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Asked on Jun 1, 2012

I am looking for recommendations for an Energy Star window air conditioner.

2ms2KMS WoodworksWoodbridge Environmental Tiptophouse.com
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Who has one that works really well and does not cost too much in electricity? Please tell me the brand name and model Thanks!
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  • KMS Woodworks
    on Jun 1, 2012

    I guess I've been in the desert west too long...AC still seams foreign to me. we can often get by with evaporative coolers here as our humidity levels are so low. You could start your research here with some sizing guidlines http://www.consumerenergycenter.org/home/heating_cooling/window_ac.html

  • Brand name is not to important Chaya, Its the SEER rating that your looking for. The Higher the SEER number the less it cost to run. When looking at the energy star rating, you will see that the higher the SEER rating the unit has the more the little arrow on the yellow tag moves to the lower cost. This tag will allow you to compare units on operation costs. What really determines what works well and what does not, is the sizing of the unit itself. The higher the BTU rating, the more power it has to cool a room. Most have 8,000 or 9,000 BTU ratings for your 110 volt units. If you shop around you will find a few in the 10,000 BTU range. Once you begin to go over that size, the units require 220 volts to operate. Which most apartments do not have.

    • Jay Taylor
      on Aug 1, 2014

      @Woodbridge Environmental Tiptophouse.com I do agree with you that brand name is not very imperativewhile purchasing an AC.If you have central air but only really need to keep oneor two rooms in your house cool, such as a bedroom, consider getting a windowor portable roll-around air conditioner. If you get one that is Energy Starcompliant, it will generally be less expensive to run than using central air.

  • KMS Woodworks
    on Jul 19, 2012

    I can deal with most heat...at least out here where it is dry...what kills me is the humidity....I'm heading back to Michigan for a vacation with the kids in a bit over a week...hopefully the water front breezes of Lake Michigan will keep me from dying.

  • 2ms2
    on Jul 19, 2012

    Kevin, I think NYC and Michigan are probably equally swampy. Stay by the shore...I was out in Long Island recently by the shore and it was like 10 degrees cooler than Brooklyn.

  • KMS Woodworks
    on Jul 19, 2012

    I plan to...my brother has a house rented on Lake Michigan at Grand Haven. He has stayed there before...I hope to spend plenty of time with my toes in the sand...its just the 2 to 3 days drive there and back that could be challenging...in the truck we will be fine...but the camping en route with be a new experience for my girls.

  • 2ms2
    on Jul 19, 2012

    I have camped in the mid-west in the summer and it was...buggy and muggy. Bring plenty of bug spray and long-sleeved T-shirts and long pants to keep the bugs off. Good luck!

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