Air conditioners: 12 best buys

In this sweltering summer heat, many Long Islanders just want to hide out indoors and blast the A.C. But how do you find the right air conditioner for your space at the best value? We turned to Consumer Reports for the highest-rated air conditioners based on cooling strength, reliability, special features, installation and price. Here, nine of their picks, and three innovative new models from Newsday's home expert, Valerie Kellogg.

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