The Air Conditioner Buying Guide

The Air Conditioner Buying Guide
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Aside from the basics, air conditioners can come with other convenient features that make them more enjoyable to use all summer. For instance, some units come with louvers that act like the air vents in your car. These allow you to direct air where you want it, and can make your room more comfortable. Others come with a remote control so that you don't have to constantly get up to change the temperature.

Some units come with a slide-out chassis, giving you more convenient access to the actual unit, without having to remove the entire casing.

Air conditioners have become much more efficient and less bulky. This is a good thing because in the past, installing an air conditioner could land you at the chiropractor's the next day. Many of the newer models are very easy to install, so check into this before buying. More compact units can also be easier on the eye.

An air conditioner with a dirty filter won't do its job properly. One way or the other, you are going to end up cleaning it. Buying a unit that is easy to clean will make your job easier. Luckily, most units these days come with filters that are either easy to clean or entirely removable.

When you go to the store to buy your air conditioner, you will see that prices can vary hugely. Pay close attention to the size of the room you want to cool, do your measurements, and buy a unit that has a high EER. This will prevent you from a disappointing purchase and spending more than you have to.