The humble window air conditioner, long scorned for its noisy, rattling inefficiency, has undergone a revolution. New models cool down a room more quickly thanks to improved fan and compressor designs, with better sound dampening features and improved air flow, so they operate more quietly.
And many models can be controlled remotely using an app on your phone, allowing you to program the appliance’s operation and alter its schedule if the weather takes a turn—for the better or for the worse. And there are a few appliances that offer voice control: just tell the appliance what you want it to do.
How We Chose These Air Conditioners
To select these appliances, we tested some and surveyed the market for others that we didn’t test, looking for key features that point to higher construction quality, energy efficiency and amperage (current draw) relative to the square feet of cooling area for which the air conditioner is rated.
Read reviews of our top air conditioners below, and keep scrolling for more information on how your air conditioner works and how to keep it working in top condition for many summers to come.
This compact model from Haier is one of the quietest and most energy efficient window air-conditioners on the market. It features an internal compressor blanket that dampens vibration and cuts noise down to a whisper-quiet 43 decibels. (By comparison, the average refrigerator hums along at about 40 decibels.) And it has an Energy Star Qualified Energy Efficiency Rating (EER) of 12.2, so it won’t cause a spike in your electric bill. For convenient use, this 6,000-BTU unit has a 24-hour timer with sleep mode, clean filter reminder, remote control, and three-speed fan with energy saver and dehumidify modes.
Cooling Area: 400 Square Feet
Unit Dimensions (inches)
: 22.63 x 23.63 x 15.88
Weight: 51 pounds
Noise Level (Decibels, high to low): NA
GE Appliances is the first to announce voice-enabled air conditioners, which will be available at Home Depot and Lowe’s. You can now turn these units on and off or adjust the temperature without leaving your couch or even picking up your phone. They’ve also got a helpful app as well.