About Friedrich

Founded in 1883, Friedrich Air Conditioning Co. is a leading U.S. manufacturer of premium room A/C and other home environment products, designed for residential and commercial applications. Constructed of the highest quality components, Friedrich products are built to exacting standards and are among the most sophisticated, energy efficient and quietest available.



Friedrich depends on people to power our innovations. We're looking for passionate and talented individuals with a diverse set of skills. Join Friedrich and help a shape the future of product that impact people's lives every day.

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A Greater Degree of Good

As a member of the Rheem family of brands, Friedrich is a big part of Rheem Manufacturing's commitment to taking a greater degree of responsibility for future generations. We're working hard to do good by our customers, our people, our partners - and our planet. 

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Why Choose Friedrich?

As you shop for the perfect room air conditioner, you may encounter some familiar brand names. You’ve seen them on toasters, refrigerators, microwaves and washing machines.
Not the Friedrich name. Because air conditioners are the sole focus of our company. We don’t manufacture light bulbs or televisions. We make air conditioners.
You’ll find a range of choices: window, through-the-wall, packaged terminal, portable, and ductless mini-split, to name just a few. Looking for a solution based on a certain application?
For quality, performance, efficiency, choice and service, Friedrich is the name to know. Before you make this important purchase, find out what makes Friedrich air conditioners different.

Friedrich's History

The Friedrich family name has a rich heritage intertwined into the fabric and history of the city of San Antonio.


From the Buckhorn Saloon to Friedrich Wilderness Park, to the San Antonio Zoo, to Friedrich Air Conditioning; the Friedrichs’ innovation, ingenuity, and philanthropy made its mark on this great city and over a hundred years later, their legacy lives on.

Ed Friedrich founded ‘Friedrich’ in 1883 in San Antonio, Texas. Ed Friedrich was a craftsman who designed furniture from the horns of longhorn cattle and later produced other handcrafted products like store fixtures, wood billiard tables and fine, carved cabinetry. Many of his pieces were used in his brother Albert’s Buckhorn Saloon.  But Ed was also an innovator and inventor. He recognized a need for food preservation and developed one of the first refrigeration systems, ultimately setting the course for the company’s 100+ year legacy of cooling the most valuable product of all - people.


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By 1950, Friedrich had become one of the world’s largest manufacturers of commercial refrigeration equipment. To capitalize on its reputation as an industry leader, the company expanded into room air conditioners. The first 500 floating air window units came off the assembly line in 1952 and sales began to climb.

That was only the starting point for many firsts in Friedrich’s history of HVAC innovation. From the introduction of ductless split systems in the US to launching the first room air conditioner with electronic controls, to the first Wi-Fi enabled smart room air conditioner - decades later and still based in San Antonio, Friedrich remains one of the most recognized room air conditioning brands, known for innovation, commercial-grade durability and energy efficiency.

In 2006, Friedrich began production at a new, state-of-the-art manufacturing facility in Monterrey, Mexico, making it the sole remaining North American manufacturer of room air conditioners. In late 2010, after almost 40 years at 4200 Pan Am Expressway in San Antonio, Texas, Friedrich Air Conditioning moved its headquarters into 22,000 square feet of light-filled space at the Union Square II Building at 10001 Reunion Place.

DDC Photo1-2With a commitment to innovation and a focus on continual improvement, Friedrich sets the bar high to offer some of today’s best-performing air conditioning solutions. That commitment is what led Friedrich to build its own state-of-the-art Design and Development Center (DDC), adjacent to its San Antonio headquarters – one of the only air conditioning companies to make such a strong commitment to onsite testing, quality control, certification, and product innovation. It is at the Friedrich DDC where the company’s leading experts work to develop, test and raise product standards for energy efficiency, sound reduction, performance reliability and much more.
For Friedrich, that close attention to detail has paid off and today, the company is proud to offer best-in-class A/C solutions for both commercial and residential customers.

Friedrich room air conditioners, including Kühl, WallMaster, and Chill, are establishing a new category standard, with innovations in control, customization, quality, efficiency and design. Friedrich Hazardgard has earned a strong reputation for being able to handle some of the toughest indoor environments in the world. Beyond room A/C units, Friedrich recently introduced a top-performing ductless system with exceptionally efficient heating and cooling capabilities, giving commercial and residential customers more options than ever before.

