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With a record heat wave sweeping the Northwest — and most other regions of the United States, it’s more important than ever to find ways to stay cool. You could get a fan or evaporative cooler, but neither will work as effectively as an air conditioner.
We have a lot of air conditioner recommendations, whether you want a window unit or portable model, we’ve got you covered. That said, if you want to cool down without spending a lot of money, we’ve also found the best air conditioner deals.
The units below are powerful enough to cool down one room (we recommend getting a more powerful air conditioner if you have an open space), and come in a variety of styles. We also made sure to pick models that could be installed in apartments or rented homes, and didn’t need any special equipment.
One thing to note: Because of the current heatwave demand is far outstripping supply. We’ve noticed air conditioners selling out during our research, so if you’re interest in picking one up, now’s the time.
1. Midea 5,000 BTU Mechanical Window Air Conditioner
If you only need to cool down a small to mid-sized bedroom, Midea’s 5,000 BTU air conditioner is your best bet. The window unit is fairly basic, but that makes it easy to use. Two knobs allow you to switch between the AC’s fan and air conditioning modes, and select its intensity. Midea says its air conditioner is powerful enough to cool rooms up to 150 sq. ft. and can fit in windows between 23 and 36 inches wide. It’s only discounted by $16, but you won’t find a better air conditioner available right now that’s under $150.
2. GE 6,000 BTU Electronic Window Air Conditioner
If you have a slightly larger room, GE’s 6,000 BTU air conditioner is a solid pick.
It’s currently discounted by $19, which brings its price down to $210, which is a great deal considering the quality of the air conditioner. Instead of knobs, you control this air conditioner’s settings by pushing buttons on its face, or using its remote. We like that it has an LED screen that displays its temperature, which gives you an exact measurement of how cool your room will be.
3. Freo 6,000 BTU Ultra Quiet Window Air Conditioner
If you’re worried about an air conditioner keeping you up all night, Freo’s 6,000 BTU is a good buy.
The air conditioner is currently $50 cheaper than usual, and it’s designed to help you stay cool without creating a racket. Freo says this air conditioner is designed for rooms up to 250 sq. ft., and windows between 23 and 36 inches wide. You can choose your coolness setting by pushing buttons on the face of the AC, or using the included remote. The air conditioner’s temperature is displayed on an LCD screen, so you can dial in its settings and know how chilled the room will get.
4. Frigidaire 6,000 BTU Wi-Fi Window Air Conditioner
Frigidaire’s 6,000 BTU air conditioner can be controlled using an app on your phone, a smart setting that can actually help save you money over time.
The air conditioner is currently $70 off, designed to cool rooms up to 350 sq. ft., and can fit in windows between 31 and 36 inches wide. It can cool larger rooms than a standard 6,000 BTU air conditioner because it sends cool air in four directions simultaneously, so multiple areas get cooled down at once.
You can select the AC’s cooling settings by pushing buttons on the unit itself, an app on your smartphone, or a smart speaker like the Amazon Echo. These smart features allow you to put Frigidare’s air conditioner on a set schedule, or turn it on and off from any part of your home. This is far more energy efficient than leaving it on all day.
5. GE Appliances 9,000 BTU 3-IN-1 Portable Air Conditioner
If you want to cool down multiple parts of your home with one AC unit, GE’s 9,000 BTU 3-in-1 Portable Air Conditioner is the right pick.
Currently $24.50 off, the $325 air conditioner is powerful enough to cool down any space up to 250 sq. ft. must more quickly than the other AC models in this guide. It can be installed in windows between 20 and 46 inches wide, and moved around easily thanks to its four wheels.
GE says this portable air conditioner will automatically evaporate any moisture it accumulates, and can even be used as a dehumidifier. It doesn’t have any smart features, but GE’s AC comes with a remote, so you don’t have to use the built-in buttons to switch a setting.
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