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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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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

Arctic King MWK-15 ENERGY STAR Certified Room Air Conditioners

mwk-15crn1GREAT LOW PRICE, MANY AVAILABLE NOW!!! Here in Southern California we all definitely know one thing one thing; continuous warm weather and it has been hot hot hot with no end in sight so far!

Many people buy an air conditioner that is too large, thinking it will provide better cooling. An oversized air conditioner is actually less effective – and WASTES ENERGY!. Save energy and fight climate change with ENERGY STAR qualified products like the MWK-15. They use less energy, save money, and help protect the environment. Remember that bigger is not always better! In addition the MWK-15 is the largest 110 V model available (with 15 amp plug).

Arctic King MWK-15
Arctic King MWK-15

DETAILS:
– 15,000 BTU
-Digital control panel with remote control
-With slide-out chassis and wall sleeve
-For double-hung (up/down) window or install in wall
-Dimensions (W” x H” x D”) 23 5/8″ x 17 3/16″ x 25½”

Helpful Chart to determine your BTU needs:

Area To Be Cooled (square feet) Capacity Needed (BTUs per hour)
100 up to 150 5,000
150 up to 250 6,000
250 up to 300 7,000
300 up to 350 8,000
350 up to 400 9,000
400 up to 450 10,000
450 up to 550 12,000
550 up to 700 14,000
700 up to 1,000 18,000
1,000 up to 1,200 21,000
1,200 up to 1,400 23,000
1,400 up to 1,500 24,000
1,500 up to 2,000 30,000
2,000 up to 2,500 34,000

So come to one of our locations as soon as you can to take a look! And beat this heat.

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

Keep Cool and Warm Together!

If you need a large air conditioner to help you get through the rest of the summer, with heating options that can help you endure a cold winter, than look no further than the Black and Decker  18,000 BTU with the model  number of BWH18A. The air conditioner includes 3 fan speeds in order to meets your needs. The unit offers both cooling and heating flexibilities too. This includes a programmable 24 hour timer to help meet your needs regardless of what temperature you need.

Black & Decker 18,000 BTU Heat Strip

The unit also offers an energy saver mode that shuts the compressor off when the desired temperature is met, limiting excess runtime and reducing energy costs effectively. The Black and Decker 18,000 BTU includes a digital time/temperature display that is easy to read. It is located the front of the unit, so you can read the display and use the remote control to make adjustments from the other side of the room.

This unit can cover a big room or area and is easy to install. Contact us for more information about the BWH18A. While the heat is still intense, it is a great time to buy an air conditioner and this is just one of our many units offered at great prices.

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

 

Have A BTUtiful Summer

lw1211erMake your summertime living easy and breezy with the LG 12,000 BTU Window Air Conditioner. This unit is great for a bedroom in any apartment or house. One of the key features of the air conditioner is that it has 3 powerful cooling and fan speeds allowing you to control the temperature of your room at your pace. The 4-Way Air Direction opportunity allows you to enjoy the cool air even more. By adjusting the deflection, air is directed up, down, left or right so you can move the air where it’s needed most. This way every part of the room can cool down.  In case there is ever a power outage, you are covered too. The Auto Restart function automatically turns the unit back on when power is restored. There is also a 12 Hour On/Off Timer which can turn on before you arrive home, or turn off after you leave. You won’t have to walk into a hot room again! And nothing is cooler of more energy efficient.

The air conditioner comes with a remote to help control the unit so you can change settings and temperature from anywhere within the room. Overall, it is a simple and powerful air conditioner that will make your summer a lot more enjoyable. It fits easily into the window and it one of LG’s most reliant products. If you need to purchase an air conditioner for your house or your tenant’s apartment, this LG system with the model number LW1212ER is worth giving a shot.

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

Because You’re Hot and You’re Cold

It’s the holiday season and here in southern California that can only mean one thing; continuous warm weather. However, this year we have already experienced periods of cold weather. It seems like one week it is cold and the next week it is warm. With the weather changing back and forth it is important to keep warm in the cold and cool in the heat. To make sure you are always feeling nice and cozy in either your or your tenant’s apartment come down to Feder’s Distributors and get a new air conditioning/heating system.

