When temperatures soar, air conditioners can help to keep you cool and comfortable. When it comes to air conditioner safety, the most important concern to keep top of mind is preventing accidents when installing a unit. They are heavy and can seriously injure small children and adults alike if one should fall from a window.

Another issue to be mindful of is electrical safety. Your air conditioner should be plugged into a proper outlet in order to prevent power surges, electrocutions and fires.

While they are generally considered safe when used with care and according to the manufacturer’s instructions, injuries can and do still occur.

The Consumer Product Safety Commission’s (CPSC) National Electronic Injury Surveillance System (NEISS) estimates that there were approximately 1,329 injuries to children under the age of 18 caused by air conditioners that were treated in hospital in the United States in 2014.

You want to consider how many BTUs (cooling power) you need as well as any special features such as energy saving modes, ultra quiet operation and remote control. The Association of Home Appliance Manufacturers has a worksheet to help you find the right size AC for your family’s needs.

Be sure to clean and replace filters as necessary and vacuum coils and fins at least once a season when the unit is in use.

With the above tips in mind, in no particular order, here are 50 of the top-rated air conditioners we consider to be the safest, based on available features and average customer reviews and ratings.

1. Frigidaire FRA083AT7 8,000 BTU 115-Volt Window-Mounted Mini-Compact Air Conditioner

This compact air conditioning unit features 8,000 BTUs to help cool rooms up to 350 sq. ft. in size and dehumidifies up to 1.7 pints per hour.

Key features:

  • Energy saver and sleep modes
  • Choose from three cooling and fan speeds
  • Remote control for ease of use

Cost: *Est. $399.99

2. SPT 8000 BTU Window Air Conditioner WA-0822S

With 8,000 BTUs of cooling power, this window air conditioner will cool your space quickly and efficiently. With temperature select from 62-86F, you’re sure to find a comfortable temp for the whole family.

Key features:

  • Energy Star rated
  • Energy saver and sleep modes
  • Remote control for ease of use

Cost: *Est. $388.74

3. Frigidaire FRA052XT7 5,000-BTU Mini Window Air Conditioner

This mini window air conditioner can easily handle cooling needs for rooms up to 150 sq. ft. thanks to its 5,000 BTUs. It features basic turn knobs for easy-to-see and adjust controls to help find the right temperature to keep you cool.

Key features:

  • Anti-bacterial mesh filter for cleaner air
  • Pleated quick mount window kit for quick and easy installation
  • Low voltage startup for energy savings

Cost: *Est. $195.25

4. LG 8,000 BTU Window-Mounted Air Conditioner – LW8012ER

This powerful 8,000 BTU window-mounted air conditioner features a full function remote control for ease of use and can easily cool up to 350 sq. ft. while dehumidifying up to 2.2 pints per hour.

Key features:

  • Energy saving function helps cut operating costs
  • Programmable 24-hour timer
  • Patented Gold Fin anti-corrosion coating

Cost: *Est. $173.96

5. Frigidaire Energy Star 12,000 BTU 115V Window-Mounted Compact Air Conditioner w/ Temperature Sensing Remote Control

With 12,000 BTUs of power, this air conditioner can cool rooms up to 550 sq. ft. in size while dehumidifying up to 3.8 pints per hour. Thanks to its pleated quick-mount window mounting kit, you can get relief from the heat in no time.

Key features:

  • Energy Star rated
  • Clean air ionizer helps clean and purify the air
  • Multi-speed fan and 8-way comfort controls

Cost: *Est. $399.95

6. Frigidaire Energy Star 12,000 BTU 115V Through-the-Wall Air Conditioner w/ Temperature Sensing Remote Control

This through-the-wall air conditioning unit features an Energy Star design that’s suitable for installation in walls up to 18 inches thick. It can easily cool rooms up to 550 sq. ft. in size thanks to its 12,000 BTUs.

