The Best Deals on Air Conditioners

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With the hot, humid weather comes the need to have a quality air conditioning system to keep your home cool and comfortable. The good news is that it’s possible to find a great deal on air conditioners so you can beat the heat without spending a fortune.

Features to Think About

Energy Efficiency

In general, new air conditioners have a better energy efficiency rating than old air conditioners. This is because they have more high quality insulation and better seals that prevent the leaking of cool air. We recommend you look for something with an Energy Star certification.  If you purchase an appliance with an Energy Star certification, you can rest assured knowing that it has been tested and proven to save energy, which means lower electricity bills for you.

Low Noise

Air conditioners can be loud, especially if you buy a low-end model. Look for an air conditioner that is well insulated as that will reduce the amount of noise you hear from the machine. Ideally, you will only hear the fan and not the compressor or other elements of the air conditioner.

Portable vs. Window vs. Central Air Conditioning

These are the three main types of air conditioners on the market. Window air conditioners generally do a good job blowing air in one direction and are the most cost effective option. Portable air conditioners are good in that they can fit in any room, but they are more expensive than window air conditioners and not as effective at cooling. Central air conditioning is the most effective option, but it is also very costly to install.

How Hard Will It Be to Install

Some people are handy and able to install a window air conditioning unit themselves. If you fit this description, we recommend purchasing a window unit instead of a portable unit. If you are not handy, we recommend either hiring a professional to install a window unit or buying a portable air conditioner instead.

Deals Currently Available

1) Evapolar EV-500W evaCHILL Personal Evaporative Humidifier Air Conditioner

Price: $99

This humidifier and air conditioner combo is available from Walmart for only $99. It’s very easy to use thanks to a single button control system. The air conditioner operates at 4 different speeds and features a sleek, modern looking design. Note that this unit is designed for a small room of only 33 square feet. It will last for 9 hours on a single battery charge and begins to cool the room in under 10 minutes. This is perfect to use at your desk, by the couch or anywhere else where you need just a little bit more cool air.

2) Cool-Living 5,000 BTU Window Air Conditioner with Installation Kit

Price: $138

Also from Walmart, this 5000 BTU air conditioner unit is among the most cost effective window air conditioning units available. Many window air conditioners are difficult and time consuming to install, but not this one. It comes with an easy to use install kit that makes installing this in a window nice and easy. With 5000 BTUs of power, this air conditioner works well in a room up to 150 square feet.

3) Frigidaire FFRA0511R1

Price: $149

This model from Frigidaire is among the best selling window air conditioners in the United States. It is well known for having great energy efficiency and using a standard 115V electrical outlet. It is designed to cool rooms up to 150 square feet while also dehumidifying the room. One downside to this model is that it does not come with a remote control. Other than that, we couldn’t find anything to complain about. If you want to get a window air conditioner on a budget, then consider buying this model.

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Nobody wants to deal with hot, humid temperatures all spring and summer. Air conditioners are more affordable and accessible than they have ever been. Also, if you wait until June or July to buy a new air conditioner you are likely to find some great deals as stores look to clear out any remaining inventory they have. The best deals can be found in the late spring and fall since this is when demand is lowest and retailers might have too much stock.