My Quest to Find the Perfect Air Conditioner

I grew up in an old house without an air conditioner—in Tennessee. During the summer, it would get so hot and humid that the doors would swell, and you couldn't close them. So when it was finally time for me to buy my very own AC unit, it felt like a luxury. And I treated it as such. » 9/18/14 4:45pm 9/18/14 4:45pm

This All-Seeing AC Unit Can Spot Room Obstacles and Blow Around Them

It seems like those of us on the American side of the Pacific ocean are missing out on some fantastic innovations in air conditioning. In Japan, Hitachi is introducing a new wall-mounted unit packed with cameras and sensors that's able to redirect its chilly blasts towards people, parts of a room that are too warm,… » 9/18/14 10:56am 9/18/14 10:56am

An Ultra-Flat Air Conditioner That Could Be Mistaken For Artwork

Those living in apartments or homes without central air have to come to terms with ugly, boxy air conditioners hanging out their windows. It's either that, or be roasted alive in the summer. But it doesn't have to be that way, not when LG is somehow packing air conditioners into these ultra-slim housings that hang on… » 3/12/14 5:00pm 3/12/14 5:00pm

This Air Conditioner Uses Predator-Vision For Targeted Coolings

If you've ever struggled to get the cool breeze from a wall-mounted air conditioner aimed exactly where you need it, you'll want to earmark some cash for Mitsubishi this November. That's when the company will be releasing its new Z Series Kirigamine air conditioners, featuring an infra-red camera that can detect and… » 8/26/13 9:40am 8/26/13 9:40am

Just Yell At This Voice-Controlled AC Unit When It Gets Too Cold

One day we'll probably take for granted the ability to just tell our devices and appliances what we want or need, but for now voice-controlled technology is new and novel. The latest appliance to start listening to our demands is LG's new Whispen air conditioner, although the tall free-standing device looks more like… » 1/02/13 8:55am 1/02/13 8:55am

Awesome New Air Conditioner Fends Off Both Heat and Mosquitoes

Air conditioners are truly a technological marvel, cold-campfires of the modern era, or something. But they don't have to be limited to just keeping you cool. A new model LG is rolling out not only cools air but also keeps mosquitoes at bay. » 11/25/12 7:00pm 11/25/12 7:00pm

Man's Best Friend Doesn't Need Its Own Air-Conditioner

Pet owners try to do everything they can to make their pets as comfortable as possible. But if you're content to let your dog sleep outside, Climate Right's dedicated heating and air conditioning unit for their dog house is a bit much. » 3/17/12 4:00pm 3/17/12 4:00pm

Why in the Hell Is Everyone Stealing Copper?

Search the news for "copper theft" and look through the headlines. LOOK. Why are there so many stories? Stealing wire to sell the copper? From a cell tower? What is this, the Great Depression? » 8/16/11 5:30pm 8/16/11 5:30pm

Chicago Thieves Are Out Stealing Whole Central Air Units

The Chatham neighborhood of Chicago is suffering from a rash of air conditioner thefts right now. Turns out the criminals are stealing the entire units, not just a pipe here and there. I mean... at least they're dedicated? » 7/06/11 5:40pm 7/06/11 5:40pm

Individual Air Conditioners in Cubicles Double Energy Efficiency (Tell…

Hey, office drones. The next time you're pissed and shivering because Jeff in accounting turned the thermostat down to 65 again, just show him this article: Turns out individual climate control units in cubicles can save up to 50% energy. » 12/08/09 4:00am 12/08/09 4:00am

What're You Up to in That Coffin? Oh, Just Chillin'

Air-conditioned coffins are all the rage now in Serbia, where they keep bodies looking extra fresh. I can understand how people can't live without their A/C, but really, they need it when they're dead too? » 4/10/09 7:00pm 4/10/09 7:00pm

Greencore Semi-Solar-Powered Units Use Both the Sun and the Grid

AC manufacturer Greencore has come up with a long-awaited solution to the inherent problem » 8/16/08 1:00pm 8/16/08 1:00pm in solar-powered air conditioning units-solar panels are still not efficient enough to power the energy-gobbling machines on their own. The company's 10200 model uses a single 170-watt solar panel during the day and electricity…

Outdoor Air Conditioner: For Those Who Actually Do Want to Pay to Cool…

If there was ever an invention out there destined to piss off fathers everywhere, it's this. It's an outdoor air conditioner. Yeah, you heard that right. » 4/07/08 10:45am 4/07/08 10:45am

Hitachi's New Air Conditioner Keeps Your Skin Moisturized

Hitachi has just announced a fancy-pants new air conditioner that not only keeps you chilled, but it actually moisturizes your skin as well. Finally, your skin can be silky smooth without requiring expensive and emasculating lotions! » 2/13/08 10:42am 2/13/08 10:42am

Only time will tell whether or not adding humidity to a room on a summer's day will…

Solar-powered Air Conditioner Keeps You Cool During Blackouts

Summer's just 2 months away, and what better way to keep cool than with SolCool's solar-powered air conditioner, the Millenia. Theoretically, it makes sense. Not only will it help cut down your electric bill, but it'll keep you cool even when the lights go out. And should the blackout occur at night, the AC can run… » 3/21/07 10:40am 3/21/07 10:40am

LG's ARTCOOL Air Conditioners Double as Works of Art

No matter how you cut it, air conditioners are big, fat, and fugly. So to keep your apartment looking trendy and stylish, LG has revamped its line of Art Cool air conditioners. Previous models let you disguise your AC behind a painting/photo of your choice. The new ones come in standard or wide sizes and come in… » 3/01/07 1:17pm 3/01/07 1:17pm

LG Takes Air Conditioning to the Next Level

Whoa, I totally want one of these nifty LG ART COOL air conditioners, which basically turns that classically ugly appliance into a classic painting. You can pick one of the paintings the company offers or put one of your own 17"x17" pictures under the transparent front panel. Not bad. The air conditioner itself comes… » 1/24/06 1:46pm 1/24/06 1:46pm

When it Gets Hot, Things Get Crucial in Romania

I'm not saying Romania isn't a nice place, but come on, people, can we spring for a Haier or something? I'm sure they have the RomaniaRex Air Conidtioner/Pirate Nintendo Game Controller Combo down at the local bazaar. I realize you might be making the equivalent of 45 cents a day raking chickens for some rich… » 8/08/05 12:53pm 8/08/05 12:53pm