Some homeowners prefer to only have air conditioners in particular rooms rather than the entire house. The most common areas where household members stay are in the bedroom and in the living room. If you are one of these homeowners and are looking to cool only one room, here are some options of room air conditioners to consider.
Window Air Conditioners
Window air conditioners are installed through a window. It’s important to install them at a window because there are vents on the sides of these devices. These vents serve as the evaporators that allow the excess air and humidity to be expelled and exit the device, preventing the accumulation of moisture within the air conditioner.
These devices are commonly used because they are small and simple, composed of only one component. There are no extra parts required and no external venting systems needed to be installed. Just push the device into the window or hole in the wall and it’s ready to use. Unfortunately, these devices can be quite noisy in operation. Nevertheless, they are affordable and aesthetically presentable, making them a nice investment in your home or office.
Through-the-Wall Air Conditioners
Through-the-wall air conditioners are very much like window air conditioners, except that they are more flexible in installation because they do not have vents at the sides. However, they do need an exhaust which is separated from them and connected using tubes. The aesthetic appearance of these devices is nearly the same as the window types.
The advantages and disadvantage of these devices are basically the same, but with through-the-wall units, you need to install two components and you also need to maintain both parts of the system to ensure optimal functionality.
Wall-Mounted Air Conditioners
Wall-mounted air conditioners are similar to through-the-wall types because they also have a separate vent which is connected to the system using tubes. These are much easier to install as compared to the first two models because this type doesn’t require any hole in the wall, but it still occupies wall space, saving precious floor space for more important household equipment. These devices are best to use if you don’t want to cover a window, if you don’t want to make a hole in the wall, and if you don’t want to consume floor space.
Bathroom exhaust fan with humidity sensor are ideal because they are energy efficient, noiseless, and easy to install. These devices are also easy to maintain, and they are often remotely-controlled, making them convenient to operate. However, they are more expensive than the first two types.
Portable Air Conditioners
Portable air conditioners are ideal if you often change rooms or if you are renting and you often change residences. These usually have wheels and are stand-alone, but they do need to be vented out, so you still have to keep them near a window. These devices are easy to transfer from one room to another. If you’re living alone, this is especially convenient because you can transfer the device between rooms as needed.
But these devices are not very energy-efficient and they are also quite noisy. However, they are among the cheapest air conditioners in the market. These types are often only utilized when no other option is available, or if it’s the only model that the budget can handle.
Energy Efficient Room Air Conditioners
Having energy efficient room air conditioners to cool your home is especially important. Not only does it save you money, but it helps save the environment by cutting down green house emissions. A unit with a higher EER when compared to the federal standard rating will usually be accepted by Energy Star, a government program, as a highly efficient model. It will then bear the programs logo. When it comes to room air conditioners, portable units are unable to be rated by Energy Star. Though there are portable models out there that are more energy efficient than others. Window and wall units are able to be rated by Energy Star and therefore, it is easier to notice an energy efficient model due to their logo. If finding an energy efficient room air conditioner is important to you, check out the list below for some of the most efficient models.
This 9200 BTU window air conditioner has the 2nd highest EER rating according to the Energy Star program. The first Energy Star rated unit is nearly impossible to purchase. This model has an EER of 12. That is quite a bit higher than the federal standard. The federal standard is based off of the capacity of the unit. In this case the federal standard is 9. That makes this unit 33% more efficient than the standard window unit with this capacity. This unit comes with 3 fan and cooling speeds, reusable filter, and 4-way air direction.
Danby window air conditioners are usually rather energy efficient. Not quite as much as Friedrich units, but they are rated by the Energy Star program. This particular model has 8000 BTU and a 10.5 EER. The federal standard for this capacity is 8.5, making this model 24% more efficient than the standard 8000 BTU unit.
At 6000 BTU, this unit has 12 EER. That is 24% higher than the federal standard of 9.7. Unfortunately the reviews of this Haier model are rather diverse. However it comes with some good features for such a small capacity unit. Its features include a timer, a remote, an energy saver mode, and a dehumidifier function. It is also said to have quieter operation than the standard window units.
This 10400 BTU unit has an EER of 12. The federal standard is 9.8. This makes the Friedrich SS10L10 21% more efficient than the standard 10400 BTU unit. The features of this unit are rather incredible too. It has 4 fan speeds, a sleep setting, a 24 hour timer, 8-way air flow, a money saver setting, a remote, and a washable filter. This unit also has ultra quiet operation.
There are many Energy Star rated air conditioners out there. Although they may not be as efficient as these models, they have to be at least 10% more efficient than the standard model in order to bear the Energy Star logo. There are many to choose from so good luck in your search for energy efficient room air conditioners.
Before getting a room air conditioner, consider your options from among other air conditioners. Depending on your particular situation, you may find one option more convenient than another. In the end, it’s up to you, but we hope this guide helps you make a decision you’ll be happy with!