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Portable Air Conditioners

Discussion in 'Off Topic Threads' started by Mike K P, Jul 13, 2010.

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  1. Mike K P

    Mike K P Member

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    I have an upstairs bedroom that gets really warm even with the central air. Has anyone had experience with the free standing portable air conditioners? How do they compare to the window units? Also, how does the venting work. Any info at all would help.
    Thanks. Mike Pracht.
     
  2. mixer

    mixer Well-Known Member

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    I've used one of the roll around portables and they're ok. They have to be vented to the outside via a dryer type hose through a window and you have to empty the drip pan every few hours so it doesn't over flow. Given the choice between a portable and a window unit, go for the window unit for cost saving, cooling efficiency and less noise in the room.

    Eric
     
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    I've used one of those portable units for 3 summers. Works fine. You do have to vent it out a nearby window as mentioned above. The big plus is being to easily move it around and being able to vent out a window that may not be appropriate for a window unit. I'm happy...

    Bruce
     
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    get one with the lowest noise rating.

    works fine in proper sized room.

    dave
     
  5. tim mitin

    tim mitin TS Member

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    What has been said above is true. This is my first summer with one. Something that I would add is to get a larger[btu] unit. My window ac is a 5000btu and works great. The portable unit is 9000 btu and is nice but does not cool as effiently as the window unit in the same size room. The 9000btu is good for a 12 by 15 room but be sure to keep the door closed. Tim
     
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    There are also some units that use the condenser to evaporate the condensation so you only have to dump the condensate container when it is super high relative humidity, alot of times in normal operation you never have to empty it, it blows out the window as water vapor
     
  7. Mike K P

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    Thanks everyone for the great advice. I went with a nice window unit. Sounds like a little less hassle.

    Mike.
     
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    The Window unit will likely use less power and do a better job at cooling. It should also cost you less to purchase in the first place. Just be sure to look at the energy ratings and get one with a high enough BTU rating to do the job.
     
  9. Doug Brown

    Doug Brown Well-Known Member

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    Look into what is called a mini-split system. Small condenser (outside) with a small evaporator coil that hangs inside. Quiet, energy efficient, & quailifies for the tax rebate.
     
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