Frigidaire 115V Compact With Temperature Sensing

Last updated date: June 7, 2019

DWYM Score
8.5

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We looked at the top 1 Window AC Units and dug through the reviews from 12 of the most popular review sites including New York Times Wirecutter, Consumer Reports, Jen Reviews, Engadget, Much Needed, Best Reviews Guide, Thoroughly Reviewed, Top Reviews, Review Institute, Refrigerant HQ, Home Air Guides and more. Through this analysis, we've determined the best Window AC Unit you should buy.

Overall Take

Allergy sufferers will rejoice with this model's clean air ionizer. This feature filters the air and removes the pollen and impurities that make you sneeze and feel generally unwell. It's also a smaller window unit, making it easier to lift and install. With eight air directions, three fan speeds and three cooling speeds, you won't have any trouble customizing this air conditioner to meet your needs. In our analysis of 78 expert reviews, the Frigidaire Frigidaire 115V / 8,000 BTU (with temp sensing remote) placed 3rd when we looked at the top 10 products in the category. For the full ranking, see below.

Editor's Note June 12, 2019:
Checkout The Best Window AC Unit for a detailed review of all the top window ac units.

Expert Summarized Score
8.3
12 expert reviews
User Summarized Score
8.9
2,019 user reviews
Our Favorite Video Reviews
What experts liked
It’s a little bit louder and higher-pitched than our new pick but it’s an equally capable performer that’s usually around the same price. The Frigidaire is also a little bit easier to install because it’s smaller and lighter.
- New York Times Wirecutter
April 12, 2019 | Full review
It has up/down louver control.
- Consumer Reports
Features a robust remote control with a built-in thermostat, allowing you to program the A/C to shut off when the temperature around the remote itself reaches the target.
- Reviewed
January 2, 2019 | Full review
As well as an ioniser, this window air conditioner features three fan and cooling levels with adjustable 8-way air flow control, is able to move up to 224 cubic feet of per minute on its highest setting and dehumidifies air at the rate of 1.7 pints per hour.
- Jen Reviews
It’s easier to install
- Engadget
July 2, 2017 | Full review
It has built-in ionizer removes allergenic pollens.
- Much Needed
The compact design only weighs 47 pounds and fits comfortably in any double hung window. The unit operates very quietly compared to competitor models with the same amount of power, making it perfect for either living or bedroom applications.
- Thoroughly Reviewed
The price point on this unit is very low compared to others.
- Refrigerant HQ
February 24, 2018 | Full review
Instead of using a filter to remove impurities from the air, like pollen, dust, and bacteria, it has the upgraded feature of using an air ionizer.
- Home Air Guides
What experts didn't like
This Frigidaire is louder than our main pick and tends to cost more
- New York Times Wirecutter
April 12, 2019 | Full review
Easy to set up. Too loud. Bought this to replace an older AC unit. I ended up using the old one instead of the new one. Just too loud.
- Consumer Reports
This model’s fan noise is relatively intrusive, and there’s no drain for whatever humidity may accumulate.
- Reviewed
January 2, 2019 | Full review
It runs slightly louder and lacks some of the tiny user-control details that we liked on the LG.
- Engadget
July 2, 2017 | Full review
Limited automation options.
- Much Needed
Some complaints of fan rattling causing a very loud operating environment.
- Refrigerant HQ
February 24, 2018 | Full review

From The Manufacturer

Frigidaire 8, 000 BTU 115V window-mounted mini-compact air conditioner is perfect for cooling a room up to 350 square feet. It quickly cools the room on hot days and quiet operation keeps you cool without keeping you awake. Low power start-up and operation conserves energy and saves you money. Ready-select electronic controls allow you to set the comfort level to your preference, while a convenient temperature-readout displays the set temperature. Effortless temperature sensing remote control allows you to see, set and maintain room temperature from across the room. The multi-speed fan features three different speeds for cooling flexibility and the 8-way comfort control design allows you to easily control the direction of the cool air, wherever the unit is mounted. Plus, the clean air Ionizer removes pollen and impurities from the air providing relief for allergy sufferers.Air CFM (Low): 185 Air CFM (Med): 207 Air CFM (High): 224

Overall Product Rankings

1. Whirlpool 115V / 15,000 BTU (with remote)
Overall Score: 9.1
Expert Reviews: 2
2. LG 115V / 12,000 BTU (with remote) Air Conditioner
Overall Score: 8.6
Expert Reviews: 10
3. Frigidaire 115V Compact With Temperature Sensing
Overall Score: 8.5
Expert Reviews: 12
4. Frigidaire 115V Air Conditioner
Overall Score: 8.5
Expert Reviews: 15
5. Amana 115V Window Air Conditioner
Overall Score: 8.4
Expert Reviews: 1
6. LG 115V / 8,000 BTU (with remote) Air Conditioner
Overall Score: 8.3
Expert Reviews: 18
7. RCA 115V Window Air Conditioner
Overall Score: 8.3
Expert Reviews: 4
8. Frigidaire 230V Air Conditioner
Overall Score: 8.3
Expert Reviews: 1
9. Frigidaire 115V Window Air Conditioner
Overall Score: 8.2
Expert Reviews: 1
10. SPT Window Air Conditioner
Overall Score: 7.7
Expert Reviews: 2

