The best air-conditioner
April 5, 2010 1:30 PM   Subscribe

How do I find the best air conditioner?

I hate summer. January is my favorite month. It hit 80 here last week and I'm already miserable. I would like to replace my dying useless air-conditioner with something more along the lines of the ancient wall-mounted behemoth that came with my apartment when I lived in the American south, an industrial relic entirely unlike the cheap plastic disposable air conditioners that are all I can find now and which was able to cool my apartment in ten minutes flat without noticeably exerting itself.

However, I have no idea where to find such a thing, or what to look for in a window air conditioner beyond BTU numbers. Are there brands I should be looking at? Are there commercial products that are more reliable and repairable than what is sold at Sears?
posted by enn to Shopping (2 answers total)
you're looking for a window unit air conditioner? do you have a 208V/230V socket near by? (seems a lot of the bigger ones require more voltage - the big 25000BTU things Lowes and Home Depot sells are all 20-amp 230v service. smaller ones tend to be 110V and 20A or less. 208/230V sockets are physically different than a 110V one - you can't swap them.)
posted by mrg at 2:06 PM on April 5, 2010

Response by poster: I don't have the higher-voltage sockets. However, I don't think I need 25000BTU — I am thinking more like 10000-15000BTU.
posted by enn at 2:30 PM on April 5, 2010

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