Key features:

  • Antibacterial filter for cleaner air
  • Choose from various energy-saving programs
  • 1 year warranty

Cost: *Est. $589.99

7. MIDEA AMERICA CORP Westpointe Air Conditioner

With 5,000 BTUs of cooling power, this unit is suitable for rooms up to 150 sq. ft. in size and features simple manual controls for ease of use.

Key features:

  • Window installation kit included
  • Uses eco-friendly R410A refrigerant
  • 1 year warranty

Cost: *Est. $128.74

8. Frigidaire Energy Star 6,000 BTU 115V Window-Mounted Low Profile Air Conditioner

This low profile window-mounted air conditioner is ideal for those with awkwardly shaped windows or who don’t want to sacrifice their view in order to cool their home. Its 6,000 BTUs of power is ideal for cooling rooms up to 250 sq. ft. in size.

Key features:

  • Comes with a pleated quick-mount window mounting kit
  • Choose from various energy saving modes
  • Full function remote control for ease of use

Cost: *Est. $275.35

9. Arctic King 12000 BTU Window AC

Thanks to 12,000 BTUs of power, this air conditioner can quickly and easily cool rooms up to 550 sq. ft. in size. Plus the window mounting kit is included so you can install the unit in no time to get relief from the heat.

Key features:

  • UL and CSA approved
  • Energy Star rated
  • Remote control included

Cost: *Est. $276.34

10. Keystone KSTAW06A 6,000 BTU 115-Volt Window-Mounted Air Conditioner with “Follow Me” LCD Remote Control

Beat the heat with this window-mounted air conditioner that is suitable for rooms up to 250 sq. ft. in size and features an easy-to-clean mesh filter that tilts out from the front of the unit.

Key features:

  • Easy to use electronic controls
  • 1 year warranty
  • Choose from various energy saving modes

Cost: *Est. $197.64

11. SPT 12000 BTU Window Air Conditioner Energy Star WA-1211S

This 10,000 BTU window-mounted air conditioning unit is suitable for rooms up to 400 sq. ft. in size and features a programmable temperature range of 62-86 F.

Key features:

  • Energy Star rated
  • Programmable 24-hour timer
  • UL approved

Cost: *Est. $298.19

12. DAC6011E 6,000 BTU Window Air Conditioner

This window-mounted air conditioner is small but mighty with 6,000 BTUs of cooling power that’s perfect for rooms up to 250 sq. ft. and features an LCD display and remote control for ease of use.

Key features:

  • Energy Star rated
  • Energy saving and sleep mode
  • Uses eco-friendly R410A refrigerant

Cost: *Est. $179.72

13. RCA RACM5002 5000 BTU Window Air Conditioner with Mechanical Controls

This window-mounted air conditioner is suitable for cooling rooms up to 150 sq. ft. in size and features easy-to-use mechanical controls.

Key features:

  • Choose from three cooling and fan speeds
  • Uses eco-friendly R410A refrigerant
  • 360-degree airflow control for ultimate comfort

Cost: *Est. $125.99

14. Haier ESA412N 11.3-EER Window Air Conditioner

With 12,000 BTUs of cooling power, this air conditioner is ideal for rooms up to 550 sq. ft. and features a quick install window kit so you can get relief from soaring temperatures, fast.

Key features:

  • Energy Star rated
  • Choose from three cooling and fan speeds
  • Programmable 24-hour timer

Cost: *Est. $296.99

15. Frigidaire 25,000 BTU Heavy-Duty Slide-Out Chassis Air Conditioner w/ 16,000 BTU Supplemental Heat Capability

Quite possibly the Cadillac of air conditioners, this unit cools up to 16,000 sq. ft. with 25,000 BTUs of power and can provide heat as well thanks to 16,000 BTUs, so it’s as versatile as it is powerful.

