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Buying a Window Air Conditioner

The Benefits of a Window AC Unit

Did you know that when you choose the best window air conditioner for your space, the unit offers some benefits beyond keeping you cool and comfortable? Generally, a window AC unit is cost-effective, regarding both the purchase price and how much it costs to operate. Additionally, most units are efficient to run and don’t take up floor space. Window air conditioners are also relatively easy to install and can be used in many different places in your house.

In addition to extra benefits, if you're looking for even more relief from summer's sweltering heat, consider pairing a fan with your unit. A ceiling fan can increase cooling and cross-ventilating air movement. If you strategically position a box fan in front of the window AC, it can spread cool air to other areas of the house. If you have any concerns about air quality, an air purifier can be a great solution as they promote a healthier home environment by helping to capture and remove dust, pollen and more.

How to Choose the Best Window Air Conditioner

Choosing between a small window air conditioner or a larger model comes down to the size of the space you want to cool. Cooling capacities are typically stated in terms of BTU rating, which is a number that essentially tells you how quickly and energy-efficiently a unit can cool a room. If you purchase an AC with too few BTUs, it may not be able to fully cool the room, while an oversized AC will cycle on and off, waste energy and decrease the air conditioner's ability to effectively dehumidify the room's air, which can leave the room feeling cold, clammy and uncomfortable.

When selecting the ideal AC for you, other features to consider include the number of fan speeds, a programmable timer, auto shut-off and sleep mode. You can even get a unit with an integrated heater for multi-season duty. If you're into smart technology, some of the latest units allow you to control the AC from your smartphone or tablet. Noise level is another thing to consider. While this information isn't typically available from manufacturers, you can learn about noise levels by reviewing the customer ratings and reviews section on the product page. This information comes from other Best Buy customers.

Setting Up Your Window AC

Before buying the best window air conditioner for you, identify the window you want to put it in and make it as centrally located as possible because this will promote even cooling. Also, make sure to measure the window before bringing the unit home to ensure it fits. It's also a good idea to consider the outlets in the room, so you can avoid compatibility issues. Some other installation factors include knowing the type of chassis frame. A sliding window air conditioner can be installed in either a window or wall space, while a fixed chassis unit can only be installed in a window. Another difference to consider is that a sliding window AC can be pulled out more easily for maintenance and cleaning.

Additionally, the window air conditioner you select may include a window mounting kit and, depending on the logistics of the installation, you might want to also incorporate a wall sleeve or air conditioner bracket. If you have any concerns about installing the unit yourself, Geek Squad offers certified appliance installation and the peace of mind that comes with professional installation.

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