Beat the heat this spring and summer with these air conditioner - CBS News 8 - San Diego, CA News Station - KFMB Channel 8

Beat the heat this spring and summer with these air conditioner deals

By Lucas Coll

Content Provided by  

Summer isofficially in full swing, and with the heat seeping into your house from the outdoors, now is the perfect time to score some deals on air conditioning units that will keep yourhome nice and cool during the hottest time of the year.Household fans and ceiling fans are great for circulating hot air around a room but may not provide enough cooling power for those sultry dog days of summer, so we rounded up a selection of the best cheap air conditioner deals and other great cooling appliances. With a wide variety of portable air conditioners, window units, dehumidifiers, and many other options on our list, we can be your guide to the best, most affordable AC units on the market.

Keeping cool is also a very important part of getting a good night’s sleep, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t simpler, more affordable sleep solutions available. Though the temperature of your environment is a huge factor, you may want to also look into breathable sheets or a cooling pillow to help you on your quest for slumber.

Luma Comfort Evaporative Air Cooler — $170

The budget-friendly Luma Comfort portable cooler is the most affordable full-sized air cooler on our list. This unit fights the heat by using a 50-watt fan to blow air over water, thusmoving cool air throughout the room via evaporation. The water is stored in an internal tank, and you can also place ice inside the housing to deliver even colder air when needed. This evaporative cooler works best in hot and dry climates, and a built-in carbon dust filter even cleans the air a bit as the unit cools large rooms up to 250 square feet.

The Luma evaporative cooler is just $165 from Walmart. It also comes with free 2-day shipping, so you can start enjoying a new home cooler and a cooler home sooner than you’d think.

$170 from Walmart

Digitalboy Desktop Personal Air Cooler — $38

portable air conditioner deals

Another evaporative cooler (although an even more portable air conditioner) is the desktop-friendly unit from Digitalboy, which is the perfect size for a small room or personal workspace. The energy-efficient Digitalboy desktop AC cools the immediate area surrounding it, and the built-in water tank is located right in the back for quick and easy refilling. Just fill it up with cold water, turn it on, and let that self-evaporative technology do the rest. With this auto-drain system all you’ll ever need to do is fill it up to keep the cool coming.

If you’re in an office without an HVAC system or any other cooling capacity, you can grab the Digitalboy personal evaporative cooler for the price of $38 from Amazon.

$38 from Amazon

LG Portable Air Conditioner — $279

air conditioner deals

You probably know LG best as a phone manufacturer, but this seasoned tech company also manufactures a lot of great home appliances like this sub-$300 portable air conditioner. Its 8,000 BTU output makes this small unit the perfect match for indoor spaces as large as 200 square feet, like an apartment or common room. Its sleek modern design is paired with an LED display and LCD remote control, and it’s even got a washable filter that helps to remove particulates from the air.

The 8,000 BTU LG portable air conditioner is available from Walmart for $279. If you want to save some more cash, you can also score a professionally refurbished model from Amazon for just $240.

$279 from Walmart

$240 Amazon Refurbished

Black & Decker Portable Air Conditioner and Heater — $350

air conditioner deals

Black & Decker may be primarily known for itspower tools, but its hybrid air conditioner and heateris no slouch. This air conditioning unit boasts 12,000 BTUs of power for cooling and 10,000 BTUs for heating. This model can cool down a room as large as 500 square feet or heat up spaces up to 200 square feet, so you don’t have to roll it into storage once summer is over and the weather starts to get chilly.

Along with heating and cooling capabilities, the Black & Decker BPACT12HWTfeatures a 24-hour programmable timer, dehumidifier mode, window exhaust kit, and remote control. With its single hose system, you will need to have a window nearby to actually use this portable unit as a heat pump or portable AC. This cooling and heating unit can be yours for the price of $350 on Amazon, saving you a nice $79. Great deals like this only come around once a summer.

$350 from Amazon

$400 from Walmart

Whynter Portable Air Conditioner, Filter, and Dehumidifier — $406

portable air conditioner deals

Moving up in power a bit, this portable AC unit from Whynter boasts a dehumidifier function along with a 3M SilverShield filter that cleans the cool air being circulated throughout the room. A beefy output of 14,000 BTU lets the Whynter ARC-148MS cool down, filter, and dehumidify the air in spaces of up to 450 square feet, making it a great choice for family rooms or larger homes with airier floor plans.

The housing also features a self-cleaning auto-evaporation system that keeps the unit and its surrounding area free of moisture. The Whynter 14,000 BTU portable air conditioner, filter, and dehumidifier is available for $406 from Amazon after a nice $194 discount.