Key features:

  • Choose from various energy saving modes
  • Can be wall- or window-mounted
  • Antibacterial mesh filter for cleaner air

Cost: *Est. $872.01

16. LG Electronics LW8014ER Window-Mounted Air Conditioner with Remote Control, 8000 BTU

With 8,000 BTUs of power, this window-mounted air conditioning unit can quickly and easily cool rooms up to 340 sq. ft. with ease and features easy-to-use electronic controls and LCD temperature display.

Key features:

  • Energy Star rated
  • Remote control included
  • Choose from three cooling and fan speeds

Cost: *Est. $298

17. SPT 18,500 BTU Window AC

This window-mounted air conditioning unit can easily cool rooms up to 1,200 sq. ft. in size thanks to 18,500 BTUs of power. Plus, thanks to its integrated fresh air vent you can run the unit for air circulation and odor removal.

Key features:

  • Programmable 24-hour timer
  • UL approved
  • Installation kit included

Cost: *Est. $566.77

18. Frigidaire FFRH1222Q2 12,000 BTU Compact Air Conditioner with 11,000 BTU Heat

Ideal for rooms up to 550 sq. ft. in size, this compact window-mounted air conditioner cools quickly and features heating capabilities for dual function. Thanks to 8-way air direction control, you can have heat or cool where you need it most.

Key features:

  • 1 year warranty
  • Uses eco-friendly R410A refrigerant
  • Programmable 24-hour timer

Cost: *Est. $530.01

19. Cool Living 6,000 BTU Home/Office Window Mount Air Conditioner AC

This window-mounted air conditioner features 6,000 BTUs of power that is ideal for quickly and easily cooling rooms up to 250 sq. ft. in size and features six modes to choose from for the ultimate in home cooling comfort.

Key features:

  • Remote control included
  • Programmable 24-hour timer
  • Energy Star rated

Cost: *Est. $187.99

20. Cool Living 18,000 BTU 230V Home/Office Window Mount Air Conditioner

With 18,000 BTUs of cooling power, this window-mounted AC unit can cool rooms up to 900 sq. ft. in size and features seven modes so you can find the ultimate balance in home cooling comfort.

Key features:

  • Programmable 24-hour timer
  • Energy Star rated
  • Note that this unit uses a NEMA 6-15P plug

Cost: *Est. $425.95

21. Frigidaire Energy Star 8,000 BTU 115V Window-Mounted Mini-Compact Air Conditioner FFRE0833Q1

With 8,000 BTUs of cooling power, this window-mounted air conditioner is ideal for use in rooms up to 350 sq. ft. in size and features a temperature sensing remote control so you can always know how cool it is no matter where you are in the room.

Key features:

  • Low power startup for energy savings
  • Easy-to-use ready select electronic controls
  • Clean air ionizer helps purify the air

Cost: *Est. $233.48

22. Friedrich UE12D33C 11200 BTU – 230 volt – Uni-Fit Series Air Conditioner

Packing 11,200 BTUs of cooling power, this through-the-wall air conditioning unit is ideal for cooling rooms up to 500 sq. ft. in size and is suitable for walls up to 16 1/4″ deep.

Key features:

  • Programmable 24-hour timer
  • Money-saver mode
  • Remote control included

Cost: *Est. $785.08

23. Frigidaire FFRS0822S1 Energy Star 8000 BTU Slider/Casement Room Air Conditioner

This 8,000 BTU air conditioner is ideal for cooling rooms up to 350 sq. ft. and thanks to its unique shape is ideal for mounting in casement-style or sliding windows. Comes with a full function remote control.

Key features:

  • Energy Star rated
  • Programmable 24-hour timer
  • Slide-out, washable mesh filter for cleaner air

Cost: *Est. $500.81

24. Haier ESA412N 11.3-EER Window Air Conditioner

This 10,000 BTU air conditioner is ideal for cooling rooms up to 450 sq. ft. in size. Plus the remote control features a magnet that allows for storage on the unit itself and features braille for the visually impaired.

