As the cold and rainy days disappear, the thought of hot summer days and the humid nights enter our heads. After the record winter we had you would think we all would embrace the hot weather, but soon the calls will be coming for air conditioners.
We all try and delay the process of buying an air conditioner but you would be smart to get ahead of the curve. Most companies will have enough to last through the first heat wave.
Air conditioners will typically be scarce in the middle/end of June, but there is availability due to a cool spring. Air conditioner factories ironically forecast and produce in winter and do not resupply in the summer.
Even in a prolonged heat wave, factories will not manufacture more units. In a hot summer, there are always shortages, so consider buying one now if needed.
We will be comparing our two best sellers, Frigidaire and Friedrich. Most manufacturers like Carrier, Amana, Sharp and Panasonic have exited the window air conditioner business.
The Best Air Conditioners for Bedrooms
(updated for 2015)
Frigidaire began as one of the first manufacturers of electric refrigerators for the home. They were purchased by Electrolux in 1986 and have become part of one of the largest appliance manufacturers in the world. They are known for some of the more reliable, best value appliances in the industry.
Friedrich also began as a refrigeration manufacturer in 1883 and by 1950 had become one of the largest commercial refrigeration companies in the world. They began selling window air conditioners in 1952, and are now known as a leader in both residential and commercial air conditioning.
Choosing a Bedroom Air Conditioner
An important factor in choosing an air conditioner is to consider its Energy Efficiency Ratio. A room air conditioner's efficiency is measured by the Energy Efficiency Ratio.
The EER is the ratio of the cooling capacity (in British thermal units [BTU] per hour) to the power input (in watts). The best units have typically had the highest EERs.
Air conditioning is based roughly on square footage of the room.
The following factors can affect the sizing...
Sunny exposures, tall ceilings, appliances (they can give off heat), people (500 BTU per person), 3rd floor (heat rises), windows...all these factors should increase the size of your air conditioner.
You also have to remember to NOT overcool your space. Throwing in a 10,000 BTU in a tiny room will actually freeze the unit as well as not allowing the AC to dehumidify.
That being said, your bedroom is typically the coolest room, because you are there at night, the coolest time of day. The majority of the air conditioners are sold at 5,000-6,000 BTU.
Comparing Bedroom Air Conditioners
Frigidaire offers small units (5,000 to 8,000) BTU’s for both standard and casement (sliding) window configurations, the majority being Energy Star rated. These models will cool rooms from roughly 150 to 350 square feet. Frigidaire models have proven to be reliable, relatively quiet, and will offer some nice features such as programmable timers and even remote controls.
Friedrich has two different series of smaller window units, the CP (Chill) and Kuhl series. The CP models are closest to the Frigidaire models, are all Energy Star rated, and will be a bit more expensive. Some of the benefits are increased efficiency and they will run quieter.
The Kuhl series are a bit higher end, will be even quieter and more efficient, and can even be customized with face plates in a variety of colors, silver being the standard color. Some can even be controlled by your smart phone with a Wi-Fi adapter.
|5,000 BTU||FFRA0522Q1 - $169.99||CP05G10A - $249.99|
|6,000 BTU||FFRE0633Q1 - $209.99||CP06G10A - $319.99|
|8,000 BTU||FFRE0833Q1 - $249.99||CP08G10A - $379.99|
|10,000 BTU||FFRE1033Q1 - $319.99||CP10G10A - $459.99|
|12,000 BTU||FFRE1233Q1 - $379.99||CP12G10A - $539.99|
Friedrich is currently offering a $25 mail in rebate, if you apply online it is a $30 rebate.
There are no rebates available from Frigidaire.
The Frigidaire will be a good value, efficient and reliable, good for any area from a kitchen, living room, or bedroom. Friedrich is a bit quieter and has more technical products in the Kuhl series. Either of these brands will be a good choice.
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