Before purchasing two of these window units, I was using two portable ac/heaters knowing that would be a temporary solution for the given situation.
After reading several reviews about various ac's/heat, I decided on this particular model to install in two bedrooms. Days just before making my purchase, one of my portables stopped functioning and the outside temps rose up to 90°F here in the northeast region of Florida. Yikes!
Best Buy saved the day, and shipped the two units in a more than timely fashion, so my suffering was for not long. Thank you Best Buy!
Installation was not too difficult, I was able to do it myself due to determination and sheer adrenaline. I purchased brackets to secure the units to provide an extra peace of mind.
Reasons why I chose this model:
1. Frigidaire and I think only one other company makes a fairly low amperage 115v ac with a heat pump. I've purchased other Frigidaire products in the past, all kitchen appliances and all have been excellent. I had an air conditioner that the other company that makes, it too was excellent, but that one did not have a heater. After comparing the two, Frigidaire's version offered more than the other company's version.
2. I don't like central heating and cooling systems. If the power should happen to go out, I cannot run an HVAC system off of a generator. As the old saying goes, "two is one, one is none".
3. I live in the northeast region of Florida, during the winter it get's chilly during the winter season and because a heat pump utilizes less electricity than a space heater, having units like these should keep my home warm. Sometimes, rarely do the temps go below 30°F, so the heat strip option could be utilized or space heaters. But that is very rare.
More about these units:
It's been almost a week since I installed these, so far very good. I cannot give a review about the heaters at this time because I am not going to turn those on in 90°F heat. I have one in a room that is around 11'x14' + a closet. That room is on the south side of my house, and it is nice a cool. My dog is very grateful for the new addition to the master bedroom, I can't get him out of there. :) The other room is around 12'x12' + a closet and that too has remained cool.
The economy mode works just fine and I am looking forward to saving a few bucks when my energy bill arrives. Some reviewer's have found the economy mode annoying and bypass it, I have not.
Noise levels: It's a window unit air conditioner, it will make noise but not nearly as loud as my portables were.
Humidity removal: Seems as if a sufficient amount of humidity is being removed, I have not tested the air by using a hygrometer yet.
So far, good product, happy customer and I have a happy dog. :)