6 Best Window Air Conditioners for 2022

Yes, even if you already have central air conditioning.

With the sweltering temperatures in full swing, you can bet we’re sweating the second time we go out now, and sometimes we’re sweating indoors too—especially during hot flashes and if we don’t have central AC.

Many of us reside here at KCM in New York City where air conditioning units are the standard in older apartment buildings and apartments, but did you know that they can actually help you save on energy costs, even if you have central air conditioning in your home? And if you don’t already have central air conditioning, window units are much cheaper than installing a new HVAC system.

Due to their small size, air conditioners tend to be an affordable option for those who want to keep their homes cooler all summer long. It also filters the air as it cools, making it a great way to purify the air around you without the need for an additional air purifier. Some even have built-in high-tech purification systems.

And if you tend to stay in one or two rooms in your home, cooling only those rooms with a window unit means you won’t have to turn on the central air conditioner and cool the rooms you don’t use, thus reducing energy costs. Or, if you tend to get hot even with the central air turned on, you can always install a window unit as an extra cooler – of course, it might increase your bill, but it might be worth it if it makes you more comfortable!

You have to consider the size of your home, the size of the room you will be cooling, and what makes the most sense for your lifestyle before forgoing central air altogether. But if you live in an older home or an apartment that doesn’t have an air conditioner, investing in an energy-efficient, decent-looking air conditioner can dramatically change the level of comfort in your home.

There are thousands upon thousands of window units to choose from, which is why we’ve rounded up some of the high-tech energy efficient units you should consider. From stylish units that blend with your decor to ones that let you take full advantage of your windows, here are some air conditioning units that you can add to your home.

Best window air conditioners 2022


Having gained popularity on Instagram for their customizable interfaces, the air conditioners for July sold out in no time. This year, the units are back in stock. If you suffer from allergies or dust in your home, July is the first air conditioner with a complete air purification system built in. Almost all regular window units have a screen to catch larger debris, but you can add an additional filter to capture smaller air pollutants such as pollen, pet dander and bushfire smoke into your unit. In addition, this unit can be controlled via the app or via the included remote control – no getting up from the bed or sofa is required.

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windmill air conditioning unit

Is it possible to have a neat device? Yes yes it is. Made with curved edges and at the top and corners of the unit (as opposed to the face), this option sends cool air quietly and efficiently. You can control this unit from an app, allowing you to turn it on before you get home to walk into a great house or turn it off after you leave if you forget. In addition, this air conditioner uses eco-friendly refrigerant with 68 percent lower global warming potential compared to conventional air conditioners. Windmill recycles old units, which helps offset emissions, but it also tries to offset its carbon footprint throughout the manufacturing process.

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capsule air

kapsul . air conditioner

If you don’t mind paying a penny for a stylish, easy-to-install unit that will last for years to come, Kapsul is a great option. It’s one of the thinnest units on the market right now, and reviewers say it runs very quietly compared to traditional window units. It’s only seven inches high, which leaves most of your window open. Through the app, you can change the temperatures and humidity levels in your home, or you can use the air conditioner knob itself to change the temperature.

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Midea 12000 btu inverter window air conditioner U-shape

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Struggling to cram your air conditioner into the window before it crashes on the floor below is a stressful experience – so what if you could just close and lock the window completely, ensuring that the air conditioner was held in place that way? With this U-shaped unit, you can. Although they look like traditional window units, they have a space in the middle where you can completely close your window, leave the fan inside and the cooling portion of the unit outside. Not only does it provide a more secure fit, but it means you can still use your window sill thanks to the front slim profile as well. This device is also Wi-Fi compatible, so you can control the temperature and settings through an app.

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Friedrich Chill Premier Smart Window Air Conditioner 5200 BTU

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A simple yet effective air conditioner that will also get the job done. This one costs under $350, but it can cool a room while also being environmentally friendly. It’s Energy Star certified, which means it passes a range of tests for quality and energy efficiency. It comes with a remote control, but it can also be controlled using an app. The best part? There is built-in 8-way airflow, so your room will cool down quickly And the efficiently.

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GE Profile ClearView 6,100 BTU Smart Ultra Quiet Window Air Conditioner

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Do you want to forget that your air conditioner is installed in the window? Here’s the secret: Install a unit that sits under the window sill instead of on top. This inverted U shaped air conditioner saves space in any room and is considered the quietest model of air conditioners in the US because it falls over a window sill, it is very easy to install by yourself and only requires several tools to install it in place. You can use the app to control settings or choose to use the built-in remote control.

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