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In most of the United States, the end of May is the beginning of the hot season. Swimming pools across America open on Memorial Day weekend, and in much of the South, East, and Midwest, daytime temperatures in the 80s and 90s become increasingly common.
In that situation, air conditioning for a home isn’t just a luxury: in some places, and for some people, it can be the difference between comfort or discomfort, or even life and death. Central air conditioning is usually the best choice, but central air conditioners can be expensive to repair and thousands of dollars to replace. In those times when central air isn’t possible — or in homes where, say, central air isn’t as effective in certain parts of the home — smaller or portable air conditioning units can be a godsend.
Aldi frequently sells two different air conditioning units around the end of May as limited-time ALDI Finds (Special Buys). Here’s a look at them.
Easy Home 5000 BTU Window Air Conditioner
The Easy Home window unit runs $99.99, which is considerably less than most other 5000 BTU air conditioners out there. The unit is manufactured by Danby, a Canadian appliance company. There are no manuals online for this unit that we can find. It comes backed by a 1-year warranty, serviced by Danby.
On the feature front, the window unit cools up to 150 square feet, with two different fan speeds, two different cool speeds, and two-way air direction. It also features an adjustable thermostat, and a loss of power protection that enables it to auto-restart when power comes back on. It comes with a window installation kit, but the unit can be removed from a window and reused as well. The air filter is washable.
One more note: like virtually all air conditioning units now, this unit comes with R32 refrigerant, which is more environmentally friendly than older refrigerants and is far less costly to replace.
Easy Home 8000 BTU Portable Air Conditioner
The Easy Home floor unit runs $199.99. Like the window unit, this portable unit is significantly less than most comparably equipped portable air units. As with the window unit, this unit is made by Canadian appliance company Danby. The model number for this unit, EPA080BAUW, was the same in both 2018 and 2019, so the models for those two years is essentially identical. Aldi has a manual online for this model, and Danby also has a parts page as well. The 2019 version comes with a 2-year warranty, serviced by Danby.
The portable unit has a few key features. It can run in two different speeds and functions as a 3-in-1 design, since it can act as an air conditioner, a fan, and a dehumidifier. If the unit needs to be moved, it does come with four castors that allow it to be rolled from room to room.
In can be installed in a couple of different ways. One is into a double-hung window. The other is in a sliding door.
The unit has both a built-in electronic control panel with an LED display, and a remote control. The remote is notable in that it has a “follow me” function which can act as a thermostat, allowing for temperature control based on where the remote is, rather than where the unit is located. The unit also can be set using a 24-hour timer.
Aldi has been selling portable air conditioning units for years, both in the wall unit and portable wheel versions, and these are a lot less expensive than most other models of their class that we’ve seen. We have not tested either of these units, but we’d be interested to hear thoughts about them in the comments.