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Thru-The-Wall Air Conditioners Explained

This post should describe the differences between the two types of thru-the-wall room air conditioning units.

The first type of wall unit is necessary when there is not yet an air conditioner installed.  A wall unit that has a slide-out chassis should be installed.  These units should already come with their own sleeve for easy installation.  To install, the chassis (guts) should be slid-out of its sleeve, a hole should be cut approximately 1/4″ larger than the size of the unit’s sleeve in to the wall.  The sleeve should be screwed into a stud in the wall, then the guts should be slid into the sleeve.  This type of wall unit uses a sleeve for installation because if something goes wrong in the future, it can easily be removed from its sleeve for repair or maintenance.

The second type of thru-the-wall air conditioner sold (more of a specialty item) comes into play if there is already an air conditioner installed in the wall (like the first type of unit discussed above) that needs to be replaced.  Although a little more expensive than the first type of wall unit on average, these air conditioners are much less expensive to install because a new hole does not need to be cut or an existing hole does not need to be altered.  Most relacement thru-the-wall air conditioners are smaller than 26″ wide and 16″ tall, since the old “standard” wall unit was about that size.  These thru-the-wall units are solid-sided and rear-vented so that they can slide into any existing sleeve without any trouble breathing which may result in a unit overheating.  Also, since these units are typically smaller than an existing wall air conditioner (often sized 24″ wide and 14 1/2″ tall), they come with a trim-kit that slides over the front of the air conditioner to fill most gaps between the unit and the existing sleeve.

Solid-sided, rear-vented thru-the-wall replacement air conditioner

Often times, the question comes up as to why the first type of wall air conditioner can’t be installed in to an existing sleeve.  Well, as discussed, these units have side-vents that allow the unit to breath, and more often than not, the side-vents in the unit will not match the side-vents in the existing sleeve and can cause the unit to overheat and damage its compressor, thereby rendering the unit inoperable, often times without any waranty coverage due to the fact that the unit being installed improperly.

Another distinguishing factor between these two types of air conditioners is that the first type of unit can usually also be installed in a double-hung window and often times comes with a side accordian sleeve (which can be removed for a wall installation).

Window air conditioner with accordian sleeve
Window air conditioner with accordian sleeve

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Turn your AC on from your phone before you get home!!! LG 14,000 BTU Portable Air Conditioner with WiFi!!!

LG 14,000 BTU Portable WiFi-Compatible Air Conditioner
LG 14,000 BTU Portable WiFi-Compatible Air Conditioner

Model #: LP1415WXRSM

Are you looking for a suitable cooling system for your office, bedroom, or living room? If your answer is yes, then you need to consider the LP1415WXRSM. If you are already considering this unit and you are looking for reliable information about its features and performance, then you are in the right place.

Control your room’s comfort from anywhere by enabling the Wi-Fi feature, which allows for setting changes from your smart phone. It works in Android OS 4.0 or higher and iOS 6 or higher. In addition, this air conditioner features an LCD remote control and an LED display panel.

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Whether you want to know about its features, strengths, or weaknesses, we have gathered all that for you without wasting time, we will start with its description.

Description of the LP1415WXRSM:

If you are looking for an air conditioner for a medium or large room, then you need a high capacity unit. The LP1415WXRSM is a strong cooling system that offers a high capacity of 14,000 BTU. According to the manufacturer, this portable system is suitable for spaces that are as large as 500 square feet.

Apart from cooling your room, this air conditioner also features a built-in dehumidifier that ensures that the air in your room is cool and free from excess moisture. Its dehumidification function offers a capacity of up to 3.4 pints per hour. This combination of cooling and dehumidification functions transforms your room to ensure that it has a comfortable environment.

In addition, It is easy unpack and install the LP1415WXRSM.

