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The GE AEQ06LM Window Air Conditioner

A Analysis

The GE AEQ06LM lacks the Energy Star rating its sister system, the GE AEM06LM, has. Side by side, these two systems are almost imperceptibly different. By the numbers, however, they begin to distinguish themselves.

The GE AEQ06LM is slightly smaller than its sister in overall height, depth and width, yet this only translates to a mere 1 pound difference in the weights of the two systems. All the bells, whistles, and aesthetics of each system are comparable. The only major differences to be found here are in the overall BTU outputs (the GE AEQ06LM is rated 300 BTU less than its sister) and in the EER (9.7 on this unit versus 10.7).

Capacity and Efficiency Control and Usability
BTU 6,000 Fan 3 Cooling, 3 Fan Only
Type Cooling Controls Digital, with Remote
EER 9.7 Filter Type Slide-Out, Washable
Energy Star No Timer 24 Hour Delay
Chassis Type Fixed Automatic Thermostat Yes, Electronic
Power Usage and Warranty Dimensions
Volts 115 Height 12.4"
Cool Amps 5.6 Width 17.7"
Cool Watts 620 Depth 13.3"
Heat Amps Not Applicable Min Opening Height 13"
Heat Watts Not Applicable Min/Max Opening Width 24.5"/38"
Warranty Limited 1-year, Parts and Labor Weight 48 lbs.

Still, it is rather hard to recommend the Energy Star rated system over this one as the accompanying federal Energy Guide for each unit only shows a difference of three dollars in the projected operating costs. This makes sense considering these systems are only intended to cool a space of about 200 square feet. However, when the differing cooling capacities of these two systems must also be considered an an apple-to-apples fashion, this operating cost difference is closer to five dollars a year. This obviously depends on your local utility rates and usage, but it is really only in the systems with greater BTU output that a financial impact can really be weighed.

We were able to find this unit online for a paltry $155 at the time of this posting. At around $55 cheaper than the energy efficient model, it would take around 11 years to recoup this large a difference in price. That said, the likelihood of a unit being plagued by any number of system issues is very high at this point in its life, and the cash implications of the energy savings so low over this period of time that the Energy Star rating is almost negligible to the point that we would only recommend the Energy star unit over the AEQ06LM based solely its extra capacity if your space is notably larger than about 200 square feet.

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