Window Unit Air Conditioner

Top-Rated Vertical Air Conditioner Units

A vertical air conditioner is an affordable and practical way of dealing with summer heat.  (If you don’t know what a vertical air conditioner is, click here.)  Before purchasing a unit, you should consider the following issues.  And then take a look at some of the top-rated units below.

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Here are three of the top-rated vertical air conditioners, based on online reviews:

Frigidaire FRA123KT1 12,000 BTU Casement/Slider Room Air Conditioner

Average Rating: 4 stars (out of 5)

Fast Facts: This 12,000 BTU unit is suitable for rooms up to 640 square feet.

Love It: The reviews for this unit were overall very positive.  People praised its efficiency, features, and ease of installation.

Leave It: Most reviews of this unit were very positive, with many reviewers describing themselves as completely satisfied.  The few who didn’t like it mentioned excessive noise and damage during shipping.

Frigidaire FRA103KT1 Casement/Slider Room Air Conditioner

Average Rating: 4 stars (out of 5)

Fast Facts:  This 10,000 BTU unit is suitable for rooms up to 500 square feet.

Love It:  The reviews of this unit were very positive.  Users praised its quick cooling, quietness, and features like timer and set temperature.  (One user turned a spare room into a wine cellar and saw a variation of less than one degree inside while the outside temperature changed by up to 40 degrees!)

Leave It:  The users who did not like this unit complained about damage during shipping and difficult installation.

 

Frigidaire FRA084KT7 8,000 BTU Casement/Slider Room Air Conditioner

Average Rating: 4.2 stars (out of 5)

Fast Facts:  This 8,000 BTU unit is suitable for rooms up to 350 square feet.

Love It:  Most users liked this unit, praising its quietness, easy installation, and accuracy in maintaining a set temperature.

Leave It:  Users who didn’t like this unit complained about damage during shipping and a loud fan.

Insider Tip:  Some users said that the installation kit (sold separately) was unnecessary.

 

Installation

Almost all air conditioners are shipped with detailed installation instructions.  For some air conditioners, special installation kits are sold separately.  For more information regarding installation, click here.

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Concerns about Noise

The difference between window air conditioners and a traditional or split unit is that the compressor is right there in the room with you.  So window units always make more noise than central air conditioners.  But, the good news is that new units are much less noisy than old ones.  And the noise created by window unit air conditioners is white noise — it blends into the background.

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What is a Vertical Air Conditioner?

So what exactly is a vertical air conditioner?

You probably have heard of window air conditioners before, but did you know that there are two kinds of window air conditioning units?  The kind you need depends on the kind of window you have.

A “casement window” is a window that has two halves that open like French doors — they are hung on hinges on the side of the window.  If you have that kind of window, then you need a casement air conditioner, also called a vertical air conditioner.

A “sash window” or “hung sash window” is the more usual window that has two glass panels, one of which slides up behind the other.  If you have that kind of window, you need a horizontal window unit air conditioner.

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