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Selecting the Right Window AC for You

Selecting the Right Window AC for You

The quickest way to cool off? Window air conditioners. We could go on all day about their many benefits—they’re easy to install, affordable, and space-saving. Not to mention, they’re more modern than ever with bells and whistles like whisper-quiet operation, remote technology, and smart programmable modes. The options are endless for finding the perfect unit to fit your space. Here are our three top tips to determine which window air conditioner is right for you.

Room Size

Before you start shopping, you’ve got to size up your space. Those dimensions will determine what size unit you need, which is measured in BTUs (British Thermal Units). BTUs and room size go hand in hand. Choosing the right BTU for your space ensures the most effective and energy-efficient level of heating and cooling. An AC unit that's too small for your space will struggle to keep things cool, constantly running and racking up energy costs. On the other hand, an oversized unit might cool the room too quickly, leading to moisture build-up and inefficiency. Follow the steps below to help find the right BTU for your space.


Window Type

Next up, what’s your view? Do you have single- or double-hung windows? These units are a breeze to install and typically include accordion panels to ensure a secure fit. Sliding windows involve a slightly more involved installation, but they’re a cinch with our casement/slider window AC, specifically designed to fit in tall, narrow windows. 

You’ll also need to double-check your window’s height and width to ensure the AC will fit in your window. Check the packaging or owner’s manual to find the recommended window size. This will always be slightly larger than the actual unit size to allow for insulation strips and other installation hardware.

Heat and Cool

Finally, do you want to chill, cozy up, or both? Don’t let the name fool you—many window air conditioners are a combo heat/air unit that offers year-round comfort. This is a great option especially to supplement a less-than-ideal central system that’s already in place.

Cool Comfort Made Easy

Choosing the right window AC is all about finding the perfect fit for your space and needs. By measuring your room to determine BTU requirements, considering your window type for a smooth installation, and deciding if you need cooling only or both heating and cooling functionality, you'll be well on your way to year-round comfort. With so many features and options available, window ACs offer an easy and effective way to keep your space cool and comfortable. So ditch the summer sweat and breathe easy with the perfect window AC for you!

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