Cooling Capacity (BTU) 14,000 BTU
Built-In Dehumidifier 3.4 Pts/Hr
Built-In Heat Pump No
Recommended Room Size 500 square feet
Cooling Speeds 3
Fan Speeds 3
Amount of Air Moved (Max CFM) 270 CFM
Max Noise Level 58 dBA
Timer ? YES
Remote control YES
Dimensions 13 x 18.5 x 33.1 inches
Weight 71.6 pounds
Maker (brand) LG Electronics (LP1415WXRSM)

What Customers Love:
◦ No Permanent Installation: An included window kit makes installation quick and it’s easy to move it to different rooms if needed thanks to wheels and handles.
◦ Programmable Features: Between Wi-Fi abilities, an LCD remote control, programmable timer, and multiple modes allow you to stay comfortable from anywhere.
◦ Oscillation Option: If you need targeted cooling in one location, then turn it off. But use it if you’re looking for even room cooling.

What’s the best Air Conditioning for your home?

Everything you need to know in the purchase of the right AC unit for you, as summer heat is quickly approaching. The good news is that you have plenty of options to choose from. Keep in mind, all of the following possibilities can only cool one to two rooms at a time, max. They’ll also need a way to pump hot air from the inside of a building to the outside. To get started, pick the highest priority rooms that have outside walls, then use a BTU calculator to figure out how much cooling power you need for a given room size. Also, be sure to brush up on your A/C terminology before you go shopping. From there, it’s time to decide which type of unit is best for your home.

Window Units

Before you rule out window units entirely, be sure you’ve exhausted all your options. While some A/C units are a couple feet wide and designed for roughly standard size windows, there are mini air conditioners that can get as small as 14″ wide. Many of these are designed for casement windows, which open horizontally instead of vertically like most slide windows. These devices are taller instead of wider. It may be difficult to find one that fits perfectly, but it’s worth taking the extra time to look around before moving on to the more complex options.

The advantage with window units is that all the important parts—the compressor, condenser, expansion valve/coil, etc.—are all in one big box. The installation of these is much simpler and they’re very portable. Be sure to thoroughly search for a window unit before exploring other options. Find out what type of window you have and see if other people have a similar problem. If you absolutely can’t find a window unit, it’s time to move on to more elaborate solutions. Window units provide the most cost-effective and painless solution to cooling a single room. The units are relatively cheap and they have a lot of cooling power. If you’re renting or want to avoid serious wall modification, this is the way to go.

Portable Units

The simplest non-window based option is a portable A/C unit. These are devices that usually sit on the floor near a window. Hoses will carry air inside and out through a window. Typically, these units will come with adjustable hose frames to place in the window that keep them in place. Technically, all the parts are physically in one box, but you’ll still need a connection to the outside world for them to function.

When deciding on a portable unit, you’ll have to choose between single or dual hose systems. A single hose system uses just one tube to pump hot air out of the building. The trouble is that this reduces the air pressure inside your home. This causes more hot air from the outside to come in through cracks in doors and windows. The A/C unit has to work extra hard as a result, which is a terribly inefficient system. It’s not a huge concern if you’re trying to cool a small space, and these devices are generally less expensive. For a larger home, though, the extra energy costs can rack up fast.

Dual-hose units, on the other hand, cool the hot air that’s already inside the house and returns it to the room from whence it came. To keep the unit itself from overheating, a second intake hose pumps in air from the outside to cool the device and then pushes it right back out again. This system is much more efficient because the device isn’t constantly working against itself. Dual-hose systems are almost always the way to go unless you only need to cool a very, very small area. Just keep in mind that some units can get pricey.

Whichever model you choose to go with, though, a portable hose unit should probably be your last resort. This is for those who absolutely can’t use a window unit and aren’t able to do any wall modifications. As Consumer Reports points out, they’re costly and not very efficient in general. A similarly-sized window unit will cool better than its portable counterpart.

