window air conditioners

How does it work?

There is nothing more frustrating then finding that your air conditioner isn’t working during a hot summer’s day. As I write this article it’s a few days before Memorial Day and it’s already starting to get hot here in Kansas City. For those of you who don’t know, it can get damn hot here in Kansas during the summer. I’m talking one-hundred plus degrees. If and when your air conditioner stops working it can be even more perplexing when you go out to check on your air conditioner only to find ice all over the machine.

To a lot of folks this just makes things more confusing. The air conditioner is obviously working… as there is ice all over the machine, but why isn’t that cold air moving to your home and why is the machine iced over? That folks is what we are going to tackle in this article. A frozen air conditioner is actually one of the most common questions that HVAC technicians receive and in most cases it can be resolved rather quickly and painlessly.

Ice Ice Baby

Frozen Air Conditioner
Frozen Air Conditioner

Yes, yes… I know. It’s a horrible song and it also shows my age. First thing is first, when it comes to ice on your air conditioner it doesn’t matter if it your traditional split system air conditioner, a ductless system, or even a window air conditioner. All of these different types of air conditioners work in the same way and they all be corrected in the same fashion. When your air conditioner does freeze you will notice frost, and maybe even chunks of ice, on the copper lines leading to your outdoor unit. You may also see that frost and ice transition over to your outside system as well. That being said, please also note that some slight frosting on the copper tubing that carries the refrigerant from the inside to the outside system is common and usual. It is when you notice heavy frosting or even ice accumulation that you need to start figuring out what is going wrong.

Troubleshooting/Correcting

The first step in trying to troubleshoot your frozen air conditioner is turning the system off. If your air conditioner is still running while frozen then the ice and frost are only going to build up. If the ice is really bad you may even turn your thermostat to heat in an effort to speed up the thawing process. Some folks even take a battery powered hair dryer to thaw the ice. It is very important to note here that the ice should not be forcibly chipped off the copper lines and the air conditioner itself. Using tools could harm the lines and the air conditioner itself and end up costing you a whole lot more money then you need to. In some cases you can use water to slowly pour over the copper lines to help speed up melting. Do NOT pour water on the air conditioning unit itself as you could run into water damage and do not dump boiling hot water on the frozen lines. It is best to be patient and wait for the ice to melt.

While you are waiting for the ice to melt it is best to find the condensation drainage pipe and make sure that it isn’t blocked this is one of the main reasons why air conditioners freeze over. If the drainage pipe is blocked then you could have quite a bit of water with nowhere to go. This has happened to me in the past where my basement got slightly flooded due to the condensation line being clogged. Once I cleaned the pipe the water problem went away. When dealing with a window air conditioner it is best to tilt the unit slightly backwards so that the melting ice can drain safely out and away from the unit. Also, if you feel that water/ice had formed inside the ducts near your air conditioner you may consider opening these up and suctioning out water with a shop vacuum. (You would only need to review the central most ducts near your indoor air conditioner.)

Once the ice has melted and the water problem is gone you can try turning on your air conditioner again. In most cases you will find that the air conditioner will fire back on and began running without issues. In other instances, there could be a legitimate problem with your air conditioner and you may end up with iced lines again.

The Why

While your air conditioner may be running again after you cleared the ice there is most likely an underlying problem that will need to be addressed. There can be multiple causes as to why your air conditioner froze. I will try to cover them all here but if I missed something please do not hesitate to reach out to me. Let’s take a look at the most common reasons:

  • Air Filters – Hopefully this was the cause of your frozen air conditioner as this is the easiest and cheapest one to fix. I’ll admit that I am completely guilty of forgetting to change my air conditioner filter. There was a time I went nearly six months. Not changing this filter regularly will result in poor airflow due to all of the dirt and grime that gets stuck to the filter. This poor air flow will restrict the amount of hot air that your evaporator coils receive. Without the needed hot air your evaporator can freeze. By either cleaning or replacing your filter with a new one you may be able to prevent this from happening again and only be twenty or thirty dollars. Lately, I’ve taken to ordering my air filters online through Amazon as it’s much easier and I can even set on a reoccurring purchase that occurs every few months. When the new filter comes in the mail I know it’s time to swap them out.
  • Low Refrigerant – Each air conditioner has as specific amount of refrigerant that it is optimized for. If the system has a lower then needed amount of refrigerant the evaporator can end up running too cold. Please note that correcting this isn’t just as simple as adding new refrigerant. The air conditioning system is an endless closed cycle. In a perfect system refrigerant should not escape. If you are low on refrigerant that means that you have a leak somewhere in your system. This leak will need to be repaired before you put more refrigerant in. If not, then you are just throwing money down the drain and you will run into the same problem down the road. Depending on the type of air conditioner you have this could be a somewhat expensive repair to an extremely expensive one. The newer air conditioners (Since 2010) use a refrigerant known as R-410A. This isn’t too expensive, but it will still cost you to refill your entire system. Now, if your air conditioner is from before 2010 then chances are it is using a refrigerant known as HCFC R-22. This refrigerant is currently phased out and can be extremely expensive to refill your system.
  • Closed Vents – A lot of homeowners like to close vents in rooms they are not using. This is seen as a way to save money. This is all true, but if you close too many vents in your home then that cold air has nowhere to go and could end up freezing some of your lines or your air conditioner itself. Try opening up all of your vents when you turn on your air conditioner again. Watch to see if the problem occurs again. If it doesn’t, then try closing one or two vents, then watch your system again. Rinse and repeat until you determine what the ‘perfect’ number of closed vents is for your home.
  • Thermostat – There could also be a problem with your thermostat. If it is not reading the temperature in your home correctly then this could result in your air conditioner running all day and night. Not only is this going to cost you quite a bit on your power bill but it could also result in your air conditioner freezing. An overworked air conditioner could result in a freezing system.
  • Drainage – Your air conditioner’s primary job is to remove heat. It doesn’t necessarily create cold air but instead just removes the heat from the home. During the hot summer days the heat is removed as well as the humidity. When humidity is removed from the air water is formed. This is called condensation. I’m sure you’ve seen this before as this is where the water comes from that drains into the vent in your basement. If the drainage line is blocked then the water will either flood your basement or it will end up freezing as it’s stuck in the air conditioner. This frozen water will freeze in the drainage pipe and then work it’s way all the way back up to your evaporator coil. If you don’t see any water coming from your drainage pipe, especially in the hottest parts of the summer, then that very well may be your problem. This problem occurs in more humid climates like the south or like in Kansas where I live at.
  • Blower Motor / Fan Speed – For those of you who do not know, the cold air from your air conditioner comes from the fan or blower motor blowing air against the cold evaporator coils. (The evaporator coil is the inside part of your air conditioner that sits above your furnace.) The blowing air then becomes quite cold, but if the fan is not strong enough some of the coldness on the evaporator coils remains and could result in a frozen system. This can be solved by either increasing the speed of your blower motor or by installing a new more powerful blower motor. A new motor can get expensive, so I would try the other solutions here before you get to this step.
  • Ductwork – While this isn’t as common as the other possible reasons we mentioned above it is a possibility. If you have gone through your home and opened all of your closed vents and are still having an issue with freezing then it may be worth looking at the interior of your ducts. Do they look overtly dirty? Is there accumulation? It may make sense to have your ducts professionally cleaned. Along with looking at dirty ducts you may also inspect all of the routing of your ducts to ensure they are in working order. Ensure that they do not have any punctures, holes, or gaps. In most homes you can inspect vents via the attic. If you do end up going into the attic please take care and ensure that you are walking correctly through your attic. There is nothing worse then causing a whole other problem when trying to fix an existing one!
  • Window Unit Tilting – When you install a window air conditioner you need to ensure that the unit is slightly tilted. The tilt should be that indoor portion is slightly higher then the outdoor section. This will allow the water from condensation to drip out. If it is not tilted then you can end up with the same problem that we discussed earlier. The water will freeze and clog your drainage line. The good news is that troubleshooting a window air conditioner is much easier then a traditional split system air conditioner.

Conclusion

If after going through all of these possible reasons you are still having problems with an air conditioner that is accumulating frost or ice then it may be time to contact a professional. Remember, that a continuing freezing air conditioner can permanently damage your air conditioner. If the problem persists then it is worth contacting a local HVAC contractor to look over your system. Hopefully, the problem is not severe and your technician can resolve the issue, but in more extreme cases you may end up needing an entirely new air conditioner.

Thanks for reading,

Alec Johnson

RefrigerantHQ

Sources

When I write articles I pull information from my gained experience but I also consult with various other websites to ensure that the information I am giving you is accurate and factual. That being said, here are the sources that I used to write this article. These are all great websites and I would especially like to point out my first source, ASM-Air.com. This site has a whole host of information, pictures, and videos on anything and everything air conditioning.

