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How To Buy a Bedroom Air Conditioner

Steve Sheinkopf  |  May 26, 2011  |  3 Min. Read

Frigidaire  |  Air Conditioners

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The air conditioner post is an annual affair. Given the recent weather, it may have been unnecessary. However, air conditioners and air conditioning have changed over the years.

Have a look:

air conditioners

Types of Air Conditioners:

  • Casement Air Conditioners: Manufacturered for casement or vertical windows.
  • Split Air Conditioners: The air conditioning intake is in the home/business, etc and the actually cooling unit is outside.  Air conditioner can be placed anywhere, not just in a window.
  • Portable Air Conditioner: Portable can be moved room to room and is exhausted with a hose like a dryer. The concept is good, but the execution could be better.

Bedroom Air Conditioners (where you will be truly miserable without one):

  1. Less than 175-200 square feet, buy a 5000 BTU, under 225 buy a 6,000
  2. Add 10-15% if on a second floor or sunny area
  3. Do not overbuy as the unit will not dehumidify and can actually freeze itself
  4. Air conditioners are rated by EER or Energy Efficiency Ratios.  Thus, the difference between a 9.0 and 10.0 rated air conditioner is 10%. Difference in energy costs vary by useage, but higher EER air conditioners have remote controls and quieter operation.

Have a look at a few:

Frigidaire FRA054XT7 $189: Great value with high EER and remote control. Good for small to midsize bedrooms.


Frigidaire FRA064XT7 $199: Same as above for larger bedrooms.


Key Takeaway: Do not overbuy. Measure your bedroom and buy the appropriate unit for optimum summer relief.


A few review sites have placed this at the bottom of their articles. So here is our take: Our mission is to find reliable products for you to buy. Other review sites may say this as well.

However, we don’t love every product. Quite frankly, it costs us way too much money in repair costs to support less reliable brands.

In fact, we sell fewer brands than most appliance stores. Here is why:

We feel it is our responsibility to repair your appliances after you buy them.

We now have 30 service technicians, each averaging 8-10 calls a day Monday through Friday, plus another 110 on Saturday. That's over 30,000 service calls logged in one year.

The labor rates of fixing an appliance do not come close to the true cost in any product’s warranty period.

That is why no major retailer has a service department. It costs too much labor, money and time.

Our Blog is a bit different than most others you will read. We cannot write glowing reviews of unreliable products.

Hopefully, the bloggers and organizations who write such glowing product reviews for every brand consider servicing these products first. Only then they will understand the consequences of their marketing.

Steve Sheinkopf

My goal has always been simple: I want Yale to be the best retail experience anywhere. I have tried to create a compelling environment for customers and employees alike.

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