Ductless/Split Units

This is where you start to get into some heavy lifting, but you also get a much nicer unit. Split units consist of two parts: the indoor component that you can mount on a wall, and the outdoor component that sits cozily next to your home. The upside to this is that you can hang the device in a place that looks good instead of setting a giant box awkwardly near whatever window is available. The downside is you’ll almost certainly have to start drilling holes.

A “ductless” system might sound like a bit of a misnomer to the layman. All “ductless” means is that you don’t need to have a complex system of action movie hero escape routes running throughout your entire home. You will, however, need hoses running from the inside of the room you want to cool to the outside condenser unit.

The good news is that you may not need to do too much work on your walls. If you know how to run wires or hoses through walls, split units are comparatively simple to install on your own. As with any project where you have to drill holes in a wall, though, don’t tackle a project like this unless you’re sure you know what you’re doing.

A split system is a great option if you live in a hot region and need to cool a large area inside your home. Their cooling power is among the closest you can get to real central air without tearing apart all your walls and ceilings to install. The two main disadvantages here is that these units will be among the more expensive you can find, and you can’t move them from room to room like you can with a window or portable unit. You will also still need multiple units to cool separate rooms.

 

Wall Units

By far, the most complicated option is a wall mounted air conditioner unit (otherwise known as where Dexter keeps his secret box). This type of device is very similar to the window system, except instead of using a pre-existing hole in your wall, you have to cut one instead. This involves watching out for pipes, wall studs, and generally ensuring the stability of your home while you make a hole big enough to fit a small person through in the side of your abode.

Wall units are the kind of project where if you don’t already know you can do it on your own, you should talk to a professional before getting started. The upside to going this route is that you can find units that are much closer in price to the inexpensive window-based options. Of course, what you save in hardware costs you could end up spending on installation. Also, this may not be an option if you live in an apartment or dorm room. However, they have a lot more cooling power than portable A/C units, and are even more efficient than window units due to the much tighter seal. The energy savings can be well worth the trouble over the long term.

 

Feder’s offers a wide variety of the finest air conditioners, also professional installation; so please call or stop by and speak with our knowledgeable staff to pick the right fit for you! Remember we have added a new showroom/warehouse in Santa Monica so you can order from either there or our North Hollywood locations. North Hollywood Showroom/Warehouse: 818-769-8000 or TOLL-FREE: 866-FEDERS-0 North Hollywood Warehouse: 818-982-3300 Santa Monica Showroom/Warehouse: 310-450-8585 or TOLL-FREE: 855-28-FEDER

Turn The Heat Into Some Arctic Air

It is getting very hot outside and that means it is getting hot inside. It’s the middle of the summer and in Los Angeles the living is easy, if you have proper air conditioning in your home or apartment. With the heat being so intense, why not get a new air conditioning unit or two to stay cool while either you or your tenant is at home? Amongst our many air conditioners is an affordable and quality line of Arctic King. These models in the MWW series come in 8,000, 10,000, 12,000 and 14,000 BTUs, one of which is most likely to be perfect for the room in your apartment or house that needs cold air!

The 8,000 BTU is ideal for cooling rooms and offices that have an area of up to 350 square feet. It comes with an electronic three-speed remote control and the unit has four way adjustable air direction to ensure the cool air is being directed to exactly where you need it. The built in air exchanger recirculates fresh air from outside.

The 12,000 BTU can help cool rooms up to an area of 550 square feet. It also includes a handy remote as well as an air exchange system, 3 speeds, timer, and filter check indicator. Unlike the others, the 14,000 BTU includes a heating option. All of them do include sleep mode, auto restart function, digital led display, timer and a slide out filter.

Regardless of how much space is in a room that you need air conditioning in, Arctic King is sure to have a perfectly sized unit to match and at a great price. So come on over to the closest Feder’s Distributors today and find out which air conditioner works the best for you, or purchase online now!

