Control panel door sticks
Air conditioning units have become a must for many people. But if you wait until you really need one, as in right smack in the middle of a heat wave, you’ll be hard-pressed to find the best models in stock. The urgency of a cool night’s sleep only makes it harder to put in the time and effort to fully vet each option. So, we’re doing it now, starting with the Friedrich Chill CP06G10B Window Air Conditioner.
The 6,000-BTU unit is supposed to cool rooms up to 250 square feet; my husband and I installed it in our kitchen, which is fully exposed to the sun via a wall of windows and therefore gets very hot in the summer. Find out if the appliance kept my family comfortably cool as the air outside heated up.
Setup Process: Straightforward if you pre-measure
I was not expecting to fall in love with this AC unit. In fact, at first, I kind of hated it. Mind you, it wasn’t the unit’s fault but rather our own mistakes during setup—though that didn’t keep me from becoming annoyed with it.
This air conditioner weighs in at 60 pounds, which is on the heavy side for a 6,000 BTU unit. It can be installed either in a window or through the wall. My husband and I initially attempted to install it in two windows that did not work. The first didn’t fit because the window was too large for the accordion curtains to accommodate. (As I said, fully our fault for not closely reading the specifications in the manual and measuring the window beforehand.)
The next try was aborted because the storm window would not budge (unbeknownst to us, our home’s previous owner had screwed it in), and it seemed too precarious to move. The third time was the charm, and we successfully installed the unit in the kitchen window.
Once we found the right spot, setup was straightforward, and instructions were easy to follow. The unit included the standard installation hardware, expandable side curtains, and insulation panels, which we cut to size and placed on the back of the curtains to optimize efficiency. By the end of the job, the AC had officially won us over.
Design: A sleek winner
I initially was not impressed by the aesthetics of this unit, which struck me as boring and industrial at first glance. However, on that count, too, I was wrong. Now, I see it as simple and sleek and actually kind of love how it looks.
Yes, I’ve fallen hard for this AC unit: I love that its control panel buttons are hidden beneath a mini door, which adds to its polished look and also keeps my kids’ curious fingers from freely adjusting the temperature. The only drawback to this design is that this panel sometimes sticks a bit when we go to open it, and I worry that eventually, it might snap off. To offset this issue, I just use the remote control, which I would likely do anyway as it’s super convenient to use.
The control panel sometimes sticks a bit when we go to open it, and I worry that eventually, it might snap off.
The unit offers three cooling and fan-only speeds. Another really cool feature of this model is that the power cord can be adjusted to run out of either the left or the right side of the unit’s front. In addition to the 115-volt plug, this makes the unit work well with power outlet on either side. This eliminates the unsightly awkwardness of a cord running across the bottom of the AC unit and reduces the need for a long cord.
Continuing the theme of mistaken first impressions, we weren’t expecting too much from this air conditioner’s performance. Our main floor has an open layout, so the kitchen blends right into the dining room, making the whole space far exceed the recommended 250 square feet for the model. However, while it’s certainly most effective within the kitchen, I can feel the cooling effects impressively far from the unit and well past the 250-foot parameter.
I’ve fallen hard for this AC unit.
This air conditioner cools down the room so quickly and not to mention quietly. I’ve been partial to using the energy-efficient “Money Saver” mode, which goes on and off as needed. Due to its low noise level, I barely notice when it switches between running and not. Other models we’ve had in the past were much noisier in this mode, which really bugged me and basically meant I never used it if I was in the same room. The regular cooling mode is a bit louder but still on the quiet side.
The Friedrich Chill Window Air Conditioner is meant to cool 200 cubic feet per minute. The Auto Air Sweep helps distribute that cooling, which is probably why I can feel the cold air in the adjacent rooms.
This model is ENERGY STAR-certified with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), which means it meets or exceeds strict energy efficiency standards. The unit has an efficiency rating of 12.2, which is significantly above the threshold of 10. It also has an estimated yearly energy cost of just $44.
A timer allowed us to program on and off times, further saving us energy and money. We like that the digital remote control comes with its own nifty little stand and let us adjust cooling from a distance.
This air conditioner cools down the room so quickly and not to mention quietly.
This model also features a dehumidification mode and washable, anti-microbial filters, which help to freshen the air and slide out for easy cleaning.
Price: Higher than average
This Friedrich Chill Window Air Conditioner retails for around $380. There are many comparable models on the market, marked as low as $180 up to close to $400. This makes the Friedrich one of the more expensive options.
The average unit with similar specifications runs around $275, and those seem to have most of the same bonuses as the Friedrich model (including remote control and ENERGY STAR certification). However, I can vouch for this AC’s ultra-effective (and ultra-quiet!) performance, and in my mind, those things are worth the additional hundred if you’ve got it. Plus, with a one-year warranty for the AC and a two- to five-year warranty for the sealed refrigeration system, you can feel secure in your splurge.
Friedrich Chill CP06G10B Window Air Conditioner vs. Frigidaire 6,000 BTU Window-Mounted Room Air Conditioner
These units share the same specs. The glaring difference is that the Frigidaire model is priced around $100 less, at around $275.
If you are on a budget, the Frigidaire AC unit is a good choice, but I much prefer the simple, geometric, vented look of the Friedrich unit to the black and white panels of the Frigidaire. The competitor product also has small operation buttons. I can just imagine myself cursing as I squint to see if I am pushing the right one.
- Product Name Chill 6,000 BTU Window Air Conditioner
- Product Brand Friedrich
- MPN CP06G10B
- Price $379.99
- Weight 60 lbs.
- Product Dimensions 20.9 x 18.4 x 14 in.
- Cooling Area 150-250 sq. ft.
- Voltage 115
- Cooling Amps 4.6
- EER (Energy Efficiency Ratio) 12.2
- CEER (Combined Energy Efficiency Ratio) 12.1
- Warranty 1 year for AC, 2-5 years for sealed refrigeration system
- What’s Included AC unit, standard installation hardware, expandable side curtains