Portable Air Conditioners

Hello everyone and welcome to Refrigerant HQ! Today we’ll be continuing the recent trend of reviewing portable air conditioners from Honeywell. Our main event is the Honeywell MN12CES Portable Air Conditioner. (Also the MN12CESWW and the MN12CESBB) Honeywell, as you’ll read or you already know, is a large company that sells quality products. We’ll talk about them a bit later.

The important thing to mention is that, with this review, you have another portable air conditioner with which to compare against. Now is the season to buy a portable air conditioner. After all, 100-degree temperatures are right around the corner! And depending on what part of the country you’re in, you might already be experiencing these types of temperatures! Here, in Kansas, the weather is going to be hot and sunny almost all week. It would be a terrible time to be in a home without some type of air conditioner. Even if you have an HVAC system, it’s smart to have a backup solution in case the HVAC system doesn’t work well. Buying a portable air conditioner is that solution. They are small, portable, and inexpensive. If you buy them on Amazon, you’ll probably get free shipping!

With that said, let’s take a closer look at Honeywell!

Honeywell

We recently talked about Honeywell in our latest review. But here’s some new information: they are headquartered in New Jersey. Many of the 58,000 employees in the U.S. surely work at that building. And many work in other areas of the country, such as in Indiana. Speaking of Indiana, do you know why that state is important when it comes to Honeywell? The company was first founded in Indiana!

Honeywell has at least five manufacturing facilities in Indiana. A quick glance at jobs websites shows available career positions at one of these Honeywell facilities. For example, you can get a job as an Inventory Controller, Material Handler, Materials Planner, or Senior Procurement Supervisor. And if you live in Indiana, you wouldn’t have to leave your state! Indiana isn’t the only state that has jobs if you want to work at Honeywell. Virginia, Ohio, New York, Florida, and North Carolina are some other states where you can find work at Honeywell. And the list goes on! It’s great to see a company so large that has so many jobs in America.

These are the same people that source materials for their portable air conditioners. They are the same people who negotiate with suppliers and distributors. They are also the same people who assemble and put their portable air conditioners together. And Honeywell sells more than portable air conditioners. They sell thermometers too, which is what they were originally known for. After all, the thermometer was Honeywell’s first product.

Alright, so now that we’ve learned a little about the company let’s dive in and take a look at the actual products that we’ll be reviewing today.

Product Features

Honeywell MN12CES, MN12CESWW, & MN12CESBB Portable Air Conditioner
Honeywell MN12CES, MN12CESWW, & MN12CESBB Portable Air Conditioner

First and foremost let me mention that this product comes with three different colors. While the colors don’t actually change any characteristic of the product they can be important to some people. When purchasing this unit from Honeywell you get a choice of Black (MN12CESBB), Black and Silver (MN12CES), or Silver (MN12CESWW). The price point is the same between these colors so the choice is up to you. Personally, my favorite is the all black.

There is a high number of benefits to this portable air conditioner. And I can’t wait to get to them all. Arguably the best benefit to this product is that is has a self-evaporation feature. Now, I’m not sure how familiar you are with how portable air conditioners work. Some people who read this might be experts. Others might simply be laymen who are interested in buying the best portable air conditioner for them or their family. Here’s what I’m getting at: many portable air conditioners require regular draining of moisture. This product does not require it.

Do you like convenience? I’m asking because I do. And when I purchase new items, I expect that the product has a high level of convenience. After all, that’s why I’m buying the product! The Honeywell MN12CES portable air conditioner fulfills the convenience part of the equation for me. I don’t want to drain a moisture tray every week or two. You might not want to either. That’s why the Honeywell MN12CES is the perfect choice for those who like convenience. Not to mention that with the other units if you forget to drain the moisture you could have a mess on your hands.

The other feature of this unit is that it has triple capability. It’s not only an air conditioner. It’s also a dehumidifier and a fan! Talk about your money going far. You don’t need to buy a separate fan or a separate dehumidifier for the space this product will be in.

I think that an air conditioner, coupled with a dehumidifier, can cool a room faster than with the dehumidifier. Picture this: with a dehumidifier, you’re removing excess moisture from the room. At the same time, with the air conditioner, you are cooling the room. It’s like a match made in heaven! And, to top it off, you get the fan included.

The self-evaporation and three-in-one features aren’t the only benefits to this portable air conditioner. There are many more! Let’s go through the list and see what they can mean for you.

Pros

We’ll start with the strength of the Honeywell MN12CESWW . This portable air conditioner can cool rooms up to four-hundred and fifty square feet. Do you know how much that is? A standard bedroom is around one-hundred square feet. That means this product can cool a bedroom, master bedroom, living room, kitchen, or office. Depending on how your home is situated, it might be able to cool multiple rooms! And, even better, if you live in a small apartment, like a studio, this portable air conditioner might be able to cool your entire home!