North Hollywood Showroom/Warehouse: 818-769-8000 or TOLL-FREE: 866-FEDERS-0
North Hollywood Warehouse: 818-982-3300
Santa Monica Showroom/Warehouse: 310-450-8585 or TOLL-FREE: 855-28-FEDER

It’s Getting Hot in Here, So Come Down to Feder’s Distributors

It has been a hot summer and the high temperatures will continue for quite some time. So there is no reason to continue sweltering in the heat, while we have quality air conditioners being sold at great prices! Two of the most reasonable air conditioners we have are Arctic King models MWJ1-08CRN1-BJ8 and MWJI-12CRN1-BJ1.

These air conditioners contain many cool features that not only help you cool off, but make livin’ easy in the summertime. These are both slide-out chassis models, meaning they can be installed in a double-hung window or through a wall!

Additionally, one of the best features included is a remote control, so you do not even have to get out of your seat to go turn on or change the A/C settings. The memory-enabled technology in the remote allows the unit to operate exactly as you originally specify so you can choose your comfort settings one time and relax.

These Arctic Kings also include an Auto Restart function. If a power failure occurs, the unit automatically returns to normal operation when power resumes. The both include a Slide-Out Chassis which makes installation easy and safe. Just mount the lightweight cabinets and slide the chassis into position. Washable, Slide-Out Filters allow for easy cleaning and ensuring maximum operating efficiency. The electronic touch controls give an easy to read digital display. It is energy efficient and you will certainly look forward to walking into your home every day. So stop by one of our locations either in North Hollywood for all the valley folk or in Santa Monica for all the city dwellers. Click here to purchase the MWJ1-08CRN1-BJ8 or here to purchase the  MWJI-12CRN1-BJ1 model.

North Hollywood Showroom/Warehouse: 818-769-8000 or TOLL-FREE: 866-FEDERS-0                               

North Hollywood Warehouse: 818-982-3300

Santa Monica Showroom/Warehouse: 310-450-8585 or TOLL-FREE: 855-28-FEDER

Summer in the City

Now that summer is here, our newest location in Santa Monica is getting busy and for good reason. A couple of weeks ago the signs and logos went up on the building helping draw attention to an already growing customer base. There have already been multiple occasions when a  customer has come inside because they saw the signs on the building and showed interest in our products. And speaking of products, with the summer heat almost here it is a perfect time to buy air conditioners. Try out our line of GE’s finest air conditioners including the 8,000 and 10,000 BTU, both including slide-out chasses for easy cleaning.

So come as soon as you can to either our North Hollywood or Santa Monica location. With our signs up on our Santa Monica building we hope there is less customer confusion. As a reminder we are located in the old Carlson’s warehouse on the corner of Colorado and 7th St. So for all your air conditioning, refrigerator, oven and appliance needs.

North Hollywood Showroom/Warehouse: 818-769-8000 or TOLL-FREE: 866-FEDERS-0
North Hollywood Warehouse: 818-982-3300
Santa Monica Showroom/Warehouse: 310-450-8585 or TOLL-FREE: 855-28-FEDER

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Brand-New 12,000 BTU Energy Star Window Air Conditioner–Only $219.00 (hundreds available)

12,000 BTU Energy Star Window Air Conditioner
12,000 BTU Energy Star Window Air Conditioner

Brand-New, Factory-Sealed Major Manufacturer 12,000 BTU Energy Star Window Air Conditioner. LED digital display with remote. Uses standard 115v outlet (2 vertical prongs and one

ground).

-Remote control
-Four-speed fan (low, med, high, auto)
-Sleep mode
-Cleanable panel

-Timer
-Bucket-free design

Warranty: Comes with a full extended manufacturer’s warranty: 2yr parts/labor, 5yr compressor.

Dimensions: 22 5/8″ wide, 15 3/8″ tall, 21 7/16″ deep.

Includes window kit.

Cools up to 400-500 square feet!

