12CESWW . This portable air conditioner can cool rooms up to four-hundred and fifty square feet. Do you know how much that is? A standard bedroom is around one-hundred square feet. That means this product can cool a bedroom, master bedroom, living room, kitchen, or office. Depending on how your home is situated, it might be able to cool multiple rooms! And, even better, if you live in a small apartment, like a studio, this portable air conditioner might be able to cool your entire home!

Please note though that it is important to purchase the right sized unit for the area you aim to cool. If you purchase an air conditioner that is too small for your room then your AC is going to be working overtime and you are never going to fully have a cooled room. On the other hand if you purchase a product that is too large for your area then you are going to be wasting energy running the larger unit and you are also going to be left with hot and cold spots throughout the room due to too much dehumidification. You want to aim for that perfect fit when selecting the BTUs on your air conditioner. If you’re not quite sure what BTUs are then I suggest clicking here to read our ‘What are Air Conditioner BTUs,’ guide.

Honeywell MN12CESBB 12,000 Portable Air Conditioner
Honeywell MN12CESBB 12,000 Portable Air Conditioner

Another benefit to this product is that it runs at fifty-five dbA. Why is this important? Let’s say you’re a light sleeper. I’m not, but many people are. Light sleepers can have difficulties falling asleep if there are noises in and around the home. For reference, fifty-five dbA is about as loud as a normal conversation when people are talking. But it’s like “white noise” in the background. Honeywell claims this is a feature because fifty-five dbA is seen as a quieter noise level when it comes to appliances.

Nobody likes dirty air. And with the Honeywell MN12CESBB, you don’t have to live with dirty air. It has an air filter! And, more importantly, you can remove and wash the air filter. Cleaning the air filter is easy. All you need to do is remove it, clean it under a kitchen faucet, and then clip it back in. It’s very easy to do. If you have any concerns, you can follow the instruction manual which is included the box or found in our important links section below.

I mentioned this unit has a fan in the features section. There are times that you don’t have to run the air conditioner; however, you would like the air to be circulated around your room. Look no further than this portable air conditioner. It can work as a fan. When you buy this product, you are actually saving money you would otherwise spend on some type of standalone fan. What home doesn’t have a fan? There are desk fans, ceiling fans, and other types of fans. And now there is a fan inside of a portable air conditioner which will save you time and money from having to get an additional fan to cool your room.

Do you like power? Because the Honeywell MN12CES feature three power levels. If you’re like me, you want your home to always be at a comfortable temperature. When I get home from work, it’s not always cool. This is especially true in the summer, like now. I would want an air conditioner that has the capability to quickly cool a room. Well, since this air conditioner has three different speeds, I’d be able to crank it up on its highest setting. As a bonus, this portable air conditioner has an on-off timer. You can set it for operation for anywhere between 1 and 24 hours. Do you want it to automatically turn off after 8 hours? You can do that with the built-in timer.

Now, as you’ll soon read, this product is heavy. However, this portable air conditioner has four wheels on the bottom which will help you roll it around. It’s called a “portable” air conditioner for a reason. Although it’s heavy, once the unit is in place you might leave it there for an extended period of time. Not a problem! The only catch here is that if you have a home with stairs and you have difficulty moving a heavier item up or down them. Hopefully, once you have the unit where you want, you’ll keep it there!

This Honeywell product comes with what’s known as R-410A refrigerant. Now 410A is an HFC refrigerant and is the refrigerant that is used as a replacement to the previously used R-22. R-22 was phased out across the world due to it harming the Ozone layer. While 410A does not harm the Ozone layer it does have a rather high Global Warming Potential. As of today though, 410A is the accepted refrigerant in most portable and home air conditioners.

Finally, this product includes a remote control. This might surprise you, but not every portable air conditioner comes with a remote control. There are units that don’t even include an electronic display (this one does). If you want to turn your unit on or off, but don’t feel like getting up, be sure to keep the remote control near you. You’ll be able to do that with the remote control for easy and convenient use.

Cons

No product is perfect! And the Honeywell MN12CES has some potential drawbacks. The first drawback is one I already mentioned: it’s heavy. Therefore, I won’t talk much about that again. Just be aware of the weight when you order it. If you are older or have trouble moving larger items you may have a relative or friend help you move the package and get everything installed the way you need it. Now, let’s move on to the next one.

This unit comes with a one year warranty. Now, I know that any warranty is better than nothing. But one year isn’t a long time. As a matter of fact, you might only be able to use this portable air conditioner for one season if you have mild summers. There are other portable air conditioners out there that offer two or three-year warranties. That doesn’t mean this product isn’t the best for you, however. You have to look at the whole picture to decide.

Honeywell Portable Air Conditioner
Honeywell Portable Air Conditioner

There are some complaints about the unit being too loud. I get it. fifty-five dbA is as loud as a normal conversation. A portable air conditioner is an appliance. It isn’t going to be silent; it will make noises. But there were some complaints or rattling noises and other assorted sounds. If that happens, I would recommend contacting Honeywell to troubleshoot the problem. I did read good reviews about their customer service. So you should be safe there.

Speaking of customer service, you’ll be sure to contact them if the unit stopped working with the year you bought it. After all, it’s still under warranty. I’ve read some reviews of this happening to some people. However, each time, they do say good things about Honeywell quickly responding and either sending a new unit or having some other kind of disposition to their issue. There’s a reason Honeywell is a global company!

One of the most important factors to consider is the type of windows you have in the room you want the unit to be in. I would say that most bedrooms have vertical windows. Those are the type of windows the Honeywell MN12CES was made for. After all, it comes with a hose which needs to be secured in a window so that exhaust from the unit can exit the home. If you have horizontal sliding windows, you might want to give Honeywell a call first before buying. At the same time, read the review on Amazon of what people are saying about owning the unit but having horizontal windows.

Conclusion

If you’re interested in owning a portable air conditioner, the time to buy is now. I say this because summer is here now and it’s only going to get hotter. How’s your current air conditioner? Do you have an HVAC system? How old is it? Do you have a backup in case it breaks? These are all very important questions that should be answered before or if it breaks.

Another aspect to consider here is that due to the heat we’re experiencing this summer there are a lot of folks buying air conditioners in areas that don’t normally need them. For example, my brother moved to Seattle recently and while it’s not ‘Kansas Hot’ up there it is still pretty hot and most people up there aren’t used to it. A portable air conditioner is the perfect solution as it’s not a huge investment and you can move it around your home as needed during these steamy days.

Do you have any further questions? You can reach out to us via our contact page. Well, folks, that’s all for now. Stop by in a few days for another article. And stay cool!

Alec Johnson

RefrigerantHQ

What’s In The Box?

  • One Honeywell Portable Air Conditioner
  • One Remote Control With Batteries
  • One Owner’s Manual and Warranty Instructions
  • One full set easy window installation kit

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Hello and welcome back to RefrigerantHQ! Today, we’re excited to talk about Honeywell MN10CESWW Portable Air Conditioner. This portable air conditioner is packed with features and benefits. We’ll get to those; however, first, we’ll take a look at the company which brings us the unit: Honeywell.

This review is rather timely for a couple of reasons. One is that it’s summer now! Here in Kansas, the temperatures are hitting the upper 90s. Parts of the country, such as California and Texas, will have their temperatures reach in the 100s today and other times this week. Another reason it’s timely is that the more reviews we have, the better choice you’ll be able to make when buying a portable air conditioner. We want you to be able to make the best choice for your current situation. That’s why we ardently continue to write these reviews.

Why should you buy the Honeywell MN10CESWW? What makes it so unique? What are the benefits and possible drawbacks of owning this unit? Like others we’ve reviewed, you’ll find out all of this information, and more. Without further delay, let’s take a look at Honeywell!

Honeywell MN10CESBB Portable Air Conditioner
Honeywell MN10CESBB Portable Air Conditioner

Honeywell

Honeywell is a massively large public company. It’s not surprising then when I write that it trades on the stock exchange. As of this writing, their stock is trading at $144 per share. That’s not bad! As a matter of fact, that’s on the higher range of prices. They must be doing something right. Honeywell boasts 130,000 employees, although they are not all located in the U.S. Most of them, 72,000, are actually located in different countries around the world.

Honeywell traces its roots back to 1885. Then, the company originally sold thermostats. It’s interesting to note that they still sell thermostats today. As a matter of fact, Honeywell includes an internal thermostat in the Honeywell MN10CESWW. In addition to offering portable air conditioners and thermostats, Honeywell sells the following: safety products, home air quality products, home security products, backup power systems, home care and cleaning products, muck boots, home electronics, and various other commercial products. When I said that Honeywell is a “conglomerate company”, I meant it!

That, my friends, brings us to our feature product of today: the Honeywell MN10CESWW. Let’s jump in and get started learning about the main product features!

Product Features

First thing’s first ladies and gentlemen. This unit is rated at ten-thousand BTUs. BTUs, or British Thermal Units, are a way of measuring the cooling capacity of your unit. The higher the BTU number the more power your air conditioner will have. Here’s the thing though folks. You do not want to get a unit that is TOO big for your room. If it’s too big then you’re going to be spending too much on your energy bills and you will also end up with hot and cold spots throughout your room. On the flip side, if you get a unit that is too small for your room then your product will end up running constantly and causing you to pay more in energy bills then you should. Along with that your room will never be fully cooled to your desired temperature. In the case of the Honeyewll MN10CESWW at ten-thousand BTUs it is rated to cool rooms up to four-hundred and fifty square feet. If you’re not sure what size air conditioner you need feel free to check out our Window Air Conditioner Buyer’s Guide article by clicking here. While this deals with window units the same principles apply when it comes to mobile air conditioners.

Honeywell MN10CESWW Portable Air Conditioner
Honeywell MN10CESWW Portable Air Conditioner

One of the best things about the Honeywell MN10CESWW is its auto evaporation feature. What does this mean, exactly? To answer this question, you need to know how air conditioners work. Thankfully, we recently wrote an article titled “How Do Portable Air Conditioners Work?“. Check it out after this one if you’re curious. The bottom line is that moisture builds up in a portable air conditioner. That’s why many, or most of them, include a “drip tray”. A drip tray collects moisture that accumulates over time. Eventually, you’ll need to empty this tray and put it back under the portable air conditioner.

The Honeywell MN10CESWW is different. The auto evaporation feature means that you don’t have to deal with emptying the drip tray every so often. You can simply “set it and forget it”. Convenience is key, at least it is for me. When I buy a product, part of what I’m looking for is convenience. And you’ll find it with this portable air conditioner!

The second feature I want to talk about is that it has a Quiet Operation Mode. Why is this important? Many people are light sleepers. I don’t fit into this category; however, there are those who do. Quiet operation means that this unit won’t disturb your sleep at night if you decide to run it at night. On Amazon, Honeywell writes “Honeywell Portable AC’s dual motor technology means lower noise levels. At the highest speed setting, the Classic Series Portable ACs produce between 51 to 54 decibels (depending on the model BTU). That’s about the sound level of an average conversation between two people in a quiet room!”

Now that we’ve covered two major features, let’s take a look at other benefits of this portable air conditioner.

Pros

The Honeywell MN10CESWW can cool rooms up to four hundred and fifty square feet. How much is that? Consider this: a standard bedroom is around one hundred square feet, give or take. This portable air conditioner just got more powerful. Didn’t it? It can cool bedrooms, home offices, and the den. How about small studio apartments? Yes, it can cool those too! That is, of course, if the studio is four hundred and fifty square feet, or less.

Let’s say that the temperature is currently good. However, you want to move the air around for whatever reason. You want some air circulation. The Honeywell MN10CESWW portable air conditioner has a fan-only mode of operation. Problem solved! With this feature, there’s no reason to buy a separate stand-alone fan for the room. Simply turn on the fan-only feature to get the air circulation you are looking for.

The next benefit is a big one. This unit includes a digital readout along with a remote control. You’d think that all portable air conditioners would come with a remote control. But that isn’t the case! Who wants to get out of bed at 3 A.M. to turn their portable air conditioner on or off? With the Honeywell MN10CESWW, you don’t have to. Just remember to keep the remote control next to your bed, perhaps on a night table or something similar.

Let me focus now on the digital readout. How do you know what desired temperature you want the room to be? If the Honeywell MN10CESWW reads “80 degrees”, you might want to bring the temperature down to 70 degrees. You can set the unit to your desired temperature and it will do the rest. There are portable air conditioners out there that don’t have a digital thermometer readout. As a matter of fact, they don’t display any type of temperature readout at all. They have analog features and, while they may work, they aren’t as user-friendly as the Honeywell MN10CESWW. The digital temperate display makes it easy and allows you to get the desired temperature for your room with ease.

Honeywell MN10CES Portable Air Conditioner
Honeywell MN10CES Portable Air Conditioner

If you’re concerned with air quality, the Honeywell MN10CESWW is a great option. I say this because this portable air conditioner includes a washable filter! Removing it is simple, as you’ll read in the instructions. Simply remove it, wash it, and put it back into place. On the Amazon page, Honeywell states “The Washable Filtration System filters dust, pet dander, and hair from entering the unit – All of this helps reduce impurities in the air and it is easy to clean by running the filter under a faucet.”

Speaking of user-friendly, the Honeywell MN10CESWW portable air conditioner operates in three power modes. By three power modes, I mean it runs three speeds. Let’s say that, one day, you come home from work in the later afternoon. You didn’t know it was going to be 102 degrees outside and you forgot to turn on your air conditioner. Oops! That’s the bad news. The good news, however, is that you can run the Honeywell MN10CESWW on its highest setting to cool the room the fastest. Other times, you might want to change the temperature only a few degrees. If this is the case, you might want to run the unit on the lowest setting, which will do the job and also save on your energy bill.

Some people, especially interior designers, love to customize the look and feel of each room. With the Honeywell MN10CESWW portable air conditioner, you’re in luck! That’s because this unit comes in three colors. Or, better put, you can choose one of three colors. The colors are black (Honeywell MN10CESBB), black and silver (Honeywell MN10CES) , and white (Honeywell MN10CESWW). This added level of customization is a welcome one for people with different tastes. It’s not one size fits all. Instead, you get to choose which color you think would look the best in your room.

Finally, and arguably the most important is that this unit is easy to install. On the Amazon product page, Honeywell states “All accessories are included for a quick installation on vertical or horizontal windows. Roll the AC to your preferred cooling area, set up the window kit, switch the AC ON and Voila! Immediate cooling without the heavy lifting of traditional window ACs.” This is important because people want something that works right out of the box. The Honeywell MN10CESWW requires minimal installation, which is a welcome benefit to this portable air conditioner.

How’s that for benefits? The Honeywell MN10CESWW has many of them! But like all products, there are some possible drawbacks. Let’s take a look at what those might be.

Cons

One possible drawback to this portable air conditioner is that it weighs sixty-one pounds. It isn’t light! For some people, including the elderly, this might be more difficult to install and move around. However, the good news is that the Honeywell MN10CESWW comes with rollers. You can simply roll the unit around your home! You have to take into consideration you’re not going up or down stairs, however. Once the unit is in place, and if it’s going to be stationary for an extended period of time, the weight of the unit shouldn’t be a big deal. After all, portable air conditioners are known to be heavier in general.

Another possible drawback to this portable air conditioner is that there are some complaints of the unit being noisy. I know that, earlier, we talked about how the Honeywell MN10CESWW features quiet operation. How, then, can people complain about noise? Take this into consideration: other portable air conditioners might be even louder! Also, some people might be running the unit on high mode, and be in very close proximity to the unit. We often don’t know the full picture. However, I would suggest you head over to Amazon to read the comments. I always mean to recommend this, actually, every time we review a product.

Finally, there were some complaints about the fan always being on. You can choose to have the fan on by itself, without the unit being in cooling mode. However, if the unit is in cooling mode, the fan is always on to push air around. I always assumed that, if the unit is in cool mode, air would be pushed around. However, some people have commented that they would have liked it to be in cooling mode without the fan always running.

Conclusion

The Honeywell MN10CESWW portable air conditioner has just under four stars on Amazon. That tells me that this is a quality product. In addition, there are over 2,000 customer reviews and nearly 1,000 answered questions. Those are the most I’ve ever seen! People are definitely talking about this product, then. And it’s star rating has to be well-deserved.

I enjoyed writing about the Honeywell MN10CESWW. What did you think? Summer is here! And that means hotter temperatures are also here or right around the corner. You’re reading this at the right time. If you’re in the market for a portable air conditioner, consider the Honeywell MN10CESWW. Furthermore, we’ve written additional product reviews of other portable air conditioners. Take a look at those as well so you’re able to compare this one with the other ones.

Lastly, if you have a question about this unit or any others, feel free to reach out to me here. Stop back in a few days for another article from RefrigerantHQ! And thanks for reading.

Alec Johnson

RefrigerantHQ

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Hello and greetings ladies and gentlemen. It is another hot one here in Kansas City. Like my father always says, ‘It’s DAMN Hot!’ As I write this article it’s past eight at night and yet the sitting temperature is still hovering right around ninety degrees and that’s not even counting the humidity. Just yesterday I was out mowing the yard in this heat and let me tell you… it’s not a fun time. The only relief that I get from this excessive summer heat is coming into a nice cold air conditioned home. (I keep it at a crisp seventy-two degrees.)

I’m sure that this is something that you can all relate too especially those of you who in the hot states. There’s nothing like stepping into a nice climate controlled building after walking the streets and sidewalks during the peak heat of the day. Now when most folks enjoy their air conditioned homes or offices they are using the traditional split system air conditioner. A split system is your typical unit that you find outside and in your basement. These units route the cold air through the duct work in your home ensuring that every room is kept at a nice even temperature.

Here’s the problem though folks. Not everyone has access to a central air conditioning system. There could be a variety of reasons for this. They could be living in an older farm house that has no central ducts routed. They could be in an older apartment with no air conditioning. Or, it could simply be a question of money. Central air systems can easily cost over four-thousand dollars and for a lot of people this cost just simply isn’t possible.

So, what are people to do when looking for a relief from the heat but they don’t have thousands to drop on a new system? Well, I have my two go to solutions. Yes, there are others, but i won’t get into each and every possibility here. My two personal favorites are portable air conditioners and window air conditioners. In this article we’re going to focus specifically on one particular window unit: Frigidaire’s FFRA0511Q1 5,000 BTU Window Air Conditioner.

We’re going to go through all of the product features, the Pros, the Cons, and anything else that needs to be brought up on this air conditioner. Is this the unit for you? Is it going to fill your need, or should you be looking at a different product? Well, without further adieu, let’s dive in and find out!

Frigidaire

Whenever I do a product review or if I am just researching a product for myself I always like to take the time to research and learn about the company behind the product. Maybe I’m a bit obsessive. But I like to know who are they? How long have they been around? What is their brand?

Frigidaire Window Air Conditioners
Frigidaire Window Air Conditioners

A company’s brand can be a very powerful thing and if done right people will recognize the name instantly. A prime example of branding done right is Coca-Cola. Everyone knows what a Coke is. Everyone knows what to expect. They are world-wide. Now, if I was to offer you a Coke or an off-brand Cola, what would you choose? We all know the answer. This same logic can also apply when shopping for an air conditioner.

The company behind the FFRA0511Q1 is Frigidaire. To most of you this name may sound familiar. In fact, very familiar. There’s a reason for that. The Frigidaire company is one of the most prominent appliance manufacturing companies in the world. Chances are if you were to go into your kitchen right now and begin to look around that you would find Frigidaire appliances. It could be your oven, dishwasher, microwave, or even your refrigerator.

Speaking of refrigerators, did you know that over one-hundred years ago the Frigidaire company invented, patented, and began commercially selling one of the first self-contained refrigerators? Yes, that’s right back in 1916 they were selling refrigerators across the United States. Ever since then they have grown. Throughout that growth they have been inventing and innovating their products. They now have a century behind them and they are still going strong.

The Frigidaire company has a solid reputation when it comes to refrigeration and air conditioning. I would feel very comfortable purchasing a window unit from them as they have proven time and time again that they know exactly what they are doing.

Product Features

Frigidaire FFRA0511Q1 5,000 BTU Window Air Conditioner
Frigidaire FFRA0511Q1 5,000 BTU Window Air Conditioner

Ok, folks, first things first. Before you can seriously consider any type of window air conditioner to purchase you first have to know exactly what sized unit that you need. If you purchase the wrong sized unit you could end up paying higher energy bills then you need to and end up with random hot and cold spots throughout your room. On the flip side, if you were to purchase a unit that is too small for your room then the unit will be running constantly which will raise your energy cost. This constant running will wear the unit faster and you still won’t even get completely cooled room. No, the best way to do this is to get that perfect sized unit. But, how do you know what size you need?

Air conditioners are sized by what’s called BTUs, or British Thermal Units. You may have noticed that this unit, the FFRA0511Q1, is rated at five-thousand BTUs. BTUs are the standard way on measuring the cooling capacity of an air conditioner. The higher the BTUs the more power a unit has. The usual rule of thumb that we see is around thirty BTUs per square foot of cooling space. So, in the case of our five-thousand BTU unit we can do the math:

Frigidaire FFRA0511Q1 Control Dials
Frigidaire FFRA0511Q1 Control Dials

5,000 BTUs / 30 Square Feet = 166 Square Feet.

So, we can now find out that the FFRA0511Q1 is rated to cool rooms at around one-hundred and sixty feet. Now, the official product description says one-hundred and fifty feet, but that extra sixteen feet won’t get you in trouble! If you do find that you do need a bigger air conditioner then I would suggest checking out our Window Air Conditioner Buyer’s Guide. This guide will walk you through every possible consideration that you need to take when purchasing a unit and it will also give you a sizing guide so that you can make sure to get the perfect unit for your situation.

