Freestanding AC Unit Review for When You’re Feeling Hot, Hot, Hot

I hate to be hot when I’m sleeping. Or trying to sleep. However, over the last 10 years in our home we’ve found that the second floor is pretty much always warmer than the first floor. We’ve tried various fixes over the years – adding fans, closing off the intake vent, turning the AC way down an hour or so before bed. Well, this year I finally snapped and couldn’t take it anymore.

I researched the bejeezus out of AC units. I looked into window units and freestanding units and searched Home Depot and Lowes and Amazon and more. And I made a decision and hit ‘buy it now’ on this:

It’s the Black + Decker 8,000 BTU Portable Air Conditioner with Remote and the current price on Amazon should show up in the widget above. I paid $350 for it, but I’ve seen it as low as $332.

And this little unit has CHANGED MY LIFE.

Oh my gosh, it’s absolutely amazing. We installed it in our bedroom and vented it out our window:

I also cut a piece of poster board to cover the other window, because it gets really bright in the morning with the shades up like that! Anyways, after doing all my research I went with this one which has over 35,000 ratings on Amazon with 4.5/5 stars. I read a bunch of the reviews and was really impressed when people would come back to update their review 2 years, 3 years, 4 years later and still loved the unit.

We have been using this AC on our second floor since May 31 and it is fantastic. When I’m working from home and the upstairs of our house starts feeling a little bit warm, I just turn the unit on and let it run for a few hours. I typically turn it off before bedtime since the house cools down overnight anyways. If we are out of the house and come home to a bit of a muggy situation, I fire this baby up and within an hour or so our bedroom is back down to crisp and cool. And not just our bedroom – we leave the door open so that the cool air can regulate most of our upstairs. There is also nothing to empty, as this model is bucket less and self-evaporating.

I’m kicking myself for not buying this 10 years ago and just living with sweaty, crappy sleep every summer. Which is why I wanted to share it with you all.

UPDATE: I just realized that Amazon Prime Day sales are still going on and lots of stuff on Jack’s school supplies list has special pricing today. I made this quickie school supplies shopping link (I did the legwork to find the best pricing on smaller quantities) in case you find it a good jumping off point for your own back to school shopping:

Back to School Shopping List

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