I am very happy with the Frigidaire FRA052XT7 5,000 BTU Mini Window Air Conditioner. I bought it to replace a fancy Kenmore 5,600 BTU model that was way too loud and too big for our bedroom. It kept cycling on and off which I feel wastes a lot of energy, not to mention kept waking me up all through the night. We didn't want to spend too much money and we did not need anything fancy as we did not use all the features on the Kenmore we had. It seems the older I get, (did I just admit I am getting older?), the less tolerant I am of sleeping in any kind of warm temperatures. I like it cool! But I don't need to be refrigerated, either. The larger Kenmore had a hard time keeping an even temperature resulting in spikes of cold, followed by warmer temps. So on top of waking me every time it cycled, I had to keep pulling up or putting down the blanket. We needed an air conditioner to help us sleep and keep us comfortable, not keep us waking and tossing blankets. Ok, here is where I actually review the Frigidaire. The bedroom is 13 by 15 1/2 and this little model does a good job of keeping it evenly cool. And the best part, it is quiet while doing so! The FRA052XT7 was light enough that I was able to carry it upstairs and it was easy to screw in the top bar and slide in the sides. My husband very easily installed it, but I could have done it. I am just not allowed near the open window anymore because I have lost a window fan through it and a screen and a screw driver. It comes with weather stripping, lots of it and three different kinds! There are no instructions about what to do with all this but I got creative and I think I got the window pretty air tight. The Frigidaire Mini is a basic and simple model. Nothing fancy. There is a temperature selector that goes from 1-7 and a mode selector that has 2 speeds for the fan and 2 speeds for the cooling mode. The air directional louvres are very simple and operated with an auger wheel, you really can't fine tune where you want the cool air to go. So far that hasn't been a problem for us. The air filter just slides out and there is no indicator, you just have to remember to check it once a month. Good luck to me remembering that. The 13 x 15 room we have it in gets very cool, but not cold. I imagine it would really cool a smaller room and have more trouble with larger spaces. i highly recommend this model if you are looking for a small basic air conditioner!
cape cod, MA