The FFRA0511Q1 is a fairly bare-bones product, but it is also a very aggressively priced unit. So, you sacrifice features for price. Don’t get me wrong though, this unit will cool your room just fine, it just doesn’t have all of the bells and whistles that other products would have. This unit comes with two turn-dial knobs.  The first knob lets you control the temperature by switching between seven different settings. The second knob allows you to control the fan speed. So, while you can’t set the actual temperature you can still choose between varying degrees of low, medium, and high.

When I was a teenager, so many years ago, I used to work for my father’s landscaping company. I remember at one particular job we were laying irrigation pipe and I was still pretty green at it. Something he told me, and something I’m sure you’ve all heard before: Measure Twice, Cut Once. It’s a saying we’re all used to and I can say that it definitely applies to window units. No, we won’t be doing any cutting. Let me explain. Before you purchase a unit for your window you have to measure your actual window to ensure that the product can actually fit. Otherwise, your product will show up at your door, you’ll go to install, and then you realize that it just doesn’t fit. (As your wife stands over your shoulder saying you should have measured first.) My point here folks is that you’ve got to measure! The FFRA0511Q1 can fit in windows with width range of twenty-three inches to thirty-six inches. Also, don’t forget height. You will need a minimum of thirteen inches of open space for your new FFRA0511Q1 to fit.

Most of the time this section won’t apply to you but since you are in the market for a window air conditioner I want to take some time out here and talk about the plug-ins that come with these units. Now, with the smaller units, like our 5,000 BTU friend here, you normally don’t have to worry. But, as you begin to go up in size you may notice that the standard one-hundred and fifteen volt plug-ins began to get replaced by a more heavy duty two-hundred and twenty volt plug. The one-hundred and fifteen volt is your typical outlet that you can find throughout your home. The two-hundred and twenty volt plug is rare to find in most homes. Typically, your oven and your clothes dryer uses these outlets. When buying please make sure you know what kind of plug-in you are getting. Also, with the FFRA0511Q1 you get a cord length of six and a half feet. This length should be long enough to reach an outlet. Most manufacturers do not recommend using an extension cord.

The FFRA0511Q1 comes with the refrigerant R-410A. 410A, or Puron, is one of the most commonly used refrigerants today. It can be found in most home and office split system air conditioners. While it does not harm the Ozone it does have a higher Global Warming Potential. The good news here is that it is relatively cheap right now so if you do need a recharge down the road you won’t be out too much money.

The last point that we’ll bring up here before moving into the Pros section is weight and size. This unit is a five-thousand BTU unit which means that it is quite small. However, this unit is even smaller then some of the other five-thousand units out there. It only comes in at thirty-five pounds. That means it’s going to be one easy install. Along with the light weight you also get a complimentary mounting kit that comes with your unit. Installing should be a breeze, but you may still want some help from a second person just in case. (You don’t want to drop it during install.)

Pros

The way I see it with this unit there are two big selling points. The first, which I’ve already mentioned above, is price. I challenge you to look around on Amazon.com and find a cheaper window unit out there. While the FFRA0511Q1  doesn’t have a lot of features it all but makes up for it when it comes to the price point. This unit is designed to be a budget air conditioner made for those people who are just looking for basic relief from the heat. If you want a remote control or digital display you may need to look elsewhere. Just be aware that you’re going to have to pay more. You can check out our premium five-thousand BTU units in the Conclusion section of this article.

Frigidaire FFRA0511Q1 Energy Guide
Frigidaire FFRA0511Q1 Energy Guide

The second big Pro on this unit is that it comes with a one year manufacturer’s warranty. While this may not seem like a big deal I can assure you that it is. Remember, we are paying a very low price point for this air conditioner and you are still getting a great one year warranty. So, if your unit does fail six months from now you can get support and help from the Frigidaire company. This warranty secures your purchase and gives you peace of mind that you will have a cooled room through out the season.

Cons

With air conditioners the Environmental Protection Agency has something called their ‘Energy Star,’ program. This program measures how efficient a product is. This efficiency is measured by a product’s Energy Efficiency Ratio, or EER. The higher the EER the more efficient your system is. The EPA’s requirement to meet Energy Star guidelines is a 10.0 EER rating. Unfortunately, the FFRA0511Q1 only comes in at a 9.7 EER. So, while it is not Energy Star rated it is very close to that 10.0 threshold number.

When you purchase something online there is always the risk of it arriving to your home damaged. That risk increases with the bigger and heavier the package. On top of that, the risk increases even more when dealing with a machine like an air conditioner. Now, I’m not going to lie to you here. The chances of your unit arriving damaged is rare, but there is a chance folks. The good news though is that if this does happen you can always file a claim with Amazon.com and they will take care of the return process. Something that you’ll notice is that some of the ‘bad reviews,’ on this product are a direct result of the product arriving damaged to the consumer’s home. This is not Frigidaire’s fault and frankly shouldn’t be attributed to them.

The last Con to mention before we move onto our Conclusion is that in some cases after extended use the air conditioner’s fan can become loosened. While this doesn’t affect performance or overall safety of the unit it can lead to an increase noise or volume when the air conditioner is running. If it was me, I probably wouldn’t notice it, but there are others out there who are very sensitive to noise and may find that the extra noise of the fan slightly moving around can drive them crazy. Just be aware of this. It doesn’t happen to every unit so it may not even happen to you. These noise complaints made up the last of the negative reviews.

Conclusion

Alright ladies and gentlemen that about covers it for Frigidaire’s FFRA0511Q1. We’ve gone over all of the features, the Pros, Cons, and everything else. I hope that by reading this article that you were able to come to a informed decision on rather or not this is the unit for you. If you do decide that you wish to purchase this product then I recommend you purchase from our Amazon.com partner by clicking here.

However, if you are looking for something slightly different in this BTU range let me suggest to you two alternatives:

  • Friedrich’s Chill CP05G10B.
    • The Friedrich brand name is known to be top quality in the window air conditioner world. If you want the best of the best then this is your unit. Be prepared to pay a bit more though. Quality isn’t cheap!
  • hOmeLabs Window Unit
    • This is the cheapest of the cheap out there today on Amazon.com. It will get the job done. It will cool your room but it is going to come with the most basic of settings. If you’re looking to save a buck or two then this is the unit for you.

I hope this review was helpful and thanks for reading,

Alec Johnson

RefrigerantHQ

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It’s another hot one today folks. Over here in Kansas City the temperatures reached over ninety degrees. It was over one-hundred degrees if you were walking through a parking lot. The heat made my walk from the office to my car uncomfortable, but once I had my car on and the air conditioner going I was fine for the drive home. When I got home and stepped out of my car to walk to my front door I was blasted again with the heat.

For those of you who don’t live in a hotter climate let me describe it for you. You open your door and step outside and it feels like you’ve stepped into an oven and that’s not even factoring in the humidity. I swear there are times where it feels like you can swim through the air. I’m serious folks. It is not fun and the worst of the summer hasn’t even hit Kansas yet. We still have July and August slowly creeping up on us. I’m already anxious for Fall to get here.

Most of us deal with this heat through our car’s air conditioner and through our home air conditioner. The majority of homes nowadays come with a built in central air system. These are your standard split units that sit outside of your home and route through your duct work. (You know, the units that you barely realize are there until something goes wrong with it!) The problem though is that these wonderful central air conditioning systems just aren’t affordable for some people, or these peole may be living in an apartment with no air conditioning available. Over here in Kansas the thing I see the most are the old farmhouses that have no duct work routed at all. It’s too expensive to retrofit the home with duct work. These folks can’t go the traditional route. So, what does that leave them with?

Well, they have a few choices. Some of these alternative options are portable air conditioners and window air conditioners. Now, I’m not going to get into every one of these options and their features at least not in this article. No, instead in this post we’re going to focus our attention on one of these products: Frigidaire’s FFRE0533S1 5,000 BTU Window Air Conditioner. In this review we are going to take an in-depth look at the FFRE0533S1 and make the determination if this product is really right for you or if you should be looking for something else. Without further adieu, let’s dive in and take a look!

Frigidaire

Now before I began really looking at a product and all of the features that it offers I always like to take a look at the brand and company behind the product. I don’t do this for everything, but if I find that the product is going to be over one-hundred dollars or more I find that it makes sense to investigate and to do your research. After all, a brand name can be a very powerful thing. Don’t believe me? Just think of the most famous brands out there today. Would you rather have a Lexus or a Ford? I know, if I had the choice I would choose the Lexus. Sure, the Ford is great, but everyone knows that when they hear Lexus they think quality. That is directly because of the brand name and the recognition that has been built with it over the years. Lexus is a premium brand.

The Frigidaire company is behind the FFRE0533S1 and this is great news. Why you may ask? Well folks the Frigidaire company is by far one of the best and the brightest companies when it comes to appliances manufacturing. In fact, I bet that if you were to go into your kitchen right now that you would find at least one appliance from the Frigidaire company. It could be your oven, dishwasher, microwave, toaster, or even your refrigerator.

Speaking of refrigerators, did you know that the Frigidaire company was one of the very first inventors of the self-contained refrigerator? Not only did they invent it but they were also one of the first ones to commercially sell a refrigerator.  All of this was done over one-hundred years ago in 1916. Ever since that date Frigidaire has been growing, innovating, and inventing. I can safely say that their window air conditioners are of top quality and upon purchasing one you get the quality Frigidaire brand name as well.

Product Features

Frigidaire FFRE0533S1 5,000 BTU
Frigidaire FFRE0533S1 5,000 BTU

The first thing that needs to be taken into consideration when purchasing a window air conditioner is the size of the unit. For those of you who do not know window air conditioners are measured by the amount of BTUs, or British Thermal Units, that they contain. An entry level BTU unit would be around five-thousand BTUs whereas a very large unit would be over twenty-four thousand BTUs. BTUs are the standard way of measuring the cooling capacity of your air conditioner. The more BTUs, the more power that you will have.  Don’t be fooled though, more power isn’t always better. No, instead you want to find the perfect fitted unit for the room or area that you want to cool.

If you find yourself going to a much larger unit then necessary then you will be running up your electrical bills and you may also end up running into hot and cold spots due to the size of the air conditioner. On the inverse if you purchase a unit that is too small then the product will be running constantly. This will raise your energy bills and your room won’t even be fully cooled. To find the perfect sized unit the rule of thumb that most people use is the thirty BTUs per square foot of room. So, let’s say we have a twelve by twelve foot bedroom that we want to cool. Twelve times twelve equals out to one-hundred and forty-four square feet. In this example the five-thousand BTU would be rated to cool rooms around one-hundred and forty to one-hundred and sixty square feet. So, this Frigidaire unit would be perfect for bedrooms or small offices. If you find yourself needing a larger unit feel free to check out our window air conditioner buyer’s guide by clicking here.

While this Frigidaire unit is considered an introductory unit due to it’s BTU size I will have to say that I am pleasantly surprised by the amount of features and display options that this product has. Most of the time when you see a five-thousand BTU unit you see the typical turn-dial knobs with no real temperature control. Instead you just turn the knobs from high to low. This is not the case with the FFRE0533S1. With this product you get a digital temperature display that can be adjusted up and down by hand or with the fully functional remote control. Along with that you get extra features like sleep mode, energy saver mode, and a twenty-four hour on/off timer that allows you to program your unit to cool while you are home or while you are sleeping. (This is my favorite feature just for the customization. I like the idea of setting a colder temperature for sleeping and a warmer temperature through out the day.)

Frigidaire FFRE0533S1 5,000 BTU
Frigidaire FFRE0533S1 5,000 BTU

I remember as a teenager laying irrigation piping for my dad’s landscaping business. It was tough work. Something he always always always said was to ‘measure twice, cut once.’ (He didn’t want to waste any of that piping, it was expensive!) Now, I know this isn’t some wisdom that just my father came up with. I’m sure you’ve heard this expression before but my point still stands and still applies to window air conditioners. What are you measuring you may ask? Well, it’s your window! Before you purchase anything you need to make sure that your window is going to be big enough, or not too big, to support the air conditioner. The absolute worst thing you can do is to purchase the unit and then go to install only to realize that your window is too small. Luckily, we’re here to help! This Frigidaire unit can fit in windows with a width between twenty-three inches to thirty-six inches. That’s a pretty wide range but just make sure that you fall into it. Another measurement, which isn’t as important, is the height. Most of the time your window will be tall enough but just to be sure you will need an opening of thirteen inches.

This next feature may not even be seen as a feature but I would be amiss if I didn’t mention it. This Frigidaire product comes with a one-hundred and fifteen volt plug-in. This type of plug-in is your standard outlet that you can find all over your house. I only mention this as some of the medium or larger window air conditioners comes with a two-hundred and twenty volt plug-in instead of your traditional one-hundred and fifteen. An example two-hundred and twenty volt plug in your home is most likely your clothes dryer or your oven plug-ins. In this case with this Frigidaire product there is nothing to worry about, but I wanted to make sure you were informed in case you decide on a different air conditioner. Lastly on this section, the cord for this unit extends to six and a half feet. That should be more then enough to reach the nearest outlet.

The FFRE0533S1 comes with the HydroFluroCarbon R-410A refrigerant. 410A, or Puron, is one of the most commonly used refrigerants within the United States. Today it is used widely in residential and commercial cooling rather they be window units or traditional split systems. The good news here though is that because this refrigerant is so common the price is fairly low so if you need a recharge down the road you won’t be out too much money.

The last thing to mention in Product Features is the overall weight and size of this unit. As we mentioned above this is a smaller overall window air conditioner and with a smaller unit comes a smaller weight. Some of the bigger air conditioners out there can weigh as much or over one-hundred pounds. These heavier units can be very difficult to install as you have to not only insert the unit into your window, hold it in place, and then try to screw in the supports to ensure it is stable. Try doing that by yourself with a heavier unit! The good news here is that this Frigidaire unit only weighs forty-two pounds. While you may still want some help installing the overall install will be much easier with a lighter weight unit.

Pros

The biggest and most obvious Pro with this Frigidaire product is the price. Yes, I realize that this unit is only rated at five-thousand BTUs but the price point is worth taking a second glance at. It is not very often that you can find relief from the heat for around this price. (The exact price may vary, click here to get the latest price from Amazon.com.) Don’t forget that you also get the digital displays, extra features like sleep/energy saver, and a remote control to go along with it.

Frigidaire FFRE0533S1 Energy Guide
Frigidaire FFRE0533S1 Energy Guide

Also, please remember that this product is only rated to cool rooms or areas up to one-hundred and fifty square feet, so if you have a room bigger then that you may consider going up a size.

Something that I always look for when doing air conditioner reviews is if the product is Energy Star Certified with the Environmental Protection Agency. An Energy Star machine means that the product has gone through the EPA’s rigorous approval process and has come out on top. The EPA measures most units based off of their Energy Efficiency Ratio, or EER. The higher the EER the more efficient a machine is and the less it will cost you in energy cost. In order to qualify for Energy Star the unit must be at or exceed 10.0 EER. The Frigidaire FFRE0533S1 has an EER of 12.2. That is a HUGE number and greatly exceeds the EPA’s required 10.0. This unit is only rated to cost you around thirty-seven dollars a year. That’s just over three dollars a month for a nice cool room to sleep in. I’d pay that much for comfort, what about you?

The last point that I’ll make before moving onto the Cons section is the warranty. This product comes with a one year manufacturer warranty from the Frigidaire company. While one year isn’t an extraordinary amount of time it is still a very nice benefit to insure you that in case your unit does fail you can get your money back or your unit replaced.

Cons

There aren’t a lot of cons on this product but there are a few points that I want to cover and emphasize again before you purchase. The first is that the Frigidaire FFRE0533S1 is rated at five-thousand BTUs and can only cool rooms up to one-hundred and sixty square feet. If your room is larger then that then it will make sense to increase your BTUs to accommodate the larger space. If you’re not sure exactly what size of unit to get please check out our window air conditioner buyer’s guide by clicking here. This guide will walk you through the selection process ensuring you get the exact right unit for you.

When you purchase something online there is always the risk of it arriving to your home damaged. That risk increases with the bigger and heavier the package. On top of that, the risk increases even more when dealing with a machine like an air conditioner. Now, I’m not going to lie to you here. The chances of your unit arriving damaged is rare, but there is a chance folks. The good news though is that if this does happen you can always file a claim with Amazon.com and they will take care of the return process. Something that you’ll notice is that some of the ‘bad reviews,’ on this product are a direct result of the product arriving damaged to the consumer’s home. This is not Frigidaire’s fault and frankly shouldn’t be attributed to them.

The last Con to mention before we move onto our Conclusion is that in some cases after extended use the air conditioner’s fan can become loosened. While this doesn’t affect performance or overall safety of the unit it can lead to an increase noise or volume when the air conditioner is running. If it was me, I probably wouldn’t notice it, but there are others out there who are very sensitive to noise and may find that the extra noise of the fan slightly moving around can drive them crazy. Just be aware of this. It doesn’t happen to every unit so it may not even happen to you. These noise complaints made up the last of the negative reviews.

Conclusion

Well folks that about covers it for Frigidaire’s FFRE0533S1. I’m hoping that this review was able to answer any and all questions that you may have had. My goal here was to provide a step by step review showing you each and every feature imaginable. The question now though is will you be buying this product from Frigidaire? If so, then I recommend visiting our Amazon.com partner by clicking here.

However, if you are looking for something slightly different in this BTU range let me suggest to you two alternatives:

  • Friedrich’s Chill CP05G10B.
    • The Friedrich brand name is known to be top quality in the window air conditioner world. If you want the best of the best then this is your unit. Be prepared to pay a bit more though. Quality isn’t cheap!
  • hOmeLabs Window Unit
    • This is the cheapest of the cheap out there today on Amazon.com. It will get the job done. It will cool your room but it is going to come with the most basic of settings. If you’re looking to save a buck or two then this is the unit for you.

I hope this review was helpful and thanks for reading,

Alec Johnson

RefrigerantHQ

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Well folks we are officially in the summer season yet again. Memorial Day weekend is already a few weekends behind us and the temperatures over here in Kansas City have not allowed us to forget what time of year it is. The past few weeks have been a constant ninety plus degrees with the ever present wet humidity. You walk outside and you can just feel the moisture in the air. I can’t stand the heat, I just can’t. You would think by now that I would move further north to escape this Kansas heat but here I am twenty plus years later still in the hot sun.

Well, not really in the hot sun. You see when the summer comes I tend to stay inside for most of the ‘tropical’ season. I enjoy the cool climate control that my air conditioner provides. The air conditioner that I use is your standard central system that most people across the country use. These are your outside units that route the cold air through your duct work. While these types of air conditioners are your most traditional they remain out of reach to a lot of people. This could be for a variety of reasons. Perhaps their home is too old and doesn’t have ducts routed through, or perhaps they are renting a home without a central system. Or, maybe those central air systems are just too expensive. (Trust me, they can get up there in price!)

Whatever the reason is we all should know that there are alternative solutions to the central air system. Some people opt for the portable air conditioner route, but I myself, prefer window air conditioners. I feel like they provide a more permanent solution and they are not in the way of the room. In this article we are going to take an in-depth look at one of these window air conditioners: Frigidaire’s FFRE0533Q1 5,000 BTU.

Now, there are many window units out there on the market. The question is will this Frigidaire unit be the right one for me? Or, should I be looking at a different product? Without further adieu, let’s dive in and take a look:

Frigidaire

Before I ever get into the details of a product I always like to take the time and do some research on the company and the brand behind the product. Maybe I am too thorough, but I feel that by gaining knowledge on the brand and company we can begin to understand the quality of the product at hand. Brand is important. After all, I’m sure you only buy specific brands of products. I’m betting you’re either a Coca-Cola or Pepsi fan, right? The same can apply for air conditioners. 

When it comes to window air conditioners the Frigidaire name is one my top picks for brands. In fact, Frigidaire was my runner up in my best branded window air conditioner article. There was a reason that I included them in that article. There name is everywhere, in fact, chances are that you already have a Frigidaire appliance in your home already. It could be a microwave, an oven, a dishwasher, or even your refrigerator.

Speaking of refrigerators, did you know that Frigidaire was one of the first EVER companies to invent, patent, and begin commercially selling refrigerators? Yes, all the way back in 1916 the Frigidaire company was selling refrigerators. That tells you just how much experience that they have when it comes to keeping things cool. Along with that one of the principal investors in Frigidaire was William Durant. Durant was one of the founders of General Motors and as we all know GM partnered with DuPont to invent and patent the trademarked refrigerant known today as Freon. Frigidaire has a rich and diverse history in the air conditioning world. I can proudly state that I can stand behind the Frigidaire name and their quality. They know what they are doing and have been doing it for over one-hundred years.

Product Features

Frigidaire FFRE0533Q1 5,000 BTU
Frigidaire FFRE0533Q1 5,000 BTU

First thing’s first folks the Frigidaire FFRE0533Q1 is an introductory unit when it comes to window air conditioners. When I say introductory I mean that in a couple fashions. The first is that this unit has a very low and aggressive price point. There may be a few others out there that can beat this price but I can assure you that their numbers are rare. The second reason why this unit can be considered introductory is due to it’s size. You may have noticed that the FFRE0533Q1 has the five-thousand BTUs in it’s description.

BTUs, or British Thermal Units, are the standardized way of measuring the cooling capacity of your air conditioner. The higher BTU number the more power your air conditioner will have. But, don’t be like some folks who think bigger is always better. The smartest choice that you can do is to pick the perfect sized unit for the area that you desire to cool. If you pick a unit that is too small then your air conditioner is going to be running non-stop all day and night. Not to mention that your room won’t be completely cool as it could be. On the other side of the coin, if you pick a unit that is too large for your room then you will be wasting electricity and energy from a more powerful unit and you will also end up with hot and cold spots throughout the room.

