Creative Places For The Quirky Aros

GE Aros Window Air Conditioner With WINK App

When was the last time you thought to yourself, "Gee, I'm Hot"? Wherever you were, it was probably a great place for a window air conditioner unit, in particular, the GE Aros A/C. The combination of the air conditioner and the Wink app that lets you control it anywhere there is a WiFi connection let you take over control of your cooling system. Here is a list of creative and practical places to put a window air conditioner.

  • Kitchen
  • Living room
  • Bed room
  • Dining room
  • Bathroom
  • Office
  • Shed
  • Garage
  • Barn
  • Man-cave
  • Workshop
  • Entry way
  • Laundry room
  • Hallway
  • Den
  • Basement
  • Attic
  • Cellar
  • Sun room

How the Quirky A/C cools a room

GE Aros Smart Window A/C

With temperatures on the way up throughout the country A/C purchases are on the rise. Homeowners like having cooler rooms and homes, though over time the A/C unit has become something like the family car in that we don't know how they work. So, how do they work?

Let's start at the beginning. The simple idea that makes an air conditioner work is that heat is transported from one place (the room or the house) to another place (outside). To make this happen, five components work together to move the heat:
  • Compressor
  • Refrigerant
  • Condenser
  • Expansion Valve
  • Evaporator Coil
As you know, since you are reading this blog, there are many types of A/Cs including whole-house models, window models, and the ductless A/C which is finally gaining popularity in the USA. All of these systems use the five components listed above. Let's spend just a minute on each of them.

The compressor is the core component in the system, much like your heart. Compressors are pumps that move refrigerant throughout the system.

Refrigerant is an element that transports heat away from your living space. When it is cool, it is a liquid and when it is hot, it is a gas. This state change coupled with the compressor is what really allows an A/C unit to work.

This is where refrigerant in vapor form (when it is hot) goes to cool down. There is typically a fan that blows outside air over metal fins or pipes to remove some of the heat from the refrigerant. At the condenser, the refrigerant transitions from vapor to liquid, but it is still hot. If you have a whole-house A/C unit, this is the thing sitting outside with the big fan in it. In a window A/C unit, this is located on the exterior side of the unit.

Expansion Valve
The expansion valve is where the somewhat cooler refrigerant goes from high pressure liquid on the intake side to a low pressure gas on the output side. Thinking back to chemistry, you learned that a gas cools as it expands, and that is exactly the process at work here. The result is low pressure liquid that is cool.

Evaporator Coil
The low pressure refrigerant comes to the evaporator coil next. This is where the refrigerant meets the warm air in your house and picks up the heat from the air. The result for the air is that it is cooler since it transferred heat into the refrigerant. The result for the refrigerant is that it is hot again, so hot that it changes to vapor and now that it is a vapor, it moves on through the compressor and the processes is repeated.

There you have it. Now you know almost all there is to know about how an A/C unit works. Of course there are some physics involved if you want to know more visit The Physics Hypertextbook where there is a page dedicated to refrigeration physics.

10 Popular Window Air Conditioners

There are some great air conditioners on the market and there are some horrible ones. One of the best ways to pick the right unit for you is to find out what matters and to learn from those that have gone before you. This is a rundown of the most popular window air conditioners that you can get from Amazon. For the units you like, look at the details and reviews, to help make that final decision. The warm days of summer are just around the bend.

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

The Frigidaire FRA052XT7 5,000-BTU Mini Window AC is one of the most basic units on the market. It is at the 5000 BTU level and is really, really simple to use. There is nothing fancy or flashy about this product and, as such, it is one of the lowest priced window air conditioners on the market, putting it in the top spot. This unit has 751 reviews and a score of 4 stars.

2. Frigidaire FRA054XT7 5,000 BTU Window-Mounted Mini Room Air Conditioner

You may do a double take when looking at the name of this unit since only the model number is different, but I assure you, this is a much different unit. The Frigidaire FRA054XT7 5,000 BTU Window-Mounted Mini Room AC is a much nicer looking model and it is much easier to use. It has a remote thermometer and remote control unit that makes it super easy to use. 151 reviews and a 4 star rating.

