Air Conditioners

by Bea | June 2nd, 2009 | Home Shopping

picSummer is around the corner, and you know what that means, hot weather! Well, maybe not for every location in this world, but for many places, summertime means blazing sun, humid weather, and more heat. While many people have to “suffer” through the warm weather and while others have to deal with sweaty bodies, some people are fortunate enough to have air conditioning or central air.

Many air conditioners are only $100–which is a good investment.  The leading air conditioner brands are Frigidaire, GE, Haier, Kenmore (Sears), and LG. An air conditioner has an exterior portion that contains a compressor, fan, and condenser. The inside of an air conditioner contains a fan and an evaporator. They typically sit in windows.

How do you choose what type of air conditioner to buy? Well, how much cooling are you looking to get out of it? Consumer Reports states that ” A general rule is that 5,000 to 6,000 Btu/hr. models cool rooms 100 to 300 square feet; 9,800 to 12,500 Btu/hr. models cool rooms 250 to 550 square feet; and 9,800 to 12,500 Btu/hr. models cool rooms 350 to 950 square feet. “

This may seem like something that is completely obvious, but you also want to look into how big the air conditioner is going to be. If you bought an air conditioner out of the blue and then tried to put it in your window only to find that it did not fit, well, that would not work out too well, would it? Before going in to buy an air conditioner, be sure to measure the dimensions of your windows and see how far open your windows can go. Do not forget to write the measurements down!

Another thing to look out for is the window location. You may not know this, but most air conditioners do a better job directing air in one direction or the other. Depending on what direction you want the air to be directed in the room, you will have to buy an air conditioner that blows left, right, etc. Looking to see if the air conditioner is certified is also a good idea.

These are the top Consumer Report rated (5,000 to 6,000 BTU/HR) air conditioners:

  • GE ASM06LK
  • LG GL6000ER
  • Frigidaire FAA067P7A

Keep it cool this summer!

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