Feder’s is celebrating 45 Years with shipping within the U.S. For only $45.00
(no Hawaii or Alaska)

Call to order M-F 7:30am-5:30pm, or Sat 9:00am-2:00pm PST: 818-850-COOL (818-850-2665)

Order online by clicking here:

12,000 BTU Energy Star Window Air Conditioner Control
12,000 BTU Energy Star Window Air Conditioner Control
12,000 BTU Energy Star Window Air Conditioner Front
12,000 BTU Energy Star Window Air Conditioner Front
12,000 BTU Energy Star Window Air Conditioner Tag
12,000 BTU Energy Star Window Air Conditioner Tag
12,000 BTU Energy Star Window Air Conditioner Energy Guide
12,000 BTU Energy Star Window Air Conditioner Energy Guide
12,000 BTU Energy Star Window Air Conditioner Partial Stock
12,000 BTU Energy Star Window Air Conditioner Partial Stock
12,000 BTU Energy Star Window Air Conditioner Stock
12,000 BTU Energy Star Window Air Conditioner Stock
12,000 BTU Energy Star Window Air Conditioner Boxes
12,000 BTU Energy Star Window Air Conditioner Boxes

Our Trip To The AHR Show In Orlando, Florida

The full flight didn’t allow for an upgrade, but we’ll take an on-time take-off and a tailwind that helped us arrive 1/2 hour earlier than expected any day.  In fact, it seemed like our flight from LAX to ORL was the shortest 4 1/2 hour flight ever.

Unfortunately, getting to The Hard Rock Hotel seemed to take longer than the flight because of a gps system from Enterprise RAC that was working on about a 3 mile delay.  But we made it to the room and enjoyed a wonderful dinner at The Palm in the lobby of the hotel.

Getting to the convention center on Monday morning from the hotel was uneventful and quick. Walking into the main hall reminded us of the last few shows, but it seemed like there was a good turnout of attendees and the convention center floor (approximately 354,000 square feet) was full of vendors.  In fact, there were slated to be about 40,000 attendees and 1,800 exhibitors.  About 200 of the vendors had not displayed before.

AHR Schedule

Many of the majors were there, LG, Gree, GE, Amana.  And there were so many parts dealers, it was hard to decipher one from another.

I don’t know how so many vendors can sell copper piping, ducts, vents, covers, and other small parts.  But they seemed to be busy.  It also seemed like everyone and their mothers who manufacture air conditioners were also selling portables and ductless mini-splits. Again, reminding me of the last few AHR shows.

However, most were involved heavily in the R410A way of life than the older R22 of old.  And the transition to it had been a large undertaking.

Missing from the show were a few major manufacturers like Trane and Fedders and the most impressive booths were Gree’s and LG’s.

Gree BoothGree Booth 2Gree Booth 3
Although a pretty standard setup, they were definitely showing a large variety of products.  Gree seems to manufacture product for about 25% of the industry (including Soleus and Hitachi) and LG seems to change their acronym every year (from Lucky Goldstar, to Life’s Good, to their current Life’s Green) to keep with the times.LG Booth

GE had a small booth displaying a re-vamped ductless system, but their pricing is still too high for the economy we’ve been in for the past couple of years.  Amana had a small booth as well, but nothing on display to really write home about.

All in all, it didn’t seem like there where a whole lot of new products or innovations at this year’s AHR Expo.  Although solar has been talked about a lot as of late, I still feel that we’re at least 3-5 years away from truly solar-powered products that are small enough, powerful enough, and cheap enough to replace our standard energy-eating air conditioning and heating products.  In fact, one of the only solar products we saw, was a solar charging station pictured below.

Solar charging station

There was some talk about the 7 companies with new innovations(Delphi, AIC Wireless, Danfoss, Daikan AC, Samsung, Muller Industries, AEC Design Group, and DuraSystems Barriers), but mostly they improved upon something as opposed to reinventing the wheel.  It’s time our industry really had a breakthrough product that uses very little to no energy, or is so cheap to manufacture, it’d turn the ac business on it’s head.

Unfortunately, those innovations haven’t come to fruition yet.

