6 aesthetically pleasing window air conditioners that get the job done and look good doing it
If you are not one of the lucky ones with central air, you either suffer through the summer months or have become very familiar with window air conditioners. I love my window air conditioner and can’t imagine a summer in New York City without it. But I don’t like the way it looks. Whether you have the in-window version or a floor unit that sucks through your window, air conditioners are heavy, clunky and, in most cases, hideous. But they don’t have to be with so many low profile options available.
Aesthetically, the worst parts of window air conditioners are the front air vents and control panels. These make a unit that already occupies part of your window even more visually distracting. We found a couple of flat window air conditioners that are easy on the eyes. But before we get into that, you want to make sure your air conditioner is working.
To get started, you need to know what you need from a unit. Air conditioners aren’t air purifiers (except for the latest from Windmill ($ 395) and July ($ 349), but more on that later). The filter in your air conditioning system is designed to protect the machine and not to improve indoor air quality. John McKeon, MD, CEO of Allergy Standards, a company that certifies products as allergy and asthma friendly for the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America, explains that devices through the window either take in, cool, and cool the air in your room shoot it out again, or take a mixture of indoor and outdoor air, cool it down, and then shoot it out again.
When choosing an air conditioner, size matters. If the device is too small for your room, it will not cool your room effectively and it could overheat from working too hard. Check out this calculator to make sure you are getting the right size for your space.
When installing your device, be sure to follow the manufacturer’s instructions. Improper installation can cause water to seep into your home and build up moisture. “If you use refrigerated air conditioners, there is always a chance that moisture will drip,” says Dr. McKeon. “Make sure it doesn’t drip on the carpet or run down the back of a curtain and mold and bacteria build up.”
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Low profile window air conditioners
Windmill Air Conditioner – $ 395.00
This eco-friendly device has a minimalist design that allows it to step into the background of your living space. It’s smartphone enabled so you can control it from anywhere. It also doubles as an air purifier and has a washable antimicrobial filter that blocks dust and larger air particles, and a second disposable filter with activated carbon that blocks odors, VOCs, smoke and various harmful air particles, so customers can have cleaner and healthier air in there. The filter cartridges can be refilled via subscription delivery for $ 48 per year.
Midea 350 square foot window air conditioner – $ 359.00
The Midea 350 square foot window air conditioner has 8,000 BTUs and is ideal for small to medium-sized rooms. It is equipped with a split that partially separates the inner part of the device from the outer part so that the window can be closed within the footprint of the device. That means no ugly accordion side panels and more space to let the light in.
Frigidaire Gallery Window Air Conditioner – $ 410.00 $
The Frigidaire Gallery window air conditioner is Energy Star certified and has an elegant silver grille and controls on the top. In addition to the controls on the device, this air conditioner is WiFi-compatible and connected to an app so that you can control it from anywhere. It is also compatible with the Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa so you can control it verbally. It is available in 10,000 BTUs ($ 410) or 12,000 BTUs ($ 465).
July Air Conditioning – $ 349.00 –
Yes, July’s air conditioner is nice to look at, but it also doubles as an air purifier. You have the option to add one of two filters: an advanced clean air filter for general allergens and a carbon deodorant filter for those who cook or live in polluted areas. It is available in two sizes, The Small 6000 BTUs ($ 349) and The Medium 8000 BTUs ($ 399). The front panel is available in white, woven gray and ash wood so you can choose the panel that suits your decor. It is also WiFi-enabled, so you can control your device via an app and switch it on when you get home.
Low profile portable air conditioners
Portable Air Conditioner from GE – $ 319 to $ 589
If you prefer floor panels or don’t have a window big enough for a window panel, turn to this Fredrich model. It’s a three-in-one that works as a fan and dehumidifier in addition to air conditioning, making it a product that you can use all year round. Keep in mind that it still needs a window to ventilate, so make sure you have a space that is suitable for that. Get the device in 8,500 BTUs ($ 319), 10,000 BTUs ($ 349), 12,000 BTUs ($ 429), or 13,500 BTUs ($ 589).
LG Smart Inverter Portable Air Conditioner – $ 699.00
This floor unit has 14,000 BTUs, making it big enough to cool a room up to 500 square feet. In addition to the controls and remote control on the device, it’s connected to a smart app so you can turn it on before you get home. You can also control it with voice commands through the Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa.
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