The best air conditioners

The best air conditioner systems.

Air conditioners are essential life-savers during those warm, humid Summer months. Choosing the best one for your needs, on the other hand, is not so simple because of all the different types available. Here we will show you what to look for when choosing an air conditioning system and review some of the best ductless split systems, window units, and portable air conditioners.

Topics covered
  • What to look for when choosing an air conditioning system
  • The best ductless split system air conditioner
    • The Daikin 12,000 BTU air conditioner
  • The best window air conditioner
    • The Friedrich Chill 6000 BTU window air conditioner
  • The best portable air conditioners
    • The Whynter Portable 14,000 BTU air conditioner/dehumidifier
    • The Black and Decker 10,000 BTU portable air conditioner

What to look for when choosing an air conditioning system

Type of AC unit: There are different types of air conditioner systems, such as the standard ductless split system, window units, and portable ones. Portable systems are becoming increasingly popular as they are easier to maintain and set-up while even providing the same power as their bulkier counterparts.

Combo systems: A lot of AC units nowadays have built-in dehumidifiers. If you live in a humid environment, then this may be something to consider – especially if floor space is in short supply.

UV lights and filters: It’s no secret – AC units collect and become breeding grounds for mold and many other bacterial build-ups. This shortens the life span of the internal components, and worse yet, it blows and spreads those pathogens throughout your home. Fortunately, many modern air conditioners nowadays come with filter systems and bacteria-killing UV lights installed, which prevents this from occurring. These same UV lights can be purchased separately and fitted into your current AC unit too.

Energy efficiency: Since you will be running the AC regularly for extended periods, you will definitely want something that is as energy-efficient as possible. Not only is this good for the environment but also for keeping the electric bill down. Fortunately, you don’t have to look too hard as energy-efficient systems are becoming more standard.

Low noise output: No one likes a noisy air conditioner running in the background – especially when trying to concentrate or sleep.

The best ductless split system air conditioner

Daikin 12,000 BTU Air Conditioner with installation kit and wall bracket

Daikin is a trusted brand that is known for its quality products. Their 12,000 BTU wall mounted air conditioning system is energy-efficient, quiet, and ideal for living room spaces, basements, attics, or even garages that are up to 400 square feet in size.


Built-in filters: The system comes fitted with an air-purifying filter and a titanium apatite photocatalytic (UV) filter. Not only does this make it harder for mold to grow within the unit, but it also kills and prevents any mold spores, bacteria, viruses, and unpleasant odors from entering your home through the AC.

Bluefin coil protection: AC coils are very susceptible to mold growth, and as if the built-in UV filter wasn’t enough, it also comes with a hydrophilic coated fin that offers an additional layer of protection from bio-film and mold build-up. What it means is that condensation does not collect on the coils and is instead forced into the drain pan.

Heat pump feature: Why not run the system during those cold winters? You can because of the heat pump feature, which allows the AC unit to function as a heater.

Super quiet: Nobody likes a noisy air conditioner, which is why the Daikin AC is whisper-quiet without compromising on power. Expect sound levels as low as 37 decibels inside and 51 decibels outside. It also has a quiet indoor feature, which, when activated, lowers the sound output by another 2 to 3 decibels.

Energy efficient: The Daikin AC system has impressive energy-efficiency levels – 9 HSPF and 17 SEER.


Indoor fan coil unit, outdoor condensing unit, a remote control, wall bracket, and a 15 ft installation kit.

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The best window air conditioner

Friedrich Chill CP06G10B 6000 BTU Window Air Conditioner

The Friedrich Chill Series 6,000 BTU window air conditioning unit is affordable without compromising on quality. The system, although designed for windows, can also be fitted into walls that are not more than 7.5″ inches thick and can cool, as well as dehumidify, rooms of up to 250 square feet.


Washable anti-microbial filters: The built-in anti-microbial filters prevent bacterial build-up, such as bio-film, which can make house occupants sick and damage AC components. Also, these filters are washable, so they do not have to be replaced as often.

Dehumidifier function: The system doubles up as a dehumidifier, and can remove an impressive 1.8 pints of moisture per hour.

Expandable side curtains: The system is reasonably quiet but not as quiet as the other AC systems featured on this page. To make up for this, the manufacturers have included heavy-duty side curtains which, when closed, does bring the noise levels down by quite a bit. These same curtains also do a great job of completely blocking out the light from the window too.

Energy-efficient: The AC unit is Energy Star certified and has an impressive energy rating of 12.2 (EER).

Anti-Intrusion Protection: Window air conditioners on ground floors are usually easy entry points for criminals. The Friedrich system, on the other hand, uses a steel retaining wire, which helps secure the system in place.


Air conditioning unit, installation kit, expandable side curtains.

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The best portable air conditioners

The Whynter Portable 14,000 BTU Air Conditioner/Dehumidifier

This sleek and modern looking portable air conditioner from Whynter is a 3-in-1 system – an air conditioner, fan, and dehumidifier. It’s small and compact enough to easily move around to wherever you may need it and powerful enough to cover a 500 square meter area while operating at a respectable 56 decibels.


Multiple filtrations: The washable pre-filter and main active carbon filters stop mold spores, bacteria, and various other airborne impurities from building up inside of the unit and from spreading around in the room.

Built-in fan and dehumidifier: It has a simple fan function and a dehumidifier that can remove an impressive 101 pints of moisture per day.

Fast cooling: Dual hoses ensure that the room gets cooled down almost instantly upon activation.

Eco-friendly & energy efficient: The Whynter portable air conditioner uses a CFC free and eco-friendly refrigerant known as GREEN R-410A. Its internal components are also 100% lead-free. As far as energy efficiency goes – it collects the moisture accumulated during cooling and recycles it to create more cool air.


Air conditioner, storage bag, remote control.

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Black and Decker 10,000 BTU Portable Air Conditioner

This 10,000 BTU portable air conditioner from the trusted Black and Decker brand can cover rooms of up to 250 square feet. It’s also environmentally-friendly, quiet, and has a dehumidifier function.


3-in-1: The black and decker portable air conditioner can also function as a regular fan and as a dehumidifier.

Washable filter: The system has an easy-to-remove air filter that simply slides out and is also washable.

Easy-to-move: The unit can be moved around easily, thanks to the caster wheels.

It’s quiet: Although not the most silent AC unit featured on this page, but still quiet enough to sleep in the same room while it’s running on the lower settings. Just be sure to have it standing on a sturdy and straight floor to prevent rattling sounds.


Air conditioner, remote control, window installation kit (window casing, exhaust hose, drain hose, inlet/outlet adapters, and manual).

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