Don’t be intimated though as picking the right sized unit isn’t a difficult task. In fact, all you have to do is find the square footage of your room. To do this you just need to measure the width of your room and the length of your room. When you have those two numbers you multiply them to get your square footage. As an example, let’s take a room that is twelve by twelve. If we multiply those numbers we get a square footage of one-hundred and forty-four. Now to determine how many BTUs most professionals recommend using thirty BTUs per square foot that you desire to cool. So, taking this Frigidaire unit’s five-thousand BTUs we can determine that it is rated to cool around one-hundred and sixty square feet. Please also note that there are not sizes available less then five-thousand so if you have a room smaller then one-hundred and fifty square feet then this unit will still be the right pick for you.

For this being an introductory unit I am pleased to state that you get a lot of higher end features. Some of these include a digital display, exact temperature control, four way air-flow, and a full functioning remote control. While these may not seem like big deals you don’t see these everyday on most five-thousand BTU units. On the other units you’ll see no remote control, no temperature control, and a basic turn-dial system for the controls.

Frigidaire FFRE0533Q1 Digital Display
Frigidaire FFRE0533Q1 Digital Display

Whenever I would work with my dad no matter the project he would always tell me to ‘measure twice, cut once.’ Well folks, the same thing applies when shopping for a window air conditioner. This may go without saying but I’m going to say it anyways. You NEED to ensure that the window you are aiming this product for will be large enough to accommodate the window air conditioner. There’s nothing worse then buying the unit and then going to install only to realize that it is not going to fit. The Frigidaire FFRE0533Q1 can fit in windows with a width between twenty-three to thirty-six inches. The height is usually not an issue but just in case your window will need to be at or exceed thirteen inches.

This air conditioner comes with a one-hundred and fifteen volt plug-in. Some of you may be scratching your head at this comment but what you may not know is that a lot of the larger air conditioners actually come with a two-hundred and twenty volt plug. (Think of the plug-in for your oven or your clothes dryer.) Luckily, with these smaller BTU units it’s not a problem as the one-hundred and fifteen volt can plug in nearly everywhere. The actual cord on this unit comes in at six and a half feet so you should have plenty of length to plug in your air conditioner.

FFRE0533Q1 comes with the very popular HydroFluroCarbon refrigerant known as R-410A. The 410A, or Puron, refrigerant is one of the most popular refrigerants on the market today for home and office cooling. Chances are if you have a newer air conditioner it is using R-410A. The good news here is if you need a repair down the road and need to recharge your air conditioner the cost of 410A is relatively cheap when comparing it to it’s R-22 predecessor.

The last point that I’ll bring up on this product before I move onto the Pros is the weight and installation. As we are dealing with smaller sized unit the weight isn’t going to be too bad. This product comes in at around forty pounds. While that’s not very heavy it may still be a bit tricky to maneuver this into your window, hold it in place, and secure it all at the same time. I would recommend a second person to help you install just to be sure you don’t lose your grip and have the unit fall out your window.

Pros

Well folks the first and most obvious Pro on this product is the price point. This is one of the cheapest window units that you can find on the market today. The best thing about this though is you don’t have to sacrifice your features to achieve this great price. Remember earlier how I stated that you get a digital display and a remote control with the FFRE0533Q1? Well, that’s a big deal. Other units, say for example the Frigidaire FFRA0511R1, come with no displays and very basic turn-dial knobs. It’s a rare find to find this price level as well as the top-tier features.

While this unit is not Energy Star certified with the Environmental Protection Agency it is worth stating that the Energy Efficiency Ratio on this is rated at 11.2. The standard for EER set by the EPA is 10.0. So, this unit has exceeded the standard by more than a full point. That impressive number means that you are going to save money each month when using this product.

The last Pro that I’ll mention here is that the product comes with a one-year manufacturer warranty. That means if your unit gives out ten months from now that you are covered through Frigidaire’s warranty policy. This is reason right here is another example of why buying a popular brand name like Frigidaire is important. You get a company that stands behind it’s products.

Frigidaire FFRE0533Q1 Energy Guide
Frigidaire FFRE0533Q1 Energy Guide

Cons

There aren’t a lot of cons on this product but there are a few points that I want to cover and emphasize again before you purchase. The first is that the Frigidaire FFRE0533Q1 is rated at five-thousand BTUs and can only cool rooms up to one-hundred and sixty square feet. If your room is larger then that then it will make sense to increase your BTUs to accommodate the larger space. If you’re not sure exactly what size of unit to get please check out our window air conditioner buyer’s guide by clicking here. This guide will walk you through the selection process ensuring you get the exact right unit for you.

When you purchase something online there is always the risk of it arriving to your home damaged. That risk increases with the bigger and heavier the package. On top of that, the risk increases even more when dealing with a machine like an air conditioner. Now, I’m not going to lie to you here. The chances of your unit arriving damaged is rare, but there is a chance folks. The good news though is that if this does happen you can always file a claim with Amazon.com and they will take care of the return process. Something that you’ll notice is that some of the ‘bad reviews,’ on this product are a direct result of the product arriving damaged to the consumer’s home. This is not Frigidaire’s fault and frankly shouldn’t be attributed to them.

I mentioned this above in the Pros section but this product is NOT Energy Star certified. While this means you don’t get the fancy EPA approval you still do get a quite high Energy Efficiency Ratio of 11.2. Also, the estimated yearly energy cost on this unit is only around forty-dollars. That’s a very small expense. (See Energy Saver screenshot.)

The last Con to mention before we move onto our Conclusion is that in some cases after extended use the air conditioner’s fan can become loosened. While this doesn’t affect performance or overall safety of the unit it can lead to an increase noise or volume when the air conditioner is running. If it was me, I probably wouldn’t notice it, but there are others out there who are very sensitive to noise and may find that the extra noise of the fan slightly moving around can drive them crazy. Just be aware of this. It doesn’t happen to every unit so it may not even happen to you.

Conclusion

Alright folks we made it. We made it to the conclusion. I hope that by now you are very educated on this product, what it offers, and what kind of benefits you can see from it. The question now though is will you be buying this product? Or, will you be moving onto something else?

If it was me I would say that this Frigidaire air conditioner is absolutely perfect for a bedroom, dorm room, or even a small office. You get the low-end price and you also get the extra features like temperature control, digital display, remote control, and more. If you are interested in purchasing this unit please click here to be taken to our Amazon.com partner.

However, if you are looking for something slightly different in this BTU range let me suggest to you two alternatives:

  • Friedrich’s Chill CP05G10B.
    • The Friedrich brand name is known to be top quality in the window air conditioner world. If you want the best of the best then this is your unit. Be prepared to pay a bit more though. Quality isn’t cheap!
  • hOmeLabs Window Unit
    • This is the cheapest of the cheap out there today on Amazon.com. It will get the job done. It will cool your room but it is going to come with the most basic of settings. If you’re looking to save a buck or two then this is the unit for you.

I hope this review was helpful and thanks for reading,

Alec Johnson

RefrigerantHQ

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Well folks we’re barely into June and it is nearly already too hot to bare. Over here in Kansas City we have had temperatures in the high nineties for the past two weeks. It has not been a fun time, let me tell you. As I’m writing this article it is late on a Sunday night and the temperatures have begun to cool but earlier this same day I was out mowing my acreage and sweating up a storm while I was doing it. After the yard was done and everything looked good I retreated back indoors to my nice cool home.

Now I don’t care where you are in the country there is nothing like coming inside from a hot summer’s day and feeling the nice cold air of your home air conditioner. I’ve never been one to deal with heat well and the air conditioner that I have installed in my home make sure I stay nice and comfortable. In my home I use the traditional central air system that most homes come with nowadays, but what do you do if you run into a scenario where a central air system just isn’t a possibility?

There are many people who do not have access to a central air system for a variety of reasons. The question now is what alternative solution is there? What can these people do? There are two quick and easy fixes to cool your room: Window and Portable Air Conditioners. Now, in this article I’m not going to dive into portable but instead we are going to review one specific window air conditioner: Frigidaire’s FRA052XT7 5,000 BTU. This product is perfectly sized to cool your small room or office. In fact, a lot of people use this unit to keep their bedrooms cool during the night. After all, there is nothing worse then waking up in the middle of the night sweating. It’s just not comfortable and, at least for me, it makes it difficult to sleep.

In this post we’re going to take an in-depth look at Frigidaire’s FRA052Xt7 and determine if it is the right product for your or if you should be looking elsewhere. Let’s dive in and take a look!

Frigidaire

When I am writing a review I never get into the Pros and Cons until I have successfully researched the company and the brand name. After all, the brand name has a huge amount of power and respect to it. If you doubt me just look at the brand name Coca-Cola. Everyone knows what that is and everyone knows what to expect. They know the quality, the flavor, and everything else about it. The same qualities of a brand name can be carried over to other products, in this case window air conditioners.

The Frigidaire brand and company were in fact one of my runner ups in my best brands article for window air conditioners. Chances are you have already heard of the Frigidaire brand name. In fact, if I was a betting man I’d bet that you already have a Frigidaire appliance in your home. It could be a refrigerator, a dishwasher, a washer/dryer, or even your microwave. My point here folks is that this company is all over your home and can be trusted with quality products.

When it comes to window air conditioners Frigidaire could be considered one of the experts in the industry. Why? Well they have been around for over one-hundred years and in fact were one of the original innovators of the air conditioning and refrigeration industry. Back in 1916 the Frigidaire company invented and also began selling one of the first self-contained refrigerator. What that meant was they were one of the first companies in the world to bring refrigerators to people’s homes. That’s a big deal. The Frigidaire company has a solid track record on all appliances and I can assure you that the Frigidaire brand name is top notch.

Product Features

Frigidaire FRA052XT7 5,000 BTU
Frigidaire FRA052XT7 5,000 BTU

Let me start this section off with saying that this Frigidaire unit is meant as a very basic entry level window air conditioner. That means that the price point is low but also so are the amount of features and benefits. First and foremost, yes, this will cool your room. But now, we need to look at what this product offers and if it is a good fit for you.

The first thing we should look at when dealing with window air conditioners are how many BTUs, or British Thermal Units, the product has. When dealing with air conditioning BTUs are a measurement of cooling capacity of your unit. The higher the number or BTUs the more power and the more ability your product will have to cool a room. However, that doesn’t mean just go big and go home. If you buy a unit that is too large for your desired area then you will be wasting electricity and will also end up with hot and cold spots around the room. If you buy a unit that is too small for your area then your product will be working overtime running up your energy bills and it will struggle to cool the room. The room you want to cool and the BTUs should be a perfect fit. The standard that is used throughout the industry is about thirty BTUs for each square foot of living area. So, in this case if we look at the five-thousand BTUs the FRA052Xt7 offers we can see that it is rated to cool rooms at around one-hundred and fifty square feet. That is about the size of your standard bedroom.

As I said above this unit is not going to come with a lot of bells and whistles. Instead you are going to get two turn dial knobs. The first is to control the cooling temperature and the second is to control the fan. You cannot set a specific temperature with this unit and there is not a digital display or a remote. If you are looking for something like that then I would suggest you purchase the Friedrich CP05G10B. You’re going to pay more for the Friedrich, but you get the extra features.

Remember that old adage our fathers always told us? Measure twice, cut once? Well, the same thing applies here for window units. The absolute worst thing you can do is to purchase a new unit without measuring your window. Just imagine buying it, having it arrive, and then going to install it only to find that it won’t fit… and at the same time you’re realizing this your wife is looking over your shoulder telling you that you should have read the directions. (That’s never happened to me, promise.) The FRA052Xt7  can fit in windows between twenty-three inches upwards to thirty-six inches in width. If your window is smaller then twenty-three inches then this product will not work for you. Most windows are taller or right about fourteen inches, but also please check this as well to ensure you get the right fit.

This Frigidaire product comes with a one-hundred and fifteen volt plug-in. This is your standard plug-in that you can find anywhere in your home. Now, you may be asking why I am mentioning this, but trust me, there is a reason. Depending on the size of the window air conditioner you purchase you may run into units sporting a two-hundred and twenty volt plug-in. (Think your oven or dryer plug-in.) Obviously, this can pose a problem if you buy a two-hundred and twenty volt and not realize it. Luckily, with this product we have a one-hundred and fifteen volt plug-in so there is nothing to worry about. Also, the air conditioner comes with a six and a half foot cord so you should be able to reach your nearest outlet without too much difficulty.

FRA052Xt7 uses the very popular HFC R-410A refrigerant. 410A is the gold standard right now when it comes to home air conditioning. Nearly all new air conditioners here in the United States are using R-410A. Down the road if your unit needed to be recharged with 410A the price tag wouldn’t be too bad as 410A is running around one-hundred dollars for a twenty-five pound cylinder and your unit would only need a couple of pounds of refrigerant for a charge.

The last product feature that I’m going to mention before we move onto the Pros section is installation. Since this is a smaller unit the install should be fairly straight-forward and easy. It is when you get to the higher BTUs that things become difficult. This particular product only weights about thirty-five pounds which means you very well could install this with just one person, but it may still be tricky as you have to hold the unit in place while also securing it. If you slip then the unit could fall out your window and break on you. Be careful!

Pros

Well folks the best and most important Pro on this product is the price. It is very rare nowadays to find a quality air conditioner for a decent price. Most of the time if you are in the market to purchase a window unit you are looking for a cheaper solution. You’re not looking to spend five-hundred or even a thousand dollars. Instead, you’re looking for a well priced product that will cool your room. I can assure you that the Frigidaire FRA052Xt7 is just that. You get the cooling capacity as well as a very low price.

Along with the low price point you also get a one year manufacturer warranty. This warranty will ensure you that if your product does fail within the first year that your investment is insured and that you will either get a replacement part or a replacement unit. While some other more expensive units have a two or even three year warranty again we have to realize that the FRA052Xt7 is a budget window air conditioner.

This product has seven different cool modes that can be switched back and forth with the turn of the dial. You also get a second control dial that allows you to change the speed of the fan. The vents can blow air in one of two directions and in the event of a power outage the unit will automatically restart itself when your power comes back on. This saves you the hassle of having to wake up to a hot room after only having your power out for a few minutes.

The last Pro I’ve already mentioned above in the Product Features section but I’m going to bring up again here. This unit is considered a ‘micro window air conditioner.’ What that means is that it is very small. It comes in at just around thirty-five pounds. That means that it is easily shipped and easier to install. As you get into the larger BTU air conditioners the size and weight go up as well. These larger units can be a beast to install but with this lighter weight unit the install should be a breeze.

Cons

The Cons section is always a little difficult especially when you are dealing with a well built product from Frigidaire. But, like with anything there are always flaws. The first and most obvious is that this unit is only rated at five-thousand BTUs. That means that if you’re trying to cool a master bedroom, living room, or any other larger space then this unit will most likely not work for you. You would need to calculate the square footage of your room and then go up a size in BTUs until you find the perfect fit. The five-thousand BTU units are strictly meant for bedrooms and small offices. If you’re not sure exactly what size of air conditioner to get please check out our buyer’s guide by clicking here.

Frigidaire FRA052XT7 Energy Star
Frigidaire FRA052XT7 Energy Star

When you purchase something online there is always the risk of it arriving to your home damaged. That risk increases with the bigger and heavier the package. On top of that, the risk increases even more when dealing with a machine like an air conditioner. Now, I’m not going to lie to you here. The chances of your unit arriving damaged is rare, but there is a chance folks. The good news though is that if this does happen you can always file a claim with Amazon.com and they will take care of the return process. Something that you’ll notice is that some of the ‘bad reviews,’ on this product are a direct result of the product arriving damaged to the consumer’s home. This is not Frigidaire’s fault and frankly shouldn’t be attributed to them.

One thing worth mentioning here is that this Frigidaire product is NOT Energy Star certified with the Environmental Protection Agency. The Energy Star program is a system to measure how efficient an air conditioner is. They use a number based off of the Energy Efficiency Ratio, or EER. The higher the EER number the more efficient and the less energy the product will cost. The baseline to achieve the Energy Star certification is 10.0 and this Frigidaire unit comes in at 9.7. So, while it does not meet the Energy Star requirements it just barely misses them at that 9.7 number.

The last Con I’ll mention before moving onto our conclusion is that in some cases over time the fan can become loosened within the unit. While this doesn’t pose a safety or performance risk it can cause your air conditioner to become noisier then it once was. For some people this doesn’t bother them in the slightest, but for others it can drive them crazy. If it was me I can tell you that I wouldn’t even notice it, but I’m heavy sleeper and I’m also the kind of guy who gets used to his surroundings. So, if I have a new fan in my room going all night I might not sleep well for the first few nights but then something clicks and that fan becomes part of the sleeping experience.

Conclusion

Alright folks, we have gone over all of the product features on this Frigidaire product, the Pros, the Cons, and anything and everything else in between. The question now is this the product that is right for you? Well, I would say that if you are looking for a cheaper window air conditioner to cool your bedroom, dorm room, or small office then this is the exact product for you. If you are interested in purchasing please visit our Amazon.com partner by clicking here.

However, if you find that this isn’t the product for you for whatever reason then let me take some time here to suggest to you a few alternative five-thousand BTU models.

  • Frigidaire FFRE0533Q1 5,000 BTU comes with a digital display and a remote control.
  • hOmeLabs 5,000 BTU is a sister product to our featured Frigidaire product. This unit has a lot of the same features as the FRA052Xt7 but for a little bit of a cheaper price.
  • Friedrich CP05G10B 5,200 BTU is the premium, or the best of the best, when it comes to window air conditioners. Sure, you’re going to pay some more but you are getting a top quality product with all of the bells and whistles. This is a must buy in my opinion.

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Hello everyone! And welcome back to RefrigerantHQ. Today, we are proud to offer our comprehensive review of one of our favorite 14,000 BTU portable air conditioners: the Whynter Dual Hose (ARC-14S). You may have noticed that we’ve expanded our knowledge base to include cooling units. This article is a fine addition to our growing collection of air conditioner reviews. Portable and window air conditioners are among the primary machines that use refrigerant. And, being the RefrigerantHQ, we feel as though our knowledge repository should also include the units that refrigerant is used in.

May just started and the temperature has already been over 100 degrees in part of the country. Even more, some of these hot areas were in the 50s only a few days ago! This whiplash-like change in temperature can catch many people off guard. For example, I’m sure there are people out there who have not prepared for hot summer days yet. When was the last time they checked their HVAC system? Does the cooling function even work anymore? Turning on the air conditioner after a long winter season could be a surprise to many people with older central cooling systems. Often times, these same people will opt to purchase a portable air conditioner at least to use for the short term. They are much cheaper than to replace an entire HVAC system. And this brings us to our current item of review.

What makes the Whynter Dual Hose so special? Are there any drawbacks to this portable air conditioner? What are its best features? We are going to answer these questions, and more. By reading a comprehensive review on this unit you’ll be able to have a better understanding of exactly which portable air conditioner you should buy. All of these units will work to cool your room. However, some of them are better for your personal taste. Features and benefits vary greatly with portable air conditioners. Our goal with this review is to give you the tools to help choose which portable air conditioner is the best for you. And, without further ado, let’s get started!

Whynter

Before we get to the Whynter Dual Hose, let’s learn a bit more about the company. Whynter makes more than portable air conditioners. As a matter of fact, they also sell portable ice makers, portable ice cream makers, deep freezers, and even cigar humidor coolers. The availability of these niche products goes to show that Whynter understands how cooling works. Whynter is pronounced “winter” for a reason: they’re products produce cold temperatures!

Whynter 14,000 BTU Dual Hose Portable Air Conditioner (ARC-14S)
Whynter 14,000 BTU Dual Hose Portable Air Conditioner (ARC-14S)

Whynter sells their products at many major stores. These include Home Depot, Best Buy, Sears, Wayfair, Sam’s Club, Target, and Brookstone. They even sell their products on Amazon. Speaking of Amazon, check out their amazing online Amazon Store. All of their products should qualify for free shipping. Furthermore, a quick glance at their products shows rave reviews. People love Whynter products! And that’s all the more reason we’re reviewing the Whynter 14,000 BTU Dual Hose Portable Air Conditioner (ARC-14S).

The company was founded just over a decade ago in California. Their headquarter is actually located in Brea, CA. According to public records, the company employs just over 25 people. Customer support is one of the strongest traits of Whynter. They have an open line and are ready to assist with any customer inquiries. They also feature a comprehensive frequently asked questions area on their website. Additionally, they offer online troubleshooting, product registration, and warranty information on each product they sell.

Knowing a little about a company helps prospective buyers know what they’re getting into. And with Whynter, all signs point to great products and customer service. Let’s now take a closer look at the Whynter Dual Hose.

Product Features

The Whynter Dual Hose portable air conditioner is rated 14,000 BTU. This means it will comfortably cool a room up to 500 square feet. BTU is an acronym for British Thermal Units. 14,000 BTU is right around the middle when it comes to power options for a portable air conditioner. For a bedroom, you won’t need a unit with 20,000 BTU. You’ll also probably need more than 4,000 BTU.

The Whynter Dual Hose comes with numerous features. We mentioned some of them in our introduction list. For example, this portable air conditioner features eco-friendly CFC-free R-410A refrigerant. It also has lead free RoHS compliant components. This is important to many families who care about keeping their home safe from dangerous chemicals. One of the top features of this portable air conditioner is this: it has a dual hose function.