How Much Does It Cost?

Depending on where you live in the United States air conditioners may be a nice to have feature for your home or they may be a lifesaver. I’m originally from Michigan and the further north you go up in that State the less likely you are find air conditioners and if you do find them they are usually an older window unit that is rarely used. Most of the time it just doesn’t get cold enough up there. On the other side of the coin, if you’re in Miami then an air conditioner has to be a necessity to escape the constant heat and humidity.

The question on how much air conditioners cost can be a tricky one as there are a lot of factors that can go into it. It’s not as easy to say that all air conditioners are two-thousand dollars. No, there are many questions that we need to ask you first before we can give you an educated estimate on what to expect.

What Kind of Air Conditioner Are You Looking For?

The biggest question is what kind of air conditioner are you looking for? There are four main kinds of air conditioners and each one has it’s own set of Pros and Cons. Let’s take a look at each one now and you can then determine what you are looking for.

Window Air Conditioners

  • Window air conditioners are right up there with central systems as one of the most common air conditioners on the market. These are the units you see hanging from high rise apartment buildings and from older farmhouses. Window units provide a great alternative air conditioner for those that cannot afford a large central system. Most of the time these window units are a tenth the cost of a central system and they are also much easier to install. Nearly anyone can install one of these whereas with a central system you will need a trained professional.
  • The downside with these are the visual appeal and also the power. Most of the time a window unit just doesn’t look the best hanging out of a home. You also end up losing access to one of your windows.
  • Along with that, window units are not meant to cool entire homes. Instead, they are more focused for specific rooms or living areas. While some the larger models can cool up to one-thousand square feet you will find that most models cool between one-hundred to five-hundred square feet.

Portable Air Conditioners

  • Portable air conditioners are very similar to window units. They both have a very easy install process. With window units all you have to do is mount the unit, secure it, and there you go. Portables are only slightly different. Instead of mounting the unit all you have to do is route an exhaust pipe through one of your windows. The pipe comes with sealers as well so that you can block the entire window to prevent hot/cold air from getting in/escaping.
  • Portables again are again about the a tenth the cost of traditional central air systems. They can be a bit more expensive then window units, but not by much.
  • These units are great if you want to cool your home room by room, or if you want to cool your living room during the day and your bedroom at night. The portability makes it easy to changes rooms.

Ductless Mini Split Air Conditioners

  • I am a big fan of ductless air conditioners. They offer a great alternative for those of you who want the power of a central system but not the expense. Along with that, they give you that extra step up from a window or portable air conditioner.
  • Ductless Mini Splits are quite a bit more expensive then a window or portable unit. They are about a third or half the price of a central system.
  • Please note that when buying these systems you will most likely need professional installation before you can operate. This will result in additional install expenses. I would not recommend installing one of these yourself unless you know what you are doing.
  • Ductless systems have much more power than a window or portable unit and they also look much better. A window system is hanging out your window and it looks unattractive. A portable unit takes up floor space and has to have the exhaust routed across your floor and out your window. Ductless systems actually mount to your wall and only need a two to three inch hole through the wall for the refrigerant tubing. Most people barely even notice it’s in the room.
  • A lot of ductless systems also come with a built in heat-pump and electric heating coils. That means along with an air conditioner you also get heating. This is a great feature and works amazingly well for detached recreational rooms. We have a garage I’m thinking about finishing the loft in. A ductless system would be a great solution for climate control.

Central Air Conditioners

  • These are the most common air conditioners and the ones that you are most likely familiar with already. These are the large central systems that you see on the outside of homes. They intake the warm air in your home through various intake vents throughout your home and then disperse the cold air back through your home through the output vents.
  • While these are the most common air conditioners they are also the most expensive. Be prepared when quoting these systems out and be ready to pay quite a bit.
  • Also note that with central systems you are going to need a professional HVAC technician to install. While the actual unit can be quite expensive you also have to pay for the install which can add up quite a bit to the total cost of the system.
  • The good news is that central systems can last a long time. Most units end up lasting around fifteen years, some even up to twenty years.

Conclusion

You may have noticed that there was a link above on each type of air conditioner. Those links will take you to the cost break down for each type of air conditioner. So, instead of writing one gigantic large article for you to read through you can make the decision on what kind of system you need, click the link, and get the answer you need.

I hope this article was able to give you the answers you need and if you have any further questions on the matter please do not hesitate to contact us.

Thanks for reading,

Alec Johnson

RefrigerantHQ

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Most everyone has heard of and seen window air conditioners. For years they have been the end all be all for consumers who want relief from the heat but either can’t afford a traditional split system air conditioner, or perhaps their home just doesn’t have the duct work installed to route the central air. Window air conditioners also offered a relatively low price as well as an easy install. In most cases the install could be done in around a half-hour. All there is to it is setting up the mounting bracket, mounting the air conditioner, securing it, and then extending the curtains to block the rest of the window. With the smaller window units this can be done with one person, but with the larger BTU sizes you may need a second person to help while you secure the air conditioner.

A mini-split system, or a ductless air conditioner, are quite a bit different then your window units. With a mini split you get a mix between the window unit and a traditional split system. I like to think of these systems as the in-between or the compromise. With the mini split you get quite a bit more power then you would find in a window air conditioner. In some cases the split systems can go as high as thirty-six thousand BTUs. (That’s enough cooling power to cool around twelve-hundred square feet.)

Along with the extra power of a mini-split system you also get a much more efficient system. Air conditioner efficiency is measured by what’s known as Energy Efficiency Ratio (EER) or it can also be measured by Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio (SEER). These two numbers provide a measurement on how efficient your air conditioner is. When looking at window air conditioners the typical SEER you’ll see is around ten to twelve. Ductless mini split systems are whole other story with a SEER number coming in around fifteen to twenty, and in some cases even as high as twenty-five. That means that a ductless system is significantly more efficient then your standard window air conditioner which will result in you saving energy costs month after month of use.

There are two big downsides to ductless mini split systems. The first is the cost. A window air conditioner can be as cheap as one-hundred dollars or as expensive as five-hundred dollars. A mini split system will usually START at around five-hundred dollars and can top out at around fifteen-hundred dollars. This price can scare a lot of folks away from purchasing a ductless system, but there is still more expense after that.

Along with the high price point of ductless systems the installation can be quite difficult. So difficult in fact, that it is recommended to hire a professional HVAC technician to come to your home and install the system. A mini split system comes with three main parts that you will have to install. The first is what’s known as the air handler. The air handler is what is mounted on the inside of your home either on your wall, floor, or ceiling. This is the unit that intakes the hot air and releases the cold air into your home. The second part is known as the condenser. The condenser is the largest of the parts and has to be mounted on the outside of your home. Some users opt for a concrete platform while others opt for mounting brackets drilled into the side of their home.

Here is where things begin to get a bit tricky. The third component of your ductless system is the copper refrigerant tubing. This is the pipeline that the refrigerant will flow through back and forth between the condenser and the air handler. (Remember folks, that air conditioning is an endless cycle of the refrigerant flowing back and forth and changing states from liquid to vapor and vapor to liquid.) Installing the tubing can be difficult as you have to ensure that you do not bend or break any of the copper tubing. If you do so then your system will be leaking refrigerant and will not be able to cool your home. Along with all of that, you will have to drill a two to three inch hole in your wall for the refrigerant pipe to be routed to the condenser. You will then have to secure the pipe to the condenser and the air handler and make sure that there is no possible leakage.

We’re still not done yet though folks. Most ductless systems come pre-charged with nitrogen instead of refrigerant. The nitrogen will have to be vacuumed out of the system and then replaced with the refrigerant. Before that is done though, it is best to check your lines and connection points for any leaks. The most common practice here is to take soapy water in a spray bottle and spray it against the connection points. If you see any bubbles then you have a leak. Otherwise, you’re good.

Now it comes time to vacuum out the nitrogen and replace it with the appropriate refrigerant. If the wrong refrigerant is used then you can permanently damage your air conditioner. Also, as of January 1st, 2018 HFC refrigerants are now highly regulated and you will need to be 608 certified in order to purchase. Technically, you can still purchase single pound or two pound cans of refrigerant without a license, but even then you have to make sure you know what you are doing before vacuuming and charging your system.

See why we need a professional HVAC technician? A professional install will end up costing you even more on top of the cost of the ductless system, but it will ensure that your system is setup correctly and will provide cooling and heating for your home for years to come. You could be looking at a few hundred dollars for an install, or something much higher depending on who you have come out to install.

So, Window or Ductless?