Key features:

  • Energy Star rated
  • UL and CUL approved
  • Quick install window kit included

Cost: *Est. $269.99

25. General Electric 5,000 BTU Window Unit Air Conditioner

This 5,000 BTU window-mounted air conditioner is lightweight and easy to use. Plus it’s approved by the UL, CUL and AHAM, so you can trust it to provide safe and reliable home cooling.

Key features:

  • Cools rooms up to 150 sq ft
  • Choose from two cooling and fans speeds
  • Slide out filter for easy cleaning

Cost: *Est. $184.99

26. SPT WA-1420E Portable Air Conditioner, 14000 BTU

This portable air conditioning unit features 14,000 BTUs of power that’s ideal for cooling spaces up to 700 sq. ft. in size. Choose from three options depending on your home’s needs – cooling, dehumidifying, or fan.

Key features:

  • Uses eco-friendly R410A refrigerant
  • Easy to read LED display
  • Self-evaporative system reduces the need to manually drain the unit

Cost: *Est. $444.12

27. EdgeStar Ultra Compact 8,000 BTU Portable Air Conditioner – White

This ultra-compact portable air conditioner is ideal for cooling rooms up to 225 sq. ft. and features a 24-hour programmable timer to help save you energy and money.

Key features:

  • Meets RoHS standards
  • Choose from three fan speeds
  • Hose included for wall venting

Cost: *Est. $265.99

28. Honeywell MN12CESBB Portable Air Conditioner with Dehumidifier and Fan, 12000 BTU

This portable air conditioner features 12,000 BTUs of power to easily cool rooms up to 450 sq. ft. in size and features dehumidification as well as a fan-only function. Its auto-evaporative technology means there’s no bucket for you to empty.

Key features:

  • Window venting kit included
  • Full function remote control included
  • Electrostatic filter for cleaner air

Cost: *Est. $517.96

29. NewAir AC-10100E Ultra Compact 10,000 BTU Portable Air Conditioner

With 10,000 BTUs of power, this portable air conditioning unit is ideal for cooling spaces up to 325 sq. ft. in size and features a compact, space-saving design.

Key features:

  • Uses eco-friendly R410A refrigerant
  • Washable activated carbon filter for cleaner air
  • Auto-evaporative system

Cost: *Est. $399.95

30. Shinco 10,000 BTU Portable Air Conditioner Cooling/Fan with Remote Control

This portable air conditioner can easily cool rooms up to 300 sq. ft. in size thanks to its 10,000 BTUs of cooling power and features a 2-speed cooling fan and 4-way air direction to help cool every inch of your space.

Key features:

  • UL and CSA approved
  • Digital controls for precise adjustment
  • Optional active carbon filter for cleaner air

Cost: *Est. $264

31. Honeywell MN10CESBB 10000 BTU Portable Air Conditioner with Remote Control

Thanks to its 10,000 BTUs of power, this portable air conditioner can quickly and easily cool rooms up to 400 sq. ft. in size and uses an auto-evaporation system to create a no-bucket, no-drip design.

Key features:

  • Available in a choice of three colors
  • Full function remote control included
  • Window venting kit included

Cost: *Est. $311.59

32. Whynter ARC-110WD Dual Hose Portable Air Conditioner, 11000 BTU

This 11,000 BTU portable air conditioning unit can easily cool rooms up to 350 sq. ft. in size and features a programmable 24-hour timer and RoHS compliant components for a greener design.

Key features:

  • Uses eco-friendly R410A refrigerant
  • Full function remote control and LCD display for ease of use
  • Window venting kit included

Cost: *Est. $430

33. SPT 8,000 BTU Single Hose Portable AC

While it might not be the prettiest unit on our list, this portable air conditioner features a fire-resistant PVC plastic housing and 8,000 BTUs of cooling power.

