It's a supremely annoying summer irony: No sooner does it become a joy to look out the window at nature's green, blooming bounty than we have to disable that window in order to install an air conditioner because....it's summer. Dang-blast it: Why can't we have cool, dry, heavenly A/C and the ability to bask in a sweet, post-thunderstorm fragrance or evening breeze?
It's ingenious, really: The folks at Midea (pronounced my-dea — rhymes with idea...presumably because this is such a groundbreaking concept) have fashioned a window unit that is secured (in a lickety-split setup) with a bracket attached to the base of your frame and buttressed by a triangular exterior brace rather than just leaning against the bottom sash of your window. It's a safer, saner way to go and one that allows you to open your window whenever you feel like it. (Oh, and in case you're wondering: Yes, it comes with an anti-theft mechanism for when the window is closed.)
The other benefit of the U-shape? It lets the window act as an auditory shield between you and most of the A/C's machinery. The result? The U-Smart is nine times quieter than conventionally designed A/Cs. (Another summertime irony: In theory, an A/C helps you sleep through the torrid night...except that its motor's roar keeps you up.) Along with that peace comes 35% more energy savings than comparable window units. Impressed yet? And its 8,000 BTUs can cool 350 square feet — enough for the largest living room, even a big-ish studio!
Of course, it comes with a remote, but if you'd like to go "smart," it's also operable via its app and Alexa and Google Assistant.
If somehow you're still not convinced, maybe take a gander at the 8,400-plus five-star reviews it's garnered at Amazon.
This mom is now chill in more ways than one: "First and foremost I know everybody wants to know is it quiet. I have it in my bedroom and I have a child who has sensory sensitivity to sound, so a compressor going off and on is wildly disturbing through the evening. This is whisper-quiet — you never hear the compressor going off or on."
"This new window A/C by Midea now renders ALL other window units OBSOLETE!" said one enthusiastic customer. "Why would anybody spend what this unit cost, probably more, for 1960’s technology?" Yeah, wha the said: Why?
This work-at-homer was also wowed: "Since I've been having to work from home during the 'plague,' my home office has also been getting unbearably hot with all of the computers and monitors I've got running. I'm so impressed with the Midea-U that I just placed an order for another one to put in the office."
If you’re not yet an Amazon Prime member, sign up now for exclusive members-only access to Prime Day deals. Click here for a free 30-day trial.
The reviews quoted above reflect the most recent versions at the time of publication.
Looking for more great Amazon deals? Check these out:
As Bonnie takes an unusual trip across the Atlantic Ocean into Pacific waters, Tropical Storm Colin will soak the Carolinas after coming to life early Saturday morning along the southeastern U.S. coast.
With the best player in the world in the squad, Spain can finally call itself one of the title favorites entering a major women’s soccer tournament. Ballon d’Or winner Alexia Putellas will lead Spain at this year’s European Championship, where the Spaniards will try to break through after years of lackluster appearances on the international stage. The tournament is scheduled from July 6-31 at 10 stadiums in eight cities in England, including the final at Wembley. The Spanish team will be boosted
Highlights of this day in history: America's Declaration of Independence; Former Presidents John Adams, Thomas Jefferson die on same day; Israel's raid at Entebbe Airport; West Point opens; Lou Gehrig's farewell to baseball; Neil Simon is born. (July 4)
BUENOS AIRES (Reuters) -Argentina's economy minister Martin Guzman, the architect of a recent major debt deal with the International Monetary Fund (IMF), resigned on Saturday as deep splits emerged in the ruling coalition over how to handle mounting economic crises. Guzman, a minister since late 2019 and a close ally of President Alberto Fernandez, posted a letter on Twitter announcing his decision, adding he maintained "confidence in my vision of the path Argentina should follow." The center-left Peronist president is facing his lowest approval rating since taking office in 2019, with cracks in his coalition, inflation running above 60%, the peso currency under growing pressure and sovereign bonds at record lows.
International animal rescue organization No Dogs Left Behind has helped secure and provide passage for cats and dogs left behind when U.S. troops evacuated from Afghanistan in August 2021. The final 10 dogs, which were originally left behind because they were too young or not strong enough to travel, have now arrived in Canada and were brought to the group's sanctuary in Scarborough, Ont.
Which Ottawa-born entertainer was appointed to the Order of Canada? What forced OC Transpo to stop running buses on a temporary bridge installed during LRT construction? And which community has temporarily lost access to its local emergency department? These are just a few of the questions designed to vex and perplex you in this week's CBC Ottawa news quiz. On a desktop computer? For the best quiz-taking experience, click on the arrows in the bottom right-hand corner of the quiz widget to expand
CAIRO (Reuters) -Two women were killed in shark attacks in Egypt's Red Sea, south of the city of Hurghada, the Egyptian Ministry of Environment said on Sunday. It also mentioned that the Governor of the Red Sea Governorate, Major General Amr Hanafi, has issued an order to suspend all activity in the area surrounding the attacks. A security source also added that the Austrian woman had been living in Egypt over the past five years with her Egyptian husband.
