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3 Quality Air Conditioners Under $150

Updated on December 2, 2016
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Michael Kismet is a freelance writer and has a passion for finances and true financial freedom.

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I wonder if it's customary to go through a few AC units, until you find the one that's just right. I wanted to help others avoid the headaches trying out machines and going through the laborious activity of trying to return one cause it didn't fit your needs.

Before deciding on which air conditioning is right for you, take a moment to figure out which aspects of an AC unit is most important for you. Is it raw cooling power, energy efficiency, environmentally friendly, or affordability? I would presume it's a combination of all four. Here are three exceptional units that are well reviewed and affordable.

1. Frigidaire Air Conditioner

I've had this unit for two years, and this is it's third Summer in California, and it's still running just fine. I did some research before committing to get one, kind of had to, considering I was on a tight budget and Summer was rapidly approaching.

The Frigidaire FRA052XT7 is a best selling unit and receives consistent good reviews from consumers. It has 5,000 btu of cooling power, ideal for small rooms or spaces from 150sq feet to 200sq feet.

It's quite the compact unit measuring 13.2 x 16 x 12 inches and weighs in about 35 pounds. This unit is also environmentally safe utilizing Eco-friendly R410A refrigerant. This mini air unit comes equipped with an Antimicrobial filter that kills airborne bacteria and purifies the air while cooling it. Comparably to other units in it's size and class, it operates quietly. Additionally it is energy conscious operating with a low voltage start-up conserves power and saves you more money.

However, I'd be remiss if I didn't mention that for the first week of operating the unit, there was a distinct smell. It did pass after a week's use though and haven't had the misfortune of smelling it since. Overall, this unit is the perfect mix of energy efficiency, cooling power, and under $150, the price was right. Not to mention the perk of being eco friendly and it's ability to kill germs floating around in the air.

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2. Lifesmart Air Conditioner

The Lifesmart air conditioning unit is small and compact, yet has great cooling power. It has 5,000 BTU and is intended to cool rooms 200-250sq feet. It is capable of operating at three different cooling modes and three fan settings. Has an easy slide out feature for ease of access when cleaning out the filter.

Also, this AC unit is easy on the O-zone using R410A refrigerant. It comes with a window mounting kit included and is easy to install. Although, not yet a best selling unit, a vast majority of costumer reviews rated this unit very high.

Many praised it's performance after expressing skepticism that an AC at $200 could work so well, as advertised. It's produced by VM Innovations and is receiving consistent positive reviews. If I ever have to replace my current AC, this highly applauded unit is definitely on my list.

3. SPT Portable Cooling Unit

This one is not actually an air conditioner, but is more of an evaporation cooling unit. The pros of this unit I believe outweighs it's cons. Not technically being an AC unit, it's doesn't have great cooling strength. Additionally will not cool medium to large rooms whatsoever. Now for the good news..

First of all this unit costs 1/5th the cost of an AC unit and uses about 1/6th the power of a traditional window mount air unit. It does not require tiring and lengthy installation process. It's on wheels, which makes it portable and easy to more from spot to spot.

Along with evaporation air cooler, also comes with a humidifier and versatile fan. Oscillating fans blasts a steady stream of cool air, as long as you're in front of the unit. This air unit is ideal for a small office or dorm room. Also, it should be noted this machine works most efficiently in dry climates.

This SPT cooling unit utilizes the evaporation of water, so you can also add ice to the water for an extra boost of cooling effect. So, it's definitely not a cure all unit, but it will keep a room 5-10 degrees cooler all the while boasting the aforementioned pros.

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Tips for Saving Money on Air Conditioning

  • Try to set your thermostat temperature as high as physically comfortable, especially during the months of Summer.
  • Remember to routinely clean your AC filters, a dingy filter will cause the unit to work harder. Wasting more energy and lowering it's efficiency
  • Do not leave your cooling unit on continuously, there should be intervals where the unit is off as much as it is on. That's a 50% reduction in power consumption
  • Check all door gaps and windows for air leaks, any leaks will undermine the effectiveness of your AC and cost you more dollars in the long run. Do a walk around of your home, checking windows and window seals. There's no gap too small to bother covering up.
  • Close doors and vents to rooms that will be unoccupied, this will increase your AC units ability to cool, using less energy as well.
  • If you're able, set up your air unit on the north side of your property, if will operate most of the day out of the sun. The unit will cool more efficiently this way and will be better overall for your unit, with less maintenance.

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Thank you for taking the time to read through my article, I hope you gleaned some information that will aid you in making a decision towards your choice on an air conditioning unit. I'm sure there are many other quality units out there I haven't come across, if there's any additions you think I should add, please do not hesitate to let me know.

Also, I would be deeply humbled for any comment, opinions or feedback of any kind. Thank you again and have a cool Summer! For when Winter is around the corner, feel free to visit my article on the top 3 quality portable space heaters!

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