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12 Best Ac Units Consumer Reports 2019 – Top Rated

Central air conditioners are often only as good as the thermostats to which they are connected. When installing a new system or replacing old HVAC equipment, consider replacing your thermostat as well. We suggest a programmable thermostat that allows you to schedule when your HVAC system runs. If you want more advanced features, such as smartphone control, automatic schedules and smart home integration, consider getting a smart thermostat made by Nest or ecobee. You can also check with your contractor for recommendations.

Top 12 Ac Units

$25.00Bestseller No. 1
Black + Decker BPACT10WT Portable Air Conditioner, 10,000 BTU
  • QUIET & POWERFUL - Our 10,000 BTU compact air conditioner (16.5 x 11.5 x 26 in,) will keep you cool and...
  • PERFECT FOR SMALL ROOMS - This floor-standing portable AC unit provides steady, fast, effective cooling...
Bestseller No. 2
SereneLife 10,000 Portable Air Conditioner + 9000 BTU Heater, 4-in-1 AC Unit with Built-in Dehumidifier, Fan Modes, Remote Control, Complete Window Exhaust Kit for Rooms Up to 350 Sq. Ft, Heat, White
927 Reviews
SereneLife 10,000 Portable Air Conditioner + 9000 BTU Heater, 4-in-1 AC Unit with Built-in Dehumidifier, Fan Modes, Remote Control, Complete Window Exhaust Kit for Rooms Up to 350 Sq. Ft, Heat, White
  • HANDY AND PORTABLE: The Serene Life Portable Air Conditioner System features a lightweight, handy, sleek...
  • BUILT-IN DEHUMIDIFIER: You don’t only get the cooling effect of the portable AC, but it also helps...
$26.40Bestseller No. 3
BLACK+DECKER BPACT08WT Portable Air Conditioner, 8,000 BTU, White
2,189 Reviews
BLACK+DECKER BPACT08WT Portable Air Conditioner, 8,000 BTU, White
  • QUIET & POWERFUL - Our 8,000 BTU compact air conditioner (16.5 x 11.5 x 26 in,) will keep you cool and...
  • PERFECT FOR SMALL ROOMS - This floor-standing portable AC unit provides steady, fast, effective cooling...
Bestseller No. 4
Vremi 12,000 BTU Portable Air Conditioner - Conveniently Cools Rooms 350 to 500 Square Feet
193 Reviews
Vremi 12,000 BTU Portable Air Conditioner - Conveniently Cools Rooms 350 to 500 Square Feet
  • POWERFUL PORTABLE AIR CONDITIONER - Beat the heat without having a central ac at home or office with...
  • PROGRAMMABLE CONTROL PANEL - Our high-quality air conditioning machine is designed for comfort. It...
Bestseller No. 5
hOmeLabs 8,000 BTU Window Air Conditioner - Energy Star Certified AC Unit with Digital Thermostat and Easy-to-Use Remote Control - Ideal for Rooms up to 350 Square Feet
  • POWERFUL COOLING CAPACITY - The hOmeLabs 8,000 BTU window AC is a powerful indoor air conditioner packed...
  • REMOTE CONTROL and DIGITAL THERMOSTAT DISPLAY - You can turn the power on and off, adjust the...
Bestseller No. 6
AC Infinity AIRFRAME T7 White, High-Airflow Cooling Fan System 16', Exhaust Airflow, for AV Equipment Rooms, Closets, and Enclosures
25 Reviews
AC Infinity AIRFRAME T7 White, High-Airflow Cooling Fan System 16", Exhaust Airflow, for AV Equipment Rooms, Closets, and Enclosures
  • A high-airflow fan system designed for cooling AV equipment rooms, closets, and larger enclosures.
  • Programmable thermostat controller with automated speed control, alarm warnings, and backup memory.
$50.99Bestseller No. 7
LG LW8016ER 8,000 BTU 115V Window-Mounted Remote Control Air Conditioner, White
3,142 Reviews
LG LW8016ER 8,000 BTU 115V Window-Mounted Remote Control Air Conditioner, White
  • Beat the heat while remaining cool and happy on hot summer days
  • With 2344.57 W cooling power, enjoy a blast of cool air throughout your room
$70.99Bestseller No. 8
Honeywell MN14CCS Portable Air Conditioner with Dehumidifier, Fan with Remote Control & Advanced LCD Display Cools Rooms Up to 550-700 Sq. Ft, Black/Silver
  • Powerful, safe & dependable cools rooms up to 550-700 sq. ft. Thermal overload protection & Dual...
  • Easy install & maintenance washable filter designed to protect from dust & hair to extend product life &...
Bestseller No. 9
Rollibot ROLLICOOL 10,000 BTU WiFi Portable Air Conditioner and Dehumidifier 3-in-1 Smart AC Unit with Alexa-Enabled Voice Control App Quiet Operation Low-Profile and Easy Install
  • Wi-Fi-enabled voice activated room air conditioner can switch mode, set temperature, and set timers
  • Small air conditioner cools and dehumidifies spaces up to 450 sqft. such as an apartment or bedroom
Bestseller No. 10
hOmeLabs 5000 BTU Window Mounted Air Conditioner - 7-Speed Window AC Unit Small Quiet Mechanical Controls 2 Cool and Fan Settings with Installation Kit Leaf Guards Washable Filter - Indoor Room AC
893 Reviews
hOmeLabs 5000 BTU Window Mounted Air Conditioner - 7-Speed Window AC Unit Small Quiet Mechanical Controls 2 Cool and Fan Settings with Installation Kit Leaf Guards Washable Filter - Indoor Room AC
  • COLD WINDOW AC for SMALL HOT ROOM - Heavy duty window-mounted air conditioner with 5000 BTUs of cooling...
  • WITH AIR CONDITIONER MOUNTING KIT - Electric window AC system comes with filter, support brackets, leaf...