Key features:

  • Self-evaporative system reduces need to manually drain the unit
  • Class-leading energy efficiency
  • Uses eco-friendly R410A refrigerant

Cost: *Est. $295.95

34. DeLonghi America PACAN120EW 12000BTU Whisper Cool Portable Air Conditioner

This sleek-looking portable air conditioner features 12,000 BTUs of power that’s ideal for cooling rooms up to 450 sq. ft. in size. Its whisper cool features allows for 50% less sound while providing 100% more cooling.

Key features:

  • Dripless, bucketless operation
  • BioSilver air filter for cleaner air
  • Quick and easy setup in just 5 minutes

Cost: *Est. $581.04

35. NewAir AC-14100E Ultra Versatile 14,000 BTU Portable Air Conditioner

With 14,000 BTUs of power, this portable air conditioner can cool spaces up to 525 sq. ft. and is ideal for use in both residential and commercial settings thanks to its durable design.

Key features:

  • Energy-saving timer
  • Window installation kit included
  • Casters and handles included for ease of placement

Cost: *Est. $499.95

36. Honeywell MN10CESWW 10,000 BTU Portable Air Conditioner with Remote Control

This portable air conditioning unit boasts 10,000 BTUs of power to cool rooms up to 400 sq. ft. in size and is available in a choice of three color combinations that are sure to match the decor of any home.

Key features:

  • Easy-to-read digital LED display
  • Quiet operation
  • Programmable 24-hour timer

Cost: *Est. $399.99

37. Whynter 14,000 BTU Dual Hose Portable Air Conditioner (ARC-14S)

This portable air conditioning unit features a sleek design that can be used as an air conditioner, dehumidifier or fan for year-round use. It features 14,000 BTUs of power that is suitable for cooling rooms up to 500 sq. ft. in size.

Key features:

  • Made from RoHS-compliant components
  • Uses eco-friendly R410A refrigerant
  • Includes washable pre-filter and activated carbon filter for cleaner air

Cost: *Est. $423.69

38. DeLonghi PACC100EC 10,000 BTU Portable Air Conditioner with Remote Control

With 10,000 BTUs of cooling power, this portable air conditioner is ideal for quickly and easily cooling rooms up to 350 sq. ft. in size and features a convenient dripless, bucketless operation.

Key features:

  • Uses eco-friendly R410A refrigerant
  • Caster wheels and integrated handles for maximum portability
  • Quick and easy setup in just 5 minutes

Cost: Est. $404.99

39. Koldfront PAC1401W Ultracool 14,000 BTU Portable Air Conditioner

This portable unit features 14,000 BTUs to cool rooms up to 500 sq. ft. in size and features an adjustable digital thermostat from 62-88F to help keep your space the ideal temperature.

Key features:

  • Window installation kit included
  • Includes washable pre-filter and replaceable carbon filter for cleaner air
  • 1 year warranty

Cost: *Est. $419

40. Friedrich PH14B 13500 BTU – 9.5 EER ZoneAire Series Portable Room Air Conditioner with Reverse Cycle Heat Pump

Ideal for use in rooms up to 700 sq. ft. thanks to its 13,500 BTUs of power, this portable unit also features heating capabilities making it suitable for year-round use. It also operates as a dehumidifier and a fan making it a 4-in-1 product.

Key features:

  • Cools up to 40% faster than single-hosed units
  • Programmable 24-hour timer
  • Window installation kit included

Cost: *Est. $695.99

41. Whynter ARC-10WB 10,000 Btu Portable Air Conditioner

With 10,000 BTUs of cooling power, this portable air conditioning unit is suitable for spaces up to 300 sq. ft. in size and features a self-evaporative system that exhausts nearly all condensation under ideal conditions.

Key features:

  • Made from RoHS-compliant components
  • Uses eco-friendly R410A refrigerant
  • Includes washable antibacterial silver ion filter for cleaner air

Cost: *Est. $318.99

Ductless Air Conditioners

42. Pioneer Ductless Wall Mount Mini Split INVERTER Air Conditioner with Heat Pump, 12000 BTU (1 Ton), 15 SEER, 208~230 VAC, Full Set

Available in a choice of BTUs to suit your family’s home cooling needs, this ductless air conditioning system is a complete set including the outdoor compressor unit and one indoor blowing unit.