3. Frigidaire FRA126CT1 12-000 Btu Window Air Conditioner

At the third position we are moving up to a much more powerful unit. The Frigidaire FRA126CT1 12-000 Btu Window AC can cool 640 square feet, provides touch sensitive controls, and has a remote. There are 136 reviews, 27 answered questions, and a 4 star rating.

4. Whynter 14,000 BTU Dual Hose Portable AC

Finally, we have switched brands and unit type, from a window AC unit to a standing AC unit. The Whynter 14,000 BTU Dual Hose Portable AC (model ARC-14S) sits inside your room and provides a variety of functions: air conditioning, fan, or dehumidifier. There are 252 reviews and 58 answered questions and a 4 star rating on this unit.

5. Honeywell MN10CESWW 10,000 BTU Portable Air Conditioner

The Honeywell MN10CESWW 10,000 BTU Portable Air Conditioner is another indoor standing unit and I personally find it much more attractive than the other units here due to the simplicity of the case. There are 107 reviews, 67 answered questions, and a 4 star rating on this unit.

6. SPT 12000 BTU Window Air Conditioner

The SPT 12000 BTU Window Air Conditioner (model WA-1211S) is the first unit to break out of the 4-star category, making it all the way up to 4.5 stars. Customers really like all the features in this unit, though they wish it was lighter. There are 223 reviews, 93 answered questions, and, as stated earlier, 4.5 star rating!

7. Frigidaire FRA086AT7 8,000 BTU Window-Mounted Compact Air Conditioner

The Frigidaire FRA086AT7 8,000 BTU Window-Mounted Compact Air Conditioner takes us down in cooling power compared to the last few units. This model comes with a remote and various other common features but it does not rate as well with owners. This unit has 198 reviews, 24 answered questions, and just a 3.5 star rating. This is probably a model to avoid.

8. SPT SF-609 Portable Evaporative Air Cooler and Ionizer

The SPT SF-609 Portable Evaporative Air Cooler with Ionizer is something a little different. Notice that it is not an air conditioner, rather, an air cooler. This will work well for dry climates but it does not blast out cool air. Make sure to read the reviews to understand what you are getting. At around $100 it is the cheapest item on the list. This item has 232 reviews, 32 answered questions, and 3.5 stars.

9. LG 8,000 BTU Window-Mounted Air Conditioner

The LG 8,000 BTU Window-Mounted Air Conditioner is the only LG model on the list. It cools around 350 square feet and has a standard feature set, including a remote. It is also somewhat less attractive than other, cheaper models. From my perspective, the price point keeps this unit low on the list. There are 124 reviews, 33 answered questions, and a 4 star rating.

10. Quirky + GE Aros Smart Window Air Conditioner

The Quirky + GE Aros Smart Window Air Conditioner was for sale for about 3 days at the time of this post and was blazing up the sales list. The design of this unit is far superior to the other models listed. The usability is also far superior due to the ability to control it from an iPhone or Android. You can even set a budget for the unit and it will stick to it. The trade off for all these features is at the price point since it provides just 5,000 BTU of cooling power, enough for a small to medium room. The Aros is clearly popular with 60 reviews, 160 answered questions, and 3 stars. I expect these numbers to change faster than a race car now that the product is shipping so check the listing for up to date stats.

The first smart AC: Aros by GE

GE Aros Smart Window Air Conditioner

It is time to welcome the first smart window air conditioner to the market. The Aros by GE and Quirky started shipping shortly before the middle of the month. Customers are finally chiming in and the recent reviews are overwhelmingly positive. Customers are saying things like:
  • "This thing is simply gorgeous"
  • "The strength of the fan allows it to cool a room very quickly"
  • "This unit is amazing all around"
Take a few minutes to look at this unit and figure out if it is an air conditioner that will fit into your digital life.

Buy the GE Aros Smart Window Air Conditioner at a great price, right here

Smart AC Buying Guide: Will I Like it?