Characteristics of the Ac Units

Here are five traits to look for in central air conditioner brands:

1). Quality Components: As a consumer, you understand that every product you shop for is available in a range of options: Basic, better and best. This is true with automobiles, appliances, and furniture. It is true with central air conditioners.

But this might surprise you – Many major brands use internal components made by the same part suppliers like Emerson, Carlyle, and Copeland. The issue of internal components is discussed in the top AC brands reviews below.

2). Durability: Well-known independent testing group Consumer Reports found that the average central air conditioner repair was more than $200 per event. Good air conditioners break down less over the 14-20 years most last, so that’s fewer $200+ repair bills.

3). Good Warranties: A warranty lets you know what the manufacturer thinks of its equipment. The best 2019 central AC brands have general parts warranties of at least 10 years. Some offer longer coverage or extra advantages that put them among the best warranties in the industry. These issues are also discussed in the brand reviews below.

4). Value: Did you know that most Carrier and Heil ACs are nearly identical? But Carrier air conditioners are priced significantly higher. So, which is a better value? Heil, of course. That’s what we mean by value, and it is discussed on a brand-by-brand basis in the top air conditioner brand reviews.

5). A Proven Installer: What does the AC mechanic have to do with the brands? Simply this: The quality of the installation is at least as important as the brand.

One owner of a large heating and air conditioning company said this based on his 20+ years of experience: “Premature failure of components is almost always the result of improper installation. There is a right way, and there is a wrong way.” We revisit the topic of proper installation at the end with tips for finding a proven installer to ensure you get the best durability and efficiency from your new central air conditioner.

Are our new central air conditioners noisy?

Today’s central air conditioners often have noise-reducing features, such as specially designed fan blades, compressor and pan base insulation, and variable-speed fans. However, since the unit sits outside your home, it’s important to choose one that won’t bother you or your neighbors. The best AC units produce sound levels under 71.25 decibels – as loud as a conversation in a restaurant. We found American Standard to be the quietest brand at 69.9 decibels. The loudest brand was Frigidaire, coming in at 72.9 decibels.

Central air conditioning unit size

Many central air conditioner models come in multiple sizes so you can choose the most appropriate one for your home’s square footage. If a central AC unit is too small, it wastes energy and struggles to produce consistent cooling on the hottest days. If it’s too big, you paid extra when a smaller model would be more energy efficient – and it won’t dehumidify your home as effectively. A trained technician can help you choose the ideal unit for your home, local climate conditions, and budget.

Central air conditioner warranties

Each brand has a conditional warranty, which means you must register your AC within so many days of the purchase date to be covered for the full term. However, this doesn’t apply in California or Quebec, where conditional warranties are not allowed. When you register your central AC unit, you can expect a warranty that lasts at least 10 years, though some brands, such as Amana, Trane, Coleman, and Goodman, offer 12-year or lifetime warranties on their premium products; without registration, warranties average about five years.

 

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