Honest opinions about how to buy Appliances and Lighting.

Wednesday, June 04, 2008


I used to love the AC business. There were great brands like Sharp, Panasonic, Emerson(way back), Amana and Friedrich. They were all good and now they are all gone. The whole industry packed up and moved to China. Friedrich bought the Panasonic tooling, which was and probably is the best air conditioner.

So now you have very little real choice amongst Energystar units.

You can, however, still size it wrong. Oversizing an AC will actually freeze the unit and cause it to malfunction. That is the biggest problem in ACs.

I once designed a chart to assist people in choosing the optimum unit for their room. Remember each room is different: Exposure to sun, windows, shade and size are all important. In other words a third floor apartment is different from a garden or basement level.

AC Sizing


  1. Anonymous8:24 AM

    Hi Steve! Not a comment on a/c, but wondering about your mailing list comment a week or so ago - I joined the Yale email list, but didn't receive anything yesterday! Thanks!

  2. Check your email late Thursday...