Wink app for the GE Aros Air Conditioner

Hello and welcome to the second in a three part series to help you pick the right window air conditioner for your needs. This is my favorite post in the series since it covers the creature comforts of the unit. These topics are the ones that will really make a difference in your air conditioner experience. So, without delay, let's get started.

In this post I will cover:
  • Design And Usability
  • Noise Level
  • Energy Efficiency

Quirky and GE made the first Smart Window A/C unit, the Aros. Get a great price here

Design And Usability

You are here because you want a SMART window air conditioner, right? Smart implies that there is a strong consideration for design ascetic. Give careful attention to the pictures of the unit on the room side. This is what you will see every day. Look for pictures at various angles and from the homes or offices of real people, not just marketing pictures.

Again, since you want a SMART window air conditioner, look for a smartphone app and internet site that are easy to use when controlling the air conditioner. Few things cause a product to fail quite like poor human interaction.

The first SMART window air conditioner was designed by Quirky and GE and you can find a review of the GE Aros Smart Window Air Conditioner on another post in this blog. Be sure to consider it while you are shopping for the unit that meets your needs.

Noise Level

Once the unit is installed and being used day to day there is another really important consideration that may have been missed during shopping... how loud is the air conditioner? Manufacturers and retailers often neglect to list the noise level rating of A/C units because if an informed consumer knew how loud it was, they might choose to shop elsewhere or pick a different unit. Now that you know this is important, demand to know how loud the unit is on each fan setting. Noise level is often measured in decibels, or dB for short. The following is a table of common sounds and the corresponding decibel measurement. Make sure to decide what you are willing to put up with before you buy.

SounddB level
0The softest sound a human can hear
10Normal breathing
20Whispering at 5 feet
50Rainfall, refrigerator, electric toothbrush, coffee machine
60Normal conversation, washing machine
70Freeway traffic, coffee grinder, garbage disposal
80Food processor, handsaw, noisy restaurant

Figure out what you are willing to put up with and demand this information before buying a unit.

Energy Efficiency

Efficiency will make a big difference in your monthly electric bill, so this is a big deal. Energy efficiency is represented as an SEER (seasonal energy efficiency ratio) number. When shopping for an air conditioner, the higher the SEER number, the lower the monthly bill. The math is below if you are interested, otherwise, skip to the next section.

The SEER rating is based on the the cooling output during the cooling season and the total electricity used to run the unit. This is the ratio of BTU to Watt-Hours of electricity. The simple way to see how this works is to divide the BTU of a unit by the SEER rating to determine how many watts are used per hour. For example, a 5000 BTU unit with a SEER rating of 10 results in 500 watts of energy per hour. A SEER 8 unit will use more energy, 625 watts. A SEER 12 unit will use less energy, 417 watts. The fewer watts, the cheaper it is to operate.


So now you have a good handle on how these units work and what will make a difference in your enjoyment of them. Be sure to read the Quirky/GE Aros review on this website for an air conditioner with great features. Whatever unit you choose to buy, I hope this guide is helpful for you in considering what is important. Until next week.

Check out the rest of the series here:

Smart AC Buying Guide: Operation

Wink app for the GE Aros Air Conditioner

Welcome. This is the third in a three part series that covers important considerations when buying a new window air conditioner. By now you know how to evaluate if the unit will meet your minimum requirements and if usability matches your desires, so it is time to consider what it takes to operate the unit.

In this post I will cover:
  • Installation
  • Maintenance

Installation And Electrical Requirements

Different units require different installation infrastructure and different electrical supply. The simplest units operate using a standard 110 volt outlet in the home or office. These are generally lower BTU units, under 15,000 BTU. Higher BTU units need more energy and thus may require a 220 volt circuit. These models generally require seeking an electrician to install a special outlet at your home or office.

If the AC unit you choose requires a 220 volt circuit that you do not have, prepare yourself now for the cost of installing the circuit... it may cost more than the A/C unit you choose to purchase.


The most common maintenance issue with a window A/C unit is the amount of dirt, dust, and debris that accumulate in, on, and in the filters and back of the unit. Plan to clean the A/C unit thoroughly at least once per year. The more often it is cleaned the cheaper it will be to operate and more dust it will take out of the air if it is equipped with an inside filter. Generally a wipe down and a vacuum will take care of the dirt and warm-water-wash will take care of any filters.