That is the question, and the answer is going to depend on a few things. The first thing I’m going to ask you is what do you want out of your new air conditioner? Are you looking for relief from the heat while you are sleeping? Do you want something that’s not going to be too expensive and will let you sleep through the night? If so, then a window unit is most likely the best bet for you. Today you can go on Amazon.com and choose between various five-thousand BTU models that will keep your room cool through the night. Most of these range between one-hundred to two-hundred dollars. This will give you that restful night’s sleep all the while not spending too much on a new system. Here at RefrigerantHQ we recommend Frigidaire’s FFRA0511R1.

Now let’s look at another scenario. Let’s say your home has a traditional split system installed but for whatever reason the air flow just isn’t providing enough cool air to the upstairs of your home. My family and I had a similar problem with our large bedroom over our garage. The bedroom was rather large as it covered the entirety of our three car garage so a standard five-thousand BTU unit would not be good enough. We either had to go with a much larger window unit or we could go with a ductless system. In this scenario we ended up going the window route (Frigidaire FFRE1233S1), but a ductless would have been a great fit as well… perhaps even a better fit. I like to think of window air conditioners as a temporary solution that will have to replaced every few years, whereas ductless system is a more permanent solution to cool and heat your home. So, if we had gone the ductless route I may not have had to replace window after only four years. As an example, the Pioneer WYS012GMFI17RL would have been a great alternative that would have lasted more then four years.

The last option that I want to bring up is cooling your whole home. Let’s say you have a thirteen-hundred square foot home that you are looking to cool and for whatever reason the traditional split system air conditioner is not an option. It could be price or it could simply be that your home is older and doesn’t even have duct work installed. There were quite a few farm houses I visited that had absolutely no duct work. A lot of people in these situations end up going the window air conditioner route. I would argue against this. As you get into the larger square footage the ductless mini split systems become more and more optimal. Yes, you’re going to pay more, but you are getting more power, more efficiency, and more longevity then your typical window unit. In this same example of a thirteen-hundred square foot home I would recommend Pioneer’s WYS036GMFI17RL. Also, if you do decide to purchase a ductless unit don’t forget that Amazon actually offers a professional install service that contracts out a fully trained professional to come to your home and do the install. The install link is on the same page that I linked above.  This is great for those of you who are intimidated by a ductless install.

Conclusion

Well folks, what do you think? What will you end up getting? I hope this article was able to steer you in the right direction and to also give you some pros and cons of each type of air conditioner. Regardless of which one you decide with the end result will be the same.  Your room or home will be cooled. It’s just a matter of preference and what you want out of your air conditioner.

Thanks for reading,

Alec Johnson

RefrigerantHQ

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 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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Greetings ladies and gentlemen! It’s Memorial Day weekend  and the official beginning of the summer season. Over here in Kansas City the weather has pushed over ninety degrees for nearly a week. That’s nothing though folks as the real fun begins in the July and August months. We routinely have weeks straight of one-hundred plus degree heat. It’s brutal and makes me thankful that I have an office job. If you’ve ever had to work in this type of heat you know just how miserable it can be. As my father likes to say, “It’s DAMN Hot!” With such encroaching temperatures everyone is looking for a way to get relief.

Now most people end up going into their office or their home and enjoying their traditional central air conditioning system. They don’t even really think about it. It works and that’s all they know. But what happens if you live in a place where a central air conditioner just isn’t an option? Or, what if it’s just not affordable? There are many examples of older apartments or older homes that just don’t have the duct work routed in order to accommodate a central system. The cost of adding and retrofitting duct work to an existing house is astronomical and that isn’t even taking into consideration the actual cost of the unit. For so many people these expenses are just not an option. I know I couldn’t afford it.

The best option that people are left with are window air conditioners. These miracle workers allow people from all walks of life to enjoy a nice cool breeze in the dead heat of summer. The beauty of window units is that you can get one and get your bedroom cooled for only a couple hundred dollars. Compare that with a central system where you’ll end up spending thousands. The question now though folks is what brand of window air conditioners should you be getting? Should you be looking at Koldfront or somewhere else? On top of that what sized window unit do you need? What features?

In this article we’re going to go over all of those questions and more. Our goal here at RefrigerantHQ is to provide you with the knowledge to make an educated decision on your new window air conditioner. After all, the worst thing you can do is impulsively buy something and then find out once you’ve installed it that it is not what you were looking for or that it simply won’t work for you.  (Trust me folks, I’ve done this before and it’s not fun to admit you made a mistake… especially in front of your wife!) Let’s dive in and take a look:

Koldfront Brand Name

Before you get into a product it is best to know the brand name, but not only to know it but to understand it and it’s history. After all, the brand name is a very powerful thing. If you think about it would you rather have a Coca-Cola or a Sam’s Choice Cola? I’m betting that most of you would pick the Coke. I know I would. That’s the power of a brand name. You know quality and you know what to expect. This same relationship between brand and quality is no different when it comes to window air conditioners.

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 they have not relented over the years. 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. Along with that you get their innovations and ingenuity. Remember, most of the time the big changes come from the little guy who’s hungry for business. The question to you now is do you want a new and upcoming business to make your product or do you want to stay with the tested and true names like Frigidaire or Friedrich?

Buying Considerations

Like with anything you purchase it is always best to weigh and consider all possible options and features before you purchase. This is even more so when looking at window air conditioners. If you buy the wrong sized unit you could end up with your unit overworking and costing you more energy, or you could end up with the unit running constantly resulting in a much higher energy bill and not having a fully cooled room. Along with that you need to make sure that the unit will fit in your window, will have the right outlet, and so much more.

BTU Size

Displacing Heat
Displacing Heat

In order to fully understand what kind and what size of window air conditioner that you need you first need to understand British Thermal Units, or BTUs. BTUs are the traditional measurement of heat. When looking at air conditioners BTUs are used to measure the cooling capacity of your window or portable air conditioners. The higher the BTU number the more powerful and the more cooling capacity your unit has.

Most people use a measurement of around thirty BTUs for each square foot of living space that you wish to cool in your home or office. If we use that same measurement we can do some math based on a seven-thousand BTU air conditioner. If we take that seven-thousand number and divide it by thirty we get an approximated square footage of two-hundred and thirty. So, in this case seven-thousand BTUs would have enough power to cool a larger bedroom or office. (Remember that square footage is just a calculation that can be done by measuring the width of bedroom and the length of a bedroom. Once you have that you multiply the numbers together and presto, you now have your square footage.)

Remember though folks that bigger isn’t always better. You want to ensure that you get the proper sized unit for the room that you are trying to cool. If you purchase something with too few BTUs then your unit is going to be working overtime trying to cool the room. If you purchase something that has too much BTUs then your unit is going to be costing you extra on your electric bills and you will also develop warm and cold spots throughout the room due to the larger sized unit.

Lastly, I will emphasize this one more time. BTUs are one of the most important decision you can make when purchasing a window air conditioner. Getting this number wrong or right will determine exactly how well your new window unit will perform.

Window Size

We all know that old adage, measure twice and cut once. Well the same rule applies to air conditioners. Always always always be sure to measure the width and the height of your window to ensure that the air conditioner that you will be buying will fit and will fit correctly. To get even more specific you may even take into consideration the depth of your new AC unit and see if there are any trees, shrubs, or anything else that could obstruct exhaust flow of your unit. Remember folks, that heat has to go somewhere and if there is something obstructing your exhaust your air conditioner isn’t going to have a good time.

As I said before it is best for you to measure the window so you know exactly what you are dealing with but I will give you this bit of advice. Most windows found in homes today range between twenty-four to thirty inches wide and forty-eight to fifty-six inches high. If you are unsure of the dimensions of the air conditioner you are wishing to buy either on Amazon or the manufacturer’s official product page will have the full details for you.

EPA’s Energy Star

The United States’ Environmental Protection Agency has a rating for window air conditioners. This rating is called Energy Star. The Energy Star program was founded back in 1991 and was originally designed to regulate and improve the energy usage of lighting in larger commercial buildings. (Think large office buildings or warehouses.) Since it’s found in 1991 the Energy Star program has changed and adapted over the years. Today it is one of the leading sources on finding out exactly how energy efficient a product is.

Koldfront WAC12001W Energy Saver
Koldfront WAC12001W Energy Saver

On the window air conditioning side of the world the Energy Star is measured by whats called Energy Efficiency Ratio, or EER. For a window unit to qualify for the Energy Star program the unit must have an EER rating of 10.0 or higher. Now, I won’t say that every Frigidaire unit is Energy Star certified what I can say is that a good portion of them are.  Remember, that if your unit is Energy Star certified that means less costly monthly energy bills.

115 Volts VS 220 Volts

Most of the time this won’t apply to you but if you are going to be purchasing a larger window air conditioner then you should definitely stop and think before you purchase. What kind of plug-in does this air conditioner have? Does it come with a standard one-hundred and fifteen volt plug, or does it comes with a two-hundred and twenty volt plug?

