- Updated February 27, 2019
- Posted by: June Spencer
Similar to window AC units in their aspect and performance, through the wall air conditioners differ when it comes to a few design details and the manner in which you install them as they require to be placed in a hole in the wall. For those who don’t want an AC blocking their window, it’s the next best thing to opt for as it occupies no habitable space and provides the cooling efficiency needed to make it through summer comfortably.
Top 5 Compared
1. Frigidaire FFTA1422R2
A hefty acquisition but one worth making nonetheless, the Frigidaire reigns as it delivers outstanding performance at a fair price. It measures 24 inches in width by 20.5 inches in depth by 14.5 inches in height and weighs 81 pounds, its design easing your work when maneuvering it during the installation process. Speaking of, when installing it, you must use a wall sleeve that measures 25-15/16 inches in width by 15-5/8 inches in height to accommodate it.
It delivers 14000 BTUs of cooling power when it runs to ensure the temperature will feel pleasant in a matter of minutes after you install it. It is suited for use in rooms and spaces of up to 700 square feet, and we advise you to follow this recommendation to ensure it will work at its peak. It puts a total of 3 fan/cooling speeds at your disposal to pick between so that you may customize its performance to your preference. On the low setting, it delivers a 252 CFM airflow, on the medium setting, 275 CFM, while on the high setting, it provides a hearty 295 CFM.
Although it isn’t Energy Star certified, you needn’t worry about its power consumption as it won’t add to the utility bills all that much if you make use of the special features it comes with – the 24-hour timer which enables you to limit its operation strictly as needed, the energy saver mode that evidently limits its power draw, and the sleep mode. Moreover, the filter check indicator lets you know when its anti-bacterial mesh feature needs to be washed to eliminate guesswork out of this task
- On the low fan speed setting, it produces only 59.2 decibels, consequently not presenting a distraction when you are in the same room with it.
- 4-way air direction control ensures a complete coverage of the room so that no ‘hot spots’ remain.
- Ready-select electronic controls make it easy even for those who are not tech savvy to use it.
Able to remove up to 4.3 pints of moisture per hour from the air, it will help boost air quality indoors even further to create a healthy living space for you. Seeing how humidity levels are usually dangerously high when the hot weather comes, the double function of the Frigidaire will help make summers more bearable for you.
What We Like
- On the high fan speed setting, it provides a hearty airflow of up to 295 CFM
- Comes with energy saving features that ensure running it won’t cause a spike in the utility bills
- Complete area coverage is granted by the 4-way air direction control
- Multi-speed fan lets you customize the rate at which it cools the room
What We Dislike
- It doesn’t come with an Energy Star certification
- Some customers found it to be a bit too loud when it’s on the highest fan setting
Delivering a hefty 14000 BTUs that ensure it will cool a 700 square feet space in no time, and boasting a modern design to ensure you will have an easy time using it, the Frigidaire is your best pick at the moment.
2. Koldfront WTC14012WCO230V
It measures 20.4 inches in depth by 14.5 inches in height by 24.3 inches in width, which makes it compatible with sleeves measures 17.5 inches in depth by 15.25 inches in height by 25.5 inches in width. Due to its 14000 BTU rating, it will effectively cool a 700 square feet room in no time, helping you feel comfortable indoors even in the most torrid weather. The user-friendly interface it boasts gives clear instructions in regards to using it so that you won’t have a hard time selecting the desired settings. It puts 4 fan/cooling speed settings at your disposal to pick between, more precisely low, medium, high, and automatic. It produces a noise level ranging from 59.2 to 61.3 decibels depending on the fan speed selected. The adjustable louvers give you flexibility when it comes to cooling specific areas of the room that need more attention, while the high 296 CFM airflow ensures it won’t take much time to reach the desired ambiance. To provide you with more control over its functioning while helping reduce operational costs, it features a programmable 24-hour timer. As it doubles as a dehumidifier, removing approximately 3 pints of moisture from the air per hour, it tends to an overall improvement of indoor air quality. It features a washable air filter that is easy to clean and helps protect the AC from airborne particles while removing these contaminants from the air to help upkeep your health. Lastly, we must mention that the manufacturer offers a 2-year warranty on parts and labor.
What We Like
- Filter that helps capture airborne particles and impurities is washable and reusable
- Delivers a high 296 CFM airflow rating for a more effective cooling
- Included remote control adds convenience as you can change settings from across the room
- Doubles as a dehumidifier to upkeep a healthy indoor environment
What We Dislike
- Can get noisy on the high speed setting
- Warranty is shorter than with other products
Recommended for use in areas of up to 700 square feet and able to output up to 14000 BTUs to create a pleasant ambiance indoors during summer, it makes for a budget-smart acquisition.
3. LG LT1016CER
It measures 24 inches in width by 14-13/32 inches in height by 20-3/32 inches in depth, which makes it appropriate for sleeves measuring 25-7/8 inches in width by 15-17/32 inches in height by 16-23/32 inches in depth. Its high 9800 BTU performance recommends it for use in spaces of up to 450 square feet, where it will provide a comfy ambiance in a matter of minutes. It delivers a high 250 CFM airflow, while the 4-way air deflection ensures no ‘hot spots’ will remain. After a power outage, you don’t need to worry about re-selecting the desired settings as it will continue from where it left off with your chosen options. It provides 3 fan and cooling speeds to pick from so that you can customize its operation to your preferences. One of its biggest highlights, by far, is the Energy Star certification that proves running it won’t end up costing you a fortune. The energy saver function and 24-hour timer are two features that help further enhance its efficiency in terms of power consumption. The included remote control lets you conveniently change settings as desired from across the room. You can rely on it to stabilize humidity levels indoors when needed as it removes up to 2.9 pints of moisture from the air per hour. Woefully, it receives backing from the manufacturing company only for the first year after you acquire it, which is considerably less than what other models come with.