Friedrich’s leadership includes providing top-performing air conditioning solutions for lodging and multifamily properties, thanks to its pioneering VRP® (Variable Refrigerant Packaged) Heat Pump system introduced in 2017 and the new Friedrich FreshAire™ PTAC system launched in 2018. Based on energy-efficient inverter compressor technology, these award-winning innovations mark a first for the HVAC industry, delivering outstanding indoor air quality and solving issues such as combating humidity without the need for larger, more complex systems. Along with Friedrich’s popular Vert-I-Pak® series, these products provide the most complete range of top-quality solutions for all types of lodging and multifamily facilities.

Many Friedrich lines have energy-saving and smart home features like programmable thermostats and timers, and remote energy-efficient management capabilities that can reduce costs. In addition to its own efforts at energy conservation, Friedrich is a proud partner of ENERGY STAR®, one of the world’s leading programs for promoting energy-efficiency and sustainability.

vintageSince its founding in 1883, Friedrich Air Conditioning Co. has had one manufacturing standard – quality without compromise.

Today, Friedrich is recognized as the top brand of specialty air treatment products for the worldwide market, offering differentiated solutions for room air conditioning, dehumidification, and air purification.

Ed Friedrich’s invention and the company’s commitment to quality without compromise sparked what would become 135 years of steady growth and development for this legendary San Antonio business.

Inspired People

We hire and inspire our teams to be next-generation thinkers and responsible stewards of our industry, greater
community and the environment. And, through training and supporting our customers & partners, we strive
to help them strengthen and grow their businesses. We also work to build a thriving industry workforce—
supporting the recruitment and empowerment of tomorrow’s contractors and plumbers, leading the way to a
prosperous future, together.

Case Studies & Project Profiles

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Product Awards & Accolades

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Latest Articles from Our Blog

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Friedrich Window-Mounted Heat Pumps - the Smart & Sustainable Choice

Did you know that Friedrich Air Conditioning has been selling window air conditioners with heat pump ...

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Holly Beck

High MERV Filtration & PTAC Equipment

The COVID-19 pandemic has many lodging customers asking, “Can I get an anti-bacterial filtration system in my PTAC unit”?

Jerad Adams
Jerad Adams

Portable AC's: This Summer’s Perfect Choice for Easy, Fast Cooling

Portable air conditioners have become a popular summertime cooling solution, valued for their easy, non-intrusive installation, fast set up, and the ability to easily store ...

Bob Gonzales
Bob Gonzales

Putting the Wire to the Test

Ductless installation involves the use of many materials. But, what’s just as important as our Ductless Line Set?  The Power and ...

Pete Iodaci
Pete Iodaci

The Art of Multi-zone Ductless Application and Installation Tips

Multi-zone Ductless installations, ...

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Pete Iodaci

Trick or Treats with Friedrich Ductless

As we approach the changing seasons and the ...

Chris Magee
Chris Magee

Pro Tips - Keep Your Room AC in Tip-Top Shape This Summer

What do you think of when you hear summer?  Sunny, warm days? Vacation?  The Beach?  Relaxation?  What about AC Maintenance? The summer months are HERE and ...

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Holly Beck

Consider Ductless Split Systems Solutions

Ductless Split Systems

No ductwork? No problem. Incredibly quiet, sleek and energy-efficient, ductless split systems ...

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Holly Beck

Kühl® Comfort from the Experts

Kühl® Leads Window AC Category Innovation

Unmatched for quality, ease and control, our new 2019 smart models have integrated Wi-Fi control ...

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Holly Beck

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FreshAire MERV 13 Product Line-up

Learn more about Friedrich products available with FreshAire MERV 13 below, or click here to read about all of our integrated IAQ solutions.

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Kuhl: MERV-13 Installation

Now more than ever before, there's a need for improved indoor air quality. Our response to the need for cleaner air led the way to the development of MERV-13 filtration in our Kuhl Room AC. Our Kuhl line is the first and only unit capable of ASHRAE recommended MERV-13 filtration. Friedrich's Product Manager of Consumer Product, Brittany Calderon, takes you step-by-step how easy it is to install your MERV-13 Filtration kit on a Kuhl.

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SprocketRocket lets you transform your rapid prototype into a beautiful design by adjusting every aspect to fit brand standards.

Check out our MERV 13 Videos

Now more than ever before, there's a need for improved indoor air quality. Our response to the need for cleaner air led the way to the development of MERV 13 filtration in our Kuhl Room AC, Vert-I-Pak, and VRP units.

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