I’ve seen this trip a lot of people up. The worst thing you can do is order a unit, have it come, get it installed, and then when you go to plug it in you realize that you don’t have the right outlet for it. I can just see myself doing this with my wife standing over my shoulder telling me I should have checked before I ordered. (I can’t be the only one, right?)

Koldfront Window Air Conditioner Products

Ok folks so now that we have reviewed the Koldfront brand name and what considerations that should be taken into account we can now begin to look at some of the Koldfront products that are out there. Now, when I shop I have to ask myself one question. Do I need the product right away, or can I wait a few days? Most of the time my answer to that question is that I can wait a few days. In that case I like to shop on Amazon.com. The reason that I do this is two fold. The first is that their website allows me to easily research the product. I can see reviews, questions and answers, and even product dimensions/weight. The other is that most of the time Amazon has a very competitive price that lines up with most of the other retailers out there. The best part about it is that I don’t have to leave the house and drive for a ways just to pick something up. (I live out in the country and driving to a store isn’t an easy venture.) Instead, I opt for having the product delivered to me.

Ok, enough about me. Let’s take a look at some of the Koldfront window air conditioning units and what they have to offer:

Koldfront WAC8002WCO 8,000 BTU
Koldfront WAC8002WCO 8,000 BTU
  • Koldfront WAC8002WCO 8,000 BTU
    • While most models from other brands start at around five-thousand or six-thousand BTUs the Koldfront model WAC8002WCO starts out at eight-thousand BTUs. It is rated to cool rooms up to three-hundred and fifty square feet. Depending on your home this could be your master bedroom or perhaps even your living room. This product is Energy Star rated by the EPA , comes with a remote control that works as far as sixteen feet away, and comes with energy saver modes such as sleep and dry mode.
  • Koldfront WAC8001W 8,000 BTU
    • The Koldfront WAC8001W is the sister product to the unit we mentioned above. The WAC8001W however has additional features such as a digital display and a built in electric heater as well as an air conditioner. It should be noted though that while this unit has a heater the BTUs on the heater are only rated at thirty-five hundred whereas the air conditioner is rated at eight-thousand. This heater is meant as a supplement to other heat sources. Like the WAC8002WCO this unit is rated to cool rooms up to three-hundred and fifty square feet.
    • If it were me I would choose the WAC8002WCO over this model and buy an infrared unit instead. The infrared will you give you sufficient heat and then you don’t have to pay the extra premium for the air conditioner/heater combination.

      Infrared Space Heater
      Infrared Space Heater
  • Koldfront WAC10002WCO 10,000 BTU
    • The Koldfront WAC10002WCO is the next step up coming in at ten-thousand BTUs. It is rated to cool rooms upwards to four-hundred and fifty square feet. This could be a living room or a two bedroom combination at the end of your hallway. Like other Koldfront models this unit is Energy Star certified by the EPA, it has a energy/economy saver mode, a twenty-four hour programmable timer, as well as a sleep and dry mode. This unit is still relatively light weight as well only coming in at around sixty pounds. Installation shouldn’t be too difficult.
  • Koldfront WAC12002WCO 12,000 BTU
    • The Koldfront WAC12002WCO comes in at twelve-thousand BTUs and can cool rooms or areas up to five-hundred and fifty square feet. This type of cooling power can be used to cool the majority of a second floor, a decent sized apartment, or a large living room. The product is Energy Star certified with the EPA, comes with an energy saver mode, a sleep and dry mode, and a twenty-four hour on/off programmable timer. Again, this is still a lighter weight unit only coming in at around seventy pounds.
  • Koldfront WAC12001W 12,000 BTU
    • Ok folks, if you are truly looking for a solid air conditioner and heater combination then the Koldfront WAC12001W is the unit for you. With this product you get twelve-thousand BTUs of cooling power and eleven-thousand BTUs of electric heating power. The WAC12001W is rated to heat/cool rooms up to five-hundred and fifty square feet. As I mentioned earlier, this sized room could be a large living room, a few bedrooms in your upstairs, or a decent sized apartment. One thing to mention here is that this unit DOES require a different plug-in then what you may be used to. Most units take a one-hundred and fifteen volt plug-in but this unit requires a two-hundred and thirty volt outlet. (Think of your clothes dryer and your oven plug-ins.) Lastly, this unit comes with a two year warranty ensuring you that your purchase and investment is secure.
  • Koldfront WAC18001W 18,500 BTU
    • The Koldfront WAC18001W is in fact very similar to the WAC12001W that we mentioned above. The WAC18001W is both an air conditioner and a heater the only difference here is that it is bigger! With this unit we get a total eighteen-thousand BTUs of cooling power and sixteen-thousand BTUs of electric heating power. The unit is rated to cool rooms or areas up to one-thousand square feet. I would highly recommend this product for cooling/heating an entire floor of your home or for cooling your entire apartment/condominium. This unit is NOT Energy Star certified with the EPA, but usually when you get this big in size an Energy Star product is hard to find. The Energy Efficiency Ratio is measured at 10.7, so still relatively efficient. Like the unit above this product requires a two-hundred and thirty volt outlet. Please be aware of this before purchasing.

      Koldfront WAC25001W 25,000 BTU
      Koldfront WAC25001W 25,000 BTU
  • Koldfront WAC25001W 25,000 BTU
    • Alrighty folks, we’ve saved the biggest for last. What’s that old ‘Home Improvement,’ motto? More Power? Well the Koldfront WAC25001W definitely has more power. It comes in at twenty-five thousand BTUs and is rated to cool rooms or areas up to fifteen-hundred square feet. That is the size of a medium sized home. Like the other units above this product also has a built in electric heater as well. The heater is rated at sixteen-thousand BTUs, so while it doesn’t have as much power as the air conditioner it will still keep your room warm. This unit like the other requires a two-hundred and thirty volt outlet. Also, this unit is very heavy coming in at one-hundred and thirty pounds. While that may not seem to heavy I want you to realize that you are balancing this thing on your window during installation. Can you balance one-hundred and thirty pounds all the while securing it to the frame? I know I couldn’t. You will need help to install this.
    • The last thing I want to mention on this unit is, are you sure this is the one you want? If it was me I would opt for a smaller BTU unit and buying a couple of them. That way you get your cool/heated air coming from multiple points of the house instead of one central point. This will allow the air to circulate more and to more evenly cool your home.

Other Brands

While we briefly touched on other brands in our Koldfront section I wanted to take some time to go over them again here. We are now familiar with the Koldfront name and how they have been doing business for nearly twenty years. They are a growing company and I am sure will be around for a while. First let me say this, Koldfront products have great quality and will accomplish exactly what you are trying to do, cool your home. You will not regret purchasing a Koldfront unit. The question now though is do you want to buy from a twenty year old company that is making innovations, or do you want to purchase from a century old company? Don’t discount the little guy, remember that Amazon.com is only twenty-five years old. These ‘little guys’ can topple giants.

As far as the other brands out there I want to mention two. The first is Frigidaire. Frigidaire has been around for over one-hundred years and was in fact one of the first inventors of self-contained refrigerator. Since this great initial product launch they have been innovating on refrigerators, window air conditioners, and many other appliances over the decades. Today they are a house hold name and if you look around your kitchen you will most likely find a Frigidaire appliance. It could be a dishwasher, microwave, refrigerator, or even an oven. My point here is that they’ve been around the block and they know what they are doing. To read about Frigidaire Window Air Conditioners please click here to be taken to our Frigidaire article.

Friedrich Window Air Conditioners
Friedrich Window Air Conditioners

The other brand that I wanted to recognize is the Friedrich Window Air Conditioners. Friedrich, like Frigidaire, is a one-hundred year old company. The difference here is that since the 1950’s Friedrich has been specializing in air conditioners and only air conditioners. What that means is that their sole and only focus is on their air conditioners. That means great attention to detail and production value. On top of that Friedrich uses commercial grade parts and equipment when constructing their window units to ensure that only the top quality is received. In my opinion the Friedrich brand name is the undisputed King of window air conditioners. They are top quality and have top features. The downside here is that you’re going to pay a pretty penny to purchase one of these products. For more information on Friedrich window air conditioners please click here to be taken to our article.

Conclusion

The decision is now up to you folks. Between all three brands that we have mentioned here which one will you choose? Will you go for the new up and coming under-dog, or will you settle on a century old company like Frigidaire or Friedrich?

If you decide on Koldfront I can assure you that you will receive a great product. However, if you do choose to go with a more experienced company will you opt for the top quality and high price of Friedrich, or will you go with the tried and true Frigidaire brand name? It all depends on you and your budget. If it was me though folks I would end up purchasing the Koldfront unit as the reviews are great and I like the idea of supporting a smaller business.