Key features:

  • Includes remote control
  • ETL approved
  • Super quiet operation

Cost: *Est. $749.99

43. 12,000 Btu Klimaire 16 SEER Ductless Mini Split – DC Inverter Air Conditioner & Heat Pump System

With 12,000 BTUs of power, this ductless air conditioning system is ideal for heating and cooling rooms up to 450-550 sq. ft. and features power-saving DC inverter technology.

Key features:

  • Whisper quiet sleep mode
  • Refrigerant leak detection monitoring system
  • 5 year compressor warranty

Cost: *Est. $819.99

44. Pioneer 12,000 BTU (1 Ton) Ultra High Efficiency 22.5 SEER Ductless Mini Split INVERTER Air Conditioner with Heat Pump, Complete Set

This 12,000 BTU ductless air conditioning kit is Energy Star rated and is available in a choice of four different capacities to suit any home’s cooling needs. The wireless remote control allows for easy use of the unit’s four different systems including heat, cool, dehumidify, and vent.

Key features:

  • Includes remote control
  • ETL approved, AHRI listed
  • Super quiet operation

Cost: *Est. $1044.99

45. Senville Leto 24000 BTU Ductless Mini Split Air Conditioner and Heat Pump

Thanks to its variable speed compressor system, this ductless air conditioner uses up to 20% less energy than other models – helping to save the environment and your wallet. Thanks to its 24,000 BTUs of power, it’s ideal for use in both residential and commercial settings.

Key features:

  • Built-in monitoring system detects problems and notifies via error code display
  • Eligible for tax credit in participating states
  • Window installation kit included

Cost: *Est. $1095.95

46. New Lifesmart LS-WAC5 5,000 BTU Home/Office Window Mount Air Conditioner AC

Ideal for rooms up to 150 sq. ft. in size, this window-mounted air conditioner features rotary controls that allow you to choose from three fan speeds and three cooling settings.

Key features:

  • Uses eco-friendly R410A refrigerant
  • Window mounting kit included
  • Slide out filter for easy cleaning and replacement

Cost: *Est. $176.99

47. Frigidaire FRA055XT7 5,200 BTU Window-Mounted Mini-Compact Air Conditioner

This compact unit is perfect for cooling smaller spaces up to 165 sq. ft. in size and features ready-select electronic controls that are easy to use.

Key features:

  • Remote control included
  • Quiet operation
  • Antibacterial mesh filter for cleaner air

Cost: *Est. $229.99

48. Cool Living 12,000 BTU Home/Office Window Mount Air Conditioner AC

Available in packages of one or two, this window-mounted air conditioner boasts 12,000 BTUs of cooling strength that’s suitable for cooling rooms up to 550 sq. ft. in size.

Key features:

  • Programmable 24-hour timer
  • Choose from various energy saving modes
  • LCD remote control included

Cost: *Est. $331.99

49. Comfort Aire RAD101L Window Air Conditioner

With 10,000 BTUs of power, this window-mounted air conditioner is a compact unit that packs a powerful cooling punch. Plus, it’s Energy Star rated to help save you power and money.

Key features:

  • Slide out filter is easy to clean
  • Programmable 24-hour timer
  • Uses eco-friendly R410A refrigerant

Cost: *Est. $269

50. Thermocore Systems 19 SEER ENERGY STAR Ductless Mini Split Air Conditioner System, Heat Pump, 24000 BTU. Includes 16 Foot Installation Kit. 220~240 VAC

This 12,000 BTU ductless air conditioning system is ideal for cooling rooms up to 1,200 sq. ft. in size and features three cooling and fan speeds plus a remote control for ease of use.

Key features:

  • 1 year warranty
  • Energy Star rated
  • Uses eco-friendly R410A refrigerant

Cost: *Est. $1869

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