What Are the Best-Rated Home Air Conditioners?

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When the heat of summer is beating down, nothing takes the edge off like the refreshing chill of air conditioning. If you’re one of the lucky Americans with central air conditioning in your home, you already know what a difference it makes to your comfort and state of mind in warm weather. But if that central air goes out or you move into a new place without it, it doesn’t take long to realize fans and window-mounted AC units may not be enough to beat the heat.

Many types of portable air conditioners can provide a temporary solution, but the best long-term answer for creating a cool, comfortable home is to install an air conditioning system. Here’s a look at the specs, features, energy efficiency ratings, noise output and warranties for some of the best-rated home air conditioners on the market.