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Old 06-12-2005, 04:58 PM   #1
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Default Portable air conditioner. Thinking of buying one

Okay, my house does not have central A/C, and the main room I want to cool does not have a window to the outside (it goes to a porch)

I'm thinking about buying one of these Haier models

12,000 BTU

$420

seems to be the cheapest I can find (besides a 9,000 BTU whirlpool. for $380)

I want to know if anyone has any experience using these portable air conditioners before I shell out the dough.
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Old 06-12-2005, 05:00 PM   #2
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I like that price for some reason?
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Old 06-12-2005, 05:02 PM   #3
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okay dayum. I didn't realize how expensive these things were supposed to be. Funny that QVC has the same model for $525
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Old 06-12-2005, 05:13 PM   #4
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I'm in the same boat. I have central air but it's not enough for my loft area. I have
windows but the apt complex won't allow window boxes. Those portable boxes range
wildly in price. I was looking at this for a short time but I'm not sure if it is worth it.

Wintair $299.00
8000btu
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Old 06-12-2005, 05:16 PM   #5
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I like that price for some reason?
Yay you're a pothead, thanks for letting us know.
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Old 06-12-2005, 05:23 PM   #6
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plunk, keep in mind that most of these units need a window for the exhaust hoses. I think door attachments do exist but they would look ulgy in a living space.

oh and if your thinking of buying a swamp cooler, that's bad news. High
humidity areas like Wash DC render those units useless.

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Old 06-12-2005, 05:24 PM   #7
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Get a tattoo of an air conditioner. That way you can take it wherever you go.

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Old 06-12-2005, 05:26 PM   #8
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that or a really nice cold rag on the back of your neck.. that would "trick" your mind into thinking it's cool
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Old 06-12-2005, 10:45 PM   #9
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plunk, keep in mind that most of these units need a window for the exhaust hoses. I think door attachments do exist but they would look ulgy in a living space.

oh and if your thinking of buying a swamp cooler, that's bad news. High
humidity areas like Wash DC render those units useless.

Thanks. I found that out today. Still, I know the regular window units drip water, which I don't want on the floor of my porch. I'm assuming these "portable" units have a water holding tank inside of them. (I hope so). The porch can then receive all the hot exhaust air which is fine by me.
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Old 06-13-2005, 06:19 AM   #10
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I had one of those for a while.

1. You need a window to vent hot air, and the "adaptor" never fit well. A hassle at the best.

2. It drips water. Into a pan. Which you have to empty every few hours.

3. It never worked very well. I mean, it blew cold air, but never cooled the place down much.

I would buy a sufficiently designed window unit next time and have it installed.
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Old 06-13-2005, 09:29 AM   #11
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2. It drips water. Into a pan. Which you have to empty every few hours.
every few hours?

damn. worse than I thought. I'll have to research a bit more.
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Old 06-13-2005, 09:32 AM   #12
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what about getting a large A/C in a room that DOES have a window and then getting a bit creative with fans to pull/push the cold air into the room you want cooled? that's more or less what i'm trying to do in my apartment.. it's working to a certian degree..
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Old 06-13-2005, 09:36 AM   #13
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what about getting a large A/C in a room that DOES have a window and then getting a bit creative with fans to pull/push the cold air into the room you want cooled? that's more or less what i'm trying to do in my apartment.. it's working to a certian degree..
did this last night. 15,000 BTU window unit. Cooled the room from 86 degrees to 73 in a couple hours , BUT the room without windows only cooled down to 80. On the way out of work tonight, I think I'm gonna buy a monster fan, to see how that helps.
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Old 06-13-2005, 09:49 AM   #14
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my firlfriend bought one cause she has odd shaped windows so no window mount was possible.....

it doesnt have a drip pan in it..It drips the water into the fan assembly and it gets misted out throught the exhaust hose...no leaking water ever.... also we took plexyglass and cut it to replace one of her windows and put the exhaust hose na dattached it to that at the bottom so it wasn't noticable...works great can't notice the exhaust hose at all (her winodow faces the front of her house) I forgot the model but it's like 12,00 btu for her room which is only 10X10
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Old 06-13-2005, 10:29 AM   #15
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Sounds like they upgraded them.

One other thing I forgot to mention - that thing was about 150 - 200 pounds. Moving it - for any tiny reason - was a COMPLETE bitch. I finally gave it away because I hated it so much.
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Old 06-13-2005, 10:39 AM   #16
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did this last night. 15,000 BTU window unit. Cooled the room from 86 degrees to 73 in a couple hours , BUT the room without windows only cooled down to 80. On the way out of work tonight, I think I'm gonna buy a monster fan, to see how that helps.
That will help.
Or a ceiling fan.

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Old 06-13-2005, 11:03 AM   #17
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Sounds like they upgraded them.

