The Best Deals on Window-Mounted and Portable Air Conditioners Right Now
Find the right fit for your space, and stay cool this summer without breaking the bank.
You would think that after growing up in the hot and humid South, where stepping outside felt like standing in front of an open oven, that I would be used to and unbothered by stagnant summer air at this point. But nope! I still dislike the feeling of sticky clothes and stifling heat, especially in my own home, and think that everyone should have an air conditioner they can rely on.
But some houses don't come with central air and might not allow you to permanently mount something to the wall, which is where things can get complicated. So, to help you stay nice and cool this summer, I'm breaking down the difference between window-mounted and portable AC units and sharing the best deals on both happening right now. Keep scrolling to get the details.
Window-Mounted Air Conditioners
If you can't have a wall-mounted air conditioner, a window unit is a great alternative for a few reasons. They're pretty affordable and easy to install, they don't take up any floor space (which is nice if you're living in a small studio or apartment), they're temporary and they cool rooms efficiently and quickly. The only catch is that they'll also block some of the natural light that comes in your room, and they have to fit the specific dimensions of your window.
Don't be fooled by its simple specs; this Frigidaire 5,000 BTU Window Air Conditioner offers plenty of cooling power for a bedroom, bonus room or home office. It's easy to install, makes little-to-no noise and can be switched from a low to high setting in seconds, making it a great no-frills, no-fuss option. And though it's already pretty affordable, you can save $10 if you buy it at Kohl's right now.
Looking for something slightly mightier? Go with this window unit. Though still compact, the Frigidaire 8,000 BTU unit is capable of cooling up to 350 square feet and comes with added features like a three-speed fan, 24-hour programmable timer, remote control and sleep mode to keep you comfortable throughout the night. Buy it at Wayfair right now, and you'll save $45 on your purchase.
Narrow windows are no match for this Frigidaire AC unit. Thanks to its compact design and adjustable side panels, it fits snugly into any space and is capable of cooling up to 550 square feet. The unit also comes equipped with a multi-speed fan, 24-hour programmable timer (which helps you conserve energy and save money), remote control and clean filter reminder. And if you buy yours from Wayfair, you'll save up to $53.
With 15,000 BTU, this large Arctic King Window Air Conditioner offers maximum power but none of the noise. It's perfect for cooling up to 700 square feet, has electric controls and a remote, multi-speed fan and timer that you can adjust to your schedule. If you buy it at The Home Depot instead of elsewhere, you can save up to $70.
Now, here's a window-mounted unit that checks all the boxes. Built to cool spaces up to 550 square feet, this LG 12,000 BTU Air Conditioner boasts two cooling speeds, two heating speeds, two fan speeds, a 24-hour programmable timer, dehumidifying capabilities and energy-saving functions. It also offers supplemental heat as needed. It's a great option for larger spaces and homes, and you can save $100 if you buy it from Walmart right now.
Portable Air Conditioners
If you don't love the idea of a box sitting on your window sill, you might prefer a portable air conditioner. Just as the name suggests, these units typically come on four caster wheels, so you can move them as needed. However, this means that even the most compact unit will take up some of your floor space, and high-powered ones can be pretty pricey. You'll also still need to vent your unit through a window, which means it will have to sit in a corner of your living room or bedroom.
For less than $300, this LG 8,000 BTU unit is proof that portable air conditioners can be affordable. Though it's designed to blend right into the background, this device offers maximum cooling power for up to 200 square feet and has an oscillating air discharge to ensure that it covers the room evenly. Everything you'll need to install is included, and sleek touch controls make it easy to work.
Meet your perfect corner unit. This NewAir 14,000 BTU Portable Air Conditioner fits easily against the wall while offering cooling power for 525 square feet — think a large living room or even a studio apartment. It also boasts a control timer and sleep functions and is on sale for $50 off at The Home Depot right now.
It's easy to see why this Whytner 12,000 BTU Portable Air Conditioner has such positive reviews: It's compact to fit into any corner, with a dual-hosed system that makes it energy-efficient. It also has a dehumidifying function, oscillating abilities and comes with everything you need to set up and install. Get it for about $90 off at Wayfair right now.
One thing's for sure: This Honeywell 12,000 BTU Portable Air Conditioner is anything but an eyesore. Though it will definitely take up space on your floor plan, this portable unit has a sleek silhouette and black finish that ensures it will still fade into the background. It's also extremely quiet, capable of cooling and dehumidifying rooms up to 550 square feet, and comes with everything necessary to install, like an exhaust hose and window venting kit. Buy it from Walmart, and you'll save $100 right now.
If you're willing to spend a little more money for a little more power, you can upgrade to this Honeywell 14,000 BTU HL Series Air Conditioner. Since it has both cooling and heating capabilities, not to mention a dehumidifying function, you can use it year-round for spaces up to 700 square feet. Plus, you can use the remote to operate it from any seat. Get it for about $80 off at The Home Depot right now.