TRIPOLI (Reuters) -Libyan protesters will keep demonstrating until all the ruling elites quit power, they said on Saturday, after rallies in most main cities on Friday culminated in a crowd storming the parliament building and torching parts of it. The protest movement said it would step up its campaign from Sunday, urging demonstrators to set up tents in city squares and practise civil disobedience until they achieve their goal of ousting political institutions and holding new elections. Security vehicles surrounded government buildings in the capital after sunset on Saturday and there was no sign of new protests after Friday's rallies demanding change.
VANCOUVER — The Vancouver Whitecaps took down Major League Soccer's top team on Saturday, beating Los Angeles FC 1-0. Andres Cubas provided the game winner, scoring his first MLS goal in the 89th minute. L.A. (11-4-3) dominated the first half but Vancouver (7-8-3) rallied in the second and outshot the visitors 10-7 over the course of the game, including two shots on target. Former Whitecaps goalkeeper Maxime Crepeau made a single save in his return to BC Place. Jeers and boos rained down on the
Over 1,300 customers in the Kennebecasis Valley Fundy area and Fredericton-Oromocto region have had their power restored. N.B. Power's website indicated most of the outages were along a stretch from Evandale and Grand Bay-Westfield. N.B. Power spokesperson Marc Belliveau said a call came in regarding a power outage in the Rothesay area at around noon Sunday. Approximately 980 customers in the region had lost power. "After we patrolled the area, we found a very large tree on one of our transmissi
JERUSALEM (Reuters) -Lebanon's Hezbollah said on Saturday it had sent three unarmed drones towards an Israeli Mediterranean gas rig, which the Israeli military said it had intercepted. There was no immediate response from Lebanese authorities to the incident, which came amid tensions over the location of the Israeli rig and long-standing but so-far fruitless U.S.-mediated efforts to agree on a maritime border. Israeli Defence Minister Benny Gantz said Hezbollah was "preventing the state of Lebanon from reaching an agreement regarding maritime borders, which are critical to the economy and prosperity of the Lebanese nation".
A 31-year-old Alberta man is dead after his car hit a semi-truck on Highway 1 in B.C.'s Yoho National Park. The man was driving a car westbound when he drifted into oncoming traffic and collided head-on with the semi-truck, which swerved into the eastbound ditch in an attempt to avoid the collision, according to a police release. The crash happened Saturday around 1 p.m., about 17 km west of Field, B.C., which is about 26 km west of Lake Louise and close to the B.C.-Alberta border. Emergency cre
Nearly 60 years ago to the day, Saskatchewan doctors went on strike in protest against what would become Canada's universal health care system. Now, documents obtained through an access to information request show that in the 1960s, activists in the province in favour of the idea that would become medicare were being surveilled by RCMP, amid fears they may be communist sympathizers. The Saskatchewan Medical Care Insurance Act came into force on July 1, 1962. Years later, it would become the temp
Medication abortions became the preferred method for ending pregnancy in the U.S. even before the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade. These involve taking two prescription medicines days apart — at home or in a clinic. Abortion procedures are an invasive medical technique that empties the womb. They are sometimes called surgical abortions, although they don’t involve surgery. Abortion by pills involves the drugs mifepristone and misoprostol. As more states seek abortion limits, demand for the
A Calgary police officer killed on duty is being honoured by a Metro Vancouver Transit Police namesake — a four-legged one. Harnett is a two-year-old German shorthaired pointer who is an explosive detection police dog. She's named for Sgt. Andrew Harnett, who was killed during a traffic stop on New Year's Eve 2020 in Calgary after an SUV he'd pulled over took off with the officer hanging onto the driver's side of the vehicle. "We wish to thank the Metro Vancouver Transit Police for honoring Sgt.
At least 21 people including two children were killed today from a Russian cruise missile strike near Odesa, Ukraine. The motive of the attack is unclear, but it comes after Ukraine scored a recent military victory in the Black Sea.
VANCOUVER — Environment Canada has issued a severe thunderstorm warning with a possibility of strong wind gusts, large hail and heavy rain for parts of southern British Columbia. The weather agency says the warning is in effect for Boundary, Fraser Canyon — north including Lillooet, Nicola, Okanagan Valley including Kelowna, Vernon and Penticton, Shuswap and South Thompson. The BC River Forecast Centre has issued a high streamflow advisory for the south Interior and southeast area of the provinc