Guest Post from My Husband Dan: The Best Room Air Conditioners

In order to beat the finicky summer heat, you will need a trusty room air conditioner by your side. The benefit of a room air conditioner as opposed to using a central system are plenty. The first and most obvious benefit is the reduction in your energy bill. Yes, most of these air conditioners are rather pricey, but they will save you in the long run. Furthermore, using a room air conditioner is less wasteful than cooling an entire house. When looking through this list, keep in mind your budget, how much noise you find acceptable, and what additional functions you would prefer your room conditioner to offer. Regardless of what your exact needs are, from the following list, you will be able to find a room air conditioner that will fit your needs.

 

  • Lasko 2552 42” Wind Curve Platinum Cooling Fan $59.00

 

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The Lasko Wind Curve Platinum Cooling Fan is, by far, the most affordable of the bunch. It features a 3-speech oscillating tower fan and a 42.5” height that is meant to help with maximizing air distribution. In the interest of saving energy, this fan has an automatic shut-off feature that will last for up to 7.5 hours. Additionally, it also comes with a remote and fresh air ionizer to keep the air flowing to you as fresh as possible. As an bonus, this fan is fairly quiet and won’t disrupt your indoor summer festivities. With this modest fan, expect to sit back and enjoy summer movies in peace.

 

  • Honeywell MN10CESWW 10,00 BTU Portable Air Conditioner $449.99

 

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This Honeywell Portable Air Conditioner is top of the line for your summer air conditioning needs. First and foremost, no installation is required, which means that as soon as it delivered, it is ready to be put to use. Aside from conditioning your air, it also has dehumidification properties and a fan-only function. Furthermore, this air conditioner has a remote so you operate with as little movement as possible. As an added bonus, due to its auto-evaporation system, no drainage is required. All in all, this air conditioner is well worth its high price.

 

  • Koldfront 8,000 BTU Through the Wall Heat/Cool Air Conditioner $399.00

 

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Koldfront’s Wall Heat/Cool Air Conditioner offers some similar features to Honeywell’s Portable Air Conditioner, such as the ability to dehumidify. Unlike Honeywell’s, this conditioner also has to ability to heat so long as it is used alongside an external heater. It features three fan speeds, four operating modes (including dehumidification), and a 24-hour timer. Though not as quiet as the Lasko Wind Curve Platinum Cooling Fan, this air conditioner is still relatively quiet considering the significant differently in power output. The only downside to this product is the need for professional installation. However, despite this, combined with the price of installation, this conditioner still comes out as more affordable than Honeywell’s Portable Air Conditioner.

 

  • Frigidaire 5,000 BTU 115V Window-Mounted Mini-Compact Air Conditioner $220.00

 

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Frigidaire’s Window-Mounted Mini-Compact Air Conditioner is a more affordable version of Koldfront’s Through the Wall Heat/Cool Air Conditioner minus the heating capabilities. It’s mini-compact design saves space but still manages to quickly cool a room up to 150 sq. ft. This conditioner also comes with a full-function remote, which means it also saves on the energy you need to put in in addition to saving you on your energy bill. Again, for the amount of power you get, this unit isn’t the quietest of the bunch, but it gets the job done quickly. Installation is quick and easy, which means you can start feeling cooler faster.

For whatever your indoor summer plans are, you will need room air conditioner to keep yourself cool and to save on your energy bills as well. Depending on how much you are willing to spend, the amount of noise you can handle, as well as ease and functionality desired, one of these room air conditioners will serve your needs.

Check out airconditionerlab.com to find out about portable air conditioners and more.

How to Talk to Your Teenagers

No matter how well you, as a parent, recall being a teenager, talking to teenagers now is different than it was a generation ago. Furthermore, your child or children, as you are well beginning to learn, are becoming individuals, separate from yourself. It is only logical that they may have different needs than you did when you were their age. In order to maintain civil, productive conversations with your teenagers, keep in mind the following tips:

 

  • Be nonjudgmental

 

This is perhaps the hardest piece of advice since we, as humans, judge automatically. Judging itself is okay, but learn when you are judging and adjust your response to your teenagers. Regardless of what they say, they care about your opinion. Ridiculing them will only make them feel rejected and scared to share more with you in the future. Therefore, if they are trying to share something with you, listen to them, recognize if your mind is making judgements, and reverse those judgements. Respond kindly and with words free of judgement.

 

  • Demonstrate trust

 

Demonstrating trust is two-fold. For one, you want to demonstrate that you trust their judgement. They are still learning what you yourself had years to learn. If you don’t agree with something he or she has to say, respect that it is his or her opinion. Again, respond kindly and show that you see him or her as an independent entity with opinions that may not necessarily line up with yours. The other kind of trust is done when you give your teenagers privacy. It demonstrates that you trust them enough to let them have pieces of their lives that they don’t necessarily need to share with you. All adults have varying aspects of their lives that they don’t share with their parents. As a teenager, one that will eventually transition into adulthood, they need to feel that sense of autonomy.

 

  • Don’t lecture them

 

When teenagers are being lectured, all they are feeling is that you, as the parent, feel they have done something wrong and are going at lengths to ensure they know it. The chances are that your teenager already knows they did something wrong. If they honestly don’t, simply notifying them of such can resolve the situation. Giving them an extended lecture will reverse any chance you had of them wanting to hear what you say. The same goes for nagging. If you need to nag your teenager into doing something, they are only doing it to stop your nagging, which means you will most likely need to nag them again for them to repeat that behavior.

 

  • Lead by example

 

This advice is relevant when talking to anyone, but especially teenagers. If you want your teenagers to apologize to you when they make mistakes, be sure to apologize to them when you make mistakes as well. They are more likely to follow your example. Furthermore, if you want your teenagers to speak to you with respect, then you must speak to them with respect as well. Avoid using a condescending tone. The more you feel the need to make them feel inferior to you, the more they will fight back to feel superior. Create a balance by speaking gently, calmly, and respectfully.

Even though all you parents out there have at one point been teenagers, speaking to your own teenagers can be something of a challenge. By following this advice, you can learn to have healthy, productive conversations with your teenagers.