Short for British Thermal Unit, this measurement expresses how much heat energy your air conditioner is capable of removing from a room. If your unit features 5,000 BTUs, then it is capable of removing that amount of heat energy from your room in order to keep it cool.
Most models are quieter than older units from back in the day. Fan speeds can be adjusted to make operation even more silent, but even at top speeds most units will cool your room quickly and without too much noise.
Look for a unit with a digital display and controls for easy operation. With the simple push of a button you’ll be able to adjust the temperature, change the fan speed, and much more.
Fan Speed and Vents
Adjustable fan speeds and vents let you control how much air flows into the room. Movable vents even let you direct the air to where you need it most.
A built-in timer lets you set the unit to turn on or off as you need it. Keep your home cool before you get home from work, or have the air conditioner turn off after you’ve gone to bed to conserve energy.
Removable air filters are generally easy to clean and can help remove allergens and odours from the air in your home.
Some models feature a dehumidifier function, which you can use in the summer to reduce dampness in the air. In the winter, a humidifier function allows you to keep moisture in the air.
Adjust a variety of functions on your air conditioning unit without getting up from the couch.
In window-mounted models, a slide-out chassis makes installation and removal a cinch.
To ensure your air conditioner continues to run the most efficiently, you’ll want to clean it at the beginning of the season and every 2-3 weeks during heavy use. And before you store it away for the year, give it a quick clean to guarantee an easier clean the following season.