One of our best models is the Frigidaire 12,000 BTU air conditioner with the model number FRA12EHT2. The A/C can quickly cool a room on hot days and features three different fan speeds, for more cooling flexibility. The remote control that comes equipped with the machine offers you the flexibility to control temperature and fan speed from anywhere in the room. The sleep mode makes the temperature gradually increase a few degrees over the evening, saving energy and creating a comfortable environment during the evening hours. There is also a programmable 24-hour on/off timer so you can ensure your home will be cool and comfortable when you want it to be without worrying about utility bills. The built in timer allows you to preset the unit to turn on and off in half hour increments.

The supplemental heating option lets you be comfortable regardless of the temperature outside. You have both heating and cooling solutions to ensure comfort. The electronic controls allow you to set the comfort level to your preference, while a convenient temperature readout displays the set temperature. There is a clean filter alert that notifies you when your filter needs to be cleaned so you don’t have to keep track of it yourself. The antibacterial filter also reduces bacteria, room odors and other airborne particles for a healthier, more comfortable environment.

So even if you can’t make it to Feder’s Distributors by the end of 2013, that is no excuse to not come to one of our locations as soon as you can to take a look at our air conditioning and heating systems. We wish you happy holidays and hope you had a wonderful year. We know we sure did.

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

Beat the Heat!

The sun is in full effect this summer and causing a heat wave throughout the southland. So if you are tired of sitting in your bedroom and sweating all day and you want to feel luxurious, come buy a new air conditioner today! We have a full range of 15000 BTU air conditioners guaranteed to cool down your room no matter how hot it is outside.

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One great product is the 15,000 BTU LG air conditioner. It is equipped with 3 cooling and fan speeds with auto cool, 4-way air direction, and electronic touch controls with a remote so you don’t even have to get up from your chair. It is complete with a slide in-out chassis and energy saver function in order to help keep the energy levels down. The 24 hour programmable timer lets you pick a time for the air conditioner to go on and off. This setting makes it perfect for you to set it to turn on shortly before you return home, so you can walk right into the cool breeze.

Another great unit is the 15000 BTU Arctic King. While saving money, you are able to still be cool and comfortable with Arctic King’s Energy Star window air conditioner. This model also is equipped with a remote so you can adjust settings from anywhere in the room. This unit is also Energy Star qualified which prevents greenhouse gas emission and meets strict energy efficiency guidelines set by the EPA and the U.S. Department of Energy. It is equipped with 4 way air direction and 24 hour timer settings just like the LG. mwk-15crn1

While the annual heat wave continues, it is still a great time to purchase a new air conditioner. We can bring it to you from either our North Hollywood or Santa Monica (in the former Carlson’s Warehouse) 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

Summer is Just Around the Corner!

Are you prepared to Cool Your Room?  Visit Feder’s Distributors or CoolYourRoom.com today and take advantage of our specials on air conditioners!

Arctic King TTW Replacement Air Conditioner
Thru-The-Wall Replacement Air Conditioner

We are currently featuring Arctic King 8,000 BTU, 10,000 BTU, 12,000 BTU, and 14,000 BTU (110 or 220 volt units) through-the-wall replacement air conditioners.  These units are perfect for apartments because they fit into existing wall sleeves and come with a trim kit to fill most gaps.  Other features include digital control panel, remote control, trim kit, and some models come with a heat strip.  We have a huge inventory in stock and ready for same or next-day delivery or pick up!

Feder’s Distributors has two locations in North Hollywood and we are now open in Santa Monica in the former Carlsons Appliances warehouse!

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 cold outside… Our heater Options Will Keep You WARM!!

At Feder’s Distributors, we stock a full line of heating and air conditioning units to suit any need!

Please visit any of our three locations in North Hollywood and now Santa Monica (in the former Carlsons Appliances warehouse) today!

Feder’s Distributors offers competitive prices, great customer service, and same or next day delivery.  So buy your new wall furnace, heat pump, or heat-strip unit today, and you will be cozy and warm TONIGHT!!

North Hollywood: 818-769-8000  Santa Monica: 310-450-8585