Auto Drain function, 24-hour programmable timer, 3 fan speeds, Remote control, Automatic cut-off, Caster wheels, Window kit
This conditioner features as many as 2 air filters. They are installed in the upper and lower parts of the unit, which ensures better air purification.
The assembly instructions are a bit confusing.
It's an excellent portable air conditioner for huge areas. The unit can instantly cool down your room to the needed temperature.
71 pints per day
700 sq. ft.
2 Air filters
Auto Drain Function, 24-hour programmable timer, 3 fan speeds, Remote control, Caster wheels, Window kit, Sleep mode
This portable conditioner doubles as a heater. It can heat the air in your room up to 95 F. Excellent for hot summers and cold winters.
It's rather loud.
The Black & Decker BPACT12HWT conditioner is a nice choice for small apartments. It's compact but powerful.
12000 BTU Cooling, 10000 BTU Heating
~ 101 pints per day
150-250 sq. ft.
~ 830 Watt
Auto Drain Function, 24-hour programmable timer, Heating mode, 3 fan speeds, Remote control, Caster wheels, Window kit, Sleep mode
1 year for labor, 1 year for parts and a total of 5 years for compressor part only
What Is a Portable Air Conditioner?
Nowadays, an air conditioner is a widespread modern appliance, which is used to survive during hot summer days. However, people who live in rented apartments cannot afford to install an air conditioner. Though there are people who live in private houses, but they simply don't want to spoil external building aesthetics with bulky outdoor units. The only way out is to buy a portable air conditioner which is designed for effective cooling of the premises where it's impossible to install other types of air conditioning systems. These portable units can be used anywhere in your house. For instance, you can cool your living room during the daytime, and then you can easily move the appliance to cool your bedroom at night. Such air conditioning units feature an easy-to-install window venting kit. You just need to adjust a vent pipe to the window and connect it to the mains. Even housewives will easily cope with this task. A wide range of available models allows you to choose an air conditioner that suits your needs best.
If you want to install a stationary air conditioner to cool only one room in your house, then take a close look at split air conditioners or window air conditioners with a window slide bar that fits in standard windows.
What Features to Compare
When you decide to purchase an air conditioner, Performance is one of the most important features that need to be considered. It goes without saying that performance is a key factor in creating a proper indoor climate. This primarily depends on 3 essential functions: cooling capacity, ventilation, and dehumidification. The cooling capacity determines how much and how fast a unit can cool a room. It is measured in BTU (British thermal unit), where BTU is the amount of heat required to raise the temperature of one pound of water by one degree Fahrenheit. When used in relation to an air conditioner, BTU means the cooling capacity of one pound of water by one degree Fahrenheit. For example, a model with a cooling capacity of 10.000 BTU can efficiently cool an area of 350 square feet. When it comes to the heating capacity, it is directly proportional to the cooling capacity. The ventilation is used to circulate and cool the air. The air flow is measured in cubic feet per minute (CFM). For example, in a room with an area of 350 square feet and a 10-foot ceiling height, an air conditioner with the air flow of 200 CFM can force the total air volume through the system within 18 minutes. The higher the CFM is, the faster the air is cooled or heated in the room. The dehumidifier helps reduce indoor humidity to the desired level. It is measured in pints of moisture accumulated for a specific period of time, normally during a day. If an air conditioner is used in a humid climate, it is better to choose a model with dehumidifying capacity of more than 90 pints per day. The power consumption is another important feature. Energy efficiency of the unit is determined by performance-to-consumption ratio. The higher this ratio is, the more efficient an air conditioner is. If the EER value is over 10, an air conditioner is considered to be energy efficient.
Since air conditioners are portable devices, their Mobility is one more essential feature that should be taken into account. Primarily, you should decide whether you will use the device to cool a single room or multiple ones. If you plan to use an air conditioner as a stationary unit, then it's worth paying attention to the window kit and the vent pipes length. It should be taken into consideration that the longer the pipe is, the easier it is to place a unit. On the contrary, the shorter the pipe is, the less heat will come to the room from the outside. If you constantly move your device from one room to another, you should consider its weight, size, wheels and side carry handles for easy transportation.
