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Central Air Conditioning Buying Guide - Consumer Reports

Central Air Conditioning Buying Guide

The Coolness Quotient

Last updated: March 2017

If summertime temperatures leave you hot under the collar, you're not alone. More than 75 percent of U.S. homes use air conditioning, and 90 percent of new homes are equipped with central air. And eco-conscious consumers will be gratified to know that today's air conditioners are more energy efficient, which...

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Central Air Conditioning Reliability | Heat Pumps ...

Installing or replacing a central air conditioning system is one of a homeowner's biggest expenses so you'll want to get it right the first time. It's not practical for Consumer Reports to test central air conditioning systems because there are so many variables, including a home's size and design, how the system is installed, and construction of the ductwork. Instead, we estimate the...

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Best Gas Furnace Buying Guide - Consumer Reports

The Heat is On

Last updated: September 2016

Replacing the old furnace in your central heating system with a new, more efficient model can offset volatile energy prices. Money aside, today's furnaces pollute less and boost comfort by producing heat more steadily than older furnaces. Gas is the most common heating fuel and this report focuses on gas furnaces.

To find out which brands of furnaces...

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Best Air Conditioner Buying Guide - Consumer Reports

Keeping Your Cool

Last updated: March 2017

If you're ready to beat the heat, you aren't alone: More than 6.5 million air conditioner window units are sold each year. The average household...

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Troubleshooting 8 Common Air Conditioner Problems ...

Troubleshooting 8 Common Air Conditioner Problems

Poor maintenance can result in an air conditioner that performs poorly

By Mary H.J. Farrell

July 27, 2016

Of course it's on the hottest days that you notice your air conditioner is struggling. And it's not always the fault of the equipment. A poorly maintained system can perform poorly, failing to keep you cool while costing you more to run. Here...

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Portable Air Conditioner Reviews - Consumer Reports News

Are portable air conditioner claims a lot of hot air?

The heavy units are hardly portable and iffy at cooling

Last updated: July 21, 2015 11:00 AM

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Friedrich ZoneAir P12B

Think of portable air conditioners as the cooling choice of last resort. They're better than a fan but not much. That's what Consumer Reports discovered in its tests of eight portable air...

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Best Setting for Your Central Air Conditioning - Consumer ...

Best Setting for Your Central Air Conditioning

Yes, there is a way to stay comfortable while saving energy

By Mary H.J. Farrell

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More people fight over the thermostat than the remote and those battles...

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Best Air Conditioner Reviews – Consumer Reports

Air conditioner selector

What's behind our air conditioner Ratings?

Experts at our National Testing and Research Center tested 33 models in air conditioners to see which ones perform best.

We look for:

Overall score

This is based mainly on comfort, noise, and energy efficiency. The displayed score is out of a total of 100 points.

Comfort

How quickly the air conditioner on its low fan setting cooled a room sized for the particular unit and how accurate it came to meeting the temperature set point.

Indoor noise low

This...

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Best Water Heater Buying Guide - Consumer Reports

Find The Best Water Heater

Last updated: August 2016

If your water heater has a 12-year warranty and it's been in service for 15, it might be time to get a new one. In homes with hard water, which can be tougher on water heaters, a heater may fail within the warranty period.

If you haven't replaced your water heater in a few years, you'll find more choices--and more energy-efficient regulations...

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