Thanks for reading,

Alec Johnson

RefrigerantHQ

 

Frigidaire Window Air Conditioners

As I write this article it is Memorial Day Weekend and here in Kansas City the temperature is going to be stuck in the high nineties for most of my three day weekend. In fact, I spent a better part of my morning setting up a pool for my girls to play in. But, here’s the thing, after my family was done with the pool we came inside to a nice seventy-two degree home. All of that is thanks to our window units that we have installed on each side of our home. These products can be a lifesaver especially if you are in a warmer climate like Kansas.

If you find that you are needing a window air conditioner either because yours finally died on you or it’s your first time purchasing one the same questions will arise in your head. What kind of window unit do I need? What brand do I need? What size do I need? In this article I aim to answer those questions and more. My aim is to guide you through the buying and decision making process.

Frigidaire Brand Name

Chances are you already recognize the Frigidaire brand name. In fact there is a pretty good chance that you could already find one of their appliances already in your home. It could be your refrigerator, your microwave, your dish washer, or even your oven. My point here is that Frigidaire is an appliance company and an appliance company that has withstood the test of time. In fact, the Frigidaire brand name has been around for over one-hundred years.

If we go back in time all the way back to 1916 we can find the Frigidaire brand name and it’s origin. During that year the Frigidaire company invented and began selling the first self-contained refrigerator. While a refrigerator and a window air conditioner may seem different to you I can assure you that they are in fact very similar. Think about it for a moment. They both cool and they both use refrigerant. The only difference here is that the window unit is cooling your room while your refrigerator is cooling the cabin. Besides that, the principals are the same.

Over the past century the Frigidaire company and brand has been innovating and improving their appliances. Today they are a respected brand name throughout the country and the world. If you see a Frigidaire name on your appliance you can rest assured that you are getting a quality and durable product. The same can be said with their window air conditioners.

Buying Considerations

Now before you decide to purchase a window air conditioner there are some considerations and other notes to go over. The worst thing you can do is ‘guess’ as to what kind of unit you need. Depending on the size of window air conditioner you purchase they can be quite expensive. When you purchase you want to make sure that you have the perfect unit for you. Let’s take a look at some of the buying considerations below:

BTU Size

Displacing Heat
Displacing Heat

In order to fully understand what kind and what size of window air conditioner that you need you first need to understand British Thermal Units, or BTUs. BTUs are the traditional measurement of heat. When looking at air conditioners BTUs are used to measure the cooling capacity of your window or portable air conditioners. The higher the BTU number the more powerful and the more cooling capacity your unit has.

Most people use a measurement of around thirty BTUs for each square foot of living space that you wish to cool in your home or office. If we use that same measurement we can do some math based on a seven-thousand BTU air conditioner. If we take that seven-thousand number and divide it by thirty we get an approximated square footage of two-hundred and thirty. So, in this case seven-thousand BTUs would have enough power to cool a larger bedroom or office. (Remember that square footage is just a calculation that can be done by measuring the width of bedroom and the length of a bedroom. Once you have that you multiply the numbers together and presto, you now have your square footage.)

Remember though folks that bigger isn’t always better. You want to ensure that you get the proper sized unit for the room that you are trying to cool. If you purchase something with too few BTUs then your unit is going to be working overtime trying to cool the room. If you purchase something that has too much BTUs then your unit is going to be costing you extra on your electric bills and you will also develop warm and cold spots throughout the room due to the larger sized unit.

Lastly, I will emphasize this one more time. BTUs are one of the most important decision you can make when purchasing a window air conditioner. Getting this number wrong or right will determine exactly how well your new window unit will perform.

Window Size

We all know that old adage, measure twice and cut once. Well the same rule applies to air conditioners. Always always always be sure to measure the width and the height of your window to ensure that the air conditioner that you will be buying will fit and will fit correctly. To get even more specific you may even take into consideration the depth of your new AC unit and see if there are any trees, shrubs, or anything else that could obstruct exhaust flow of your unit. Remember folks, that heat has to go somewhere and if there is something obstructing your exhaust your air conditioner isn’t going to have a good time.

As I said before it is best for you to measure the window so you know exactly what you are dealing with but I will give you this bit of advice. Most windows found in homes today range between twenty-four to thirty inches wide and forty-eight to fifty-six inches high. If you are unsure of the dimensions of the air conditioner you are wishing to buy either on Amazon or the manufacturer’s official product page will have the full details for you.

EPA’s Energy Star

The United States’ Environmental Protection Agency has a rating for window air conditioners. This rating is called Energy Star. The Energy Star program was founded back in 1991 and was originally designed to regulate and improve the energy usage of lighting in larger commercial buildings. (Think large office buildings or warehouses.) Since it’s found in 1991 the Energy Star program has changed and adapted over the years. Today it is one of the leading sources on finding out exactly how energy efficient a product is.Frigidaire FFRA0511R1 5, 000 BTU Energy Guide

On the window air conditioning side of the world the Energy Star is measured by whats called Energy Efficiency Ratio, or EER. For a window unit to qualify for the Energy Star program the unit must have an EER rating of 10.0 or higher. Now, I won’t say that every Frigidaire unit is Energy Star certified what I can say is that a good portion of them are.  Remember, that if your unit is Energy Star certified that means less costly monthly energy bills.

115 Volts VS 220 Volts

Most of the time this won’t apply to you but if you are going to be purchasing a larger window air conditioner then you should definitely stop and think before you purchase. What kind of plug-in does this air conditioner have? Does it come with a standard one-hundred and fifteen volt plug, or does it comes with a two-hundred and twenty volt plug?

I’ve seen this trip a lot of people up. The worst thing you can do is order a unit, have it come, get it installed, and then when you go to plug it in you realize that you don’t have the right outlet for it. I can just see myself doing this with my wife standing over my shoulder telling me I should have checked before I ordered. (I can’t be the only one, right?)

Frigidaire Window Air Conditioner Products

Alright folks so we’ve now gone over the Frigidaire brand name and the various options that you need to consider before purchasing a window unit. Now that that is out of the way we can begin to look at the various window units that are on the market today. Personally, I buy everything online nowadays including the big things. In the section below I am going to provide a link to our Amazon partner’s web-page that shows you the product that we have discussed. These products are our top rated Frigidaire window units. Let’s take a look:

  • Frigidaire FFRA0511R1 5,000 BTU
    • The FFRA0511R1 is your very basic bare bones unit. This product will do exactly what it’s designed to do. It will cool your room. You may have noticed that the BTUs on this unit are only at 5,000. That is because this is a very small window unit only rated to cool rooms at one-hundred and fifty square feet. That square footage is about the size of a large bedroom. This Frigidaire unit is by FAR one of the most popular window units on the market today. That is mostly due to the Frigidaire name and the dirt cheap price. Go ahead, try and find a cheaper unit out there!
  • Frigidaire FFRE0633S1 6,000 BTU
    • The FFRE0633S1 from Frigidaire is the next step up from the previous model we looked at. This model not only goes up one-thousand BTUs but it also swaps out the turn-knob controls with a digital display and a fully functional remote control. The FFRE0633S1 is rated to cool up to two-hundred and fifty square feet, is Energy Star certified at 12.2 EER, and is still considered a ‘mini’ unit which means it only comes in forty-four pounds. If you were to ask me my opinion I would suggest this unit over the 5,000 BTU product we looked at earlier. You get better features on this product and you also get covered if you have a larger closet, bathroom, or other small additional square footage that you are wishing to cool.

      FFRA1011R1 With Turn Dial Knobs
      FFRA1011R1 With Turn Dial Knobs
  • Frigidaire FFRE0833S1 8,000 BTU
    • The FFRE0833S1 is rated to cool rooms up to three-hundred and fifty square feet. Depending on the lay out of your home this could be a large master bedroom, a living room, or kitchen. (Please note that if you are looking for a unit for your kitchen that you should always add at least one-thousand BTUs due to the extra heat coming from the kitchen oven.) This unit comes with a digital display and a fully functional remote control. The FFRE0833S1 is also Energy Star certified with the EPA coming in at a 12.0 Energy Efficiency Ratio rating. (Keep in mind that the baseline for this is 10.0.)
  • Frigidaire FFRA1011R1 10,000 BTU
    • The FFRA1011R1 is rated as ten-thousand BTUs and can cool rooms upwards to four-hundred and fifty square feet. Again, like before, this could be a very large master bedroom but most likely it could be a living room/dining room combination. Now, the FFRA1011R1 is the baseline model for ten-thousand BTUs. In other words, it is cheaper then the product I’m going to list below but that is because it does not have a digital display, it does not have a remote control, and it is not Energy Star certified. While this unit will work great I would still recommend the FFRE1033S1 over this. You still get ten-thousand BTUs but you also get the extra features and Energy Star qualifications.
  • Frigidaire FFRE1033S1 10,000 BTU
    • Just like the FFRA1011R1 above the FFRE1033S1 is also rated at ten-thousand BTUs and cool rooms upwards to four-hundred and fifty square feet. The big difference here though between the two products is that you get all of the ‘bonuses,’ with the FFRE1033S1. You get Energy Star EPA certification, you get, you get a digital display, and you get a remote control. All of these extras for not much more in price. If it was me I would purchase this one over the other ten-thousand unit.

