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Staying cool this summer doesn't have to mean standing in front of your open freezer. Close those windows, put away those fans, and embrace the air conditioning instead. And, no, that doesn't have to include the major hassle of putting in an HVAC system. Window AC units are a great, inexpensive option for renters, apartment-dwellers, or homeowners on a budget. Plus, their small size means they won't block out too much sunlight or clash with your decor.
No matter what kind of space you have, there's a compact window AC unit that will fit right in. They're easy to install (no need to call for help!) and quiet, too, so they won't ruin your summertime chill. Ahead, we rounded up the best options to help you beat the heat this summer.