$406 from Amazon

$526 from Walmart

Frigidaire Cool Connect Smart Portable Smart Air Conditioner — $541

air conditioner deals

To finish off the portable air conditioners, we included one Wi-Fi-connected AC unit for the smart home crowd. Chances are good that your parents or grandparents had a refrigerator bearing this company’s name, but Frigidaire can chill more than just your food: Its Cool Connect smart portable air conditioner delivers plenty of relief from the heat with an impressive 12,000 BTU output that can cool larger areas of up to 550 square feet.

The Frigidaire smart portable AC unit syncs with your home’s wireless network for easy control with the companion app, while the 360-degree air vent evenly circulates chilled air throughout the entire room. With gentle fan speeds, you can keep the noise level to a minimum as you chill out. The built-in dehumidifier also evaporates three pints of moisture from the air per hour. The Wi-Fi-connected Frigidaire Cool Connect air conditioner normally costs $600, but you can score one from Amazon for just $541 and save $59.

$541 from Amazon

$610 from Walmart

Frigidaire 50-Pint Dehumidifier — $199

air conditioner deals

If you already have good indoor AC but live in an environment that gets muggy in the warmer months and find that your air conditioning isn’t doing enough to dehumidify your living spaces, then you should look into gettinga dedicated dehumidifier. Frigidaire’s top-rated dehumidifier removes an impressive 50 pints of moisture from your home per day and contains a washable filter that removes bacteria and other contaminants from the air as it runs.

The Frigidaire dehumidifier provides a digital readout of current humidity levels and has an auto-shutoff feature that powers the unit down and notifies you when the tank is full and needs to be emptied. This excellent little unit is currently on sale for just $199 from Amazon, saving you $51.

$199 from Amazon

$199 from Walmart

Frigidaire Window Air Conditioner — $130

Portable AC units are convenient in that they can be moved from room to room (or easily put into storage for the winter) without too much work. Window-mounted air conditioners still lead the way when it comes to cost and efficiency, however, so if you don’t specifically need a portable one, then the FrigidaireFFRA0511R1 is a well-made and highly affordable alternative window kit.

The FrigidaireFFRA0511R1 packs 5,000 BTU of power, which is sufficient for quickly bringing the temperature down in rooms as large as 150-square feet while also removing more than one pint of moisture from the air per hour. The Frigidaire FFRA0511R1 window air conditioner rings in at $130 from Amazon after a $20 discount.

$130 from Amazon

Haier Window Air Conditioner and Dehumidifier — $199

air conditioner deals

Haier is no stranger to affordable home appliances. Thewindow-mountedHaier HWE08XCR-L air conditioner puts out 8,000 BTU of power, efficiently cooling a space of up to 350 square feet while dehumidifying roughly two pints of moisture from the room per hour. It has three cooling speeds, a 24-hour programmable timer, and comes with a convenient remote control. Now $30 off, the Haier HWE08XCR-L window AC can be yours from Walmart for just $199.

$199 from Walmart

Cool-Living Window Air Conditioner — $369

air conditioner deals

For a beefy window air conditioner built for a family room or bigger home, this powerful unit from Cool-Living can help you beat the heat by cooling larger pads while dehumidifying the air. This AC puts out 18,000 BTU of power, making this beast ideal for spaces as large as 1,000 square feet think of a big common area, a home with an open floor plan, or even a whole apartment. It also offers all the conveniences you’d expect from a modern air conditioner, such as a remote control, dehumidifier function, and 24-hour on/off/sleep timer.

At $369 from Walmart, the Cool-Living 18,000 BTU window-mounted AC is a solid value for its size and power.

$369 from Walmart

Looking for more great stuff? Find home appliance dealsand more on our curated deals page, and be sure to follow us on Twitter for the latest savings as we find them.

Updated on July 18: Added the LG portable air conditioner, Haier window air conditioner, and Cool-Living window air conditioner deals. Removed expired offers and updated prices.

We strive to help our readers find the best deals on quality products and services, and choose what we cover carefully and independently. If you find a better price for a product listed here, or want to suggest one of your own, email us at

Digital Trends may earn commission on products purchased through our links, which supports the work we do for our readers.

  helps readers keep tabs on the fast-paced world of tech with all the latest news, fun product reviews, insightful editorials, and one-of-a-kind sneak peeks.

Powered by Frankly
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2018 KFMB-TV. All Rights Reserved.
For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy, and Terms of Service, and Ad Choices.