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Posted: 6/14/2009 5:18:00 PM EST
I need advice from those who live in hot climates.

It doesn't get too hot where I live, but summers in my old house can get uncomfortable, especially in the evening.

I've been thinking of buying one of those window mounted A/C units. How well do they work? Anything in particular to look out for when buying one? Brand, size, etc?

House is small––800 square feet or so.

Link Posted: 6/14/2009 5:26:26 PM EST
Most are made in China and pretty much all of them are junk.
Link Posted: 6/14/2009 5:30:50 PM EST
[Last Edit: 6/14/2009 5:32:55 PM EST by ranchhand]
They are fine, make sure you pay attention to the sizing and whether it is 110v or 220v

Just got to Home Depot or Lowes and grab one for $200 or so. Remove it in the Winter and store it. I have an apt building that uses nothing but window units, they are great and last about 5 yrs before the bearings go out and I trash them.
Link Posted: 6/14/2009 5:41:29 PM EST
Stay away from Freidrich.
Link Posted: 6/14/2009 5:43:24 PM EST
A friend in Duvall, WA bought a tiny 110V $79 special from Home Depot last summer, and it keeps his 900 sq ft apartment cool enough to be comfortable. You don't need a very big unit to make a big difference in WA. He does wish he had bought a more expensive unit so he could have a remote or a real thermostat.z

Link Posted: 6/14/2009 6:04:09 PM EST

Are the advertised square footage spec's accurate? Meaning, if the unit is rated for 900sf, is that reality or is bigger better?
I only have a 110v circuit available, so that will limit me to smaller units.
Link Posted: 6/14/2009 6:06:07 PM EST
Try to put it in a north facing window. Keeping the sun off of it will help it cool more efficiently
Link Posted: 6/15/2009 8:38:16 PM EST
Originally Posted By ampn:

Are the advertised square footage spec's accurate? Meaning, if the unit is rated for 900sf, is that reality or is bigger better?
I only have a 110v circuit available, so that will limit me to smaller units.

I think the ratings are average for the country. If you live in western WA, you can probably double that rating.z

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