The unit has a dual hose which means it has one air intake hose and one air exhaust hose. This is important because the air intake hose brings air into the unit from the outside. This cools off both the compressor and the condenser coil. Portable air conditioners blow cold air. However, they also generate warm air while in operation. The warm air is removed throughout the exhaust hose and to the outdoors. It’s clear to see, then, how a dual hose portable air conditioner differs from one with a single hose. Dual hose technology provides fast cooling. Imagine this: you’ve been working all day and come home to a hot bedroom. You need to be in a more comfortable atmosphere. And you need it quick! Powering on the Whynter Dual Hose will give you instance coldness just when you need it.

Another feature of the Whynter Dual Hose is its advanced auto drain technology. Whynter loves this technology so much that it patented how it works. The portable air conditioner essentially recycles the moisture it collects during its cooling process. This means that it puts the moisture back to work. What does this mean for you? It doesn’t need to be emptied regularly. And this is a plus for many people who want a portable air conditioner to simply turn on and do its job. The advanced auto drain technology is how convenience for the owner of this product.

Additional features can be covered in the “Pros” section. We thought it was most important to separate the dual hose and advanced auto drain technology features since they are main staples of this product. But there’s much more! Keep reading to see what the Whynter Dual Hose can do for you.

Pros

On Amazon, the Whynter Dual Hose has over 1,500 reviews and over 600 answered questions about the unit. It’s a best seller! Just seeing how popular the unit is can be considered a pro. We even championed this unit as our favorite for those in the 13,000-15,000 BTU range. Like the main features, some of the main pros can be found in the introduction list of this article.

This portable air conditioner has three modes of operation. They are air conditioner, fan, and dehumidifier. For someone who is looking for added options, this would be a great choice. Furthermore, the fan has three speed options. Maybe the temperature in your home is currently satisfactory. Instead of cooling it anymore you might want to run the fan to circulate the air in the room. The Whynter Dual Hose is perfect for that.

The Whynter Dual Hose has an energy efficiency ratio (EEF) of 11.2. We came to this number by taking it’s BTU (14,000) and dividing it by power consumption wattage (1250). The higher an EEF number is the more efficient the portable air conditioner is. This is a relatively good number when it comes to efficiency with these units.

Another major pro with this unit is that it comes with an extendable exhaust hose. The hose can stretch up to 60 inches. Something so simple can make a big difference and you’ll only realize this once you unpack the unit. The portable air conditioner needs to be near a window or other opening to the outdoors. After all, the exhaust goes outside. This is important because a window may be on the far side of the room you want to cool. With an extendable exhaust hose, you can move the portable air conditioner closer to the area you want to cool the most, no matter where the window is. Many portable air conditioners do not come with an extendable exhaust hose.

Cons

There are many amazing benefits to this portable air conditioner. But what about some drawbacks? I think the biggest con is that the window adapter is only partially adaptable. After all, you need the exhaust hose to fit perfectly in your window. But if you have a home like most people, this shouldn’t be a problem. The adapter fits anywhere between 20 and 46 inches. If your window can make those dimensions you’ll be fine. Otherwise, you might want to look at another portable air conditioner.

Whynter 14,000 BTU Dual Hose Portable Air Conditioner (ARC-14S)
Whynter 14,000 BTU Dual Hose Portable Air Conditioner (ARC-14S)

The Whynter Dual Hose runs at a max of 56 dBA. Depending on your sensory perception this might not be too loud. However, there have been some complaints that the unit is louder than they thought it would be. Even so, many of these same people appreciate how cold unit makes their room.

One final con we’ll mention is that this unit releases cold air only vertically. In the big picture, this shouldn’t be too much of an issue. However, some customers have expressed concern about air circulation. They say that, if the air only goes in one direction (up, in this case), the rest of the room will have uneven circulation. That being said, these same reviewers to appreciate that this portable air conditioner cools their room. And that’s exactly what this unit is meant for.

Conclusion

Because the Whynter Dual Hose is our favorite for those in the 13,000-15,000 BTU range we can’t recommend it enough. What do these features, pros, and cons mean to you? Are you able to forego some quiet in exchange for a quickly-cooled room on a hot summer day? You’re going to ask yourself these questions if you are seriously considering this model. The online reviews have overwhelmingly shown a positive liking to this portable air conditioner. If you want to cool a room that’s up to 500 square feet this unit might be a great solution for you.

Well, that covers our review of the Whynter Dual Hose. And we hope it was helpful for you. We are going to be releasing more portable air conditioner reviews over the next days, weeks, and months. So stay tuned! Visit us again soon here at RefrigerantHQ. See you next time.

Alec Johnson

RefrigerantHQ

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Greetings ladies and gentlemen and welcome to RefrigerantHQ! Today we will be taking the time to do another one of our product reviews. Over the past few weeks and months one of our main focuses has been on anything and everything to do with window air conditioners. Today is no different. Our goal here is to become the resident expert on everything to do with window air conditioners. Today’s featured product is Friedrich Chill’s CP05G10B 5,200 BTU window air conditioning unit.

Depending on where you are in the country window air conditioners could be an unnecessary tool or it could be a lifesaver. Our climate is so different and varied here in the United States. For me, a Kansas resident, air conditioning is a must. We routinely have summer days that break over one-hundred degrees. On particular bad weeks we may have an entire five to seven day spread of straight one-hundred degrees temperatures. The majority of people cope with this heat by using their traditional split air conditioner system at their home or office. But how do people who have older homes without central air or people who live in apartments with no air conditioners cope in the dead heat of the summer?

Well folks their best options are window air conditioners. They provide a cheaper alternative and an easy installation to allow all of us no matter where you are to enjoy the nice cool air during a hot summer day. But the question now is what window air conditioners are the best? Should you get the Friedrich Chill’s CP05G10B 5,200 BTU unit? Or, should you be looking at a different product? A different size? Or even a different brand? Well folks, let’s dive in and find out exactly what you need!

Friedrich Chill

Now before I get into the actual details, Pros, and Cons of a product I always like to take some time and look at the company behind the product. After all, the manufacturing company can say a lot about the quality of the product. Brand names have power. Don’t believe me? Just ask Coca-Cola or Toyota. These names mean something to people when they hear them. While a window air conditioner brand may not mean anything to you I can assure you that the same differences can apply.

Friedrich CP05G10B 5200 BTU Chill
Friedrich CP05G10B 5200 BTU Chill

Friedrich is by far one of the better, if not the best, manufacturer of window air conditioners out there today. In fact, I wrote an article the other day where I dove into what the best window air conditioner brand names were. Friedirch was on the top of my list. (Article can be found by clicking here.) Now, there are a few reasons why Friedrich rises above the rest of the competition. The first is that Friedrich manufactures air conditioners and ONLY air conditioners. Other companies, like say Frigidaire, sells air conditioners but also sells microwaves, toasters, and all sorts of other appliances. Friedrich is different. They understand what kind of difference specialization can do. The second and most prominent reason is quality.

Friedrich is headquartered out of San Antonio, Texas and can trace it’s roots all the way back to 1883. In fact, the founder, Ed Friedrich, was one of the first people to invent the refrigeration system. In the 1950’s they moved away from refrigeration and into the air conditioning market. Ever since they have been providing outstanding quality products. I really want to emphasize the word quality here. Friedirch uses commercial grade materials and components for their air conditioners. Because of this they provide a lasting and durable unit, but the price on Friedirch units are also usually quite a bit higher then the competition units such as Frigidaire or LG. If you were to ask me though folks, I would say that the price is far worth the superior quality you receive with a Friedirch unit.

 

Product Features

The Friedirch unit is rated at 5,200 BTUs. BTUs are the traditional measurement unit of heat. In the air conditioning world BTUs are a measurement of the cooling capacity of your window air conditioner. The bigger the number of BTUs the more powerful and the higher cooling capacity of your A/C unit.  As a standard measurement an air conditioner needs around thirty BTUs for each square foot of living space that you wish to cool. In this case 5,200 BTUs is rated to cool around one-hundred and fifty square feet. That could be the size of a standard bedroom, a small office, or a small studio apartment. This unit also dehumidifies at 1.5 pints per hour.

This unit comes with a one-hundred and fifteen volt plug in. While this may seem like an odd thing to mention it is worth noting that larger BTU window units make as witch over to a two-hundred and twenty volt outlet. These types of outlets are the ones you find in your home for your oven or your dryer. With this one-hundred and fifteen volt outlet you are good to plug it in in any room without worry. Please note that it is not recommended to use an extension cord with this product.

This window air conditioner will fit windows between twenty-three inches up to thirty-six inches in width. While the height doesn’t really matter as most windows are taller than the air conditioner this unit comes in at thirteen inches. Please be sure to measure your window before purchasing so you don’t accidentally buy the wrong sized product. The unit plus all of the shipping materials comes in at fifty pounds. When it is taken out of the box and installed it will weight forty-six pounds.

The  Friedrich CP05G10B unit comes with a variety of settings and features. It comes with a digital display that shows you exactly where the temperature is set to. There is also a timer that can be programmed up to twenty-four hours that will allow you to set an on/off switch. On top of those features the CP05G10B also comes with an auto-restart that will start your unit back up and cooling your room even if the power goes out in the middle of the night. Personally, I’m a big fan of this feature as there is nothing worse then going to sleep in a comfortable room and then waking up in the middle of night as a sweaty mess. This product also comes with a remote control to help you change the temperature without having to get out of bed.

Lastly, this unit comes with what’s called an air conditioner kit. This kit includes everything you will need to get the unit installed, mounted, and secure. Included in the kit are a filter, support bracket, side panel leaf covers, and window sealing foam. All you need to install this unit is a tape measure, screwdriver, and a level. Everything else is in the kit.

Pros

The most satisfying part about this Friedrich window unit is not the price, no it’s the quality. Yes, I realize that the price on this 5,200 BTU unit is significantly higher than others on the market today. But, folks, there is a reason for that. You are paying for top of the line quality. I suggest you look at it this way. If you buy a standard lower priced window unit from a different company then you are buying a Toyota Corolla of window air conditioners. It’s dependable and will work, but it is not the best of the best. Using that same analogy we can say that the Friedrich units are the Lexus model. Yes, they’re both still cars but obviously one is nicer than the other. If you’re wanting top quality then I would highly recommend buying this unit. However, if you are looking for a unit but quality isn’t as important then I would recommend purchasing the Frigidaire FFRA0511R1. It’s a great air conditioner for about half the price.

Friedrich CP05G10B Energy Guide
Friedrich CP05G10B Energy Guide

Something else to take into consideration when it comes to air conditioners is if they are Energy Star Certified by the Environmental Protection Agency. When a product is Energy Star Certified it means that that product has met strict energy efficiency guidelines set fort by the US EPA. A Energy Star certified unit will have higher seasonal energy efficiency ratios as well as having improved energy efficiency ratios. The Friedrich CP05G10B 5,200 BTU unit is Energy Star Certified with the EPA. On top of that it is also rated at 11.2 for it’s Energy Star Efficiency ratio. In order to meet the Energy Star requirements a unit must be rated at 10.0 EER or higher. This unit is at 11.2 and is exceeding expectations. Lastly, this unit’s Energy Guide estimated cost is set at forty-two dollars a year. That’s pretty cheap for a year round window unit.

The last feature I’ll mention on this Friedrich unit is that it comes with a one year manufacturer warranty.  This is a great insurance policy if for whatever reason your new unit doesn’t last the year. There are always outliers out there and having this warranty to back you up ensures you that your investment is protected.

Cons

As far as the Cons on this Friedrich window unit there really aren’t that much to go through. There are few main things that I want to make you aware of before you purchase. A lot of these are ‘bad luck’ type of situations but I would be amiss if I didn’t make you aware:

  • This is an 5,200 BTU window air conditioner. I mentioned this above in our product features section but you should be aware that this unit is rated to cool a one-hundred and fifty square foot room. This sized room is your typical bedroom with a walk in closet. You can find the square footage of your room by measuring the length and width of the room and then multiplying the numbers together. If your room is bigger than the one-hundred and fifty square foot rating then you should look at getting a larger BTU unit. If you are unsure of what sized unit you need please check out our window air conditioner buyer’s guide which can be found by clicking here.
  • When buying things online there is always risk of damage from the transport carrier. This is moreso when you are dealing with a machine with a lot of moving parts like an air conditioner. While most people who order this item receive it in fine condition there is still the risk of the unit arriving to your home damaged. If this does happen then I would recommend filing a complaint with Amazon on your order. If you aren’t having any luck in that avenue then you could file a claim on Friedrich’s website under their one year warranty. You can find their official product page in our ‘Important Links’ section below.
  • The last complaint that I have found in my research is that through usage and the passage of time the fan can become loosened and begin rubbing up against other components of the unit. While this isn’t a big deal mechanically it does result in a larger noise when the air conditioner is running. So, if this happens to you you may have a noisy unit to contend with. While this may not matter during the day it may make it difficult to sleep with if the 5,200 BTU CP05G10B unit is in your bedroom.

Conclusion

Overall I would say that if you are looking for a new window unit that will cool your bedroom or small office space then this is the unit for you. It comes with all of your standard features you would need on an air conditioner as well as coming in at a great price point. If you would like to purchase or learn more about this unit then please click here to be taken to Amazon’s product page.

If you find that your room is too big or small for this unit then I would recommend checking out our official RefrigerantHQ Window Air Conditioner Buyer’s Guide by clicking here. There are all sorts of different sized air conditioners that will cover your bedrooms like this 5,200 BTU unit we just reviewed, or units that can cool an entire floor of your home like this 24,000 BTU unit from Friedrich.

Thanks for reading and I hope that this review was helpful,

Alec Johnson

RefrigerantHQ

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Greetings ladies and gentlemen and welcome to RefrigerantHQ! Today we will be taking the time to do another one of our product reviews. Over the past few weeks and months one of our main focuses has been on anything and everything to do with window air conditioners. Today is no different. Our goal here is to become the resident expert on everything to do with window air conditioners. Today’s featured product is Friedrich Chill’s CP06G10B 6,000 BTU window air conditioning unit.

Depending on where you are in the country window air conditioners could be an unnecessary tool or it could be a lifesaver. Our climate is so different and varied here in the United States. For me, a Kansas resident, air conditioning is a must. We routinely have summer days that break over one-hundred degrees. On particular bad weeks we may have an entire five to seven day spread of straight one-hundred degrees temperatures. The majority of people cope with this heat by using their traditional split air conditioner system at their home or office. But how do people who have older homes without central air or people who live in apartments with no air conditioners cope in the dead heat of the summer?

Well folks their best options are window air conditioners. They provide a cheaper alternative and an easy installation to allow all of us no matter where you are to enjoy the nice cool air during a hot summer day. But the question now is what window air conditioners are the best? Should you get the Friedrich Chill’s CP06G10B 6,000 BTU unit? Or, should you be looking at a different product? A different size? Or even a different brand? Well folks, let’s dive in and find out exactly what you need!

Friedrich Chill

Now before I get into the actual details, Pros, and Cons of a product I always like to take some time and look at the company behind the product. After all, the manufacturing company can say a lot about the quality of the product. Brand names have power. Don’t believe me? Just ask Coca-Cola or Toyota. These names mean something to people when they hear them. While a window air conditioner bran d may not mean anything to you I can assure you that the same differences can apply.

Friedrich Chill CP06G10B 6000 BTU Window Air Conditioner
Friedrich Chill CP06G10B 6000 BTU Window Air Conditioner

Friedrich is by far one of the better, if not the best, manufacturer of window air conditioners out there today. In fact, I wrote an article the other day where I dove into what the best window air conditioner brand names were. Friedirch was on the top of my list. (Article can be found by clicking here.) Now, there are a few reasons why Friedrich rises above the rest of the competition. The first is that Friedrich manufactures air conditioners and ONLY air conditioners. Other companies, like say Frigidaire, sells air conditioners but also sells microwaves, toasters, and all sorts of other appliances. Friedrich is different. They understand what kind of difference specialization can do. The second and most prominent reason is quality.

Friedrich is headquartered out of San Antonio, Texas and can trace it’s roots all the way back to 1883. In fact, the founder, Ed Friedrich, was one of the first people to invent the refrigeration system. In the 1950’s they moved away from refrigeration and into the air conditioning market. Ever since they have been providing outstanding quality products. I really want to emphasize the word quality here. Friedirch uses commercial grade materials and components for their air conditioners. Because of this they provide a lasting and durable unit, but the price on Friedirch units are also usually quite a bit higher then the competition units such as Frigidaire or LG. If you were to ask me though folks, I would say that the price is far worth the superior quality you receive with a Friedirch unit.

Product Features

The Friedirch unit is rated at 6,000 BTUs. BTUs are the traditional measurement unit of heat. In the air conditioning world BTUs are a measurement of the cooling capacity of your window air conditioner. The bigger the number of BTUs the more powerful and the higher cooling capacity of your A/C unit.  As a standard measurement an air conditioner needs around thirty BTUs for each square foot of living space that you wish to cool. In this case 6,000 BTUs is rated to cool around two-hundred and fifty square feet. That could be the size of a standard bedroom, a small office, or a small studio apartment. This unit also dehumidifies at 1.8 pints per hour.

This unit comes with a one-hundred and fifteen volt plug in. While this may seem like an odd thing to mention it is worth noting that larger BTU window units make as witch over to a two-hundred and twenty volt outlet. These types of outlets are the ones you find in your home for your oven or your dryer. With this one-hundred and fifteen volt outlet you are good to plug it in in any room without worry. Please note that it is not recommended to use an extension cord with this product.

This window air conditioner will fit windows between twenty-three inches up to thirty-six inches in width. While the height doesn’t really matter as most windows are taller than the air conditioner this unit comes in at fourteen inches. Please be sure to measure your window before purchasing so you don’t accidentally buy the wrong sized product. The unit plus all of the shipping materials comes in at seventy-one pounds. When it is taken out of the box and installed it will weight sixty-two pounds.

The  Friedrich CP06G10B unit comes with a variety of settings and features. It comes with a digital display that shows you exactly where the temperature is set to. Along with that you get a digital remote that can control the mode, fan speed, desired temperature, and that can also set a timer.  This timer can be programmed up to twenty-four hours and will allow you to set an on/off switch. There are three cooling speeds (High, medium, low) and a quieter than usual operation sound. On top of those features the CP06G10B also comes with an auto-restart that will start your unit back up and cooling your room even if the power goes out in the middle of the night. Personally, I’m a big fan of this feature as there is nothing worse then going to sleep in a comfortable room and then waking up in the middle of night as a sweaty mess. This product also comes with a remote control to help you change the temperature without having to get out of bed.

Lastly, this unit comes with what’s called an air conditioner kit. This kit includes everything you will need to get the unit installed, mounted, and secure. Included in the kit are a filter, support bracket, side panel leaf covers, and window sealing foam. All you need to install this unit is a tape measure, screwdriver, and a level. Everything else is in the kit.

Pros

The most satisfying part about this Friedrich window unit is not the price, no it’s the quality. Yes, I realize that the price on this 6,000 BTU unit is significantly higher than others on the market today. But, folks, there is a reason for that. You are paying for top of the line quality. I suggest you look at it this way. If you buy a standard lower priced window unit from a different company then you are buying a Toyota Corolla of window air conditioners. It’s dependable and will work, but it is not the best of the best. Using that same analogy we can say that the Friedrich units are the Lexus model. Yes, they’re both still cars but obviously one is nicer than the other. If you’re wanting top quality then I would highly recommend buying this unit. However, if you are looking for a unit but quality isn’t as important then I would recommend purchasing the Frigidaire FFRA0511R1. It’s a great air conditioner for about half the price.

Something else to take into consideration when it comes to air conditioners is if they are Energy Star Certified by the Environmental Protection Agency. When a product is Energy Star Certified it means that that product has met strict energy efficiency guidelines set fort by the US EPA. A Energy Star certified unit will have higher seasonal energy efficiency ratios as well as having improved energy efficiency ratios. The Friedrich CP06G10B 6,000 BTU unit is Energy Star Certified with the EPA. On top of that it is also rated at 12.2 for it’s Energy Star Efficiency ratio. In order to meet the Energy Star requirements a unit must be rated at 10.0 EER or higher. This unit is at 12.2 and is exceeding expectations. Lastly, this unit’s Energy Guide estimated cost is set at forty-four dollars a year. That’s pretty cheap for a year round window unit.

Friedrich Chill CP06G10B Energy Guide
Friedrich Chill CP06G10B Energy Guide

The last feature I’ll mention on this Friedrich unit is that it comes with a one year manufacturer warranty.  This is a great insurance policy if for whatever reason your new unit doesn’t last the year. There are always outliers out there and having this warranty to back you up ensures you that your investment is protected.

Cons

As far as the Cons on this Friedrich window unit there really aren’t that much to go through. There are few main things that I want to make you aware of before you purchase. A lot of these are ‘bad luck’ type of situations but I would be amiss if I didn’t make you aware:

  • This is an 6,000 BTU window air conditioner. I mentioned this above in our product features section but you should be aware that this unit is rated to cool a two-hundred and fifty square foot room. This sized room is your typical bedroom with a walk in closet. You can find the square footage of your room by measuring the length and width of the room and then multiplying the numbers together. If your room is bigger than the two-hundred and fifty square foot rating then you should look at getting a larger BTU unit. If you are unsure of what sized unit you need please check out our window air conditioner buyer’s guide which can be found by clicking here.
  • When buying things online there is always risk of damage from the transport carrier. This is moreso when you are dealing with a machine with a lot of moving parts like an air conditioner. While most people who order this item receive it in fine condition there is still the risk of the unit arriving to your home damaged. If this does happen then I would recommend filing a complaint with Amazon on your order. If you aren’t having any luck in that avenue then you could file a claim on Friedrich’s website under their one year warranty. You can find their official product page in our ‘Important Links’ section below.
  • The last complaint that I have found in my research is that through usage and the passage of time the fan can become loosened and begin rubbing up against other components of the unit. While this isn’t a big deal mechanically it does result in a larger noise when the air conditioner is running. So, if this happens to you you may have a noisy unit to contend with. While this may not matter during the day it may make it difficult to sleep with if the 6,000 BTU CP06G10B unit is in your bedroom.

