The GE AEM05LS is part of the air conditioner
test program at Consumer Reports. In our lab tests, window air conditioners
models like the AEM05LS are rated on multiple criteria, such as those listed below.
How quickly the air conditioner on its low fan setting cooled a room sized for the particular unit and how accurate it came to meeting the temperature set point.
Indoor noise low:
This judgment of indoor noise at the low-cool setting is the objective measurement of noise level using a sound meter.
Indoor noise high:
This judgment of indoor noise at the high-cool setting is the objective measurement of noise level using a sound meter.
About This Brand
GE is the market-share leader in window air conditioners. This brand is available at a wide variety of independent and regional appliance retailers and at Sam's Club and Wal-Mart. GE's window air units range in price from $150 to $300, and in Btu from 5,000 to 25,000. GE makes units that are Energy Star certified.
Features & Specs - GE AEM05LS
Btu/hr. The unit's cooling capacity, as supplied by the manufacturer (and as certified by the Association of Home Appliance Manufacturers, AHAM, unless otherwise noted in the Recommendations & Notes). Capacities range from 5,000 British thermal units per hour (enough for a modest-sized bedroom) up to 12,500 Btu/hr. (adequate for a large, sun-drenched room or even two interconnected rooms).
EER The energy-efficiency rating, as supplied by the manufacturer (and as certified by the Association of Home Appliance Manufacturers, AHAM, unless otherwise noted in the Recommendations & Notes). The higher a unit's EER, the lower its operating cost compared with other models of its size.
Min window width (in.) The minimum and maximum window-widths into which the air conditioner will fit. If your window opening is narrower than the minimum width, the air conditioner will not fit. If your window opening is wider than the maximum width, the side panels will not cover the entire opening.
Min window width (in.)
Max window width (in.) The minimum and maximum window-widths into which the air conditioner will fit. If your window opening is narrower than the minimum width, the air conditioner will not fit. If your window opening is wider than the maximum width, the side panels will not cover the entire opening.
Max window width (in.)
Weight (lbs.) In general, smaller-capacity models are lighter, while larger-capacity and some high-efficiency models tend to be heavier.
Remote control Much like the remotes for home-entertainment devices, these wireless devices control almost any function on the unit. They're especially useful if access to the air conditioner is limited, as when the unit is mounted through the wall at ceiling level. The remote generally works well anywhere in a room, although some may not work as well when they're used far to one side of the air conditioner.
I purchased this AC based upon the CR review. After receiving the unit from FEDEX I discovered it wouldn't work in a casement (side opening) window. It will only work in a double hung (up and down opening) window. Too bad this wasn't mentioned in the CR reviews. Where I live in the western US double hung windows are quite rare.
How long have you owned it:
A month or less
No, I would not recommend this to a friend.
from Reading, MA
(48 of 48 customers found this review helpful)
Accurate Temperature Controls
Cools the Whole Room
Easy To Install
Easy Window Installation
Even Air Distribution
We bought this several months ago and have used it now that the weather is getting hotter. For the price I was surprised how well it was made. The case is quite stout. The compressor is very quiet and has very little vibration both in operation and when cycling on and off. The remote works well. It is packed with features. We like the energy saver mode and the auto fan speed. This works well at night because it turns the unit off and lowers the fan speed as the room cools. Our only complaint is that the low fan speed is a little to loud. I don't think that it is any louder than most ACs of this size. It just seem that the fan is running a little too fast for a low speed. It would have been nice for them to have a night time fan speed.