      Frigidaire FFRE1033S1 With Digital Display
      Frigidaire FFRE1033S1 With Digital Display
  • Frigidaire FFRA1211R1 12,000 BTU
    • The Frigidaire FFRA1211R1 is similar to what we looked at with the ten-thousand BTU models. This unit comes in at twelve-thousand BTUs and is rated to cool rooms up to five-hundred and fifty square feet. When we get this to square footage I am thinking primarily of apartments or condominiums. Yes, this can still be used in your home, especially if you have a large open floor plan area. Just keep in mind that you don’t want to go too high or too low on your BTUs. As an example, let’s say your open floor plan is eight-hundred square feet. In that case this window unit will not work for you. You would be best moving up to a much higher BTU requirement. Now the FFRA1211R1 is a bare bones model like we discussed before. You get a turn-knob dial adjustment and no digital display or remote. But, the price is cheaper then on it’s sister product FFRA1222U1. If it was me though, I’d pay the extra price and get the FFRA1222U1.
  • Frigidaire FFRA1222U1 12,000 BTU
    • The FFRA1222U1 the sister product to the FFRA1211R1. They are both rated at ten-thousand BTUs and can cool rooms upwards to five-hundred and fifty square feet. The difference here is that with the FFRA1222U1 you get the extra features that the FFRA1211R1 simply doesn’t have. Some of these are the digital display and the remote control. While the remote control may not sound like a big deal to you now I can assure you that if you wake up in the middle of the night and find that the room is too warm would you rather reach over to your nightstand and grab the remote, or would you rather get up and walk across the room? I know what I would rather do folks.
  • Frigidaire FFRE1533S1 15,100 BTU
    • Ok folks now we are getting into the much larger sizes. The Frigidaire FFRE1533S1 is rated at just over fifteen-thousand BTUs and can cool rooms up to eight-hundred and fifty square feet. I remember my first apartment and it was just around eight-hundred square feet. This unit could cool the entire apartment without an issue. The other option is an entire floor. In some houses they have their bedrooms all upstairs. This unit would work great to cool the upstairs floor if you kept your doors open and had it installed in one of the bedroom windows. The FFRE1533S1 is EPA Energy Star certified at 11.8 EER. It has the digital display that I love and the remote control so you don’t have to get up to change the temperature.
  • Frigidaire FFRE1833S2 18,000 BTU
    • The Frigidaire FFRE1833S2 is the next step and gets us up to eighteen-thousand BTUs. It is rated to cool rooms upwards to one-thousand and twenty square feet. Again, this could be a larger apartment or condo. It could also be an entire floor rather it be your upstairs or main living area. One very important thing that I want to point out to you now is that as we get into these higher BTU window units that the electrical outlet requirements change. Everything before this product could use the standard one-hundred and fifteen volt plug-in. (These are your standard outlets you find all over your house.) However, as get into these larger units the amount of power changes and you need to actually go up to a two-hundred and thirty volt plug-in. (Think of your oven or dryer plug-ins.) This can deter a lot of people and can also upset some as they weren’t expecting this ‘surprise,’ when the product arrives and they go to plug it in. Alright, so now that that is out of the way let’s take a look at the Frigidaire FFRE1833S2. It is Energy Star Certified with the EPA at 11.8 EER, has the standard digital display that we’ve come to know, and comes with a remote control. This is a great unit but just be aware that the price point goes up quite a bit on these larger sized products.
  • Frigidaire FFRH1822R2 18,500 BTU
    • The FFRH1822R2 is in a class of it’s own. Yes, it has a very similar BTU as the previous model we just reviewed. Here’s the difference though, this unit comes with a supplemental heat-pump that is rated at sixteen-thousand BTUs. That means that not only you do you get your air conditioner but you also get a heater as well. (Please note, that the heater is a heat-pump and will not work when temperatures fall below forty-degrees.) The FFRH1822R2 is rated to cool rooms up to one-thousand square feet, has the digital display, remote control, energy saver mode, sleep mode, and many more options. This is a great product to purchase if you are looking to cool your entire condominium or apartment.
  • Frigidaire FFRE2233S2 22,000 BTUs
    • Alright folks onwards and upwards. The Frigidaire FFRE2233S2 is rated at twenty-two thousand BTUs and can cool rooms up to thirteen-hundred square feet. Think about that for a moment. That is the size of a small house or a large apartment. This product can cool your whole home without an issue! As I mentioned earlier this unit will require a two-hundred and thirty volt plug-in, so please be aware of that. Besides that, the product comes with your standard features such as digital display, remote control, and it is Energy Star certified with the EPA. (10.3 EER) One other thing to mention is that as you get into these larger units the weight and the difficulty of installation increases. This unit is over double the weight of the five-thousand BTU units that we looked at earlier. Please be careful when installing and gather as much help as you need to ensure the job is done right and no injury to you or your new air conditioner occurs.
  • Frigidaire FFRE2533S2 25,000 BTU
    • Well folks I honestly don’t know if you would ever need an air conditioner of this size but hey, I’m going to do a write up on it regardless. The Frigidaire FFRE2533S2 is rated at twenty-five thousand BTUs and can cool area up to sixteen-hundred square feet. That area is bigger then my last house, so rest assured you should be able to cool what you’re looking for. Please do keep in mind though that you don’t want to go to big for your room. If you do you could run into higher energy bills and hot and cold spots throughout the room due to humidification issues. The FFRE2533S2 is Energy Star certified with the EPA and is rated at 10.3 Energy Efficiency Ratio. Like with the other units, it comes with a digital display and a remote control. Lastly, remember two things: The first is that this unit requires a two-hundred and thirty volt plug-in. Second, this unit weighs nearly one-hundred and fifty pounds and may be difficult to install.

      Frigidaire FFRA2822R2 28000 BTU
      Frigidaire FFRA2822R2 28000 BTU
  • Frigidaire FFRA2822R2 28,000 BTU
    • But wait, there’s more! Ha! Seriously though, the Frigidaire FFRA2822SR2 is a beast coming in at twenty-eight thousand BTUs and it can cool areas up to nineteen-hundred square feet. This thing is a monster and should easily meet your cooling needs. It does require a two-hundred and thirty volt plug-in and it is heavy at nearly one-hundred and fifty pounds. It does come with the digital display and remote control but this unit is NOT Energy Star certified as it only has an EER rating of 8.5. Lastly, keep in mind that when purchasing a unit this big that the cold air is only coming from one point. If you are trying to cool your whole home with this unit I would recommend instead getting two or three of the smaller BTU units and place them sporadically throughout your home. This will allow you to have cold air coming from two or three points in the home instead of one central point. That way your cold air will be more evenly distributed.

Other Brands

While there are always other brands out there I can assure you folks that by going with a Frigidaire product you are not only getting a high quality product but also one that has an aggressive price point and that stays right in line with the competition. As a consumer I always like to look at my choices through the Good, Better, and Best approach.

What that means is that I do my research to narrow down my selection to three main products. I then determine which one of these products are a ‘Good,’ which ones are ‘Better,’ and which ones are ‘Best.’ Now a ‘Good’ product means that the unit does exactly what it is intended for. In this case, to cool your room. It may not have all the bells and whistles as a ‘Better,’ or a ‘Best,’ but it gets the job done and will not let you down. The ‘Better’ is similar to the ‘Good,’ but only with additional features, extended warranties, or something else that has caused it to stick out to me. Lastly, the ‘Best,’ is the top of the line unit. Nothing else out there beats it and you are getting absolute quality.

Friedrich Window Air Conditioners
Friedrich Window Air Conditioners

If I was to put the Frigidaire brand name up against this scale I would rate Frigidaire as a ‘Better.’ The Frigidaire names brings quality and effectiveness with their brand but there is another brand out there that outranks Frigidaire in the ‘Best’ category. That brand is Friedrich. Now, I won’t spend too much time here on this brand but the Friedrich brand is top quality. They ONLY make window air conditioners and use commercial grade parts to ensure a long lasting unit. You can read my write up on Friedrich’s air conditioners by clicking here. I will warn you right now that the Friedrich name is a premium name and with a premium name comes a premium cost.

