4:22 PM 05/07/2012
Anybody have experience with these brands? I want to buy a decent, quiet moderately priced AC and Fedders and the Friedrich "Chill" is the company's entry level line.
Go for a Friedrich or even better a GE. Fedders is not what it used to be. They are made by Airtemp which is garbage. GE is a really good buy. Friedrich is over rated unless you are buying a Kuhl unit.
9:16 PM 05/08/2012 | 0 Votes
I bought 2 GE's 3 years ago and while they cool well, I would not call them quiet, which is a major irritant. Freidrich seems to be quieter (note they are much heavier than other units, which no doubt accounts for the quietness,) and only somewhat more expensive. Kuhl's are ridiculously overpriced, would like to know if there's any advantage to them?
9:39 AM 05/09/2012 | 0 Votes
I sold many GE units last summer. People seemed very happy with them compared to Frigidaire and Friedrich. The Friedrich Kuhl units are far better than the standard Friedrich units that are made in China. They are an investment. Quite often air conditioners that are not properly installed can make noise.
10:02 AM 05/09/2012 | 0 Votes
How are the Friedrich XP series? As the Kuhls are very expensive, I was considering the XP series which has always been their mid-line. They are also made domestically and they seem like they dont look as good as Kuhls, and they lack some fancy features, but might be a good compormise. They are discontinued and selling last years models and then there will only be the high and low options.
Also- how many BTU's are necessary for a 190 sq ft 2nd floor (top floor) of brownstone bedroom? Some say 6000, some say go higher to 7500-8000???
11:21 AM 05/10/2012 | 0 Votes
I would stick with a GE or Frigidaire if you are not getting the Kuhl series. The Friedrich standard line is simply more expensive because of the name. The XP series are better but very few people bought them. Most renters dont want to invest too much in an ac.
You should buy an 8000 btu. I always use sq ft x35. If your space gets more heat from the roof, has bad insulation, or gets heat from the floors below then do sq x 45. If your place is cold in the winter than it will be hot in the summer. The point of the ac is cool down your space using the least amount of electricity. No sense in saving a few dollars buying something on the smaller side and then spending your savings + on electric bills this summer.
11:27 AM 05/10/2012 | 0 Votes
you think those lower priced brands are on par in performance with the the XP series and as quiet?
as im not a renter i would like to get a good unit, though the Kuhl seems excessive now.
12:18 PM 05/10/2012 | 0 Votes