Pros / The Friedrich Residential Chill has an energy saver mode to help conserve energy and money.
Cons / This is the heaviest unit we reviewed, which can complicate installation.
Verdict / The Friedrich Residential Chill is a good product to consider if you want to keep energy costs down but want plenty of cooling power.
The Friedrich Residential Chill window air conditioner is a powerful device that has 6,000 British thermal units (Btu) and can cool up to 250 square feet of space. This device features three fan speeds, four-way airflow and airflow speed of up to 200 cubic feet per minute. It is a much heavier window AC unit than others on our lineup, but it is an Energy Star certified device and has a competitive energy efficiency rating (EER).
Using the four-way airflow, you can evenly distribute the air throughout your room. It also features a maximum airflow of 200 cubic feet per minute. This is one of the strongest airflows when compared to other products we reviewed. Several similar products have maximum airflows of only 150 to 170 cubic feet per minute. This air conditioning unit performs well in the categories of cost and overall efficiency. It has an EER of 11.2. This is an excellent score, as the most efficient units have a score of 10 or greater, although that only ties it for fourth best in our lineup. Furthermore, the estimated energy cost for this product is only $46.29. This cost is based on using the product for eight hours a day for a three-month period. This score is similar to other high-ranked air conditioning units and is a few cents cheaper than many window AC units on our lineup.
There are several modes you can choose from on the Friedrich Residential Chill. You can choose between a cool setting, where the unit cools your home using the compressor, and three different fan settings – high, medium and low – that circulate the air in your home without cooling it. A dry mode is also available to pull excess moisture out of the air. In addition, there is an energy saving mode, where the fan turns on every three minutes to determine if the room requires cooling.
Further, this window air conditioning unit features a timer which lets you choose when the air conditioning unit turns on, and it can be set up to 24 hours in advance. However, there is no sleep mode available on this unit. To change all of these settings, a remote control is included with the product. Additionally, this unit features auto restart capabilities. If the power is interrupted while using this window air conditioner, the unit automatically restarts and resumes its previous settings when the power is restored.
This device is large when compared to others in our window air conditioner reviews. It is approximately 14 inches tall, 18.6 inches wide and 20.9 inches deep. It also weighs 70 pounds, making it the heaviest in our lineup. By comparison, the Keystone KSTAW05B weighs only 40 pounds, almost half as much as the Friedrich. The large size makes it difficult to move the product from one room to another or for long-term storage. With this product, the minimum window height requirement is 14.12 inches, which is similar to many of the best products.
This air conditioning unit features a one-year appliance manufacturer warranty. The compressor is covered under warranty for up to five years. This is one of the best warranties we saw on this type of product. Several similar window air conditioners are only covered for one year. If you have any questions or concerns about this product, there are several resources available from Friedrich to get the answers you need. You can contact the company using email or telephone. There is also a FAQs section and an online manual on the company website.
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The Friedrich Residential Chill is a good product with many benefits. It provides enough power to cool up to 250 square feet, features four-way airflow for even air distribution, and includes an energy saving mode to help cut energy costs and save you money. Additionally, it features powerful airflow of up to 200 cubic feet per minute. It is a large device, which can be a drawback for some. Still, it is a good option to help save money and keep your home cool.