One other thing I forgot to mention - that thing was about 150 - 200 pounds. Moving it - for any tiny reason - was a COMPLETE bitch. I finally gave it away because I hated it so much.
yeah this one's around 80 lbs. according to their website, but at least it has wheels.
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Old 06-13-2005, 11:29 AM   #18
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Most of the portable AC sucks. RS25 has the right info

Last year I bought the Windchaser PACR9 - 9000 BTU for 500 bucks. From my past experiences, portable AC's were over 1k, so this windchaser was a no brainer for me.

Best features?
The WindChaser® PACR9 uses condensation to cool its condenser; vaporized moisture exhausts with heat through the exhaust hose, there is no water tank to remove and empty. One motor delivers cool air while a second motor cools the compressor and condenser. This portable unit is ideal for spot cooling, supplemental cooling and more.

Using this in our server room, when our AC went down, was useless. Had to get 4 of these just to even get the room to 75 til our AC was fixed. Spot cooling is the keyword

http://www.costco.com/Browse/Product...rPath=103*339*

edit: another good thing
Warranty:
Five years limited, compressor
One year limited, all other parts

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Old 06-13-2005, 11:55 AM   #19
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My cube-mate at work just bought one of the portable A/C units. He plans on taking it back (after he gets his central air and furnace installed next week ). Claims it's noisy and cools for crap.

His unit doesn't have a water drip tray though. It operates as described above; rerouting the water and dripping it on the hot condensor, evaporating, and blowing out the vent.
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Necrobump.

Are any of you guys using this, and are satisfied with? Prices are between $400-$500 for 12,000+ BTUs.

Studio is only 467 SQFT (it's small. That's what she said)
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Old 07-08-2014, 06:00 PM   #21
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Portable AC units are inefficient as balls. Keep it as close to the window as possible to minimize duct length, make sure it's out of direct sunlight, and keep it away from any hot appliances (range, dryer). If a window unit is an option at all, buy one of those instead.
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Old 07-08-2014, 06:12 PM   #22
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I do not have central air. We use an LG 13,000 BTU portable to cool the master bedroom upstairs. The window in that room opens horizontally so you cannot put a window unit in there. It is also the only window in the room and we didn't want to block it all with an air conditioner.

The thing is great, I love it. It does such a good job that we open the bedroom door during the day with a fan blowing into the hallway and it cools most of the upstairs.

The downside to Portable units is they are less efficient than window versions so they will be much larger and more expensive than a window unit with the same BTU capacity.

It does not have a tank for the condensation, it sprays it over the coils so it evaporates and is vented outside with the exhaust. Unfortunately if it is really really humid it can't keep up and fills up. If it fills up it shuts off and beeps to let you know it's full. You cannot stop the beeping unless you unplug it or empty it (in the middle of the night) I ended up placing it on a piece of wood several inches thick to elevate it, then put a container under the drain plug on humid nights so it doesn't fill up.

On occasion we have moved it from room to room as needed. With wheels it's pretty easy. It is heavy though so if you have to carry it up or down stairs it's not something you want to do often.

Overall if you have the ability to use a window unit, do that. If not then a portable is a decent option.
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Old 07-08-2014, 06:16 PM   #23
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I picked up a 8000 btu LG unit at Home Depot a couple of months back for $200 or so. It works well enough for the bedroom, though it's a bit loud. Window mount wasn't an option unfortunately. Anyway I look at it, it's better than not having one.
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It does not have a tank for the condensation, it sprays it over the coils so it evaporates and is vented outside with the exhaust. Unfortunately if it is really really humid it can't keep up and fills up. If it fills up it shuts off and beeps to let you know it's full. You cannot stop the beeping unless you unplug it or empty it (in the middle of the night) I ended up placing it on a piece of wood several inches thick to elevate it, then put a container under the drain plug on humid nights so it doesn't fill up.
I was having this issue with my window unit this week. I drilled a small hole in the bottom where the water collects, in a location that allows me to to put a 5 gallon bucket under it. No more waking up to drain it, or shutting off in the middle of the night.
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Old 07-08-2014, 06:34 PM   #25
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Portable AC units are inefficient as balls. Keep it as close to the window as possible to minimize duct length, make sure it's out of direct sunlight, and keep it away from any hot appliances (range, dryer). If a window unit is an option at all, buy one of those instead.
Window unit is not possible as I only have a sliding glass door to the deck/patio and I'm going to need two vent kits to cover the patio door.

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I do not have central air. We use an LG 13,000 BTU portable to cool the master bedroom upstairs. The window in that room opens horizontally so you cannot put a window unit in there. It is also the only window in the room and we didn't want to block it all with an air conditioner.

The thing is great, I love it. It does such a good job that we open the bedroom door during the day with a fan blowing into the hallway and it cools most of the upstairs.

The downside to Portable units is they are less efficient than window versions so they will be much larger and more expensive than a window unit with the same BTU capacity.

Overall if you have the ability to use a window unit, do that. If not then a portable is a decent option.
I'm interested in LG so I'll look in to this.
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