Conclusion

Overall I would say that if you are looking for a new window unit that will cool your bedroom or very small office space then this is the unit for you. It comes with all of your standard features you would need on an air conditioner as well as coming in at a great low price point. If you would like to purchase or learn more about this unit then please click here to be taken to Amazon’s product page.

If you find that your room is too big or small for this unit then I would recommend checking out our official RefrigerantHQ Window Air Conditioner Buyer’s Guide by clicking here. There are all sorts of different sized air conditioners that will cover your bedrooms like this 6,000 BTU unit, or that can cool an entire floor of your home like this 24,000 BTU unit from Friedrich.

Thanks for reading and I hope that this review was helpful,

Alec Johnson

RefrigerantHQ

Important Links

Hot temperatures are coming! It’s the middle of April and there are parts of the country that are already feeling the heat. Arizona, for example, will have temperatures of over 90 degrees. The humidity might make it feel like it’s over 100 degrees! A sweltering day is a bad time to find out your cooling system doesn’t work properly. Even worse, the problem is compounded if the issue is with an HVAC system. Those are expensive! But central air isn’t the only option. Consider this: a portable air conditioner. It’s good to have more options then only central air. If you don’t often use your central system, a portable air conditioner might be a great solution if you only need to cool one room in your home.

Portable air conditioners meet the same goals of an HVAC system when it comes to cooling. They can cool a room or space. Unlike a central cooling unit, however, a portable air conditioner is only meant to cool one room. It can sometimes cool two or more rooms. But the effectiveness of cooling degrades the farther away a room is to the unit. These types of air conditioners are often used in a shop environment. In fact, in a previous job I had to visit a service shop in Ardmore, Oklahoma. The shop wasn’t too large but there was no central air routed and it was in the middle of August. Their solution was a portable air conditioner. It kept the mechanics cool, well at least cooler then they would have been out in the Oklahoma sun.

All portable air conditioners are not the same when it comes to cooling power. They are separated, in part, by British Thermal Units (BTU). BTU is a number assigned to portable air conditioners. It’s essentially a number which measures the amount of energy produced by the unit. The higher a BTU number is, the more energy the unit produces. A very large room requires a unit with a high BTU number. On the other hand, a smaller room will cool well with a unit that has a lower BTU number. An example of a smaller room could be a bedroom. The good news is that there is a wide range of BTU numbers when it comes to portable air conditioners. You’ll be able to shop around for the best choice for you and your situation.

Choosing Between a Window or a Portable Air Conditioner

Before you make your decision on rather or not you will be buying a portable air conditioner or a window air conditioner you should first consider the differences between the two types of products. What product are you leaning towards? Which one should you actually get? To be honest folks, these products are really very similar and there are only a few key differences that you will need to think about before making your buying decision. Let’s take a look:

Window Units

  •  Window air conditioners have to be mounted either through your window or through a make-shift hole in your wall. Once mounted correctly they provide a stable and reliable cooling source. Some people may struggle mounting these units, especially if it is a higher BTU model and is a heavier unit. Depending on the size a proper mounting job may require two people.
  • Generally, window units are more efficient then a portable unit. That means that you get more cooling power per BTU and also save on energy bills when compared to portable air conditioners.
  • Another benefit to them is that you don’t have to worry about where to vent the exhaust. Window units are designed to be halfway in and out of your house so that there is a space for the exhaust to go right away. The downside here, which I’ll mention further below, is that mounted window units are sometimes seen as an eyesore and depending on where you live you may get complaints.
  • If you have decided on a window unit then check out RefrigerantHQ’s guide on ‘What are the Best Window Air Conditioners,’ by clicking here.

Portable Units

  • Portable air conditioners are just that, portable. That means they are easy to move around your home or to even pack in your truck and take somewhere else. The versatility of this adds a lot of favor to the portable air conditioner side of things.
  • A portable air conditioner is much much easier to install. There is no mounting required, no support brackets, none of the hassle that comes with installing a window unit into your home, garage, or office. These units are all about the ‘easy’ button.
  • While portable air conditioners are easy to install they also prevent any potential squabble with your home owner’s association. Most HOAs do not allow a window unit hanging out of a home. They see it as an eye sore and will tolerate it. A portable air conditioner can give you a work around as the worst anyone is going to see is a small exhaust tube.
  • For RefrigerantHQ’s guide on ‘What are the Best Portable Air Conditioners,’ by clicking here.

Considerations

Before we talk about specific considerations, you should know what this article will do for you. Whether you are in the market for a portable air conditioner, or not, you’ll have a much better sense of the type of unit you might eventually purchase. We are going to walk through different units which will be sorted by BTU number. I’ll also include specific products for each BTU range. Each range will showcase three different portable air conditioners, if available. Finally, I’ll sort them by good, better, and best choices.

I am a big believer in giving consumers choice, but a limited choice. Instead of offering you fifty or even one-hundred different options for your new portable air conditioner we are going to offer you three products in each category. The thinking behind this model is giving the consumer a Good, Better, Best option. This methodology of selling was taught  to me nearly ten years ago from a former supervisor. The concept behind it is we give an option to the price conscious customer: Good, an option to the middle of the road customer: Better, and an option for the premium customer: Best. So, once you recognize what kind of customer you are and what your budget is we can begin to narrow down your selection.

The last thing that I am going to mention before getting into the products is that a Good ranked product is not a bad product by any measure. They are a perfectly good product they just not may have all of the bells and whistles that a Better or Best rated product may have. Think of it as a bare bones car compared to a sports edition. The bare bones vehicle will still service it’s function getting you from point A to point B but it will not have all of the features that a sports edition will.

We at RefrigerantHQ want to make sure you understand your options before choosing to purchase a portable air conditioner, and there are a lot of options and conditioners to be made. Portable air conditioners have a great number of benefits. Inexpensive, small, efficient—these are among the factors people think about when they consider buying a portable air conditioner. These units are normally a few hundred dollars. In contrast, central cooling systems normally can cost thousands of dollars. Portable air conditioners are called such for a reason: they’re small. And you can move them around that house or shop as you please. You can even remove it completely and take it other places. You don’t need a central air conditioner running if you only want to cool one room. It’s more efficient to use the portable air conditioner in this situation. A lot of folks will just cool their bedroom during the day and night and a portable unit would be perfect for such an application.

Which room do you want to cool? What BTU level should you be looking for? The answer to these questions will help you choose a portable air conditioner. To know what BTU unit you’ll need and any other questions you could have please check the official RefrigerantHQ Window Air Conditioner Buyer’s Guide. Yes, this article leans towards window air conditioners. However, the information regarding BTU number, room size, and everything else can be applied to portable air conditioners as after all these units all function under the same principal of removing heat from a room.

Which is the Best?

Here’s the answer: it depends. And it depends on a host of factors. Although I’ll rank them with good, better, and best, the ranking doesn’t necessarily mean the “best” one if the best for you specifically. For example, you might want to forego a few bells and whistles if it means you could save a hundred dollars. Or, perhaps you want a mix of features and cost. Better might be a good option for you at that point. Having plenty of choices will allow you to eventually narrow your search down to the perfect portable air conditioner for you.

Finally, before we jump into the ranges you should know that good units might be just as good as the best units. You have one primary goal when it comes to portable air conditioning: cooling your room. And you’ll be able to do that with any of the units below!  In your BTU range, you might prefer good, better, or best based on a number of factors. Size, features, and BTU number are factors worth considering. Are you ready to look at the units? Without further delay, let’s get started!

5,000-6,000 BTU Range

The 5,000-6,000 BTU range is the lowest on our list. These units are meant to cool smaller rooms and spaces. Specifically, a portable air conditioner with 5,000 BTU can cool a bedroom or a small office. These units are meant for a room with one-hundred to two-hundred and fifty square feet. Therefore, the bedroom might be a smaller guest bedroom (instead of a master bedroom). Our Good, Better, Best picks for this BTU range are as follows:

Impecca 6,000 Btu Portable Air Conditioner
Impecca 6,000 Btu Portable Air Conditioner

Good – Impecca Portable Air Conditioner 6,000 BTU

  • The Impecca Portable Air Conditioner seems to be a newer model because it doesn’t have any review yet. However, it features “whisper quiet operation”. This is a selling point especially for those who have difficulty sleeping. The quiet air conditioner shouldn’t disturb their sleep. It’s important to know that there is a great range between quiet and loud when it comes to portable air conditioners.

Better – LG LP0817WSR 5,500 BTU

  • The LG LP0817WSR might be a better choice. This model is rated three and a half out of five stars. It’s my opinion that it’s better to know the rating (whatever it is) than not know the rating at all. One great feature of this portable air conditioner is that it has an auto evaporation system. That means you shouldn’t have to drain water as much. This is a convenient option for those looking to turn it on or off and forget about it.

Best – ClimateRight CR5000ACH 5,000 BTU

  • The ClimateRight CR5000ACH is likely the best choice. It is rated four out of five stars. The good rating is partly due to the unit’s durability. I’m reading that people like the way the unit works. It’s quiet, it’s small, and it works as it should. You buy a portable air conditioner to cool a room. And this unit does the job! The ClimateRight CR5000ACH seems like the perfect choice for a smaller bedroom or office.

7,000-8,000 BTU Range

Let’s take a step up to the 7,000-8,000 BTU range. With this power, we’re now looking at master bedrooms and small living rooms. These units are meant for rooms with between two-hundred and fifty to three-hundred and fifty square feet. You can also use this unit in a small room on a lower setting. This would also work for a work site office or even a construction trailer. Our Good, Better, Best picks for this BTU range are as follows:

LG LP1217GSR 12,000 BTU Portable Air Conditioner
LG LP1217GSR 12,000 BTU Portable Air Conditioner

Good – Haier CPRB07XC7 7,000-BTU

  • The Haier CPRB07XC7 is a good choice for the following reason: it has the option for three cooling speeds. One size doesn’t always fit everyone. And this unit is the perfect example of one that could suit the needs of different people. Do you want a more powerful unit for a smaller room? This unit is good for that, on a lower setting.

Better – LG LP1217GSR 7,000 BTU

  • The LG LP1217GSR is our better choice. It’s rated three and a half out of five stars. This unit has roller wheels which makes it more of a “portable” unit. You can easily move it from room to room depending on your needs. It also has a power cord which is six feet long. You can move it around freely to suit your needs.

Best – LG LP1215GXR 7,000 BTU

  • The LG LP1215GXR is likely the best choice of the three. At three and a half stars, it matches the rating of the last unit. However, it has over two hundred reviews, giving it a more stable rating. This unit has a dehumidifying function which mixes cool and dry air. It’s a great option which can keep you cool during the day and night.

9,000-10,000 BTU Range

With the 9,000-10,000 BTU , we are moving up into a more powerful range. These units will cool a room between three-hundred and fifty -four-hundred and fifty square feet. These are larger living rooms and larger master bedrooms. In some larger cities, you can find a small studio apartment within the range of four-hundred and fifty square feet. The portable air conditioners found below should cool these spaces. Our Good, Better, Best picks for this BTU range are as follows:

Spt 9000 BTU Slimline Ac with Heater
Spt 9000 BTU Slimline Ac with Heater

Good – SPT Slimline 9,000 BTU

  • The SPT Slimline has three out of five stars. We rate this as good because of its interesting design. It’s tall and slim, which is great for rooms without much extra space. Going up, instead of spreading out, is a solution for rooms like this.

Better – LG Electronics LP0910WNR 9,000 BTU

  • The LG Electronics LP0910WNR is rated three and a half out of five stars. This unit has over one hundred reviews, making it one of the more popular portable air conditioners. Manually adjustable louvers set this unit apart. Do you want cool air to go up? Simply move the louver in the upwards position. Or, you can make the cool air go down by putting the louver in the downward position.

Best – Haier HPN10XHM 10,000 BTU

  • The Haier HPN10XHM only has five reviews so far. But it is the best choice of the three. The unit has four and a half our of five stars. It has an interesting feature: it doubles as a heater! Instead of buying a portable air conditioner and a portable heater, you have the option here of buying only one unit. You can use this unit year-round.

11,000-12,000 BTU Range

The 11,000-12,000 BTU levels are nearing the middle of the range. Indeed, these numbers also correlate to the ability to cool larger rooms. I am talking about rooms that are between four-hundred and fifty to five-hundred and fifty square feet. Large living rooms, small apartments, one-level condos—these are the type of places that can be cooled by a portable air conditioner in this range. Here, you’ll begin to find some heavy duty units. Our Good, Better, Best picks for this BTU range are as follows:

DeLonghi PACN110EC 11,000 BTU
DeLonghi PACN110EC 11,000 BTU

Good – DeLonghi PACN110EC 11,000 BTU

  • The DeLonghi PACN110EC has three and a half out of five stars. A great feature of this unit is that they advertise easy installation. This portable air conditioner should be up-and-running within minutes of taking it out of the box. This is important especially if you receive the unit on a very hot or humid day. Sometimes you want things you work right away. And this would be the perfect unit for that.

Better – Whynter ARC-110WD 11,000 BTU

  • The Whynter ARC-110WD might be the better choice. It’s also rated three and a half out of five stars. However, this unit has over one hundred more reviews. This unit features four operating modes: air conditioner, fan, dehumidifier, and automatic. With all these options, there is a mode for everyone and for different situations. Sometimes you don’t need it to run much cooler than the room already is. The fan might be a good solution here.

Best – Honeywell MN12CES 12,000 BTU

  • The Honeywell MN12CES has four out of five stars and has a whopping seven-hundred reviews. It is by far one of the most popular mobile air conditioners on the market today. This air conditioner boasts a powerful air flow yet quiet operation. In addition, this unit doubles as a dehumidifier which removes excess moisture in the air. The room will become cooler and you’ll stay dryer. This is the perfect choice for larger rooms.

13,000-15,000 BTU Range

The 13,000-15,000 BTU levels are past the middle of the range. Portable air conditioners with this level of power can cool rooms that are five-hundred and fifty to seven-hundred square feet. This might include multiple rooms that are close together. These units are able to better cool small apartments, condos, or living rooms. If you have a small apartment in an area that gets very hot in the summer, you might consider the units below instead of those in the 11,000-12,000 BTU Range. If you’re not sure, it’s always safer to go with a model that’s a little more powerful. The price difference is minimal and you’ll be happy you did. Our Good, Better, Best picks for this BTU range are as follows:

De'Longhi PAC N130HPE 13,000 BTU
De’Longhi PAC N130HPE 13,000 BTU

Good – De’Longhi PAC N130HPE 13,000 BTU

  • The De’Longhi PAC N130HPE has three and a half stars out of five with around forty reviews. This model is extra portable due to having durable castor wheels. This plays an important role when you want to move your portable air conditioner from room to room. This model also doubles as a heater! Instead of buying another machine (a heater), you can just use this one all year long. You’ll be giving your HVAC system a break when you purchase an item like this.

Better – BLACK+DECKER BPACT14WT 14000 BTU

  • The BLACK+DECKER BPACT14WT is less expensive and has four out of five stars. For this reason alone, this model might be a better option. But let’s see what else it features. Like the prior model, this one has castor wheels. But this unit has an easily removable filter which you can run under your sink to clean it. A feature as simple as this can make a big difference when it comes to your air quality.

Best – Whynter ARC-14S 14,000 BTU

  • The Whynter ARC-14S also has four out of five stars. However, it boasts over fifteen-hundred customer reviews. This unit is packed with features. It rolls. It has three modes of operation (air conditioner, fan, or dehumidifier). It also includes a washable filter. This model features an auto-restart function in the event of a power outage or similar event. It has a memory and will boot right back up to where you were when before the power went out! This portable air conditioner also features ‘advanced self-evaporating technology’ which recycles moisture collected as a result of its normal operation. It’s easy to see why this unit is so popular.

16,000-18,000 BTU Range

The 16,000-18,000 BTU units can be considered the beginning of the higher-level units. These are considered more industrial-level units. These portable air conditioners can cool a space which is seven-hundred to one-thousand square feet. It’s easy to find apartments in this range. In addition to apartments, these units can cool an entire floor of your house. This would also be a great unit to cool a small service bay or workshop. You don’t need many units with this amount of power! If there is a room of area in your house that gets hotter than others, you should put your portable air conditioner right in there and enjoy the cooler air right away. This is especially true if you plan on spending a good amount of time in that room. Let’s take a look at the units in this range. Our Good, Better, Best picks for this BTU range are as follows:

DOROSIN Industrial Portable Air Conditioner 18000BTU
DOROSIN Industrial Portable Air Conditioner 18000BTU

Good – Movincool OP18 18,000 BTU

  • The Movincool OP18 is considered a good option primarily because of its power. However, the unit currently has no customer reviews. In the order of prudence, we are putting this portable air conditioner here (“good”) because of this reason. If it cools the room, then it does exactly what we want it to do. It might not have a high number of bells and whistles. But it should keep you and your family cool on a hot day.

Better – DOROSIN DAKC-65 18,000 BTU

  • The DOROSIN DAKC-65 has stretchable ducts, which can come in handy if you want to move away from a window. These portable air conditioners need a window or some other external fixture to connect to and the extra length from these stretchable ducts will help you position your air conditioner in exactly the right spot. This unit also features a large capacity water tank. This means that you don’t need to empty the collected moisture too often.

Best – Tripp Lite SRCOOL18K 18,000 BTU

  • The Tripp Lite SRCOOL can be considered the best option of the three. It has three out of five stars. However, this portable air conditioner has over two-hundred reviews. I didn’t find a higher-rated unit in this range, which tells you that there aren’t too many options. However, this unit has some great features. This portable air conditioner is unique in that it prevents “shutdowns, malfunctions, and failures caused by overheating and temperature fluctuations”. It also comes with a one-year warranty and has free tech support. Because of its popularity, there are currently only a few more left in stock. Get one while you have the chance!

19,000-21,000 BTU Range

Units in the 19,000-21,000 BTU range are industrial units. There are used for spaces such as computer server rooms. They cool rooms that are between one-thousand to twelve-hundred square feet in size. Although they are used in an industrial setting, they can also be used to cool your home. Depending on the size of your home, one of these units might be able to cool your entire house! Because of their industrial value and power, they are more expensive than less powerful units. For some people, the price is worth it. Let’s take a look at three portable air conditioners in this range. Our Good, Better, Best picks for this BTU range are as follows:

Good – Ice Qube 20,000 BTU

  • With a name like “Ice Qube”, you’d imagine that this portable air conditioner would make your room freezing cold. And it could do that! Although it’s “portable”, this unit weighs over two-hundred pounds. Since we’re in the industrial range of portable air conditioners, this weight shouldn’t be surprising. But if you’re looking to cool an entire house, this might be a good place to start.

    Industrial Portable AC, 2 Ton w/ Cold Air Nozzles 21,000 BTU
    Industrial Portable AC, 2 Ton w/ Cold Air Nozzles 21,000 BTU

Better – Thermal Edge HC20123612 Model HC201 20,000 BTU

  • The Thermal Edge HC20123612 Model HC201 features a “condensate evaporation system”. This means that this unit precools refrigerant to conserve energy. At the same time, it vents condensation. This means that no separate drip line is required. Features like this make an industrial unit more convenient to operate and maintain. For these reasons, this portable air conditioner might be a better option than the first.

Best – Global Industrial Portable AC 21,000 BTU

  • The Global Industrial Portable AC has a unique design. Its bright blue and silver color combination is very catchy. This unit has “industrial” in its name for a reason: it cools large spaces. It features easy installation, condensation overflow protection, and anti-freezing technology. These factors are important when choosing a portable air conditioner of this class. The anti-freezing feature is important especially if the unit will be constantly running in places such as computer server rooms.

22,000-25,000 BTU Range

We are finally in the highest range we’ll cover! The 22,000-25,000 BTU range can cool rooms in the twelve-hundred to fourteen-hundred square foot range. Like the former range, these units are industrial-level air conditioners. They are also quite large. And quite heavy! If you want the coldest experience, in the hottest summer, one of the units below would be the best option for you. Let’s look at the final three portable air conditioners. Our Good, Better, Best picks for this BTU range are as follows:

Good- Koldwave 23,000 BTU

  • The Koldwave portable air conditioner has a larger length than height. This is important if you want the unit to be housed in the middle of two rooms. Half of the unit can cool one room. The other half of the unit can cool the other room. However, with an air conditioner this powerful, it should cool both rooms anyways. This unit features two cooling speeds depending on your personal needs. It also has a fan-only option which can come in handy if you only want to circulate some air.

Better – MovinCool Office Pro24 24,000 BTU

  • The MovinCool Office Pro24 is 1,000 BTU more powerful than the former. This might be the better option because it has a perfect five out of five stars. However, this star rating is only after one review. So you’ll have to take this rating with a grain of salt. One of the best features of this unit is that it operates automatically on weekends or after-hours. This is crucial if this portable air conditioner is being used in an industrial setting and employees have gone home for the day. For this reason, the MovinCool Office Pro24 might be the better portable air conditioner. Again, this would also be a great product for a small service or workshop area.

