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GE AHEC05AC Review

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The GE AHEC05AC window air conditioner is a super energy-efficient AC that’s great for cooling down small 150 sq ft rooms and is easy to operate. However, it doesn’t have any smart features and is moderately loud.

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Product Snapshot

Overview

The GE AHEC05AC window air conditioner is an entry-level pick with a cooling capacity of 5000 British Thermal Units. Available in either black or white, the AC unit has a Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio of 2.6, which is a lot lower than that of the best air conditioners on the market. Designed for rooms that are up to 150 sq ft, the unit offers two cooling modes and two fan speeds to choose from, and it also has two-way directional louvers on its front panel that allow for airflow management.

For a similar size alternative that’ll work for 250 sq ft rooms. The GE AC unit measures 15 by 16.44 by 12.56 inches, and it also ships with an EZ mount window kit plus a fixed chassis for easy installation.

Consensus

our Verdict

The GE AHEC05AC window air conditioner is an entry-level unit with fewer features. The AC unit effectively cools down a 150 sq ft room and weighs only 36 pounds plus the inclusion of an EZ mount window kit makes it very easy to install. The unit is also pretty easy to operate, with two knobs meant for temperature control and fan speed control, respectively. It has two cooling modes, two fan speeds to choose from, and a noise output of 56.1 dB, placing it among the top 20% of ACs on our certified, tested list regarding noise. This also means it’s quiet enough not to cause any disruptions when sleeping at night. However, the unit isn’t as effective when the outdoor temp falls under 70 degrees Farenheit.

Unfortunately, this AC unit doesn’t have a digital display or support any smart features. Its air direction can also only be adjusted left or right and is quite energy efficient, averaging 0.4 kilowatts per hour.

ReasonS to Buy

  • Cooling capacity
    • The GE AHEC05AC has a 5000 BTU cooling capacity. As a result, it is able to effectively cool down 150 sq ft rooms without getting very noisy.

    • However, if you’d like to cool down rooms that are up to 500 sq ft in size, have a look at our Midea U-Shaped MAW12V1QWT review

  • User-friendly controls
    • The GE AHEC05AC has two knobs that are super easy to operate. The knobs manage its temperature and fan speed.

Reason to Avoid

  • Moderately loud
    • The GE AHEC05AC is a moderately loud AC unit, averaging 56.1 decibels. This places it in the top 20% of air conditioners on our certified, tested list.

  • No smart features
    • The GE AHEC05AC has no smart features, so it cannot be managed or controlled through an app or voice commands.

GE AHEC05AC Specs

Airflow RateAirflow Rate143 CFM
App CompatibleApp CompatibleNo
Auto Shut-OffAuto Shut-OffNo
BTU Cooling RatingBTU Cooling Rating5,000 BTU
Cord LengthCord Length6 ft
DepthDepth15"
Energy Efficiency RatioEnergy Efficiency Ratio2.6
Energy Star CertifiedEnergy Star CertifiedNo
Form FactorForm FactorWindow
HeightHeight12.5"
Integrated HeaterIntegrated HeaterNo
Max Window Opening HeightMax Window Opening Height
Max Window Opening WidthMax Window Opening Width36"
Min Window Opening HeightMin Window Opening Height13.38"
Min Window Opening WidthMin Window Opening Width21.78"
Number Of Cool SettingsNumber Of Cool Settings2
Number of Fan SpeedsNumber of Fan Speeds2
Recommended Room SizeRecommended Room Size150 sq ft
Remote ControlRemote ControlNo
Sleep ModeSleep ModeNo
TimerTimerYes
WeightWeight36 lbs
WidthWidth16.7"
Wireless ConnectivityWireless ConnectivityNo

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Test Results

Cooling Speed (minutes per degree)0
Operating Noise (dB)56.1
Power Draw (kWh)0.4
Wind Speed (mph)0

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The GE AHEC05AC window air conditioner is an entry-level pick with a cooling capacity of 5000 British Thermal Units. Available in either black or white,…

The GE AHEC05AC window air conditioner is an entry-level pick with a cooling capacity of 5000 British Thermal Units. Available in either black or white, the AC unit has a Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio of 2.6, which is a lot lower than that of the best air conditioners on the market. Designed for rooms that are up to 150 sq ft, the unit offers two cooling modes and two fan speeds to choose from, and it also has two-way directional louvers on its front panel that allow for airflow management.

For a similar size alternative that’ll work for 250 sq ft rooms. The GE AC unit measures 15 by 16.44 by 12.56 inches, and it also ships with an EZ mount window kit plus a fixed chassis for easy installation.

The GE AHEC05AC has a slightly lower cooling capacity than the more expensive GE AHEE06AC air conditioner. The AHEC05AC also has soft touch control inputs,…

The GE AHEC05AC has a slightly lower cooling capacity than the more expensive GE AHEE06AC air conditioner. The AHEC05AC also has soft touch control inputs, while the AHEE06AC has two control knobs, and lastly, the AHEE06AC is more convenient to operate because it ships with a remote. For a different brand choice, our LG LW6017 review might be worth a look.

The GE AHEC05AC’s cooling capacity is less than half that of the Midea U-Shaped MAW12V1QWT, which costs a lot more. The Midea AC allows easy…

The GE AHEC05AC’s cooling capacity is less than half that of the Midea U-Shaped MAW12V1QWT, which costs a lot more. The Midea AC allows easy window opening and closing, while the GE AC does not. Also worth noting is that the GE AC has no smart features and cannot be connected to an app for more convenient control.

The GE AHEC05AC has a much lower Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio compared to the Frigidaire FHWC064WB1, making the Frigidaire AC more efficient to run. The…

The GE AHEC05AC has a much lower Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio compared to the Frigidaire FHWC064WB1, making the Frigidaire AC more efficient to run. The Frigidaire AC also ships with a remote, while the GE AC does not, but it is the cheaper alternative between the two.

Airflow Rate

143 CFM

139 CFM

277 CFM

App Compatible

No

No

Yes

Auto Shut-Off

No

Yes

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BTU Cooling Rating

5,000 BTU

6000 BTU

12,000 BTU

Cord Length

6 ft

6 ft

6.5 ft

Depth

15"

15"

19.17"

Energy Efficiency Ratio

2.6

2.6

15

Energy Star Certified

No

No

Yes

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