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The GE AEM06LM Window Air Conditioner

A Analysis

The GE AEM06LM is a solid window air conditioner with many attractive additions including a programmable, electronic thermostat with a digital readout and remote.

It is a capable system that performs well, and while it has the Energy Star rating, its lofty price tag makes the GE AEM06LM one of the more expensive among its same-capacity peers and is frankly difficult to recommend over is significantly cheaper sister system, the GE AEQ06LM.

Capacity and Efficiency Control and Usability
BTU 6,300 Fan 3 Cooling, 3 Fan Only
Type Cooling Controls Digital, with Remote
EER 10.7 Filter Type Slide-Out, Washable
Energy Star Yes Timer 24 Hour Delay
Chassis Type Fixed Automatic Thermostat Yes, Electronic
Power Usage and Warranty Dimensions
Volts 115 Height 13.1"
Cool Amps 5.6 Width 18.5"
Cool Watts 590 Depth 15.7"
Heat Amps Not Applicable Min Opening Height 13.6"
Heat Watts Not Applicable Min/Max Opening Width 24.5"/38"
Warranty Limited 1-year, Parts and Labor Weight 49 lbs.

While the GE AEM06LM is slightly larger (dimensionally) than the non-energy efficient AEQ06LM, it has a greater BTU output while utilizing less energy. And yet, despite the major differences in BTU and EER, the Energy Guide for each unit only shows a difference of three dollars in the projected operating costs. Considering the small spaces for which these systems are intended (only about 200 sqaure feet), this does makes sense but when considering this unit has a greater capacity, that difference is closer to five dollars.

Clearly this depends on your local utility rates and usage of the system, but given that this system costs at least $55 more than the AEQ06LM (at the time of this posting), it would take roughly 11 years to recoup that price difference. Considering that at this any number of malfunctions are likely at point in the unit's life and the cash savings are negligible over this long a timeframe, we'd recommend the GE AEQ06LM.

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