What is an 8,000 BTU air conditioner best for?
An 8,000 BTU air conditioner is best for spaces that are 300 to 400 square feet. These could include mid-sized rooms like a master bedroom or spaces that regularly have a number of people such as a playroom.
You can generally purchase the best rated 8,000 air conditioners at less than $300 although some pricier models with more advanced featured could cost twice as much.
Versatile products like the MIDEA MAW08R1BWT and the SHINCO SPF1-08C which work as an air conditioner, a dehumidifier, and a fan are suitable for rooms with moderate humidity levels. The condensate is recycled back as cool air, collected in a reservoir, or drained outside.
Features to consider when choosing an 8,000 BTU air conditioner
In addition to choosing the best quiet 8,000 BTU air conditioner, you will also need to consider other features such as the coverage area, dimensions, and the fan speeds.
8,000 BTU portable air conditioners vary from window air conditioners in the way they get rid of hot air, their installation, and their energy efficiency. The former uses an intake hose to draw air from outside into the room and an exhaust hose to expel hot air. This type that comes with a window kit can also exhaust air through a wall or ceiling.
8,000 BTU window air conditioners such as the FRIGIDAIRE Mini-Compact Air Conditioner and the TOSOT 8,000 BTU Window Air Conditioner are mounted on windows with most of their components outside. This allows them to vent air outside from the back of the unit while blowing cool air into the room from the front side. Condensate collected drains outside when you tilt the air conditioner backward. Window models are also more energy-efficient than portable products.
BTU refers to British Thermal Unit which indicates the cooling capacity of a specific air conditioner and is used as the standard unit of measurement. Models designed to cool large rooms have a higher BTU rating. For instance, areas measuring 300 to 350 square feet require an 8,000 BTU air conditioner while products with a BTU capacity of 5,000 would be ideal for rooms with a square footage of 100 to 150.
You may need to go for a slightly higher BTU capacity model if the room you will be cooling is exposed to direct sunlight, has other appliances that generate heat, is poorly insulated, or the space regularly has a lot of people in it. An open floor plan or a high ceiling would also need a product with a larger capacity. According to Energy Star, you should factor in 600 BTU per person.
Cooling and fan speeds
The MIDEA MAW08R1BWT and the SHINCO SPF1-08C are among the best rated 8,000 BTU air conditioners that are multipurpose. Both of them can function as a fan, air conditioning, and dehumidifier. This provides great value because you can customize the type of cooling you need and extract moisture from a humid room. Another way you can customize airflow is by adjusting the fan speed. The FRIGIDAIRE Mini-Compact Air Conditioner features three variable speed settings. The best-rated 8,000 BTU window air conditioner also has operational modes for Auto, Sleep, Cool and Energy-saving options. In Sleep mode, the unit maintains the set temperature for optimal comfort. Auto mode uses sensors to detect the ambient temperature and adjusts operation accordingly to cool the room to the target temperature. Once the set temperature is achieved, the unit is automatically turned off until the climate changes.
Variable speed would also help you adjust to a quiet 8,000 BTU air conditioner on the lowest setting.
This is a key feature to consider in both portable and window types because you have to factor in the size of the window for fitting purposes and the addition of hoses for venting or drawing air. If you will be moving your 8,000 BTU portable air conditioner from one room to another, look for a product with integrated handles and caster wheels for convenient maneuverability and smooth mobility.
In the U.S., it is a standard requirement for all air conditioners to have a minimum EER (Energy Efficiency Ratio) rating of 8.0. The FRIGIDAIRE Mini-Compact Air Conditioner, for instance, has a high EER (Energy Efficiency Ratio) rating of 12.0 EER is derived by comparing BTU to wattage.
Additionally, the best 8,000 BTU window air conditioners are given Energy Star ratings. However, portable models do not have federal regulations that require them to be energy-efficient.
When considering the dimensions, you will also need to evaluate the weight of the unit so you can easily mount, maneuver or move the unit around. The best-rated 8,000 BTU portable air conditioners we have featured weigh a minimum of 50 pounds, but the handles and wheels enhance their portability.
8,000 BTU portable air conditioners come with intake and exhaust hoses. While you can extend these hoses, you need to confirm first that doing so will not void the warranty or make the unit overheat.
Another important thing you should know before buying these models is that Amazon does not accept air conditioners back because of health and safety reasons. This is why it is crucial to understand the warranty terms for your intended model so you can be assured of replacement or repairs for defective units.