My husband and I have recently moved in with my aging mother-in-law to help her with her house and with all of her doctor appointments. The move actually came at a good time for us, since we had recently sold our house and most of our things are in storage for the time being. When she asked us to move in, we were hesitant at first, of course. We’ve been married and on our own for well over five years, and so moving in with a parent wasn’t something we were planning on doing. However, when she mentioned all of the reasons and how she needed help, we decided to just do it. One of the main problems we had with moving into her upstairs apartment above her garage was the fact that she doesn’t have central air conditioning anywhere in her house. This is actually a big issue for us, since we live in a very warm climate. I wasn’t sure how we were going to live without central A/C, but my husband assured me that we could buy a very powerful window unit to have in the upstairs apartment. Yesterday, while he was at work, I went to check out different window air conditioning units to see which one might work best for our situation.
First, I looked at the LG LW1216ER 12,000 BTU 115V Window-Mounted Air Conditioner with Remote Control from Walmart. This A/C unit will cool rooms up to 550 square feet. Our apartment is 540 square feet, so this one should do the trick. This A/C has a fan with three speeds, a 24 hour timer to turn it off and on, and it also has a 12.1 Energy Efficiency Ratio. I had not even thought about the energy efficiency situation, but knowing that a unit is energy efficient is important, since my mother-in-law is on a fixed income. Of course, we will help with the bills, but every little bit of savings helps. This unit seemed to be able to cool our apartment plus save us some money and conserve energy in the process. It dehumidifies the air, also, even though I don’t think that will be much of a problem in the apartment above the garage. It has a remote, which my husband would love. This LG unit has something called a Gold Fin anti-corrosion coating that gives it a protective shield which will help the unit last for a long time. It also has a cleaning alert function so you will know when it’s time to clean the unit. The LG LW1216ER 12,000 BTU 115V Window-Mounted Air Conditioner includes an installation kit and so it should be easy to get up and running in our apartment. This unit was priced at $389.99 on the day that I went in to look at it.
The next unit I looked at was similar to the first one. That’s one of the reasons I like shopping for things like window air conditioners at Walmart. They always have a wide variety of items to choose from in a broad price range. The second unit was called the Keystone KSTAW12B Air Conditioner with Remote Control. This A/C unit would also cool up to 550 square feet of space. It also has three cooling speeds, three fan speeds, and a 24 hour timer just like the other one. This unit comes with a handheld remote as well. It will dehumidify the air up to 2.5 pints per hour, and it has an energy saving mode to help conserve energy. It also has a sleep mode which, when activated, will gradually increase the temperature of your room. So in other words, you can fall asleep when it’s really cold and then the A/C will get less and less while you’re sleeping. I’m not sure how I feel about that because I usually wake up from being too hot as it is. This A/C unit did not offer a cleaning alert function, though. And even though I didn’t really need a cleaning alert, I did like the idea of having one! The Keystone KSTAW12B Air Conditioner with Remote Control” was also 12,000 BTU and would cool the same amount of space as the first one, but it was priced at only $290.00.
The last unit I checked out at Walmart was the Amana AMAP121BW 12,000 BTU 115V Window-Mounted Air Conditioner with Remote Control. This window A/C unit offers 12,000 BTU and is Energy Star compliant. It cools an area up to 550 square feet and dehumidifies 2.64 ines per hour. It has a remote control, a sleep mode that increases the room temperature once you are asleep, and an eco mode that helps to save energy on your utility bill. It has a programmable 24 hour timer, and a removable, washable air filter with a clean filter alert when it’s time to clean the A/C unit. The Amana AMAP121BW 12,000 BTU 115V Window-Mounted Air Conditioner with Remote Control was priced at $358.89 on the day that I looked at it.
I felt like between all three of the window unit air conditioning systems that I looked at, the third one, the Amana AMAP121BW 12,000 BTU 115V Window-Mounted Air Conditioner with Remote Control, was the best one for us. I liked that it had a clean filter alert like the first one I looked at, but it also had the same features that I liked as the second one. Even with all of those similarities, the Amana A/C unit was priced around $30 cheaper than the first one with the clean air filter alert. That’s what ended up helping me to make up my mind to go ahead and purchase this particular unit. Luckily, Walmart had one of these units on the shelf and I went ahead and purchased it. Even though it came with an easy installation kit, I decided to go ahead and call one of our local heating and cooling companies. I wanted to have a professional HVAC technician come out to install the window unit, just to be on the safe side. I think we will be happy with this window unit air conditioning system, and it will definitely help us be happier as we start helping my mother-in-law.