One company that is slated to begin production on a DC solar-powered ductless mini-split unit later this year didn’t even take part in the show.  We expected to at least see their booth and get more information about their truly unique product, but unfortunately, there was none to be had.

We were invited to a private party hosted by Airwell Fedders on Monday night where they were showing their latest wares, but unfortunately, we were underwhelmed.  Yes, they had a builder model ac on display, another couple of wall units, an outdoor condenser and the usual portable unit, all complete with R410A.

Airwell Fedders 2010 "A" Chassis

But we weren’t blown away by anything we saw or Anything the reps discussed.  And for a company crawling out of the black cloud of bankruptcy and under new ownership, they definitely missed their mark for 2010.  At least, they should have shown their new CRAC System discussed here!

In the end, we realized we could have stayed home and just replayed the video of the past few years of AHR shows in our heads and wouldn’t have missed a thing.

Some Easy Heating Options For The Winter

Since it finally dropper below 70° here in Southern California, we thought it would be a good time to go over a few options to keep your home or apartment warm this winter.

SPACE HEATER
The easiest and most affordable way to keep your feet warm.  We have a small, 360 Degree Micrathermic Heater that can keep a small room fairly comfortable in cooler weather.  Cost is on $69.00!

GAS WALL OR DIRECT-VENT FURNACE
Do you need to replace an old or inoperable tall wall furnace or shorter direct vent heater for your apartment?  We carry units that are perfect for small, medium, or larger units.  25,000 BTU-50,000 BTU

WALL OR WINDOW UNIT
Replacement: If you’ve already got an existing unit inside a sleeve, more than likely Feder’s Distributors has a unit that will fit inside your existing sleeve.
Built with solid sides and vents on the back, these units come with trim kits that would cover additional space on the sides and top if your sleeve is larger than 24″ wide by 14 1/2″ tall. The heat-strip models are great as a secondary source of heating or primary source for smaller rooms.
New install: If you need to install a new unit in a wall or window, units with both a heat-strip or a heat-pump are available.  Heat-strips will cost you a little less money up-front, but end up providing less heating capacity compared to a heat pump.  Heat pumps are a little more expensive to purchase, but run a little more efficiently with more heating capacity. Just remember, if you need heat in your window or wall unit, anything 12,000 BTU or above typically run on 220V 20AMP circuits.

DUCTLESS MINI-SPLIT HEAT PUMPS
A bit more expensive to install than a wall air conditioner, but much sightlier, ductless mini splits are installed like a central air conditioner. The compressor, outside and the fan on an adjacent wall just under the ceiling.  It is about 20% of the cost of a central system and cools/heats only one room.  Please note, there are also options to run two, three, or even four indoor units off of one compressor, so please ask us about them!

Frigidaire FAH126S2T Thru-The-Wall Air Conditioner — Now Available!

Frigidaire FAH Thru-The-Wall Model
Frigidaire FAH126S2T Thru-The-Wall Air Conditioner

Frigidaire 12,000 BTU Thru-The-Wall Replacement Air Conditioner, 220V with 264 CFM, 3 Cool/Fan Only Speeds, Auto Cool, Sleep Mode and Remote Control.

Performance:
* 12,000 / 11,700 BTU cooling capacity.
* Cools room sizes up to 450 sq. ft.
* Energy Efficiency Ratio: 9.0.

Features:
* 3 Fan Speeds.
* 4-Way Air Direction Control.
* Antimicrobial Mesh Air Filtration.
* Designed to Fit most Competitive Wall Sleeves.
* Full Function Electronic Controls.
* Full Function Remote Control with Thermostat in Remote.
* Included standard universal interior trim kit allows the unit to neatly fit into any existing sleeve.
* LVC Technology (Low Voltage Compensation) ensures proper operation of the unit when voltage fluctuates.
* Slide-out Filter Access.
* Universal Window Mounting Trim Kit. (Optional)








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