One feature you may want to look for that reduces maintenance is a bug guard on the condensation drain (you know the A/C unit will drip water right). This prevents bugs from getting in to the nice moist area of the A/C unit.


We made it. Now you know all about how to pick a window air conditioner that work for your situation, brings the desired features, and is reasonable to install and operate. As I've stated before, situations and people are different so make sure to go after what you want. While you are shopping, take a look at the GE Aros smart window A/C review on this site. I with you sunny days and cool rooms!

Check out the rest of the series here:

Finally, a Smart Window Air Conditioner: The Quirky GE Aros Smart Window AC

GE Aros Smart Window Air Conditioner and iPhone Android Wink App by Quirky
Quirky and GE partnered with Dr Garthen Leslie to make the GE Aros Smart A/C

Air conditioners have been around for a long time and they have been due for a bit technology advance for just about as long. The days of the air conditioner that fails to hold the temperature of the room where you want are over. The days of having to turn the unit on and off or change the target temperature when you arrive or leave are also over. The GE Aros changes all of this by integrating a small computer into the unit, integrating with your home or office WIFI, and giving you an app to run on your iPhone or Android Smartphone that gives you full control. With these smarts the Aros saves you a ton of money and gives you insight into not just how the unit operates but also how much it costs you. You might be thinking that this is all too complex, rest assured that is is really simple.

Buying the right air conditioner for the size of the space you want to cool and having the options you want is critical to your enjoyment of the unit and your home or office. I am convinced the Aros air conditioner by GE is the air conditioner for me.

In the rest of this review I will cover:
  • GE Aros Features
  • GE Aros Wink App for iPhone and Android
In other posts I will cover installation, controlling the unit, and placing multiple units in your home or office.

GE Aros Features

The primary features of the Aros Smart Window Air Conditioner will change what you think about air conditioners in the following ways:
  • You will never come home or arrive at the office to a warm space again
  • You will never need to turn it on or off
  • You will know exactly how much money it costs to run the unit
  • Since it monitors the weather, it adjusts so you do not have to
  • As long as you have your phone with you, there is no need to get up to adjust the temperature
Now I'll give you some more information on the features:
  • Sleek, modern design
  • Upward cool airflow for far superior circulation
  • Touch capacitive sensors as buttons
  • Three cooling modes with three fan speeds
  • Retractable fabric wings for proper fit
  • Works with the Wink app
  • Using the Wink app you can control it wherever you have an internet connection
  • Cooling can be scheduled
  • Cooling adjusts to the weather
  • Cooling can be adjusted based on a set budget
  • The unit can turn on and off based on your location
  • Aros tracks electricity usage
  • The filter is washable
  • Cools rooms up to around 17 x 30 feet or 350 square feet
  • 8000 BTU
  • Uses a standard 115 volt outlet
  • Draws up to 6.3 amps (750 watts)

GE Aros Wink App for iPhone and Android

Through the Wink App the GE Aros Win Smart Window Air Conditioner gives you and your family control of the unit and your budget. Since the Aros is connected to the internet and your phone goes with you the information available to the unit completely changes how this smart appliance fits in to your life. 

Since your iPhone or Android device knows its location, the Wink app can send that to the Aros to figure out when to turn on or turn off. Now, this is really smart! When you leave home for work, the Aros Smart Window Air Conditioner will automatically turn off or adjust the target temperature. When you start your commute home, the unit can turn on or start cooling the space to a more comfortable temperature. It can even figure all this out when there are multiple family members with the Wink app installed.

Since the unit is connected to the internet it can consider the weather when it is determining when to cool and what setting to use. As humans it is easy for us to know that the high today is 101 degrees and so we need to run the AC overnight to get a head start on the sun. The Aros figures this out for you. Nice.

This is certainly the window air conditioner for my life. If you want to get control of the temperature in your space, get a great price, and get it delivered tomorrow  follow the link below.