Conclusion

The decision is now up to you folks. Do you want the ‘Better,’ or the ‘Best?’ If ‘Better,’ then I would suggest purchasing one of the recommended Frigidaire products we mentioned above. If ‘Best,’ then check out the Friedrich link that we provided above as well. Lastly, if you are looking for just a bare bones air conditioner, or a ‘Good,’ then you may want to move over to Amazon and purchase either a hOme or an LG unit.

Thanks for reading,

Alec Johnson

RefrigerantHQ

What Is It?

In order to fully understand what kind and what size of window or portable air conditioner that you need you first need to understand British Thermal Units, or BTUs. BTUs are the traditional measurement of heat. When looking at air conditioners BTUs are used to measure the cooling capacity of your window or portable air conditioners. The higher the BTU number the more powerful and the more cooling capacity your unit has.

Most people use a measurement of around thirty BTUs for each square foot of living space that you wish to cool in your home or office. If we use that same measurement we can do some math based on a seven-thousand BTU air conditioner. If we take that seven-thousand number and divide it by thirty we get an approximated square footage of two-hundred and thirty. So, in this case seven-thousand BTUs would have enough power to cool a larger bedroom or office.

Remember though folks that bigger isn’t always better. You want to ensure that you get the proper sized unit for the room that you are trying to cool. If you purchase something with too few BTUs then your unit is going to be working overtime trying to cool the room. If you purchase something that has too much BTUs then your unit is going to be costing you extra on your electric bills and you will also develop warm and cold spots throughout the room due to the larger sized unit.

Now that we know what BTUs are and how many BTUs you need per square foot the next step is to measure the square footage of your room. This is a relatively easy calculation that can be done with a tape measure and a little bit of time. All you need to do is measure the length of one wall and the width of the other wall. Once you have this measurement you multiply the numbers together and then you have square footage. One other thing to consider is does the room have a large closet or bathroom? If so, will the door be open or will it be closed throughout most of the day? Depending on your answer here you may need to go up in BTUs to accommodate the extra square footage.

The most commonly used BTU sized air conditioners are between five-thousand and eight-thousand BTUs. These are so common due to the fact that they are ideal for standard bedrooms, dorm rooms, or small offices. While there are other larger BTU sizes out there chances are you only need one of these size. Take a look below at our top recommended window units by BTU size. If you are looking to cool your bedroom during these hot summer months then I can assure you that these products will get the job done.

5,000 BTU

These units are rated to cool rooms at around one-hundred and fifty square feet. This could be a smaller bedroom. Our top picks are:

6,000 BTU

The 6,000 BTU units are meant to cool rooms at around two-hundred square feet. Again, this is the size of an average bedroom. Our top picks are:

8,000 BTU

The 8,000 BTU units are meant for a bit larger bedrooms and can cool up to two-hundred and fifty square feet. This could even be a smaller master bedroom. Our top picks are:

Conclusion

Regardless if you selected one of our picks above I hope that you have learned that BTUs can play a critical role when selecting an air conditioner. While we only selected models between five-thousand and eight-thousand the window and portable air conditioner market can go as high as twenty-four thousand BTUs. When it comes to the bigger sizes though you may want to consider purchasing a more traditional split air conditioning system.

Thanks for reading,

Alec Johnson

RefrigerantHQ

Friedrich Window Air Conditioners

When it comes to window air conditioners there are a variety of different brands and makes out there. Some of the most common that you may recognize already are Frigidaire, LG, Whirlpool, and many others. While these names may have that brand recognition that we’re used too I wanted to take the time today and alert you to a much better brand on window air conditioners. The company, and the brand, is known as Friedrich.

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.

I will have to say that the price on Friedirch units are 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. Would you rather pay for a hammer that has it’s handle snap off after only a few uses or would you rather pay for a nice solid steel hammer that will last you forever? The same principal applies. You are paying for quality.

Considerations

Before you make the decision to purchase a window air conditioner there are some considerations and thought that needs to be taken to ensure that you are purchasing the correct unit for you and your family. Let’s take a brief look at some of these before move onto the various products from Friedrich. Also, if you find that you want a more in-depth explanation on how to buy a window unit then check out our window air conditioner buyer’s guide by clicking this link.

BTU Size

In order to find what sized air conditioner you need you first need to understand 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. If we use the example of a two-hundred square foot bedroom then we would need:

200 feet * 30 BTUs = 6,000 BTU Window Unit.

Window Size

We all know that old rule, measure twice and cut once. Well the same rule applies to air conditioners. Always always always be sure to measure the width and the height of your window to ensure that the air conditioner that you will be buying will fit and will fit correctly. To get even more specific you may even take into consideration the depth of your new AC unit and see if there are any trees, shrubs, or anything else that could obstruct exhaust flow of your unit. Remember folks, that heat has to go somewhere and if there is something obstructing your exhaust your air conditioner isn’t going to have a good time.

As I said before it is best for you to measure the window so you know exactly what you are dealing with but I will give you this bit of advice. Most windows found in homes today range between twenty-four to thirty inches wide and forty-eight to fifty-six inches high. If you are unsure of the dimensions of the air conditioner you are wishing to buy either on Amazon or the manufacturer’s official product page will have the full details for you.

Heater Option

Another benefit of Friedrich’s quality is that they offer models with built in heat options as well. You can choose between a heat pump or an electric heat option. The heat pump option works the same as a regular air conditioner except in reverse. Instead of removing the heat from a room they are removing the cold and supplying you with a supply of heat. Heat pumps typically work best  at temperatures of forty-five degrees or higher. If you get any colder then you will need a different type of heater. The electric heat addition to your window air conditioner is just like having a built in space heater. The electricity flowing into the unit heats the element and then a fan pushes the air against the element and into your room. As I mentioned before, electric heaters are meant more for your colder climates that routinely dip below forty-five degrees.

Friedrich Chill CP06G10B Energy Guide
Friedrich Chill CP06G10B Energy Guide

EPA’s Energy Star

The Environmental Protection Agency runs a program called Energy Star. This program began all the way back in 1991 and was originally designed to regulate the energy usage of lighting in commercial buildings. Since 1991 the EPA’s program has grown and grown to now become one of the leading sources on finding out exactly how energy efficient a unit is.

In the window air conditioning world the Energy Star is measured by Energy Efficient Ratio, or EER. In order for a window unit to be Energy Star certified it has to have an EER rating of 10.0 or higher. Since Friedrich is known for it’s quality and efficiency you will find that most units are at 10.0 or surpass it.

115 Volts VS 220 Volts

Most of the time this won’t apply to you but if you are going to be purchasing a larger window air conditioner then you should definitely stop and think before you purchase. What kind of plug-in does this air conditioner have? Does it come with a standard one-hundred and fifteen volt plug, or does it comes with a two-hundred and twenty volt plug? The worst thing you can do is order a unit, have it come, get it installed, and then when you go to plug it in you realize that you don’t have the right outlet for it.

Friedrich Window Air Conditioner Products

Ok, folks, so now we’re onto the good stuff. The products. Now, I’m not going to cover every single one of Friedrich’s products in this article. Instead, I am going to do a quick write up of their top selling products. It’ll be then up to you to decide exactly what unit you need, and remember to be thinking of the considerations we gave you above before purchasing anything.

Friedrich Chill CP06G10B 6000 BTU

The CP06G10B is a great introduction window unit for those of us who are looking to cool a small bedroom or office. It is rated at 6,000 BTUs and can cool rooms up to two-hundred and fifty square feet. It is Energy Star Certified with the EPA, comes with three cooling speeds, and even has an auto-restart feature in case you lose power in the middle of the night. The far side of my house struggles with cooling during the summer. In the winter I have a basic infrared heater that I plug in to keep my kids bedroom warm but in the summer I need that extra boost of cold air to ensure they have a cold place to sleep. This Friedirch CP06G10B does just that.

Friedirch CP08G10B 7,800 BTU
Friedirch CP08G10B 7,800 BTU

Friedrich Chill CP08G10B 7,800 BTU

The CP08G10B is the next size up. We’ve reached up to nearly 8,000 BTUs and at this size we are rated to cool rooms up to three-hundred and fifty square feet. This unit also comes with a bit more bells and whistles then the previous CP06G10B. With this we get a remote control, four different cooling modes including an energy saver, you also get a twenty-four hour programmable timer, and an automatic air sweep that helps circulate air around the room. One extra benefit on these smaller BTU units is that they are quite a bit lighter then the other units. That means that it is a lot easier to install as they typically only weight about sixty to seventy pounds.

Friedrich Chill EP08G11B 7,500 BTU With Heater

Ok folks, remember how we briefly went over some of these window units coming with a heater as well? Well the EP08G11B is one of them. With this unit we get a cooling capacity larger enough for a three-hundred and fifty square foot room and an electric heater rated to warm a room of up to one-hundred and twenty-five square feet. Along with that you also get an EER rating of 11.2 which means it’s cooling is very efficient, a remote control, a twenty-four hour on/off timer, and an automatic air sweep that aids in air circulation. This unit is a great year round at heating and cooling.

