Have you been thinking about getting a new AC to beat the heat? Or maybe you are looking for something to keep the mold and mildew in your basement at bay?
Either way, what’s important to know is that there are many options for air conditioners in the market, and there are countless reviews of these models. But we feel that not all of them present a balanced view of the subject matter.
So, to make it easier for you to make an informed choice, here’s a review of some of our favorites from the various brands that we’ve tried. These reviews take a couple of things into consideration; money, the space of your home, the efficiency of the product, etc.
Midea U Inverter Window Air Conditioner 8,000BTU
No 1 Bestseller in Window ACs
- U-Shaped AC with Open Window Flexibility
- Robust Installation
- Extreme Quiet, 35% Energy Saving
- Smart Control, Alexa, Remote
- Bracket Included
Star Rating: 4.5
With this Midea Inverter Window Air conditioner, you get to enjoy a cool room while still getting fresh air through your window. It features smart control configurations such as Wi-Fi, voice control, and an on-screen user interface that allows you to control your unit from anywhere wirelessly.
Also, its inverter technology helps to save 35% on energy as opposed to traditional AC units. This technology earned this model an ENERGY STAR Most Efficient 2020 Certification.
Combined with its energy-saving capacities, this impressive AC is exceptionally noiseless. The silence of the Midea U inverted is almost the same as the silence of a library at 42 dBA, which means you can enjoy a relaxed and comfortable living space with zero noise.
But that’s not all, the Midea U-shaped Air conditioning unit is the definition of compact and portable, so it’s pretty easy to move around. It’s also fitted with a support bracket that enables dynamic window-hanging & installation of the unit.
- Its U-shaped design is unique
- Allows window opening
- 35% on energy-saving
- Long-distance airflow
- Lengthy and technical installation process
MIDEA 5,000 BTU EasyCool Window Air Conditioner and Fan
Best Price in Window Air Conditioners
- Cools Up to 150 Square Feet with Easy to Use Mechanical Controls and
- A Reusable Filter (White)
Star Rating: 4.4
The Midea EasyCool Window Air Conditioner and Fan cools up to 150 square feet with easy-to-use mechanical controls and a reusable filter. This AC unit is a solid and energy-efficient air conditioner.
Also, its two cooling/two fan-only speeds and two-way air direction make the operation of the AC unit seamless. Plus, The MIDEA 5,000 Air conditioning unit is energy-efficient and delivers relaxed comfort while saving more on power bills.
Aside from the features mentioned earlier, the Midea 5000 Air conditioner also has a washable and reusable filter that helps keep your space smelling fresh and safe from bacteria or any other airborne particles.
This air conditioner easily installs with minimal modification to your existing window frame. It’s even suitable for windows as small as 23″ x 36″ and as high as 13″. The compact size provides more room in the house and makes it easier to move furniture out of the way when needed. That makes choosing to set up an air conditioning unit easy.
- Washable filter
- Compact design
- Easy installation
- Seamless operation
- It’s mechanical
- It doesn’t have a dehumidification feature like other Midea versions
- No remote control
TOSOT 8,000 BTU Portable Air Conditioner Quiet, Remote Control, Built-in Dehumidifier
Best Noiseless AC
- Remote Control
- Built-in Dehumidifier & Fan
- Cool Rooms Up to 300 Square Feet
Star Rating: 4.3
It’s not often you find a product that does so much. But the TOSTOTS 8,000 BTU portable air conditioner is quite exceptional. It features an energy-efficient system that circulates air up to 35 feet and efficiently cools down a room up to 300 sq. ft.
The TOSOT 8,000 air conditioner manufacturers also fitted it with a hand-held control to control the temperature. And that’s not all.
Apart from its built-in fan and cooling capabilities, the TOSOT air conditioning unit also includes a built-in dehumidification feature that will help remove moisture from the air and lower humidity levels for healthier indoor air quality. This installation comes alongside a powerful exhaust hose designed to be vented from the top or back of the unit, allowing you to adjust the direction.
- Easy to install and compact
- Guarantees a restful night of sleep
- Reusable filters
- Absence of filter on the air path to the exhaust hose
- Automatically turns off the air conditioning when it reaches a set temperature
Whynter ARC-148MS 14,000 BTU Portable Air Conditioner
Best AC for Large Spaces
- Also Dehumidifier & Fan
- with Activated Carbon SilverShield Filter
- for Rooms up to 450 sq. ft
Star Rating: 4.4
The Whynter ARC-148MS Portable Air Conditioner, Dehumidifier, and Fan is a multi-functional unit with a capacity of up to 14,000 BTUs.
It can also cool your living space up to 450 square footage and features three fan speeds, digital controls, and a LED display that shows current room temperature as well as the set temperature when cooling. Its dehumidifying function helps to keep the air fresh.
Also, it has four wheels for easy movement, hand-held control thermostat/timer functions, and auto-restart, which helps eliminate power outages.