    Tripp Lite Portable Cooling Unit Air Conditioner
    Tripp Lite Portable Cooling Unit Air Conditioner

Best – Tripp Lite SRCOOL24K 24,000 BTU

  • Unlike the MovinCool Office Pro24, the Tripp Lite SRCOOL24K has three out of five stars. However, the Tripp Lite SRCOOL24K has over two hundred customer reviews. This is important because it shows the unit’s popularity. This model uses R410A refrigerant, which complies with environmentally-friendly standards. Arguably the best feature in this portable air conditioner is its ability to manipulate its dual output ducts. You can turn one output duct in one direction and the other output duct in another direction. This is like having two separate portable air conditioners! For this reason, the Tripp Lite SRCOOL24K might be the best option in the 22,000-25,000 BTU range.

Conclusion

Now I know that we just went through a whole host of information. and it may be overwhelming. Remember though folks, the first step to choosing a portable air conditioner is to know which room you want to cool. Once you have identified your room and your needs you can then begin to realize what air conditioner you need using our above Good, Better, Best guide.

I understand that this list is quite extensive. If I had never bought a portable air conditioner before, I would want someone to point me in the right direction. That’s why I’m open to answering any questions that you may have. Feel free to contact me through this page. I wish you the best of luck choosing a portable air conditioner. Stay cool this summer and I hope this article was helpful.

Also, don’t forget to read a couple more articles we’ve done relating to portable air conditioners. They are:

Thanks for reading,

Alec Johnson

RefrigerantHQ

Hello folks and welcome to RefrigerantHQ. Today we will be doing another one of our product reviews. Over the past few weeks and months one of our main focuses has been on anything and everything to do with window air conditioners. Today is no different. Our goal here is to become the resident expert on everything to do with window air conditioners. Today’s featured product is LG’s LW1516ER 15,000 BTU window air conditioning unit.

Depending on where you are in the country window air conditioners could be an unnecessary tool or it could be a lifesaver. Our climate is so different here in the United States. For me, a Kansas resident, air conditioning is a must. We routinely have summer days that break over one-hundred degrees. On particular bad weeks we may have an entire five to seven day spread of straight one-hundred degrees temperatures. The majority of people cope with this heat by using their traditional split air conditioner system at their home. But how do the people who have older homes without central air or people who live in apartments with no air conditioners cope?

Well folks their best option is window air conditioners. They provide a cheaper alternative and an easy installation to allow all of us no matter where you are to enjoy the nice cool air during a hot summer day. But the question now is what window air conditioners are the best? Should you get the LG LW1516ER 15,000 BTU unit? Or, should you be looking at a different product? A different size? Or even a different brand? Well folks, let’s dive in and find out exactly what you need!

LG

Now before I get into the actual details, Pros, and Cons of a product I always like to take some time and look at the company behind the product. After all, the manufacturing company can say a lot about the quality of the product. Brand names have power. Don’t believe me? Just ask Coca-Cola or Toyota. These names mean something to people when they hear them. While a window air conditioner bran d may not mean anything to you I can assure you that the same differences can apply.

LG LW1516ER 15,000 BTU
LG LW1516ER 15,000 BTU

I’m sure most of you have heard of the company LG before. But, if you haven’t then let’s do a quick introduction. LG is a South Korean company that can be traced all the way back to 1958 under the name of Goldstar. (Just after the Korean War!) In 1995 they reorganized and became the company we know today as LG Electronics. Today, LG is a huge multi-national company spanning multiple countries and employing over eighty-thousand people. Their income is in the billions. I like to think of them as the General Electric of South Korea.

While this product may not be American made I can assure you that the quality is second to none and you also get the LG Electronics company standing behind your purchase. As I said before LG is a huge company and companies do not get to be giants unless they are providing a quality service or product.

Product Features

The LG LW1516ER is rated at 15,000 BTUs. BTUs are the traditional measurement unit of heat. In the air conditioning world BTUs are a measurement of the cooling capacity of your window air conditioner. The bigger the number of BTUs the more powerful and the higher cooling capacity of your A/C unit.  As a standard measurement an air conditioner needs around thirty BTUs for each square foot of living space that you wish to cool. In this case 15,000 BTUs is rated to cool around eight-hundred square feet. That could be the size of a large apartment, a second story of a home, or a very large living room/open area. This unit is also rated to dehumidify at 3.3 pints per hour.

This unit comes with a one-hundred and fifteen volt plug in. While this may seem like an odd thing to mention it is worth noting that larger BTU window units make as witch over to a two-hundred and twenty volt outlet. These types of outlets are the ones you find in your home for your oven or your dryer. With this one-hundred and fifteen volt outlet you are good to plug it in in any room without worry. This is especially important since we are looking at a 15,000 BTU units. These are the sized units that you begin to see the two-hundred and twenty volt plugins start to appear. Luckily, this LG LW1516ER  comes with the one-hundred and fifteen volt.

This window air conditioner will fit windows between twenty-six inches up to thirty-six inches in width. While the height doesn’t really matter as most windows are taller than the air conditioner this unit comes in at seventeen inches and the recommended window height is twenty inches. Please be sure to measure your window before purchasing so you don’t accidentally buy the wrong sized product. It also comes with side curtains and insulation strips to prevent any leaks or air from coming in from outside.

This unit comes with what’s called an air conditioner kit. This kit includes everything you will need to get the unit installed, mounted, and secure. Included in the kit are a filter, support bracket, side panel leaf covers, and window sealing foam. There are many customers stating that the brackets that ship with the product work great with the product and there is no need to buy aftermarket brackets. Another thing that I wanted to mention here is that since we are dealing with a 15,000 BTU unit these things can be heavy. This unit comes in at over one-hundred pounds. When installing I would recommend at least two people to help. This is not only the safe thing to do but it could also prevent damaging the unit or risking it falling out of your window and into your yard.

This unit uses the HFC R-32 for it’s refrigerant. While R-32 isn’t the most common refrigerant today I can say that it’s popularity is picking up due to it having a lower Global Warming Potential then other refrigerants. If you do need a repair down the road you don’t have to worry about finding or paying an arm and a leg for a refrigerant refill.

The  LW1516ER  comes with a cool and energy saver mode. The cool mode does just that, it cools the room to your desired temperature. The energy saver mode will cool your room to the desired temperature and then turn on again when the temperature begins to rise. This is a great feature to have for those of us who go to work during the day and want to come home to a nice cooled room. On top of those features it also comes with an auto-restart that will start your unit back up and cooling your room even if the power goes out in the middle of the night. Personally, I’m a big fan of this feature as there is nothing worse then going to sleep in a comfortable room and then waking up in the middle of night as a sweaty mess. This product also comes with a remote control to help you change the temperature without having to get out of bed.

Pros

The most satisfying part about this LG unit is the price point. As I write this the price on Amazon is in the four-hundred dollar range. (Prices are subject to change at any time.) While that price point may seem high it is important to remember and to compare that price to other equivalent units. This is a 15,000 BTU unit and the higher up in power you go the higher the price goes. This LG unit is aggressively priced to sell. On top of the price you also get the LG brand name that has over fifty years of reputation behind it.

LG LW1516ER 15,000 BTU Energy Guide
LG LW1516ER 15,000 BTU Energy Guide

Something else to take into consideration when it comes to air conditioners is if they are Energy Star Certified by the Environmental Protection Agency. When a product is Energy Star Certified it means that that product has met strict energy efficiency guidelines set fort by the US EPA. A Energy Star certified unit will have higher seasonal energy efficiency ratios as well as having improved energy efficiency ratios. The LW1516ER is Energy Star Certified with the EPA. On top of that it is also rated at 11.9 for it’s Energy Star Efficiency ratio. In order to meet the Energy Star requirements a unit must be rated at 10.0 EER or higher. This unit is at 11.9 and is exceeding expectations. Lastly, this unit’s Energy Guide estimated cost is set at one-hundred and fourteen dollars a year. That’s pretty cheap for a year round window unit.

The LW1516ER comes with basic settings such as sleep mode, twenty four hour on/off timer, a remote control, varying fan speeds, and cool/energy saver/fan only cooling modes. While most of these modes and options are pretty standard I am going to point again to the price point on this unit. For an 15,000 BTU with these features at this price you are saving a lot of money while getting all the standard features.

The last feature I’ll mention on this LG unit is that it comes with a one year manufacturer warranty.  This is a great insurance policy if for whatever reason your new unit doesn’t last the year. There are always outliers out there and having this warranty to back you up ensures you that your investment is protected.

Cons

As far as the Cons on this LG window unit there really aren’t that much to go through. There are few main things that I want to make you aware of before you purchase. A lot of these are ‘bad luck’ type of situations but I would be amiss if I didn’t make you aware:

  • This is an 8,000 BTU window air conditioner. I mentioned this above in our product features section but you should be aware that this unit is rated to cool a three-hundred and fifty square foot room. If your room is bigger than that then you should look at getting a larger BTU unit. If you are unsure of what sized unit you need please check out our window air conditioner buyer’s guide which can be found by clicking here.
  • When buying things online there is always risk of damage from the transport carrier. This is moreso when you are dealing with a machine with a lot of moving parts like an air conditioner. While most people who order this item receive it in fine condition there is still the risk of the unit arriving to your home damaged. If this does happen then I would recommend filing a complaint with Amazon on your order. If you aren’t having any luck in that avenue then you could file a claim on LG’s website under their one year warranty. You can find their official product page in our ‘Important Links’ section below.
  • The last complaint that I have found in my research is that through usage and the passage of time the fan can become loosened and begin rubbing up against other components of the unit. While this isn’t a big deal mechanically it does result in a larger noise when the air conditioner is running. So, if this happens to you you may have a noisy unit to contend with. While this may not matter during the day it may make it difficult to sleep with if the LW1516ER is in your bedroom.

Conclusion

Overall I would say that if you are looking for a new window unit that will cool your living room, master bedroom, or small apartment then this would be a great fit for you. It comes with all of your standard features you would need on an air conditioner as well as coming in at a great low price point. If you would like to purchase or learn more about this unit then please click here to be taken to Amazon’s product page.

If you find that your room is too big or too small for this unit then I would recommend checking out our official RefrigerantHQ Window Air Conditioner Buyer’s Guide by clicking here.

Thanks for reading,

Alec Johnson

RefrigerantHQ

Important Links

Greetings ladies and gentlemen and welcome to RefrigerantHQ! Today we will be taking the time to do another one of our product reviews. Over the past few weeks and months one of our main focuses has been on anything and everything to do with window air conditioners. Today is no different. Our goal here is to become the resident expert on everything to do with window air conditioners. Today’s featured product is hOme Lab’s 5,000 BTU window air conditioning unit.

Depending on where you are in the country window air conditioners could be an unnecessary tool or it could be a lifesaver. Our climate is so different and varied here in the United States. For me, a Kansas resident, air conditioning is a must. We routinely have summer days that break over one-hundred degrees. On particular bad weeks we may have an entire five to seven day spread of straight one-hundred degrees temperatures. The majority of people cope with this heat by using their traditional split air conditioner system at their home or office. How do these people who have older homes without central air or people who live in apartments with no air conditioners cope?

Well folks their best option are window air conditioners. They provide a cheaper alternative and an easy installation to allow all of us no matter where you are to enjoy the nice cool air during a hot summer day. But the question now is what window air conditioners are the best? Should you get the hOme Labs 5,000 BTU unit? Or, should you be looking at a different product? A different size? Or even a different brand? Well folks, let’s dive in and find out exactly what you need!

hOme Labs

Now before I get into the actual details, Pros, and Cons of a product I always like to take some time and look at the company behind the product. After all, the manufacturing company can say a lot about the quality of the product. Brand names have power. Don’t believe me? Just ask Coca-Cola or Toyota. These names mean something to people when they hear them. While a window air conditioner bran d may not mean anything to you I can assure you that the same differences can apply.

hOme Labs 5,000 BTU Window Air Conditioner
hOme Labs 5,000 BTU Window Air Conditioner

Well folks, I looked and looked trying to find information about the company that makes this air conditioner. Here is what I did find. The product comes from a company named hOmeLabs. Their website can be found by clicking here. I was not able to find an about us, a Wikipedia page, or any historical information about the company.

Here is what I did find. They are an appliance company head quartered out of New York. It is a relatively small company of two-hundred people and it was founded only a few years ago in 2016. Their mission is to use the latest computer technology to make the most advanced appliances out there rather they be microwaves, toasters, humidifies, window units, and even crock pots.

Product Features

The hOme unit is rated at 5,000 BTUs. BTUs are the traditional measurement unit of heat. In the air conditioning world BTUs are a measurement of the cooling capacity of your window air conditioner. The bigger the number of BTUs the more powerful and the higher cooling capacity of your A/C unit.  As a standard measurement an air conditioner needs around thirty BTUs for each square foot of living space that you wish to cool. In this case 5,000 BTUs is rated to cool around one-hundred and fifty square feet. That could be the size of a standard bedroom, a small office, or a small studio apartment.

This unit comes with a one-hundred and fifteen volt plug in. While this may seem like an odd thing to mention it is worth noting that larger BTU window units make as witch over to a two-hundred and twenty volt outlet. These types of outlets are the ones you find in your home for your oven or your dryer. With this one-hundred and fifteen volt outlet you are good to plug it in in any room without worry. Also, the cord on this unit extends to six feet so that you should have enough space to reach the nearest outlet. Please be aware that it is not recommended to use an extension cord with this air conditioner.

This window air conditioner will fit windows between twenty-three inches up to thirty-six inches in width. While the height doesn’t really matter as most windows are taller than the air conditioner this unit comes in at thirteen inches. Please be sure to measure your window before purchasing so you don’t accidentally buy the wrong sized product.

The  hOme unit comes with two turn dial knobs. The first is to control the temperature setting and the other knob is to control the fan speed. (Remember, that an air conditioner also needs to be able to blow that cold air into the room.) This unit does not come with a digital display and you cannot set your desired temperature, instead you turn the dial from either high, medium, or low cool settings.

Lastly, this unit comes with what’s called an air conditioner kit. This kit includes everything you will need to get the unit installed, mounted, and secure. Included in the kit are a filter, support bracket, side panel leaf covers, and window sealing foam. All you need to install this unit is a tape measure, screwdriver, and a level. Everything else is in the kit.

Pros

The most satisfying part about this hOme unit is the price point. As I write this the price on Amazon is under the two-hundred dollar range. (Prices are subject to change at any time.) That is quite the bargain especially when you look at other 5,000 BTU units on the marketplace today. Seriously folks, this is a hell of a deal for a high quality window air conditioner. Most of the time you’re going to be paying over two-hundred dollars.

Something else to take into consideration when it comes to air conditioners is if they are Energy Star Certified by the Environmental Protection Agency. When a product is Energy Star Certified it means that that product has met strict energy efficiency guidelines set fort by the US EPA. A Energy Star certified unit will have higher seasonal energy efficiency ratios as well as having improved energy efficiency ratios. The hOme Labs 5,000 BTU unit is Energy Star Certified with the EPA. On top of that it is also rated at 11.1 for it’s Energy Star Efficiency ratio. In order to meet the Energy Star requirements a unit must be rated at 10.0 EER or higher. This unit is at 11.1 and is exceeding expectations. Lastly, this unit’s Energy Guide estimated cost is set at forty-one dollars a year. That’s pretty cheap for a year round window unit.

hOme 5,000 BTU Window Unit Energy Guide
hOme 5,000 BTU Window Unit Energy Guide

The last pro I’ll mention on this hOme unit is that it comes with a two year manufacturer warranty and a thirty day money back return policy.  This is a great insurance if for whatever reason your new unit doesn’t last the a few seasons. There are always outliers out there and having this warranty to back you up ensures you that your investment is protected. Along with that a two year warranty is practically unheard of when it comes to window units. Most of the time we either see a few months warranty or a one year. hOme Labs stepped up to the plate and offered a two year policy.

Cons

As far as the Cons on this hOme window unit there really aren’t that much to go through. There are few main things that I want to make you aware of before you purchase. A lot of these are ‘bad luck’ type of situations but I would be amiss if I didn’t make you aware:

  • This is an 5,000 BTU window air conditioner. I mentioned this above in our product features section but you should be aware that this unit is rated to cool a one-hundred and fifty square foot room. This sized room is your typical bedroom with a walk in closet. You can find the square footage of your room by measure the length and width of the room and then multiplying the numbers together. If your room is bigger than the one-hundred and fifty square foot rating then you should look at getting a larger BTU unit. If you are unsure of what sized unit you need please check out our window air conditioner buyer’s guide which can be found by clicking here.
  • When buying things online there is always risk of damage from the transport carrier. This is moreso when you are dealing with a machine with a lot of moving parts like an air conditioner. While most people who order this item receive it in fine condition there is still the risk of the unit arriving to your home damaged. If this does happen then I would recommend filing a complaint with Amazon on your order. If you aren’t having any luck in that avenue then you could file a claim on hOme’s website under their two year warranty. You can find their official product page in our ‘Important Links’ section below.
  • The last complaint that I have found in my research is that through usage and the passage of time the fan can become loosened and begin rubbing up against other components of the unit. While this isn’t a big deal mechanically it does result in a larger noise when the air conditioner is running. So, if this happens to you you may have a noisy unit to contend with. While this may not matter during the day it may make it difficult to sleep with if the 5,000 BTU hOme unit is in your bedroom.

Conclusion

Overall I would say that if you are looking for a new window unit that will cool your bedroom or very small office space then this is the unit for you. It comes with all of your standard features you would need on an air conditioner as well as coming in at a great low price point. If you would like to purchase or learn more about this unit then please click here to be taken to Amazon’s product page.

If you find that your room is too big for this unit then I would recommend checking out our official RefrigerantHQ Window Air Conditioner Buyer’s Guide by clicking here. There are all sorts of different sized air conditioners that will cover your bedrooms like this 5,000 BTU unit or that can cool an entire floor of your home.

Thanks for reading and I hope that this review was helpful,

Alec Johnson

RefrigerantHQ

Important Links

Hello folks and welcome to RefrigerantHQ. Today we will be doing another one of our product reviews. Over the past few weeks and months one of our main focuses has been on anything and everything to do with window air conditioners. Today is no different. Our goal here is to become the resident expert on everything to do with window air conditioners. Today’s featured product is LG’s LW8016ER 8,000 BTU window air conditioning unit.

Depending on where you are in the country window air conditioners could be an unnecessary tool or it could be a lifesaver. Our climate is so different here in the United States. For me, a Kansas resident, air conditioning is a must. We routinely have summer days that break over one-hundred degrees. On particular bad weeks we may have an entire five to seven day spread of straight one-hundred degrees temperatures. The majority of people cope with this heat by using their traditional split air conditioner system at their home. But how do the people who have older homes without central air or people who live in apartments with no air conditioners cope?

Well folks their best option is window air conditioners. They provide a cheaper alternative and an easy installation to allow all of us no matter where you are to enjoy the nice cool air during a hot summer day. But the question now is what window air conditioners are the best? Should you get the LG LW8016ER 8,000 BTU unit? Or, should you be looking at a different product? A different size? Or even a different brand? Well folks, let’s dive in and find out exactly what you need!

LG

Now before I get into the actual details, Pros, and Cons of a product I always like to take some time and look at the company behind the product. After all, the manufacturing company can say a lot about the quality of the product. Brand names have power. Don’t believe me? Just ask Coca-Cola or Toyota. These names mean something to people when they hear them. While a window air conditioner bran d may not mean anything to you I can assure you that the same differences can apply.

LG LW8016ER 8,000 BTU Window Air Conditioner
LG LW8016ER 8,000 BTU Window Air Conditioner

I’m sure most of you have heard of the company LG before. But, if you haven’t then let’s do a quick introduction. LG is a South Korean company that can be traced all the way back to 1958 under the name of Goldstar. (Just after the Korean War!) In 1995 they reorganized and became the company we know today as LG Electronics. Today, LG is a huge multi-national company spanning multiple countries and employing over eighty-thousand people. Their income is in the billions. I like to think of them as the General Electric of South Korea.

While this product may not be American made I can assure you that the quality is second to none and you also get the LG Electronics company standing behind your purchase. As I said before LG is a huge company and companies do not get to be giants unless they are providing a quality service or product.

Product Features

The LG LW8016ER is rated at 8,000 BTUs. BTUs are the traditional measurement unit of heat. In the air conditioning world BTUs are a measurement of the cooling capacity of your window air conditioner. The bigger the number of BTUs the more powerful and the higher cooling capacity of your A/C unit.  As a standard measurement an air conditioner needs around thirty BTUs for each square foot of living space that you wish to cool. In this case 8,000 BTUs is rated to cool around three-hundred and fifty square feet. That could be the size of a large master bedroom, a living room, or a small studio apartment. This unit is also rated to dehumidify at 2.2 pints per hour.

This unit comes with a one-hundred and fifteen volt plug in. While this may seem like an odd thing to mention it is worth noting that larger BTU window units make as witch over to a two-hundred and twenty volt outlet. These types of outlets are the ones you find in your home for your oven or your dryer. With this one-hundred and fifteen volt outlet you are good to plug it in in any room without worry.

This window air conditioner will fit windows between twenty-three inches up to thirty-six inches in width. While the height doesn’t really matter as most windows are taller than the air conditioner this unit comes in at twelve inches. Please be sure to measure your window before purchasing so you don’t accidentally buy the wrong sized product. It also comes with side curtains and insulation strips to prevent any leaks or air from coming in from outside. It does not come with an outside mounting bracket but it is not needed as the unit only comes in at fifty-eight pounds.

