While the nifty bells and whistles such as a delay start, fan only, energy saver, and remote control are very nice to have, my main concerns were fitting my window, keeping bugs out, quiet, and COLD. It fits in my window nicely and the pull out panels are absolutely the deal maker for me -- they were easy enough to install and I didn't have to go looking for some other part or piece for the unit! It came out of the box, slid the accordion panels on, opened the window, pushed out the screen, sat the unit in the window, brought the storm window down, screwed in the unit to the storm window frame, screwed in the panels and sealed the panels with the foam that was included with the unit (caution - the sticky foam is REALLY sticky! I had a hard time cutting it so I just pulled it to make it fit and found quite a bit of the foam still on my fingers#. Plugged it in to a regular wall socket #it does not need the higher voltage electric socket, yeah!# and turned it on. Cold instantly! I will be purchasing at least 2 more of these little guys in the next week or so -- my main HVAC system died and my family and I are in the process of buying a new home and I'm not going to buy a $4,500 HVAC system for the short period of time that we have until we move -- so these little guys will get us through until our new house is ready! I have had this unit in use for about a month, and I have cleaned the screen easy enough. It's not loud enough to keep me from hearing my kids tv in the next room or keep me up at night, so I'd say for a window unit to be so close to my bed, it must be ok for my sensitive hearing. My German Shepherd doesn't have a problem with it #she likes the cold# but the German Malinois found it to be odd and I catch her sneaking up on it occasionally. LOL Keeps me cold and at night I find I need a blanket. But a small bedroom will be all that it can handle and not a large room or an open room #such as living areas).
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