Good Questions: Art Cool AC Units, Thumbs Up or Down?

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Hello AT,

Is anyone familar with the new "art cool" line of air conditioners from LG (and here)? It is a more aesthetically interesting version of the "mini split" air conditioners used in vintage buildings without ducts for central air conditioning. The compressor goes outside, and all that's mounted inside is the blower. The front panel, which comes in different colors/textures as well as room for art, flips down when the AC kicks on, and folds up after. Just wondering if they're reliable and effective.

Thanks! Jens

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Dear Jens,

We blogged these guys when they came out but we still don't have any first hand experience - nor do most of our commenters.

Our guess would be that they are reliable and effective, just PRICEY. The design of them - putting half of the machine outside your window - is very typical in high end custom AC installations and works just fine.

Our big question is, do you need to pay more for the whole "art" part of the machine? Why not get a slim, plain version?

Anyone?

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