What We Like
- Automatic restart with the pre-selected settings when the power comes back after an outage
- 4-way air deflection for a complete and even coverage of the room
- Energy Star certified for its low power consumption – 10.7 energy efficiency ratio
- Best-selling product on the market
What We Dislike
- Some customers complained that the design seems flimsy
- Warranty falls on the short side
A great pick if you want to enjoy an effective cooling without spending a ton of money for it, and undoubtedly qualitative as indicated by its status as the best-selling product in its niche, it makes for a smart purchase from all points of view.
4. Friedrich Uni-Fit Series US12D10C
Measuring 18.5 inches in depth by 24.6 inches in width by 14.4 inches in height, it is perfect for sleeves that measure 16.75 inches in depth by 25-7/8 inches in width by 15.5 inches in height. It provides a hearty 11500 BTU output and provides optimal performance in spaces of up to 550 square feet. While it might not feature a dedicated dehumidifier function as other models do, it does still remove plenty of excess moisture from the air, more precisely 3.8 pints per hour. There are 3 cooling speeds and 2 fan speeds that you can pick between in order to customize its operation. It is Energy Star qualified, which automatically implies that one of its strong points is a low power draw. The 24-hour timer it features lets you program its functioning as needed so that it won’t run for longer than it’s required. It features an automatic restart, which means that it starts operating with the pre-selected settings active when the power comes back after an outage. It features a washable anti-microbial filter that is washable and reusable, and which eliminates airborne particles from the air to leave it clean and safe for your health. There’s even a reminder set in place to let you know when this routine maintenance work is needed. Another mention-worthy highlight is that it provides 6-way airflow control to ensure complete area coverage is granted. Furthermore, there is a 1-year warranty provided on parts and labor, and a 5-year warranty for the sealed system, which exceeds industry standard and hints that the manufacturer trusts the product.
What We Like
- Check filter reminder lets you know when the filter needs to be washed
- Energy Star certified for its low power consumption
- 6-way airflow control eliminates the possibility of certain areas in the room being left unattended
- Included remote control for convenience in use
What We Dislike
- Comes at an expensive price
- Some customers find it to be annoyingly loud when it runs
It might come at a hefty price, but it’s an acquisition worth making nonetheless considering that it provides a comfortable ambiance during the most torrid weather when placed in a room of up to 550 square feet.
5. Keystone KSTAT10-2C
As it measures 20.3 inches in depth by 14.5 inches in height by 24.2 inches in width, it makes for a suited pick with sleeves measuring 16.7 inches in depth by 15.5 inches in height by 25.9 inches in width. This through the wall AC makes for quite an appealing choice as it not only comes at a great price and boasts a durable design, but it provides a hearty 10000 BTUs to effectively cool areas of up to 450 square feet fast. It features electronic controls that let you easily select the desired options at the simple touch of a button. To further enhance convenience in use, it comes with a remote control that enables you to change settings from across the room. In addition to cooling the room you place it in, it will effectively remove up to 2.3 pints of moisture per hour to reduce humidity when needed and maintain a healthy environment indoors. It is quiet enough to ensure that you can work or sleep in the same room with it and not hear it running, the 54.1 decibels it outputs on the low fan speed setting recommending it. In order to allow you to schedule its performance as you like and to cut on operational costs, it features the useful 24-hour timer. It comes with other power saving features, including the sleep mode that gradually increases temperature after you activate it, and the energy saver mode that conserves energy to ensure there won’t be spikes in the utility bills. It features 4-way airflow control to let you customize the direction of the cool air, while the 3 cooling and fan speeds enable you to pick the pace at which it runs. In terms of backing, the manufacturer has it covered for 1 year on parts and labor, and 4 years for the sealed system.
What We Like
- Features multiple energy saving functions – sleep mode, energy saver mode, and the 24-hour timer
- Maintains a quiet operation – produces only 54.1 decibels on the low fan speed setting
- You can customize the direction of the air as you like due to its 4-way airflow control
- Comes at a reasonable price
What We Dislike
- Some customers complained that its design is flimsy
- Lower moisture removal rates than other models
The price to quality ratio is on the Keystone product’s side as, in addition to being quite reasonably priced and accessible, it provides a generous area cooling to provide you with a pleasant environment indoors.
Saving usable space indoors is crucial for some, but not everyone wants to ‘sacrifice’ a window in order to enjoy cooler air indoors. In situations like these, a through the wall AC is the right option as it caters to all of your needs and preferences without rendering a window useless. The Frigidaire FFTA1422R2 is your best pick by far, its 14000 cooling BTUs ensuring it will be able to lower the temperature indoors effectively in a matter of minutes, as long as it is used in a space of up to 700 square feet as recommended by the manufacturing company. Feature-rich and designed to consume as little power as possible, it provides everything you could ask for. The Koldfront WTC14012WCO230V is another smart option to go for, this more reasonably priced entry ensuring a pleasant ambiance indoors quick as it delivers 14000 cooling BTUs. Additionally, it removes up to 3 pints of moisture from the air per hour to lower humidity levels when the weather gets hot and excess moisture inevitably appears. Another recommendation we highlight once again as we consider it to be a smart pick is the Keystone KSTAT10-2C that, in addition to providing a hearty 10000 cooling BTUs that make it perfect for rooms of up to 450 square feet, eliminates up to 2.3 pints of moisture from the air per hour. Overall, regardless of the pick you end up making, we guarantee that you will be satisfied and feel more comfortable than ever indoors even during the most torrid summer.