This unit uses the HFC R-32 for it’s refrigerant. While R-32 isn’t the most common refrigerant today I can say that it’s popularity is picking up due to it having a lower Global Warming Potential then other refrigerants. If you do need a repair down the road you don’t have to worry about finding or paying an arm and a leg for a refrigerant refill.

The  LW8016ER comes with a cool and energy saver mode. The cool mode does just that, it cools the room to your desired temperature. The energy saver mode will cool your room to the desired temperature and then turn on again when the temperature begins to rise. This is a great feature to have for those of us who go to work during the day and want to come home to a nice cooled room. On top of those features it also comes with an auto-restart that will start your unit back up and cooling your room even if the power goes out in the middle of the night. Personally, I’m a big fan of this feature as there is nothing worse then going to sleep in a comfortable room and then waking up in the middle of night as a sweaty mess.

Pros

The most satisfying part about this LG unit is the price point. As I write this the price on Amazon is in the two-hundred dollar range. (Prices are subject to change at any time.) That is quite the bargain especially when you look at other 8,000 BTU units on the marketplace today. You also get the LG brand name.

Something else to take into consideration when it comes to air conditioners is if they are Energy Star Certified by the Environmental Protection Agency. When a product is Energy Star Certified it means that that product has met strict energy efficiency guidelines set fort by the US EPA. A Energy Star certified unit will have higher seasonal energy efficiency ratios as well as having improved energy efficiency ratios. The LW8016ER is Energy Star Certified with the EPA. On top of that it is also rated at 12.1 for it’s Energy Star Efficiency ratio. In order to meet the Energy Star requirements a unit must be rated at 10.0 EER or higher. This unit is at 12.1 and is exceeding expectations. Lastly, this unit’s Energy Guide estimated cost is set at sixty dollars a year. That’s pretty cheap for a year round window unit.

LG LW8016ER Window Unit Energy Guide
LG LW8016ER Window Unit Energy Guide

The LW8016ER comes with basic settings such as sleep mode, twenty four hour on/off timer, a remote control that comes with two triple a batteries, varying fan speeds, and cool/econ/fan only cooling modes. While most of these modes and options are pretty standard I am going to point again to the price point on this unit. For an 8,000 BTU with these features at this price you are saving a lot of money while getting all the standard features.

The last feature I’ll mention on this LG unit is that it comes with a one year manufacturer warranty.  This is a great insurance policy if for whatever reason your new unit doesn’t last the year. There are always outliers out there and having this warranty to back you up ensures you that your investment is protected.

Cons

As far as the Cons on this LG window unit there really aren’t that much to go through. There are few main things that I want to make you aware of before you purchase. A lot of these are ‘bad luck’ type of situations but I would be amiss if I didn’t make you aware:

  • This is an 8,000 BTU window air conditioner. I mentioned this above in our product features section but you should be aware that this unit is rated to cool a three-hundred and fifty square foot room. If your room is bigger than that then you should look at getting a larger BTU unit. If you are unsure of what sized unit you need please check out our window air conditioner buyer’s guide which can be found by clicking here.
  • When buying things online there is always risk of damage from the transport carrier. This is moreso when you are dealing with a machine with a lot of moving parts like an air conditioner. While most people who order this item receive it in fine condition there is still the risk of the unit arriving to your home damaged. If this does happen then I would recommend filing a complaint with Amazon on your order. If you aren’t having any luck in that avenue then you could file a claim on LG’s website under their one year warranty. You can find their official product page in our ‘Important Links’ section below.
  • The last complaint that I have found in my research is that through usage and the passage of time the fan can become loosened and begin rubbing up against other components of the unit. While this isn’t a big deal mechanically it does result in a larger noise when the air conditioner is running. So, if this happens to you you may have a noisy unit to contend with. While this may not matter during the day it may make it difficult to sleep with if the LW8016ER is in your bedroom.

Conclusion

Overall I would say that if you are looking for a new window unit that will cool your living room, master bedroom, or small apartment then this would be a great fit for you. It comes with all of your standard features you would need on an air conditioner as well as coming in at a great low price point. If you would like to purchase or learn more about this unit then please click here to be taken to Amazon’s product page.

If you find that your room is too big or too small for this unit then I would recommend checking out our official RefrigerantHQ Window Air Conditioner Buyer’s Guide by clicking here.

Thanks for reading,

Alec Johnson

RefrigerantHQ

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Greetings ladies and gentlemen and welcome to RefrigerantHQ! Today we will be doing another one of our product reviews. Over the past few weeks our sole focus has been on everything window air conditioners and I can assure you that today is no different. The featured product for today is Koldfront’s WAC10002WCO 10,000 BTU Window Air Conditioner.

Depending on where you are in the country window air conditioners could be an unnecessary tool or it could be a lifesaver. Our climate is so different depending on the state. For me, a Kansas resident, air conditioning is a must. We routinely have summer days that break over one-hundred degrees. On particular bad weeks we may have an entire five to seven day spread of straight one-hundred degrees temperatures. The majority of people cope with this heat by using their traditional split air conditioner system at their home. But how do the people who have older homes without central air or people who live in apartments with no air conditioners cope? Well folks their best option is window air conditioners. They provide a cheaper alternative and an easy installation to allow all of us no matter where you are to enjoy the nice cool air during a hot summer day.

But the question now is what window air conditioners are the best? Should you get the Koldfront WAC10002WCO 10,000 BTU unit? Or, should you be looking at a different product? A different size? Or even a different brand? Well folks, let’s dive in and find out exactly what you need!

KoldFront

Now before I get into the actual details, Pros, and Cons of a product I always like to take some time and look at the company behind the product. After all, the manufacturing company can say a lot about the quality of the product. Brand names have power. Don’t believe me? Just ask Coca-Cola or Toyota. These names mean something to people when they hear them. While a window air conditioner bran d may not mean anything to you I can assure you that the same differences can apply.

Koldfront WAC10002WCO 10,000 BTU
Koldfront WAC10002WCO 10,000 BTU

The Koldfront name is a brand from the Livingdirect company. (Think of it like how Pepsi owns the Mountain Dew brand name.) Koldfront was originally founded back in 1999 by Rick Lundbom. While that may not sound like a lot of years of experience Rick and his company have made it their mission to provide new and innovative appliances and have not relented over the yeras. Think about this for a second: Koldfront is competing with the names out there such as Frigidaire and General Electric. Two gigantic companies that have been around for over one-hundred years but yet Koldfront has thrived and grown since their 1999 beginning. That says a lot about the company right there.

While their brand name can be found on portable dishwashers, wine coolers, and other appliances their main focus and drive are window, wall, and portable air conditioners. With a Koldfront air conditioner you can count on three key factors: High-quality craftsman ship, affordability, and durability.

Product Features

The Koldfront WAC10002WCO is rated at 10,000 BTUs. BTUs are the traditional measurement unit of heat. In the air conditioning world BTUs are a measurement of the cooling capacity of your window air conditioner. The bigger the number of BTUs the more powerful and the higher cooling capacity of your A/C unit.  As a standard measurement an air conditioner needs around thirty BTUs for each square foot of living space that you wish to cool. In this case 10,000 BTUs is rated to cool around four-hundred and fifty square feet. That could be the size of a large master bedroom, a living room, or a small apartment.

This unit comes with a one-hundred and fifteen volt plug in. While this may seem like an odd thing to mention it is worth noting that larger BTU window units make as witch over to a two-hundred and twenty volt outlet. These types of outlets are the ones you find in your home for your oven or your dryer. With this one-hundred and fifteen volt outlet you are good to plug it in in any room without worry. The power cord on the WAC10002WCO extends to just over six feet. That should be more than enough space to reach the nearest outlet, but worst case you can always use an extension cord.

This window air conditioner will fit windows between twenty-three inches up to thirty-six inches in width. While the height doesn’t really matter as most windows are taller than the air conditioner this unit comes in at fifteen and a half inches. Please be sure to measure your window before purchasing so you don’t accidentally buy the wrong sized product. It also comes with side curtains and insulation strips to prevent any leaks or air from coming in from outside. It does not come with an outside mounting bracket but it is not needed as the unit only comes in at seventy pounds.

This unit uses the HFC R-410A for it’s refrigerant. This is a VERY common refrigerant that is found in most offices and homes across the country. If you do need a repair down the road you don’t have to worry about finding or paying an arm and a leg for a refrigerant refill.

The Koldfront WAC10002WCO  is a compact air conditioner designed to fit in most standard windows. It comes with a remote control that works up to sixteen feet away, has a sleep mode to save money, an energy saver mode, and a digital display.

Pros

The most satisfying part about this Koldfront unit is the price point. As I write this the price on Amazon is in the two-hundred dollar range. (Prices are subject to change at any time.) That is quite the bargain especially when you look at other 10,000 BTU units on the marketplace today. You also get the Koldfront brand name that has a reputation for quality and durability.

KoldFront WAC10002WCO Remote Control
KoldFront WAC10002WCO Remote Control

Something else to take into consideration when it comes to air conditioners is if they are Energy Star Certified by the Environmental Protection Agency. When a product is Energy Star Certified it means that that product has met strict energy efficiency guidelines set fort by the US EPA. A Energy Star certified unit will have higher seasonal energy efficiency ratios as well as having improved energy efficiency ratios. The WAC10002WCO  is Energy Star Certified with the EPA. In order to meet Energy Star certification the Energy Efficiency Ratio (EER) on a unit should be at 10.0 or higher. This Koldfront unit has an EER at 12.0. That’s a full two points higher than the required amount. I tried finding the Energy Saver sheet that comes with most air conditioners on this unit but I honestly just couldn’t find it. I do not want to guess and tell you the wrong number. Instead, I’ll provide you an estimate based off of some of the other window air conditioner articles I have written. Since this is a 10,000 BTU I would expect you to pay less then one-hundred dollars a use per year. That’s a pretty low cost if you ask me!

The WAC10002WCO  comes with basic settings such as sleep mode, twenty four hour on/off timer, a remote control, varying fan speeds, and cool/energy saver/fan only cooling modes. While most of these modes and options are pretty standard I am going to point again to the price point on this unit. For a 10,000 BTU with these features at this price you are saving a lot of money while getting all the standard features.

The last Pro that I’ll mention on this Koldfront unit is that it comes with a one year manufacturer warranty.  This is a great insurance policy if for whatever reason your new unit doesn’t last the year. There are always outliers out there and having this warranty to back you up ensures you that your investment is protected.

Cons

As far as the Cons on this Koldfront window unit there really aren’t that much to go through. There are few main things that I want to make you aware of before you purchase. A lot of these are ‘bad luck’ type of situations but I would be amiss if I didn’t make you aware:

  • This is an 10,000 BTU window air conditioner. I mentioned this above in our product features section but you should be aware that this unit is rated to cool a four-hundred and fifty square foot room. If your room is bigger or smaller than that then you should look at getting a different sized BTU unit. If you are unsure of what size unit you need please check out our window air conditioner buyer’s guide which can be found by clicking here.
  • When buying things online there is always risk of damage from the transport carrier. This is moreso when you are dealing with a machine with a lot of moving parts like an air conditioner. While most people who order this item receive it in fine condition there is still the risk of the unit arriving to your home damaged. If this does happen then I would recommend filing a complaint with Amazon on your order. If you aren’t having any luck in that avenue then you could file a claim on Koldfront’s website under their two year warranty.
  • The last complaint that I have found in my research is that through usage and the passage of time the fan can become loosened and begin rubbing up against other components of the unit. While this isn’t a big deal mechanically it does result in a larger noise when the air conditioner is running. So, if this happens to you you may have a noisy unit to contend with. While this may not matter during the day it may make it difficult to sleep with if the WAC12001W is in your bedroom.

Conclusion

Overall I would say that if you are looking for a new window unit that will cool your living room, master bedroom, or small apartment then this would be a great fit for you. It comes with all of your standard features you would need on an air conditioner as well as coming in at a great low price point. If you would like to purchase or learn more about this unit then please click here to be taken to Amazon’s product page.

If you find that your room is too big or too small for this unit then I would recommend checking out our official RefrigerantHQ Window Air Conditioner Buyer’s Guide by clicking here.

Thanks for reading,

Alec Johnson

RefrigerantHQ

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Greetings ladies and gentlemen and welcome to RefrigerantHQ! Today we will be doing another one of our product reviews. Over the past few weeks our sole focus has been on everything window air conditioners and I can assure you that today is no different. The featured product for today is Koldfront’s WAC12001W 12,000 BTU Window Air Conditioner.

Depending on where you are in the country window air conditioners could be an unnecessary tool or it could be a lifesaver. Our climate is so different depending on the state. For me, a Kansas resident, air conditioning is a must. We routinely have summer days that break over one-hundred degrees. On particular bad weeks we may have an entire five to seven day spread of straight one-hundred degrees temperatures. The majority of people cope with this heat by using their traditional split air conditioner system at their home. But how do the people who have older homes without central air or people who live in apartments with no air conditioners cope? Well folks their best option is window air conditioners. They provide a cheaper alternative and an easy installation to allow all of us no matter where you are to enjoy the nice cool air during a hot summer day.

But the question now is what window air conditioners are the best? Should you get the Koldfront WAC12001W 12,000 BTU unit? Or, should you be looking at a different product? A different size? Or even a different brand? Well folks, let’s dive in and find out exactly what you need!

KoldFront

Now before I get into the actual details, Pros, and Cons of a product I always like to take some time and look at the company behind the product. After all, the manufacturing company can say a lot about the quality of the product. Brand names have power. Don’t believe me? Just ask Coca-Cola or Toyota. These names mean something to people when they hear them. While a window air conditioner bran d may not mean anything to you I can assure you that the same differences can apply.

Koldfront WAC12001W 12,000 BTU
Koldfront WAC12001W 12,000 BTU

The Koldfront name is a brand from the Livingdirect company. (Think of it like how Pepsi owns the Mountain Dew brand name.) Koldfront was originally founded back in 1999 by Rick Lundbom. While that may not sound like a lot of years of experience Rick and his company have made it their mission to provide new and innovative appliances and have not relented over the yeras. Think about this for a second: Koldfront is competing with the names out there such as Frigidaire and General Electric. Two gigantic companies that have been around for over one-hundred years but yet Koldfront has thrived and grown since their 1999 beginning. That says a lot about the company right there.

While their brand name can be found on portable dishwashers, wine coolers, and other appliances their main focus and drive are window, wall, and portable air conditioners. With a Koldfront air conditioner you can count on three key factors: High-quality craftsman ship, affordability, and durability.

Product Features

The Koldfront WAC12001W  is rated at 12,000 BTUs. BTUs are the traditional measurement unit of heat. In the air conditioning world BTUs are a measurement of the cooling capacity of your window air conditioner. The bigger the number of BTUs the more powerful and the higher cooling capacity of your A/C unit.  As a standard measurement an air conditioner needs around thirty BTUs for each square foot of living space that you wish to cool. In this case 12,000 BTUs is rated to cool around five-hundred and fifty square feet. That could be the size of a large master bedroom, a living room, or a small apartment. 

The Koldfront WAC12001W comes with a two-hundred and twenty volt outlet. Please, please, please be aware of this! If you have a two-hundred and twenty volt outlet you have in mind then it is no big deal but I have seen so many homeowners buy one of these units only to realize that they only have one-hundred and fifteen volt outlets available.

This window air conditioner will fit windows between twenty-six inches up to thirty-six inches in width. While the height doesn’t really matter as most windows are taller than the air conditioner this unit comes in at sixteen and a half inches. Please be sure to measure your window before purchasing so you don’t accidentally buy the wrong sized product. It also comes with side curtains and insulation strips to prevent any leaks or air from coming in from outside. It does not come with an outside mounting bracket that I could find. I would recommend purchasing an extra support bracket just in case. This unit weighs in at eighty-eight pounds and I would hate to have it fall out your window and damage or ruin the unit.

This unit uses the HFC R-410A for it’s refrigerant. This is a VERY common refrigerant that is found in most offices and homes across the country. If you do need a repair down the road you don’t have to worry about finding or paying an arm and a leg for a refrigerant refill.

The  WAC12001W comes with a 11,000 BTU heater as well as the 12,000 BTU window air conditioner. This is a big deal as you are getting a unit that will keep your room cooled year round and not just in the summer. (Please note that this heater has lower BTUs then the air conditioning side and will not heat as large of a space as it cools.) Along with the heater you also get an energy saver mode, fan speed control, and a twenty-four hour timer.

Pros

The most satisfying part about this Koldfront unit is the price point. As I write this the price on Amazon is in the four-hundred dollar range. (Prices are subject to change at any time.) That is quite the bargain especially when you look at other 12,000 BTU units on the marketplace today. Remember folks that you also get that 11,000 BTU electric heater along with your air conditioner. That’s quite the bargain!

The WAC12001W comes with basic settings such as sleep mode, twenty four hour on/off timer, a remote control that comes with two triple a batteries, varying fan speeds, and cool/energy saver/fan only cooling modes. While most of these modes and options are pretty standard I am going to point again to the price point on this unit. For a 12,000 BTU with these features at this price you are saving a lot of money while getting all the standard features.

The last Pro I’ll mention on this Koldfront unit is that it comes with a two year manufacturer warranty.  This is a great insurance policy if for whatever reason your new unit doesn’t last the year. There are always outliers out there and having this warranty to back you up ensures you that your investment is protected. (Also, for those of you who do not know this is a full extra year when comparing to Frigidaire’s one year warranty.)

Cons

As far as the Cons on this Koldfront window unit there really aren’t that much to go through. There are few main things that I want to make you aware of before you purchase. A lot of these are ‘bad luck’ type of situations but I would be amiss if I didn’t make you aware:

Koldfront WAC12001W Energy Saver
Koldfront WAC12001W Energy Saver
  • This is an 12,000 BTU window air conditioner. I mentioned this above in our product features section but you should be aware that this unit is rated to cool a five-hundred and fifty square foot room. If your room is bigger or smaller than that then you should look at getting a different sized BTU unit. If you are unsure of what size unit you need please check out our window air conditioner buyer’s guide which can be found by clicking here.
  • When buying things online there is always risk of damage from the transport carrier. This is moreso when you are dealing with a machine with a lot of moving parts like an air conditioner. While most people who order this item receive it in fine condition there is still the risk of the unit arriving to your home damaged. If this does happen then I would recommend filing a complaint with Amazon on your order. If you aren’t having any luck in that avenue then you could file a claim on Koldfront’s website under their two year warranty.
  • The last complaint that I have found in my research is that through usage and the passage of time the fan can become loosened and begin rubbing up against other components of the unit. While this isn’t a big deal mechanically it does result in a larger noise when the air conditioner is running. So, if this happens to you you may have a noisy unit to contend with. While this may not matter during the day it may make it difficult to sleep with if the WAC12001W is in your bedroom.

Something else to take into consideration when it comes to air conditioners is if they are Energy Star Certified by the Environmental Protection Agency. When a product is Energy Star Certified it means that that product has met strict energy efficiency guidelines set fort by the US EPA. A Energy Star certified unit will have higher seasonal energy efficiency ratios as well as having improved energy efficiency ratios. In order to meet Energy Star certification the Energy Efficiency Ratio (EER) on a unit should be at 10.0 or higher. The WAC12001W is NOT Energy Star Certified with the EPA. I’m not sure why that is since it is a full 0.9 EER above the threshold but I figured I would let you know anyways.

Conclusion

Overall I would say that if you are looking for a new window unit that will cool your living room, master bedroom, or small apartment then this would be a great fit for you. It comes with all of your standard features you would need on an air conditioner as well as coming in at a great low price point. If you would like to purchase or learn more about this unit then please click here to be taken to Amazon’s product page.

If you find that your room is too big or too small for this unit then I would recommend checking out our official RefrigerantHQ Window Air Conditioner Buyer’s Guide by clicking here.

Thanks for reading,

Alec Johnson

RefrigerantHQ

Important Links

Greetings ladies and gentlemen and welcome to RefrigerantHQ! Today we will be doing another one of our product reviews. Over the past few weeks our sole focus has been on everything window air conditioners and I can assure you that today is no different. The featured product for today is Frigidaire’s FFRE1533S1 15,100 BTU window air conditioner.

Depending on where you are in the country window air conditioners could be an unnecessary tool or it could be a lifesaver. Our climate is so different depending on the state. For me, a Kansas resident, air conditioning is a must. We routinely have summer days that break over one-hundred degrees. On particular bad weeks we may have an entire five to seven day spread of straight one-hundred degrees temperatures. The majority of people cope with this heat by using their traditional split air conditioner system at their home. But how do the people who have older homes without central air or people who live in apartments with no air conditioners cope? Well folks their best option is window air conditioners. They provide a cheaper alternative and an easy installation to allow all of us no matter where you are to enjoy the nice cool air during a hot summer day.

But the question now is what window air conditioners are the best? Should you get the Frigidaire FFRE1533S1  15,100 BTU unit? Or, should you be looking at a different product? A different size? Or even a different brand? Well folks, let’s dive in and find out exactly what you need!

Frigidaire

Now before I get into the actual details, Pros, and Cons of a product I always like to take some time and look at the company behind the product. After all, the manufacturing company can say a lot about the quality of the product. Brand names have power. Don’t believe me? Just ask Coca-Cola or Toyota.

The Frigidaire company was my runner up for best brands in window air conditioners. If you haven’t heard of the company Frigidaire before I have to ask where have you been? You’ll see this brand name all over your house. I don’t care if it’s on your refrigerator, your dishwasher, or your laundry machine. These guys are into every home appliance you can imagine.

