Purchased as a helper to central AC in bedroom and bath. Excluding two large closets, square footage is approximately 285, 8 1/2 foot ceiling, two windows (29x64) that receive heavy sun during the late afternoon, and one skylight that receives sun all day. Forty-inch flat screen TV and computer with 22 inch flat screen monitor. One 100 watt incandescent light after dark that throws a lot of heat.
Bedroom a good distance from central AC and receiving slight to moderate air. Room temperature over 80 degrees when TV and computer on even when it's only 80 degrees outside and central AC running. The small GE AC works wonderful for my needs.
Very powerful for its size. Colder air than the central AC. Can get the room to 68 with no problem at 91 degrees outside with central AC running. Family likes central AC temperature at 75 degrees so when it turns off in the early evening, the bedroom with the TV and computer on becomes much too hot and temperature continues to rise. The small window AC takes care of that very easily.
A few cons.
If you want the room temperature to be 72, the AC needs to be set lower, say 68. The lowest setting is 64.
Another problem I noticed is with the energy saver controls. If the temperature falls into the 60’s at night, the temperature on the AC registers the outside temperature and doesn’t turn off and on. It stays off. So, if it is 77 in the room, for example, the temperature on the AC might show 64 if it is 64 outside so it won’t turn on. Not sure why that happens. I change it to ‘cool’ and it turns on. If you live somewhere where the temperature stays warm at night, it probably will work fine.
Despite those problems, it works very well. If the temperature problems trouble you, don’t buy it, but it doesn’t bother me, because I only have it on energy saver at night when I want it to turn off; however, the energy saver off and on works great when it’s warm outside.
The AC is very small and easy to install. I didn’t attach it to the window frame with enclosed screws because it will be removed for the winter. The remote is excellent. Don’t have to point it directly to the AC for it to work. The compressor is very quiet. Barely noticeable when it comes on and goes off. The fan is also much quieter than others I have had. For the price, I can’t complain. If you want an AC with a very accurate temperature gauge, it will probably cost much more.
Have had both Carrier and GE 5000 BTU window AC’s in the past. Temperature controls of both worked much better than this one but were not accurate either. They also were much larger in size and cost close to $300.
I paid 97 cents shipping and it arrived in two days. Can’t beat that.
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