Best Air Conditioners for 1,200 Square Feet - Luce's Buying Guide

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There are many different air conditioners available in the market these days, but finding one that can effectively cool down a space with 1,200 square footage might be difficult. Not a lot of air conditioners can handle this kind of cooling demand, but here are some recommendations that you can start with!

Things to Consider

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Room Size

When looking for such a specific kind of air conditioner, remember that you're looking for one that can efficiently cool 1,200 square feet of space and that not all air conditioners can match this kind of demand. With that, it's best to really look into the details of the air conditioner and see if it can handle this task, especially if the space has high ceilings that can trap heat.

Cooling Capacity

The cooling capacity of an air conditioner indicates how quickly and efficiently it can cool down a room. Typically measured in British Thermal Units (BTU), an air conditioner would require a rating of around 24,000 to handle such a large space. You can calculate the average BTU rating needed as each square foot of space requires an estimate of 20 BTU to cool.

This is something that you need to take very seriously as settling for an air conditioner with a lesser BTU rating could cause unnecessary stress to the AC unit and lead to damage overtime. An air conditioner without the sufficient cooling requirement will also be unable to properly cool down a room to a proper temperature, which can make you uncomfortable.

Type of Air Conditioner

Since 1,200 square feet is generally a very large space, the type of air conditioner you end up getting will mostly be determined by your general preference. If you have large windows around, you may want to entertain a window air conditioner as these don't take up a lot of space but still manage to cool down the entire area. 

A portable air conditioner is great for those of you looking for a small and compact air conditioner with no installation required, but can still cool down your house. All they really need is an electrical outlet to function!

A ductless mini split system is flexible cooling solutions that can be placed anywhere in your area. Their high placement also means that they can better deal with the heat that lingers around high ceilings.

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List of Recommendations

Celiera GWX Smart Ductless Mini Split Air Conditioner and Heater (24,000 BTU)

Apart from serving as an air conditioner that can efficiently cool down your rooms, this ductless mini split system also functions as a dehumidifier and a fan to help you reach your optimal and preferred room temperature. It also serves as a heater to easily generate heat and comes with three different fan speeds, as well as an auto-restart function that lets it handle power outages more seamlessly.

This air conditioner also comes with a programmable timer and a remote control that lets you switch between functions from across the room. And with the 24,000 BTU rating, this 2 ton air conditioner is definitely the right size air conditioner to cool down any area of up to 1,200 square feet.

LG Smart Inverter Wall Mounted Air Conditioner (24,000 BTU) 

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With 24,000 BTU, this ductless mini split system air conditioner can cool a room up to 40% faster according to the manufacturer. It also serves as a heater that can generate heat faster to help you reach a more comfortable temperature. The Dual Inverter Compressor also guarantees maximum energy efficiency, all while producing minimal noise during operation.

GE Appliances AEG24DZ Window Air Conditioner (24,000 BTU) 

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This window air conditioner comes with three cooling settings and multiple fan speeds to help you reach optimal comfort in your home. It's also Wi-Fi compatible and can be controlled from anywhere with the SmartHQ mobile app, or through voice control the Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa.

Along with its 4-way adjustable louvers that distributes air evenly, this AC unit also includes an Eco Mode that automatically turns off the unit's fan and compressor when the room is already cool enough to help reduce electrical costs. And for any sudden power interruptions, this window AC unit has an auto-restart feature, as well as a programmable timer, to help lessen the shock.

Arctic Wind ISTA 6 Electronic Window Air Conditioner (24,000 BTU)

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This window AC unit comes with three cooling settings and multiple fan speeds that lets you customize your comfort, as well as a remote control that lets you change the settings from anywhere in the room. It also comes with a programmable timer and a sleep mode function to let you choose when you want it turned on, and an auto-restart function and an easy-to-clean washable filter.

Tripp Lite Portable Cooling Unit Air Conditioner (24,000 BTU)

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It's difficult to find portable air conditioners that have this high of a cooling capacity, but this unit has a BTU rating of 24,000 that lets it cool down 1,200 square feet while still being incredibly portable. Apart from letting the cool air flow, this air conditioner also filters and dehumidifies the air to help improve your indoor air quality.

It also uses a close-coupled cooling process that reduces energy consumption, while still efficiently cooling down your living area. And the R410A refrigerant it uses is also environmentally friendly and doesn't contribute a large carbon footprint. 

For those of you worried about possible failures and malfunctions caused by overheating, you'll be happy to know that this portable AC unit has been built to prevent those from happening.

Here is a table summarizing all the recommendations:

Unit Price BTU Rating Additional Features
Celiera GWX Smart Ductless Mini Split Air Conditioner and Heater  $984.06 24,00 BTU Heater, Dehumidifier, Fan with Three Different Fan Speeds, Programmable Timer & Remote Control
LG Smart Inverter Wall Mounted Air Conditioner $493.89 24,000 BTU Dual Inverter, Heater, Fast Cooling, & Fast Heating
GE Appliances AEG24DZ Window Air Conditioner  $604.00 24,00 BTU Three Cooling Settings, Different Fan Speeds, Wi-Fi Compatible (SmartHQ App, Google Assistant, Amazon Alexa), Eco Mode, Auto-Restart Feature, & 4-Way Adjustable Louvers
Arctic Wind ISTA 6 Electronic Window Air Conditioner  $769.99 24,00 BTU Three Cooling Settings, Multiple Fan Speeds, Remote Control, Programmable Timer, Sleep Mode Function, Auto-Restart Function, & Easy-to-Clean Filter
Tripp Lite Portable Cooling Unit Air Conditioner $3,295.00 24,00 BTU Air Filter, Dehumidifier, Close-Coupled Cooling Process, & Environmentally Friendly R410A Refrigerant

Keeping 1,200 square feet of space cool isn't an easy thing to do, and these air conditioners need to be maintained properly to make sure that they can perform properly. But if you notice that your air conditioner's effectiveness starts declining over time, it might be because it needs a thorough cleaning.

You may not know the first thing about cleaning out an air conditioner, but Luce Aircon is here to handle it for you! From installations and check ups to cleaning and repairs, we're ready to deal with your air conditioner needs so that you won't have to.

Send us a message and schedule your first appointment today!

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