An Overview On Window AC Units

  • Always check for an Energy Star certification, as these models are said to be 30 percent more efficient than models that don’t have the certification. The Frigidaire 115V / 8,000 BTU (with temp sensing remote) is an example of a window AC unit that has this important distinction.
  • Consider a few extra features that may not be essential, but might meet a specific need you may have. For example, the RCA 115V / 8,000 BTU (with remote) has a timer and a sleep function. That benefit will reduce the electricity you use, as the unit will run long enough to get you comfortable so that you can fall asleep, but then shut off while you remain in dreamland.
  • If mobility is an issue for anyone in your home, look for a model that has a remote control. The remote gives you the ability to lower the temperature or turn the unit off without having to get up from your seat.
  • Users that are sensitive to loud noises will need to look for models that run quietly. Allergy suffers should look for models that have a clean air ionizer to take the pollen and impurities out of the air.
  • Window AC units are heavy. It’s best to recruit help when installing your newly purchased unit.
  • It is important to regularly clean the air conditioner’s filter. How often you need to clean the filter depends on how much you use the unit, but generally, once a month is a good goal. The filter will either slide out the side, or you’ll have to pop the front of the unit and pull the filter up and out. Simply use a little dish soap and water to release the trapped dust and allergens and then let the filter air dry before putting it back in the air conditioner.
  • Look for a warranty before purchasing an extended product protection plan. Most units have at least a 1 or 2-year warranty that covers the entire unit. Some companies add a limited warranty for years three and four that only covers the specific repairs and replacements parts listed in the agreement.
  • When comparing prices for window AC units, it is important to remember that price varies based on BTUs and other features. The RCA 115V / 8,000 BTU (with remote) and the Frigidaire 115V / 8,000 BTU (with temp sensing remote) tie for the lower end of the pricing scale at just under $250. The Whirlpool 115V / 15,000 BTU (with remote) runs higher at around $500. The LG 115V / 12,000 BTU (with remote) falls in the middle at around $400.

DYWM Fun Fact

You may be surprised to learn that air conditioners weren’t originally invented to keep people cool on a hot summer day. In 1902, a New York publishing company was having trouble keeping their paper from expanding and their ink from running due to the seasonal increase in humidity. That led Willis Carrier to create an air conditioner that could be used in the office to bring down the humidity levels.

Since most households used big blocks of ice to stay cool before air conditioners were invented, the first AC models didn’t measure their output in today’s units. Instead, they used ice blocks. When purchasing an air conditioner, you’d do so by how many blocks of ice it would take to produce the amount of cold air that would be emitted from the machine.

A year after Carrier made his first air conditioner for the publishing company, The New York Stock Exchange Building started using them. In 1917, movie theaters began using air conditioners to increase summer movie attendance. By 1929, President Herbert Hoover had them installed in the Oval Office. According to Energy.gov, approximately three-quarters of homes today are now equipped with air conditioning.

The Window AC Unit Buying Guide

While a central air conditioning system is ideal, not all homes come equipped with one, especially if you don’t live in the south where summer temperatures are felt year-round. Installing central air is also expensive, so it makes more sense to purchase an AC unit that you can install in your window (if you don’t already have central air).

Air conditioning is especially important for the elderly and those suffering from various medical conditions. When shopping for a new window unit, there are a few important things to consider.

Begin by measuring the room in which you plan to install the window AC unit. The total square footage will reveal how many BTUs the unit must have to adequately cool the room. If your room is under 350 square feet, then a 5,000 BTU unit will suffice. Use an 8,000 BTU unit for rooms measuring 350 to 550 square feet, a 12,000 BTU unit for 550 to 1,050 square feet, an 18,500 BTU unit for 1,050 to 1,600 square feet and a 25,000 BTU unit for anything over 1,600 square feet.

Next, you need to make sure the air conditioner has a long enough cord to reach the nearest outlet and that the voltage isn’t too high for the outlet. For example, the Whirlpool 115V/15,000 BTU (with remote) has a Lcdi power cord that is 4.9 ft. in length. At the end of the cord is a 3-prong grounded plug designed for a 115V electrical outlet. That means if your outlet is more than 5 feet away or you only have a two-prong outlet, this model wouldn’t work.

Since you can’t move your window, it’s also essential that you select a window AC unit that will move the air flow in your direction. If you need to install the unit higher up, make sure the vent can be aimed downward. If your window is to the left, make sure the vent can be set toward the right. The LG 115V/12,000 BTU (with remote) actually features four-way air direction. So no matter where you install the air conditioner, the air flow will reach you.

Once you’ve picked the perfect air conditioner and installed it in your window, you’ll need to know when to use each of the settings. The fan-only mode is perfect for days without high heat and humidity that still require a nice breeze. This setting won’t cool the air though, as it just circulates the air that’s already in the room. The cooling mode is what you want to use to bring down the temperature. You’ll need to press the up or down buttons to set your desired temperature. There’s also a fan setting that allows you to program whether you want the air to flow slowly or at a medium or fast pace.