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Some things to consider when purchasing air conditioner:

1.  Warranty: At the time of purchasing, see product-rating publication  and most important feature of unit. Be sure that air conditionercomes with at least a 1-year warranty that covers labor and parts on the entire unit. In case of break down, you can return it and get a new one or send it in to be serviced, free of charge. Some stores even offer an extended warranty plan (typically covering 4 to 5 years instead of just 1) with an extra fee.
2. Temperature Range: While purchasing the unit sees the temperature range, if it spans less than 20 degrees (e.g. 68 to 86 degrees F), it may not be sufficient for your needs, particularly if you live in a hot climate.

3. Temperature Increments: Be sure that the temperature can be incremented in notches of 1 to 2 degrees F. This allows for greater precision and prevents electricity waste.

4. Sleep Setting / Energy Saver Settings: While purchasing the unit sees that air conditioner have a sleep setting or energy saver switch so that, at night when you are sleeping, the air conditioner slows the cooling process to a minimum, saving money and energy.

5. Slide-out Filter: Every unit air conditioner has a filter that must be cleaned. While purchasing the unit, get a slide-out filter air conditioner, not a frame-enclosed one and save yourself an immense hassle. The slide-out filters are easy to remove and re-install.

6. Fan Speed Settings: While purchasing the unit sees that how many fan speeds are offered on the unit? The more settings available, the better the energy saving will be (and the more choices you have).

7. Installation: Make sure your unit air conditioner comes with installation directions. There is nothing worse than getting the thing home and suddenly realizing you have no idea what you should do with it. If you have any questions about the installation process, definitely ask a store employee for advice before you leave and attempt it yourself. Some air conditioners require that you drill holes into walls or bricks. It would be nice to be aware of such things in advance.

8. Check the Power Supply: While purchasing the unit sees the kind of plug fixed with the unit and also check the kind of plug fixed on the wall. Make sure the circuit can handle the operation of the unit. Smaller ones work with a standard 115-volt outlet. Larger 115-volt units may need a dedicated circuit. The largest AC units require a 230/208-volt circuit.