- Contains non-ozone depleting refrigerant
- Seamless operation
- 4-in-1 functionality.
- Washable Air filters
- Humidity and Ambient temperature can hamper maximum performance
Shinco 12,000 BTU Portable Air Conditioners with Built-in Dehumidifier Function
Best in Cooling
- with Built-in Dehumidifier Function & Fan Mode,
- Quiet AC Unit
- Cools Rooms to 400 sq. ft
- LED Display
- Remote Control
- Complete Window Mount Exhaust Kit
Star Rating: 4.5
Designed to provide superb comfort to areas with up to 400 square feet, the Shinco Portable Room Air Conditioner is perfect for large rooms, hallways, and offices.
The Shinco, air conditioning unit features built-in dehumidification that helps dry up to 16.8 pints of moisture in a single day. Dual cooling and fan settings also allow you to control how cool you want it, and our silent AC unit will not disrupt your peace.
This Portable and Compact AC has a 24 Hour Timer feature with its three cooling functions, enabling it to program for high/low fan speeds, temperature, and dehumidifying to operate at your convenience. At the same time, Sleep Mode gradually adjusts room temperature over 15 hours before shutting off. The 12000 BTU portable air conditioner is lightweight and easy to carry around the house. Quiet operation with fan speed varies from as low as 52dB on minimum settings to 69dB on high-speed settings.
The exhaust kit allows installation on any window frame from 32″ to 48″ wide with a low-profile design perfect for sliding glass doors or windows with screens.
- Easy to install
- It doesn’t fit in windows
- High energy-consumption
Midea MAP08R1CWT 3-in-1 Portable Air Conditioner, Dehumidifier, Fan
Best Portable AC
- for Rooms up to 175 sq ft
Star Rating: 4.5
The Midea MAP08R1CWT is a 3-in-1 mobile air conditioner.
Used as a cooling unit, the MIDEA 5,000 BTU Portable AC will quickly cool your room and reduce the humidity. The three cooling settings let you choose how you prefer to cool your space, and there are three fan speeds to help circulate air more quickly. As a dehumidifier, this AC unit’s condensing unit actively removes moisture from the air, lowering the humidity level of a room by up to 50%.
This AC model also comes with a hand-held control. It has a filter built right into the unit to eliminate odours and keep you fresh. It’s a whole-house air conditioner designed to provide cooling to spaces up to 150 square feet. It is excellent for hot, humid days and gives direct cooling to your entire room. With two speed settings and a full-function electronic control with LCD, this unit allows you to adjust airflow and temperature easily from anywhere in the room.
The MIDEA 5,000 BTU is for those who want a versatile portable AC unit that is lightweight enough to be easily moved around the house but sufficiently heavy-duty to keep them comfortable.
- Easy to use
- Easy to install
- Extremely soundless
- 3-in-1 air conditioning
- Uneasy to drain
Things To Consider When Buying AC For Your Basement
When setting up your basement HVAC or heating and cooling system, it’s essential to consider certain things. This is because the way you set up or your HVAC system could influence its performance.
However, there are some things to consider when buying an air conditioning unit for your basements, and here are a few;
Does your basement have space?
If you discover that your basement does not have enough space, you might consider getting a support bracket.
What is a support bracket?
A support bracket is a form of extension that helps balance your AC units, especially when your basement does not have the capacity or space to support it.
So, another question to consider when buying an AC for your basement is the flooding of your basement.
Does your basement flood a lot? If yes, you might also consider getting a support bracket, and one we would recommend is the Jeacent AC Window AirCon Support Bracket Light Duty.
The Jeacent support bracket is easy to install and can be adapted to fit most basement windows. Also, it’s designed to fit the thickness of your walls.
Another thing to ask when deciding to buy an air conditioning unit for your basement is if your basement has a window that opens.
In a situation where you don’t have a window that opens in your basement, you can consider getting an exhaust vent like the Air Conditioner Hose Portable Exhaust Vent with 5.9″ Diameter, Anti-Clockwise Thread & Length up to 80″.
This exhaust vent can help in getting rid of unwanted heat from your AC.
Also, you could consider a window seal for the AC unit in place of the exhaust vent. They are not only compact, but they also make it easy to keep the hot air out from your basements, eliminate insects, and create a barrier.
There are numerous air conditioning brands to consider when setting up your basement air conditioning systems. Still, certain brands distinguish themselves from others based on their cost and their unique features and functionalities.
Often, we see people who pick their air conditioning options based on how much money they have budgeted. While it’s alright to stick to your budget, this might cost you more in the future. So, I advise that you pick air conditioning units that have some form of social proof from users rather than just buying “anything that cools.”
Also, it’s important to note that your basement is more than just an extra room; it’s a core part of the home foundation, so you should try to consider quality options when picking or setting up your air-conditioning systems for your basements.