Small Air Conditioners: Maximum Cooling for Small Rooms
Window air conditioners with less than 9,000 BTUs are ideal for keeping bedrooms, dorm rooms and other small living spaces nice and cool. With the power to cool up to 350 square feet, these air conditioners are compact, easy to install and one of the most efficient methods of cooling different rooms in your home.
Here at LivingDirect, we are proud to offer a large assortment of window air conditioners at different BTU ratings to meet your precise needs. Ranging from 5,000 BTU's to 9,000 BTU's, all of window air conditioners featured on this page are ideal cooling solutions for smaller rooms and living spaces.
How A Small Window AC Unit Can Save You Money
One of the best ways to utilize your window air conditioner, now matter how small the unit may be, is to use it as a way to reduce your reliance on central cooling systems. Often referred too as supplemental cooling, small air conditioners are commonly used to cool down one room rather than cooling down your entire home. Simply set the thermostat of your central air conditioner a little bit higher and then use a small window AC unit to target the rooms that you’ll be using most. This allows you to stay cool and comfortable, but also slash the amount of energy you use while saving a ton of money in the process.
Let's take your bedroom as an example. Installing a 5,000 BTU air conditioner in your bedroom will allow you to keep the temperature at a comfortable level while you sleep, but also give you better control of the temperature throughout your entire home. Not only does this put less strain on your central air conditioner, but you don't have to pay to cool down rooms that are unoccupied.
If you're looking to implement a supplemental cooling strategy in your home, a small window air conditioner is definitely a great choice. However, to make sure you get the best air conditioner for your home, you should also consider using a portable unit, as they are also a great alternative designed to help you save money.
Know Your BTU Requirements
When it comes time to buy a window air conditioner, you'll need to know the size of the room you will be using it in. A smaller room will require less BTU's, which means you can buy a smaller unit. First you need to figure out the square footage of the room you want to install an AC unit in. Once you know the size, you will be able to figure out which window air conditioner is best for you based on the following guidelines:
- 5,000 BTU = Less than 150 sq. ft.
- 6,000 BTU = 150 to 250 sq. ft.
- 7,000 BTU = 250 to 300 sq. ft.
- 8,000 BTU = 300 to 350 sq. ft.
- 9,000 BTU = 350 to 400 sq. ft.
If your room is larger than 400 square feet, then you will need a larger air conditioner than we are featuring on this page. To view window air conditioners with higher BTU's, please check out the following — 9,001 to 12,000 BTU's or 12,001+ BTU's.
Small, Compact & Easy to Install
Due to their compact nature, smaller window AC units are generally easier to install. They are small enough to be installed in virtually any window, as well as light enough for most people to handle with ease. And if you decide to move, these small AC units are even easier to uninstall and take with you in the move.
We would always recommend following the step-by-step instructions that come with each model, as each the installation may vary slightly from model to model. However to help guide you and make it as simple as possible, we would recommend that you check out our installation tips.
Finding the Best Air Conditioner For Your Home
Window AC units are a smart alternative when central air conditioning is not an option or just expensive to run. Low purchase prices and high efficiency are an advantage to using these smaller air conditioners. The vast amount of features available that make these AC units even more appealing to the average consumer.
For example, many window air conditioning units feature a sleep mode or programmable timer to ensure that you aren’t wasting energy. A remote with a separate docking system can monitor the temperature of your home to maintain a chosen temperature without leaving the AC on all day long. You also have variable fan speeds, swivel vents to strategically direct the cool air and a wide variety of filters available to help improve your indoor air quality. Some window air conditioners even have the ability to act as a heater, making them a great option for year-round use and truly maximizing the benefits you can expect.
The positioning of your window air conditioner is also essential for maximum results. If the window where the unit is installed is protected by shade, then the unit will run more efficiently and will have to do less work to keep you cool during the day. If you cannot avoid direct sunlight, you may want to consider a unit with slightly higher BTU’s for supreme cooling.
You should be able to keep your costs down when you’re using small window air conditioners. These units cost less to run than their larger counterparts. In fact, smaller air conditioners tend to get high Energy Efficiency Rating EER) ratings, with many even qualifying as an Energy Star air conditioner. They provide the right amount of cooling to help you stay comfortable without sending your monthly utility bills soaring.
From Friedrich to LG, we only sell the most distinguished air conditioning brands. We are confident that you will find the best air conditioner for your home or office, no matter how large or small the unit may be. To find the best air conditioner for your home, please browse our selection above and read the reviews left by our customers. If you have any questions, give us a call. We're here and ready to keep you cool.