2017 AC Buying Guide: This Year’s Top Units

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AC Buying Guide: Find the Best Air Conditioner for You

Please note: This article was updated March 27, 2017.

It’s that time of year again – flowers are in bloom, birds are chirping and the temperature is on the rise. Summer’s right around the corner and it may be time for you to start thinking about how you’ll cool your home during the upcoming hot, sunny months.

With so many different options to choose from, trying to figure out exactly which air conditioner to purchase can prove a daunting and overwhelming task. That’s why we at Total Home Supply have put together this comprehensive AC buying guide to help you identify what to look for when shopping for a new AC unit. Take a look at some of our top picks, then head on over to our website to shop and get free shipping on your order!

What to Look For in an Air Conditioner

When shopping for a new air conditioner, you should first have a good idea of what type of AC unit you need. Are you looking to cool your entire house? Just a room? Knowing how large of a space you need to cool will help you narrow down your options and find an AC unit that delivers the right amount of cooling power for you.

In general:

  • Window ACs are best for cooling individual rooms and small spaces, like an apartment or dorm.
  • Central ACs are best for cooling your entire home.
  • Through-the-wall ACs are similar to window ACs, yet they do not rely on windows for installation. These are great if you want to cool a room that has no windows, or if you want to retain the ability to open your window as you please.
  • PTAC units are ideal for hotels, nursing homes, dormitories, and similar settings. They allow each room’s occupant to adjust their room’s temperature as needed without affecting other units in the building.
  • Ductless mini splits can cool as many rooms as you want without any sort of ductwork.

Now that you know the basics of these types of AC units, here are some of our staff picks and customer favorites in each category. We hope this AC buying guide will help you narrow down your search for the perfect AC unit.

Top Window AC

General Electric: AHM05LW

Image of GE AHM05LW window AC unit

GE’s AHM05LW window AC delivers 5,500 BTUs, making it ideal for smaller rooms that measure about 150 square feet. Compact yet powerful, this Energy Star qualified AC features three cooling and fan speeds to help achieve a comfort level that’s optimal for you.

The AHM05LW window AC features an electronic thermostat and a remote for accessible control. Other features include energy saving mode and a filter reminder light that lets you know when it’s time to clean the filter.

Full product listing here.

Top Central AC

Goodman: GSX160361

Image of Goodman GSX160361 central AC

With a high SEER rating of up to 16, GSX160361 offers 34,800 BTUs of cooling power in an energy-efficient design. Thanks to a heavy-gauge galvanized steel construction, it’s guaranteed to withstand the harshest conditions over extensive periods of time. Goodman supplies a 10-year limited parts warranty to help protect your investment.

Full product listing here.

Top Through-the-Wall AC

General Electric: AJCQ12DCG

Image of the GE AJCQ12DCG through-the-wall AC

Operating at an impressive 12,000/11,800 BTUs, GE’s AJCQ12DCG through-the-wall AC is great for large, windowless rooms or for people who want a more permanent yet easy-to-replace solution. This unit is Energy Star certified and features three cooling speeds, including a fan-only option.

If you’re looking for a through-the-wall air conditioner, keep in mind that you’ll also need a wall sleeve to support your AC unit. Unlike window ACs, through-the-wall air conditioners are permanent fixtures, so be sure to closely follow all manufacturer instructions and measure the correct size hole to place in your wall.

Full product listing here.

Most Efficient AC

LG: LA090HYV1

Image of the LG LA090HYV1 mini split air conditioner

While all of the AC units on this list are energy efficient, as per our company commitment to greener technology, the LG LA090HYV1 “Art Cool Premier” mini-split AC really comes out on top. Mini-splits are a favorite choice for many because of their effective and silent operation, and coupled with this unit’s smart energy-saving technology, there really is no going wrong.

If you’re looking to really maximize the efficiency of your air conditioner, keep an eye out for those that are Energy Star qualified or have built-in energy saver or sleep modes.

Full product listing here.

Best Heating & Cooling AC

LG: LP123HDUC

Image of LG LP123HDUC 12000/12200 BTU 11.9 EER PTAC Air Conditioner with Heat Pump

 

LG’s LP123HDUC is a 12,200 BTU PTAC unit that’s ideal for use in sunrooms, additions, dorms, hospital rooms and hotel rooms. It features a user-friendly control panel that gives you ultimate temperature control at your fingertips. It measures 42″, which fits most standard sleeves.

Full product listing here.

Best Multi-Zone Mini Split AC

LG: LMU36CHV

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The LMU36CHV multi-zone mini split system is a four-zone outdoor unit that’s designed to work with any four indoor units for comprehensive climate control. Rated for 32,000 BTU cooling capacity, this Energy Star qualified system features low ambient operation, defrost/de-icing and auto operation/auto restart.

Full product listing here.

As always, our excellent sales team is available to answer any questions you may have regarding our products. Please don’t hesitate to contact us!

Kristen Turner

Featured blogger for Total Home Supply.

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