The Usability includes an automatic drain system, a remote control for convenient use, a programmable 24-hour timer to set on/off time, and many other extra features.
Whynter Dual Hose
Honeywell portable air conditioner has 10,000 BTU of cooling capacity, which is sufficient for effective cooling of spaces up to 350 sq. ft. It is capable of both cooling and dehumidifying the environment by removing up to 68 pints of moisture per day. This portable air conditioner unit features a fan, which effectively cools and circulates the air in a room, generating up to 174 CFM of air flow. It operates at 3 speed levels: Low, Medium, and High. This appliance has a maximum power consumption of 900 Watts with 11.1 EER.
The SPT WA-1420E Portable Air Conditioner may look small but it works beautifully, keeping large rooms cool during the string of hot days. Boasting 14,000 BTU capacity, the unit can instantly cool down rooms up to 700 square feet. So, it's a great choice for large family rooms, dining rooms, and kitchens. Although it cools huge areas efficiently and quickly, it runs quietly. The air conditioner has 3 fan speeds: high, medium, and low. Plus, fan can just circulate the air throughout the room. The unit features Self-Evaporative system that exhausts most condensate. So, you'll need to drain water less frequently.
This conditioner can also work as a dehumidifier. It collects somewhere about 4 gallons per day and exhausts out the hot air. The quality of the unit is excellent, and the design strikes a fantastic balance between durability and light weight. The air conditioner is not too large or clunky looking. It's attractive and sleek, so it will perfectly complement any room. For its design and the area it cools, you can't beat it.
This portable conditioner is pretty simple to set up. The whole assembly will take you no more than 1 hour. The unit is supplied with an easy-to-use window kit. And if you want more mobility, you can replace the drain tube that comes in the package with a longer one. The air conditioner has sturdy wheels, so it's easy to roll around the house. The vent can be 'folded up' for compact transportation and storage.
Equipped with a convenient control panel, the AC is very easy to operate. The control panel has clearly labeled buttons and a large LED display showing current settings. In case of a power outage, the intelligent "Auto Restart" function will automatically resume the operation of the unit. Also, the conditioner features a 24-hour timer allowing you to pre-set time when the unit should turn on/off. It's supplied with a remote so that you can easily change settings even without leaving your sofa.
Black & Decker BPACT12HWT
Small but mighty. That's about this BLACK+DECKER Heating Portable Air Conditioner. It's pretty compact for a 12,000 BTU and is ideal if you want to save some space. Additionally, it doesn't put as much stress on the electrical system as larger units. The BLACK+DECKER conditioner has strong fans and can quickly cool down rooms up to 150-250 sq. ft. The unit can blow air 10-15 feet up or down depending on how users adjust the louvers. The strong fan blows frigid air when running optimal and can cool from stuffy 95 degrees down to pleasant 75 degrees in just an hour. After it reaches the desired temperature, it shuts off automatically or operates on fan mode. In addition, this B&D unit has a fast cool feature. For sure, this floor conditioner can be slightly loud, but it produces white noise that can even help you sleep better.
Also, the unit can heat a room approximately 10' x 20', which is a great feature for cold winter months. And the dehumidifier function is very helpful during muggy days. It can remove up to 84 pints of moisture per day.
This unit is easy to install. It even comes with all materials required for sealing off the window (around the section the hose attaches to). All directions are clear, and you'll be able to install the conditioner by yourself in less than an hour.
Like all portable conditioners, the exhaust tube might get quite warm. So, we suggest putting an insulated sleeve around it to get much more cooling. Also, keep in mind that the closer the unit is to the window, the shorter the exhaust tube should be. The exhaust hose of this portable conditioner can be extended up to 4 feet and 11 inches.
This B&D unit comes with caster wheels and side carrying handles for easy transportation. The rolling casters slide smoothly along any floor surface.
The BLACK+DECKER portable conditioner requires low maintenance. It has a bucket-less design, thus it needs no emptying of water. The unit is equipped with a slide-out filter that can be easily rinsed under a faucet.
As for the controls, it has both an electronic control panel with LED digital display and a remote. The remote is intuitive and responsive. Like most air conditioners of this type, this one features a handy 24-hour on/off timer and sleep mode.
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