The Frigidaire company knows exactly what they are doing with air conditioners and refrigeration units and have been around for over one-hundred years. Frigidaire was a pioneer in the refrigeration and cooling industry. They invented and began commercially selling the first self-contained refrigerator all the way back in 1916. Think about that for a moment. Over one-hundred years ago and Frigidaire was around and selling refrigerators. In fact one of their principal investors was William Durant, a founder of General Motors. GM went on to develop the first ‘Freon’ refrigerant in the 1930s while they were partnered with DuPont. This company has a solid history in the air conditioning and refrigeration industry. I can assure you that you are getting a great product when you purchase under the Frigidaire brand name.

Product Features

The Frigidaire FFRE1533S1  is rated at 15,100 BTUs. BTUs are the traditional measurement unit of heat. In the air conditioning world BTUs are a measurement of the cooling capacity of your window air conditioner. The bigger the number of BTUs the more powerful and the higher cooling capacity of your A/C unit.  As a standard measurement an air conditioner needs around thirty BTUs for each square foot of living space that you wish to cool. In this case 15,100 BTUs is rated to cool around eight-hundred square feet. That could be the size of a large master bedroom, a living room/kitchen, or a full sized apartment. This unit is also rated to dehumidify at 3.8 pints per hour.

Frigidaire ffre1533s1 15,000 BTU
Frigidaire ffre1533s1 15,000 BTU

This unit comes with a one-hundred and fifteen volt plug in. While this may seem like an odd thing to mention it is worth noting that larger BTU window units make as witch over to a two-hundred and twenty volt outlet. These types of outlets are the ones you find in your home for your oven or your dryer. With this one-hundred and fifteen volt outlet you are good to plug it in in any room without worry. The power cord on the FFRE1533S1 extends to six feet. That should be more than enough space to reach the nearest outlet, but worst case you can always use an extension cord.

This window air conditioner will fit windows between twenty-eight inches up to forty and a half inches in width. While the height doesn’t really matter as most windows are taller than the air conditioner this unit comes in at eighteen and a half inches. Please be sure to measure your window before purchasing so you don’t accidentally buy the wrong sized product. It also comes with side curtains and insulation strips to prevent any leaks or air from coming in from outside. It does come with an outside mounting kit known as a ‘Pleated Quick Mount.’ (Excerpt from Frigidaire’s official website.) Please note that this unit weighs in at one-hundred and two pounds. You will most likely need assistance when installing.

This unit uses the HFC R-410A for it’s refrigerant. This is a VERY common refrigerant that is found in most offices and homes across the country. If you do need a repair down the road you don’t have to worry about finding or paying an arm and a leg for a refrigerant refill.

The  FFRE1533S1 comes with a cool and economy mode. The cool mode does just that, it cools the room to your desired temperature. The economy or ‘econ’ mode will cool your room to the desired temperature and then turn on again when the temperature begins to rise. This is a great feature to have for those of us who go to work during the day and want to come home to a nice cooled room.

Pros

The most satisfying part about this Frigidaire unit is the price point. As I write this the price on Amazon is in the four-hundred dollar range. (Prices are subject to change at any time.) That is quite the bargain especially when you look at other 15,000 BTU units on the marketplace today. You also get the Frigidaire brand name that has a century of reputation behind it.

Frigidaire ffre1533s1 Energy Guide
Frigidaire ffre1533s1 Energy Guide

Something else to take into consideration when it comes to air conditioners is if they are Energy Star Certified by the Environmental Protection Agency. When a product is Energy Star Certified it means that that product has met strict energy efficiency guidelines set fort by the US EPA. A Energy Star certified unit will have higher seasonal energy efficiency ratios as well as having improved energy efficiency ratios. The FFRE1533S1 is Energy Star Certified with the EPA. On top of that it is also rated at 11.8 for it’s Energy Star Efficiency ratio. In order to meet the Energy Star requirements a unit must be rated at 10.0 EER or higher. This unit is at 11.8 and is exceeding expectations. Lastly, this unit’s Energy Guide estimated cost is set at one-hundred and fifteen dollars a year. That’s pretty cheap for a year round window unit.

The FFRE1533S1 comes with basic settings such as sleep mode, twenty four hour on/off timer, a remote control that comes with two triple a batteries, varying fan speeds, and cool/econ/fan only cooling modes. While most of these modes and options are pretty standard I am going to point again to the price point on this unit. For an 15,000 BTU with these features at this price you are saving a lot of money while getting all the standard features.

The last Pro I’ll mention on this Frigidaire unit is that it comes with a one year manufacturer warranty.  This is a great insurance policy if for whatever reason your new unit doesn’t last the year. There are always outliers out there and having this warranty to back you up ensures you that your investment is protected.

Cons

As far as the Cons on this Frigidaire window unit there really aren’t that much to go through. There are few main things that I want to make you aware of before you purchase. A lot of these are ‘bad luck’ type of situations but I would be amiss if I didn’t make you aware:

  • First and foremost please know and realize that this unit is BIG at over one-hundred pounds and you will need a few people to help you install it. While it does come with a support bracket you may want to purchase one of your own separately just in case. Also, please be sure to measure and measure your window again and again to ensure that this unit will fit correctly. The other option is to cut a hole out in your external wall and have the unit mounted that way.
  • This is an 15,100 BTU window air conditioner. I mentioned this above in our product features section but you should be aware that this unit is rated to cool a eight-hundred square foot room. If your room is bigger or smaller than that then you should look at getting a larger or smaller BTU unit. If you are unsure of what sized unit you need please check out our window air conditioner buyer’s guide which can be found by clicking here.
  • When buying things online there is always risk of damage from the transport carrier. This is moreso when you are dealing with a machine with a lot of moving parts like an air conditioner. While most people who order this item receive it in fine condition there is still the risk of the unit arriving to your home damaged. If this does happen then I would recommend filing a complaint with Amazon on your order. If you aren’t having any luck in that avenue then you could file a claim on Frigidaire’s website under their one year warranty.
  • The last complaint that I have found in my research is that through usage and the passage of time the fan can become loosened and begin rubbing up against other components of the unit. While this isn’t a big deal mechanically it does result in a larger noise when the air conditioner is running. So, if this happens to you you may have a noisy unit to contend with. While this may not matter during the day it may make it difficult to sleep with if the FFRE1533S1 is in your bedroom.

Conclusion

Overall, I would say that the Frigidaire FFRE1533S1 is a definite buy if you are looking for a price point air conditioner to cool your apartment or living room/kitchen. The reviews on Amazon.com are overwhelmingly positive and as I said above the only negative complaints that I could find throughout my research was related to shipping of the product. If you are interested in purchasing this unit please click here to visit Amazon.com’s product page.

If you find that your room is too big or too small for this unit then I would recommend checking out our official RefrigerantHQ Window Air Conditioner Buyer’s Guide by clicking here.

Thanks for reading,

Alec Johnson

RefrigerantHQ

Important Links

Hello folks and welcome to RefrigerantHQ! Today we will be focusing on another one of our product reviews. If you haven’t noticed by now the past few weeks our focus has been on window air conditioners. Today is no different. Our featured product is Frigidaire’s FFRE1233S1 12,000 BTU window air conditioner.

Depending on where you are in the world window air conditioners can be an unnecessary tool or a life saver. If you are like me and live in the mid-west then you know that the summer’s heat can be excruciating especially if you don’t have air conditioning. Window air conditioners provide all sorts of people an option for a cool home or bedroom even if their house isn’t routed for a central air conditioning system or if they are short on cash and can only afford to spend a few hundred dollars instead of the thousands it takes to install a new split system.

But what window air conditioners are the best? Is the Frigidaire FFRE1233S1 the right unit for you? Or, should you be looking at a different unit, a different size, or even a different brand? Well folks, let’s dive in and find out!

Frigidaire

Now before I get into the actual details, Pros, and Cons of a product I always like to take some time and look at the company behind the product. After all, the manufacturing company can say a lot about the quality of the product. Brand names have power. Don’t believe me? Just ask Coca-Cola or Toyota.

Frigidaire FFRE1233S1 12,000 BTU Window Air Conditioner
Frigidaire FFRE1233S1 12,000 BTU Window Air Conditioner

The Frigidaire company was my runner up for best brands in window air conditioners. If you haven’t heard of the company Frigidaire before I have to ask where have you been? You’ll see this brand name all over your house. I don’t care if it’s on your refrigerator, your dishwasher, or your laundry machine. These guys are into every home appliance you can imagine.

The Frigidaire company knows exactly what they are doing with air conditioners and refrigeration units and have been around for over one-hundred years. Frigidaire was a pioneer in the refrigeration and cooling industry. They invented and began commercially selling the first self-contained refrigerator all the way back in 1916. Think about that for a moment. Over one-hundred years ago and Frigidaire was around and selling refrigerators. In fact one of their principal investors was William Durant, a founder of General Motors. GM went on to develop the first ‘Freon’ refrigerant in the 1930s while they were partnered with DuPont. This company has a solid history in the air conditioning and refrigeration industry. I can assure you that you are getting a great product when you purchase under the Frigidaire brand name.

Product Features

The Frigidaire FFRE1233S1  is rated at 12,000 BTUs. BTUs are the traditional measurement unit of heat. In the air conditioning world BTUs are a measurement of the cooling capacity of your window air conditioner. The bigger the number of BTUs the more powerful and the higher cooling capacity of your A/C unit.  As a standard measurement an air conditioner needs around thirty BTUs for each square foot of living space that you wish to cool. In this case 12,000 BTUs is rated to cool around five-hundred and fifty square feet. That could be the size of a large master bedroom, a living room, or a small apartment. This unit is also rated to dehumidify at 3.8 pints per hour.

This unit comes with a one-hundred and fifteen volt plug in. While this may seem like an odd thing to mention it is worth noting that larger BTU window units make as witch over to a two-hundred and twenty volt outlet. These types of outlets are the ones you find in your home for your oven or your dryer. With this one-hundred and fifteen volt outlet you are good to plug it in in any room without worry. The power cord on the FFRE1233S1 extends to six and a half feet. That should be more than enough space to reach the nearest outlet, but worst case you can always use an extension cord.

This window air conditioner will fit windows between twenty-three inches up to thirty-six inches in width. While the height doesn’t really matter as most windows are taller than the air conditioner this unit comes in at fifteen and a half inches. Please be sure to measure your window before purchasing so you don’t accidentally buy the wrong sized product. It also comes with side curtains and insulation strips to prevent any leaks or air from coming in from outside. It does not come with an outside mounting bracket but it is not needed as the unit only comes in at seventy pounds.

This unit uses the HFC R-410A for it’s refrigerant. This is a VERY common refrigerant that is found in most offices and homes across the country. If you do need a repair down the road you don’t have to worry about finding or paying an arm and a leg for a refrigerant refill.

The  FFRE1233S1 comes with a cool and economy mode. The cool mode does just that, it cools the room to your desired temperature. The economy or ‘econ’ mode will cool your room to the desired temperature and then turn on again when the temperature begins to rise. This is a great feature to have for those of us who go to work during the day and want to come home to a nice cooled room.

Pros

The most satisfying part about this Frigidaire unit is the price point. As I write this the price on Amazon is in the four-hundred dollar range. (Prices are subject to change at any time.) That is quite the bargain especially when you look at other 12,000 BTU units on the marketplace today. You also get the Frigidaire brand name that has a century of reputation behind it for a great a price.

Something else to take into consideration when it comes to air conditioners is if they are Energy Star Certified by the Environmental Protection Agency. When a product is Energy Star Certified it means that that product has met strict energy efficiency guidelines set fort by the US EPA. A Energy Star certified unit will have higher seasonal energy efficiency ratios as well as having improved energy efficiency ratios. The FFRE1233S1 is Energy Star Certified with the EPA. In order to meet Energy Star certification the Energy Efficiency Ratio (EER) on a unit should be at 10.0 or higher. This Frigidaire unit has an EER at 12.0. That’s a full two points higher than the required amount. On top of that you the estimated annual energy cost on this unit is only eight-three dollars. That’s not a bad price at all to pay for a cool apartment during the summer.

The FFRE1233S1 comes with basic settings such as sleep mode, twenty four hour on/off timer, a remote control that comes with two triple a batteries, varying fan speeds, and cool/econ/fan only cooling modes. While most of these modes and options are pretty standard I am going to point again to the price point on this unit. For a 12,000 BTU with these features at this price you are saving a lot of money while getting all the standard features.

The last Pro I’ll mention on this Frigidaire unit is that it comes with a one year manufacturer warranty.  This is a great insurance policy if for whatever reason your new unit doesn’t last the year. There are always outliers out there and having this warranty to back you up ensures you that your investment is protected.

Frigidaire FFRE1233S1 Energy Guide
Frigidaire FFRE1233S1 Energy Guide

Cons

As far as the Cons on this Frigidaire window unit there really aren’t that much to go through. There are few main things that I want to make you aware of before you purchase. A lot of these are ‘bad luck’ type of situations but I would be amiss if I didn’t make you aware:

  • This is an 12,000 BTU window air conditioner. I mentioned this above in our product features section but you should be aware that this unit is rated to cool a five-hundred and fifty square foot room. If your room is bigger or smaller than that then you should look at getting a different sized BTU unit. If you are unsure of what size unit you need please check out our window air conditioner buyer’s guide which can be found by clicking here.
  • When buying things online there is always risk of damage from the transport carrier. This is moreso when you are dealing with a machine with a lot of moving parts like an air conditioner. While most people who order this item receive it in fine condition there is still the risk of the unit arriving to your home damaged. If this does happen then I would recommend filing a complaint with Amazon on your order. If you aren’t having any luck in that avenue then you could file a claim on Frigidaire’s website under their one year warranty.
  • The last complaint that I have found in my research is that through usage and the passage of time the fan can become loosened and begin rubbing up against other components of the unit. While this isn’t a big deal mechanically it does result in a larger noise when the air conditioner is running. So, if this happens to you you may have a noisy unit to contend with. While this may not matter during the day it may make it difficult to sleep with if the FFRE1233S1 is in your bedroom.

Conclusion

Overall I would say that if you are looking for a new window unit that will cool your living room, master bedroom, or small apartment then this would be a great fit for you. It comes with all of your standard features you would need on an air conditioner as well as coming in at a great low price point. If you would like to purchase or learn more about this unit then please click here to be taken to Amazon’s product page.

If you find that your room is too big or too small for this unit then I would recommend checking out our official RefrigerantHQ Window Air Conditioner Buyer’s Guide by clicking here.

Thanks for reading,

Alec Johnson

RefrigerantHQ

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Frigidaire FFRA1022R1 10000 BTU

Hello folks and welcome to RefrigerantHQ! Today we will be taking the time to do one of our product reviews. Over the past week or so we have been putting a lot of attention on window air conditioners and today is no different. Today’s featured product is Frigidaire’s FFRA1022R1 10,000 BTU window air conditioning unit.

Window air conditioners can be a lifesaver, especially in homes or apartments where a traditional split level air conditioner isn’t an option. But, what kind of product should you get? Is the FFRA1022R1  the right machine for you, or should be you looking elsewhere? Well folks, let’s dive in and find out!

Frigidaire

Now before I get into the actual details, Pros, and Cons of a product I always like to take some time and look at the company behind the product. After all, the manufacturing company can say a lot about the quality of the product. Brand names have power. Don’t believe me? Just ask Coca-Cola or Toyota.

The Frigidaire company was my runner up for best brands in window air conditioners. If you haven’t heard of the company Frigidaire before I have to ask where have you been? You’ll see this brand name all over your house. I don’t care if it’s on your refrigerator, your dishwasher, or your laundry machine. These guys are into every home appliance you can imagine.

Frigidaire FFRA1022R1 10000 BTU
Frigidaire FFRA1022R1 10000 BTU

The Frigidaire company knows exactly what they are doing with air conditioners and refrigeration units and have been around for over one-hundred years. Frigidaire was a pioneer in the refrigeration and cooling industry. They invented and began commercially selling the first self-contained refrigerator all the way back in 1916. Think about that for a moment. Over one-hundred years ago and Frigidaire was around and selling refrigerators. In fact one of their principal investors was William Durant, a founder of General Motors. GM went on to develop the first ‘Freon’ refrigerant in the 1930s while they were partnered with DuPont. This company has a solid history in the air conditioning and refrigeration industry. I can assure you that you are getting a great product when you purchase under the Frigidaire brand name.

Product Features

The Frigidaire FFRA1022R1 is rated at 10,000 BTUs. BTUs are the traditional measurement unit of heat. In the air conditioning world BTUs are a measurement of the cooling capacity of your window air conditioner. The bigger the number of BTUs the more powerful and the higher cooling capacity of your A/C unit.  As a standard measurement an air conditioner needs around thirty BTUs for each square foot of living space that you wish to cool. In this case 10,000 BTUs is rated to cool around four-hundred and fifty square feet. That could be the size of a large master bedroom, a living room, or a small studio apartment. This unit is also rated to dehumidify at 2.7 pints per hour.

This unit comes with a one-hundred and fifteen volt plug in. While this may seem like an odd thing to mention it is worth noting that larger BTU window units make as witch over to a two-hundred and twenty volt outlet. These types of outlets are the ones you find in your home for your oven or your dryer. With this one-hundred and fifteen volt outlet you are good to plug it in in any room without worry. The power cord on the FFRA1022R1 extends to six and a half feet. That should be more than enough space to reach the nearest outlet, but worst case you can always use an extension cord.

This window air conditioner will fit windows between twenty-three inches up to thirty-six inches in width. While the height doesn’t really matter as most windows are taller than the air conditioner this unit comes in at fourteen inches. Please be sure to measure your window before purchasing so you don’t accidentally buy the wrong sized product. It also comes with side curtains and insulation strips to prevent any leaks or air from coming in from outside. It does not come with an outside mounting bracket but it is not needed as the unit only comes in at sixty pounds.

This unit uses the HFC R-410A for it’s refrigerant. This is a VERY common refrigerant that is found in most offices and homes across the country. If you do need a repair down the road you don’t have to worry about finding or paying an arm and a leg for a refrigerant refill.

The  FFRA1022R1 comes with a cool and economy mode. The cool mode does just that, it cools the room to your desired temperature. The economy or ‘econ’ mode will cool your room to the desired temperature and then turn on again when the temperature begins to rise. This is a great feature to have for those of us who go to work during the day and want to come home to a nice cooled room.

Pros

The most satisfying part about this Frigidaire unit is the price point. As I write this the price on Amazon is in the two-hundred dollar range. (Prices are subject to change at any time.) That is quite the bargain especially when you look at other 10,000 BTU units on the marketplace today. You also get the Frigidaire brand name that has a century of reputation behind it.

Something else to take into consideration when it comes to air conditioners is if they are Energy Star Certified by the Environmental Protection Agency. When a product is Energy Star Certified it means that that product has met strict energy efficiency guidelines set fort by the US EPA. A Energy Star certified unit will have higher seasonal energy efficiency ratios as well as having improved energy efficiency ratios. The FFRA1022R1 is NOT Energy Star Certified with the EPA. While this is a downside I should point out that the Energy Efficiency Ratio is rated at 10.9. That is nearly 1.0 above the EPA’s recommended 10.0 rating. So, while you are not Energy Star certified with the EPA you do get an energy efficient machine that exceeds EPA expectations.

Frigidaire FFRA1022R1 10000 BTU Energy Guide
Frigidaire FFRA1022R1 10000 BTU Energy Guide

The FFRA1022R1 comes with basic settings such as sleep mode, twenty four hour on/off timer, a remote control that comes with two triple a batteries, varying fan speeds, and cool/econ/fan only cooling modes. While most of these modes and options are pretty standard I am going to point again to the price point on this unit. For an 10,000 BTU with these features at this price you are saving a lot of money while getting all the standard features.

The last feature I’ll mention on this Frigidaire unit is that it comes with a one year manufacturer warranty.  This is a great insurance policy if for whatever reason your new unit doesn’t last the year. There are always outliers out there and having this warranty to back you up ensures you that your investment is protected.

Cons

As far as the Cons on this Frigidaire window unit there really aren’t that much to go through. There are few main things that I want to make you aware of before you purchase. A lot of these are ‘bad luck’ type of situations but I would be amiss if I didn’t make you aware:

  • This is an 10,000 BTU window air conditioner. I mentioned this above in our product features section but you should be aware that this unit is rated to cool a four-hundred and fifty square foot room. If your room is bigger than that then you should look at getting a larger BTU unit. If you are unsure of what sized unit you need please check out our window air conditioner buyer’s guide which can be found by clicking here.
  • When buying things online there is always risk of damage from the transport carrier. This is moreso when you are dealing with a machine with a lot of moving parts like an air conditioner. While most people who order this item receive it in fine condition there is still the risk of the unit arriving to your home damaged. If this does happen then I would recommend filing a complaint with Amazon on your order. If you aren’t having any luck in that avenue then you could file a claim on Frigidaire’s website under their one year warranty.
  • The last complaint that I have found in my research is that through usage and the passage of time the fan can become loosened and begin rubbing up against other components of the unit. While this isn’t a big deal mechanically it does result in a larger noise when the air conditioner is running. So, if this happens to you you may have a noisy unit to contend with. While this may not matter during the day it may make it difficult to sleep with if the FFRA1022R1 is in your bedroom.

Conclusion

Overall I would say that if you are looking for a new window unit that will cool your living room, master bedroom, or small apartment then this would be a great fit for you. It comes with all of your standard features you would need on an air conditioner as well as coming in at a great low price point. If you would like to purchase or learn more about this unit then please click here to be taken to Amazon’s product page.

If you find that your room is too big or too small for this unit then I would recommend checking out our official RefrigerantHQ Window Air Conditioner Buyer’s Guide by clicking here.

Thanks for reading,

Alec Johnson

RefrigerantHQ

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