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You don’t need me to tell you how hard it is to get anything done when you’re sweating away in a hot, humid room. A good window air conditioner is a must in these situations. Fortunately, most of today’s units are Energy Star-certified to not only cool your room but to also do it efficiently and economically.
One of the most efficient ACs available is the LG Dual Inverter Smart Window Air Conditioner, which uses state-of-the-art inverter technology to keep your energy costs down while keeping your room at a comfortable temperature.
I recently tested 10 ACs for our guide to the best air conditioners, and this one took home the title of “best for large rooms” after our rigorous evaluation. I’ve also used this unit for more than a year now in my own home; below are my experiences with it.
Design and specs
Recommended room size: 800 square feet
Window opening requirements: 16 inches vertical by 27 to 39 inches wide
Energy Star-certified: Yes
Warranty: 1 year
Smart connectivity: Yes
Extras: Dehumidifying, fan, remote control, foam seals, side curtain insulation, window security brackets, delay on/off, smart home compatibility
Additional Btu sizes available: 9,500, 18,000, 22,000
The LG Window Air Conditioner (model number LW1517IVSM) has a 14,000 Btu capacity, which makes it ideal for rooms of about 800 square feet. It’s Energy Star-certified with a Department of Energy-tested combined energy efficiency ratio (CEER) of 14.7, which makes it one of the most efficient air conditioners available. The estimated yearly energy cost is $68.
The appliance has four modes of operation: standard (with four cooling speeds), energy saver, fan, and dehumidifying. It can be controlled via a smartphone app or the included remote control, though the app offers more functionality.
Everything you need for installation is in the box, including window security brackets and insulating foam to provide a good seal. You’ll need to use your own tools for the installation. In particular, it’s helpful to have Phillips-head and flat-blade screwdrivers, an adjustable wrench, a level, a tape measure, a knife, scissors, and a pencil on hand.
Installation was a major pain and took me two hours. Here are the steps:
Unscrew the cabinet from the AC and remove the innards.
Put window sash seals on the window.
Attach the curtains to the unit, which involves awkwardly screwing in eight screws that don’t …read more
Source:: Business Insider