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Old 09-09-2011, 05:37 AM
 
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LG Electronics LWHD1500ER Window Air Conditioner

Rating: 4 out of 5
  • Currently 4.0/5.0

I purchased this window air conditioner to cool the first level of my large, older home for $319.00. This unit is absolutely enormous and extraordinarily heavy. Installation is more difficult and time consuming than that of more average size units. You need to first install a large metal sleeve to the outside of your window. You then slide the air conditioning unit into the sleeve and attach the front grill. The entire process requires at least two strong people, and removing the unit for storage is equally difficult.

Once in, the air conditioner does a superior job of cooling a large space. It cuts the humidity down well and cools the air well. It is extremely easy to operate, with a practical remote control, easy to use keypad, and clear digital display. The directional air vents help move the output where you prefer it, which is especially nice if you are near the unit and don't want cool air blasting right on you. There are four modes to choose from: Cool, Energy Saver, Fan, and Dry. The Energy Saver mode alternates between conditioning the air and just circulating it, which cuts down on operating cost. The Fan mode circulates the air only, and the Dry mode does a good job of removing moisture from the air. I frequently use the Dry mode after washing the floors, and it very noticeably decreases the drying time after cleaning. The temperature setting allows you to select a preferred temperature, and the unit will turn on and off as needed to maintain that temperature. The Timer setting allows you to set up the unit to stop and start the unit in hourly increments. There are also three fan speeds to choose from.

The air conditioner itself is very sleek and modern looking; it is not as much of an eyesore as other air conditioning units tend to be. It is very loud, and since it was set up in our family's kitchen, we would usually have to turn it off in order to enjoy dinner conversation. I also feel that it did not fill the window space well, and it was difficult to move the side flaps and arrange extra insulation in order to seal up the gaps around the unit in the window space.

Overall, this air conditioner does an excellent job of cooling a large space and is extremely sturdy. The performance of this unit reflects its price point well. Be aware that if you purchase this air conditioner, you will need assistance in installing it, and it is not easily removable from the window.

Review by professional reviewer, Aug. 25, 2011
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