Friedrich Uni-Fit US08D10C 8,000 BTU 

Friedrich Uni-Fit US08D10C 8,000 BTU 
Friedrich Wall Mounted Uni-Fit US08D10C 8,000 BTU

While this unit is fairly similar in size to the two above products this one is different in how it installs and sits in your wall. Yes, I said wall. A lot of people don’t realize that window units can be installed through their wall as well as their window. Friedrich’s Uni-Fit line allows users to easily replace their existing wall unit with the Friedrich model. The idea is for it to pop right into an existing wall sleeve even if it is from a competitor. Along with the easy of replacing your old unit with this new Friedirch model you also get all of the benefits we’ve mentioned above like Energy Star certified, twenty-four hour on/off timer, remote control, and many other features.

Friedrich Chill CP10G10B 10,000 BTU

We’re getting up there in BTU size now folks. The Friedrich CP10G10B is at 10,000 BTUs and is rated to cool rooms up to four-hundred and fifty square feet. This is about the size of a large master bedroom or a good sized living room. This unit is Energy Star certified and has an Energy Efficiency Ratio of 12.2. That is a HUGE EER rating, remember that the EPA’s guideline is 10.0 or higher. Again, like with most Friedrich units, you get a lot of the same features such as remote control, twenty-four hour on/off timer, varying cooling speeds, and many more.

Friedrich Chill CP12G10B 12,000 BTU

This 12,000 BTU unit is rated to cool rooms up to five-hundred and fifty square feet. These units are great for an open layout living room/kitchen, a small apartment, or even a finished loft above your garage. The CP12G10B is Energy Star certified as well and it’s EER rating is 12.1. Again, remember that that 12.1 number is huge when comparing to the EPA’s required 10.0. Something else to note is that as get into these larger sized units the type out plug-in may change. I am glad to say that on this unit it is still a one-hundred and fifteen volt plug-in. This is your standard outlet you can find anywhere around the house. Like the other Friedrich unit this product comes with a variety of features such as an energy saver mode, a twenty-four hour on/off switch, a remote, and many more.

Friedrich Chill CP15G10B 15,500 BTU

Next on our listing is Friedrich’s CP15G10B 15,500 BTU air conditioner. This unit is rated to cool rooms up to seven-hundred square feet. Depending on the size of your home or house this could be the majority of a second floor area, it could be a larger apartment, or it could be a finished room above your garage. Like with most Friedrich units this product is Energy Start Certified and boasts an EER number of 11.9. Even though we are at 15,000 BTUs here the CP15G10B still comes with a one-hundred and fifteen plug-in. That’s a big deal for this BTU size. The usual features come with this Friedrich unit. One last point to mention is that with these higher BTU products they can weigh quite a bit more then what we’re used too. In some cases over one-hundred pounds.

Friedrich EP18G33B 18000 BTU
Friedrich EP18G33B 18000 BTU

Friedrich Chill EP18G33B 18,000 BTU

Alright ladies and gentlemen we are now on to the big boy! The Friedrich EP18G33B 18,000 BTU is a very large unit that is rated to cool up to one-thousand square feet. That could cover an entire floor of your home or a very large open area like a living room/kitchen combination. While this unit is not Energy Star Certified it is rated as an 11.2 Energy Efficiency Ratio. This unit also comes with an electric heater that has nearly 10,000 BTUs and is rated to heat rooms around three-hundred and fifty square feet. I will warn you now that this product does need a two-hundred and twenty volt plug-in.

Conclusion

Well folks, I hope that this short guide was able to help you understand the importance of the Friedrich brand, guided you in the right direction in buying your new unit, and answered any questions that you may have had. If you didn’t find the exact product you are looking for in our product listing above then click this link to be taken to Friedrich’s official Amazon store where you can search through all of their products.

Thanks for reading,

Alec Johnson

RefrigerantHQB

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

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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

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Differences

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.

Conclusion

Regardless of what you choose folks I can assure you that you will end up with a cool room or home. The decision is up to you, but I hope that this article was helpful.

Thanks for reading,

Alec Johnson

RefrigearntHQ

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

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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 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

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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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Differences

Spring is beautiful. Trees are blooming, birds are chirping, and we rarely have to wear winter coats. It’s nice outside! Finally, there are days when you don’t have to run your HVAC system. If you have another type of space heater you’re probably not using that either. Soon, however, you’ll need to consider your cooling situation. And the perfect time is now.

This is because those 100 degree temperature days can come out of nowhere. Instead of being caught off guard, let’s take a look at some cooling options. Your HVAC system might be your go-to. However, there are portable and window air conditioners are great solutions as well. Before considering which might be best for you, you first need to understand the differences between the two. You’ll then learn functionality and features of each to decide which is best for you. There are a few points to consider here. They are:
• Defining each of the systems.
• Comparing the features of each system.
• Choosing the right air conditioner.
• Knowing where to buy it.

What is a Portable Air Conditioner?

DeLonghi America PACAN120EW 12000BTU Whisper Cool Portable Air Conditioner
PACAN120EW 12000BTU Portable Air Conditioner

A portable air conditioner is named as such for a reason: it’s portable! Think of a unit which can be moved from room to room or home to home. Portable air conditioners sit close to a window. This allows it to remove warm air from the room through a hose connected to the unit.

Portable air conditioners typically have a removable tray which collects moisture. Over time, this tray needs to be removed and the liquid should be flushed down a drain. Some high-end models, however, evaporate moisture out of the exhaust hose, along with the warm air. The Whynter ARC-122DS Elite is a great example of a higher end portable air conditioner which automatically evaporates moisture. You can learn more about portable air conditioners by clicking here.

What is a Window Air Conditioner?

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

A window air conditioner can also be viewed as a type of portable unit. However, it’s a stationary one. They are literally installed in an open window. The trick to window air conditioners is finding the right size. Having a proper setup means that the unit should fit perfectly. This will allow the cool air to stay in the room, thereby saving energy and money. The hOme 5000 BTU Window-Mounted Air Conditioner is a popular choice due to its ideal fit in bedroom windows. Make sure you measure your window before purchasing.

Installing a window air conditioner is not difficult, provided you follow the instruction manual. Once ready to run, you’ll find that the unit seems like a permanent fixture. They are great, in part, because they don’t take up much space due to being in the window. You can learn more about window air conditioners by clicking here.

Comparing the Two

There are multiple benefits to each unit. Some of the benefits overlap. For example, each type of air conditioner is relatively inexpensive. The average price is a few hundred dollars. In contrast, central air conditioners cost thousands of dollars. Portable air conditioners are slightly more expensive than window air conditioners. However, the price difference is minimal and may not be a major deciding factor with which unit to choose from.

The noise level varies with portable air conditioners. You can generally expect them to be quieter the price goes higher. Window air conditioners, on the other hand, are usually louder. This is due, in part, to the rumbling of the unit up against the window sill. Securing the unit in place will help to minimize the noise it produces.

Window air conditioners commonly come with an Energy Star rating. But that doesn’t mean portable air conditioners can’t be energy efficient. Portable units are commonly assigned an Energy Efficient Ratio (EER) rating. The higher the EER is, the more efficient the portable air conditioner will be. That being said, window air conditioners are generally known to be more energy efficient.

Which You Should Choose

Efficiency, price, versatility—these are the factors you’ll consider before choosing a unit. If you think you’ll be moving the unit from room to room you might want a portable air conditioner. If you are looking to save space in a room you might want a window air conditioner. If you want the easier unit to install you might choose the portable air conditioner. If you are looking for an efficient model you might choose a window air conditioner.

These factors might seem clear-cut to you. Or, you may want a mix of the features. At the end of the day, you’ll need to pick which one is best for your situation.

Where to Buy Them

My favorite place to shop is Amazon. I’m able to easily compare models and types without leaving my home. And you can too. For portable air conditioners, a great starting point for you would be here. If you are interested in window air conditioners, you will want to shop here.

Make sure you read customer reviews. It’s one of my favorite ways to research a new product I’m considering buying. You can also look at the star rating for a quick idea of how good the product is. If you are energy conscious, make sure you look at the BTU number of the unit. As the number goes higher it will be able to produce more energy.

Conclusion

Reading this has made you better prepared to face to face a hot summer. It’s important to note that, even if you have central air, you’ll want to get it checked before a hot an humid day. You may not have used your air conditioner since last year and you’ll want to make sure it’s working properly.

Consider also that both portable and window air conditioners use less energy than a central air conditioner. If you only need to cool one or two rooms in your home, either unit might be a great money-saving solution. If you have any further questions about portable or window air conditioners don’t hesitate to contact me.

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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