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SPECIAL MENTION: The July air conditioner (from $385) tackles the three worst things about window air conditioners: they can be backbreaking to install, they’re ugly, and running them hurts the climate. The July snaps into place in a provided window frame, decorative front panels give it an urbane, minimalist facade, and the refrigerant July uses, R32, causes one-third the greenhouse emissions of older systems. —Don Steinberg

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