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How To Buy A Bedroom Air Conditioner

Steve Sheinkopf  |  April 16, 2012  |  3 Min. Read

Friedrich  |  Frigidaire  |  Air Conditioners

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This annual post is almost two months earlier than last year. Hard to believe, it will be 80° this week. There are a few tips to buy a bedroom air conditioner.  For all the Marathoners, hydrate and slow your pace.  I ran the 2004.  It was 89 degrees in Brookline...awful feeling

Today is a good day to republish this AC post

  1. Buy it early. Air conditioning is unlike other appliances. Manufacturers produce one run and that's all even in cases of extreme heat.
  2. Do not oversize. Your air conditioner will not be able to dehumidify and will eventually freeze itself.
  3. Air conditioning is quite simply a function of square footage plus an accumulation of heat emitting factors like people (yes, you give off heat), appliances and sunny exposures. You would add BTU output for these various factors.
  4. That being said, 98% of the room air conditioners sold, are between 5,000 to 6,000 BTUs. Typically, when you sleep it isn't sunny and there are few appliances in the room. These air conditioners can cool up to 250 square feet.

Let's look at a few:

how to buy an air conditioner

Types of Bedroom Air Conditioners:

  • Casement Air Conditioner: An air conditioner specifically designed for casement windows. It is a rectangular air conditioner. Friedrich also manufactures a small casement air conditioner as well.
  • Wall Air Conditioner: There are two types of wall air conditioners. For newer units, look for a wall compatible slide out chassis. In most existing buildings, however, there usually is an existing proprietary sleeve, so you would have to find the exact manufacturer (it usually is GE).
  • Portable Air Conditioner: A portable air conditioner is ducted similar to a dryer. It blows cold air and then exhausts the heat through a plastic duct.

Now let's look at the most popular bedroom ACs for 2012. We typically stock remote-control and higher efficiency units.

 friedrich p12b portable air conditioner frigidaire air conditioner FRAO54XT7 frigidaire air conditioner FRA065AT7

Friedrich P12B

Frigidaire FRA054XT7 $189

Frigidaire FRA065AT7 $219

friedrich air conditioner CP06F10 friedrich air conditioner SQ06N10 frigidaire air conditioner FRA084KT7

Friedrich CP06F10 $255

Friedrich SQ06N10 $569

Frigidaire FRA084KT7

Frigidaire: The better Frigidaire units have extremely high EERs (energy efficiency ratio) at 10.8 as well as a 24-hour on/off timer, anti-microbial filter and of course a remote-control.

Friedrich: Friedrich is considered the best air conditioner. The EER is the same as Frigidaire but Friedrich has a slide out chassis for wall installation. It also sweeps the year better. Their SQ unit is commercial grade, much better controls, much better construction with a 20 gauge stainless steel cabinet and an ultra-slick stainless steel look.

Download the Yale Air Conditioner Buyers Guide for more information about sizes, EER and various features about air conditioners.


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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