Please note though that it is important to purchase the right sized unit for the area you aim to cool. If you purchase an air conditioner that is too small for your room then your AC is going to be working overtime and you are never going to fully have a cooled room. On the other hand if you purchase a product that is too large for your area then you are going to be wasting energy running the larger unit and you are also going to be left with hot and cold spots throughout the room due to too much dehumidification. You want to aim for that perfect fit when selecting the BTUs on your air conditioner. If you’re not quite sure what BTUs are then I suggest clicking here to read our ‘What are Air Conditioner BTUs,’ guide.

Honeywell MN12CESBB 12,000 Portable Air Conditioner
Honeywell MN12CESBB 12,000 Portable Air Conditioner

Another benefit to this product is that it runs at fifty-five dbA. Why is this important? Let’s say you’re a light sleeper. I’m not, but many people are. Light sleepers can have difficulties falling asleep if there are noises in and around the home. For reference, fifty-five dbA is about as loud as a normal conversation when people are talking. But it’s like “white noise” in the background. Honeywell claims this is a feature because fifty-five dbA is seen as a quieter noise level when it comes to appliances.

Nobody likes dirty air. And with the Honeywell MN12CESBB, you don’t have to live with dirty air. It has an air filter! And, more importantly, you can remove and wash the air filter. Cleaning the air filter is easy. All you need to do is remove it, clean it under a kitchen faucet, and then clip it back in. It’s very easy to do. If you have any concerns, you can follow the instruction manual which is included the box or found in our important links section below.

I mentioned this unit has a fan in the features section. There are times that you don’t have to run the air conditioner; however, you would like the air to be circulated around your room. Look no further than this portable air conditioner. It can work as a fan. When you buy this product, you are actually saving money you would otherwise spend on some type of standalone fan. What home doesn’t have a fan? There are desk fans, ceiling fans, and other types of fans. And now there is a fan inside of a portable air conditioner which will save you time and money from having to get an additional fan to cool your room.

Do you like power? Because the Honeywell MN12CES feature three power levels. If you’re like me, you want your home to always be at a comfortable temperature. When I get home from work, it’s not always cool. This is especially true in the summer, like now. I would want an air conditioner that has the capability to quickly cool a room. Well, since this air conditioner has three different speeds, I’d be able to crank it up on its highest setting. As a bonus, this portable air conditioner has an on-off timer. You can set it for operation for anywhere between 1 and 24 hours. Do you want it to automatically turn off after 8 hours? You can do that with the built-in timer.

Now, as you’ll soon read, this product is heavy. However, this portable air conditioner has four wheels on the bottom which will help you roll it around. It’s called a “portable” air conditioner for a reason. Although it’s heavy, once the unit is in place you might leave it there for an extended period of time. Not a problem! The only catch here is that if you have a home with stairs and you have difficulty moving a heavier item up or down them. Hopefully, once you have the unit where you want, you’ll keep it there!

This Honeywell product comes with what’s known as R-410A refrigerant. Now 410A is an HFC refrigerant and is the refrigerant that is used as a replacement to the previously used R-22. R-22 was phased out across the world due to it harming the Ozone layer. While 410A does not harm the Ozone layer it does have a rather high Global Warming Potential. As of today though, 410A is the accepted refrigerant in most portable and home air conditioners.

Finally, this product includes a remote control. This might surprise you, but not every portable air conditioner comes with a remote control. There are units that don’t even include an electronic display (this one does). If you want to turn your unit on or off, but don’t feel like getting up, be sure to keep the remote control near you. You’ll be able to do that with the remote control for easy and convenient use.

Cons

No product is perfect! And the Honeywell MN12CES has some potential drawbacks. The first drawback is one I already mentioned: it’s heavy. Therefore, I won’t talk much about that again. Just be aware of the weight when you order it. If you are older or have trouble moving larger items you may have a relative or friend help you move the package and get everything installed the way you need it. Now, let’s move on to the next one.

This unit comes with a one year warranty. Now, I know that any warranty is better than nothing. But one year isn’t a long time. As a matter of fact, you might only be able to use this portable air conditioner for one season if you have mild summers. There are other portable air conditioners out there that offer two or three-year warranties. That doesn’t mean this product isn’t the best for you, however. You have to look at the whole picture to decide.

Honeywell Portable Air Conditioner
Honeywell Portable Air Conditioner

There are some complaints about the unit being too loud. I get it. fifty-five dbA is as loud as a normal conversation. A portable air conditioner is an appliance. It isn’t going to be silent; it will make noises. But there were some complaints or rattling noises and other assorted sounds. If that happens, I would recommend contacting Honeywell to troubleshoot the problem. I did read good reviews about their customer service. So you should be safe there.

Speaking of customer service, you’ll be sure to contact them if the unit stopped working with the year you bought it. After all, it’s still under warranty. I’ve read some reviews of this happening to some people. However, each time, they do say good things about Honeywell quickly responding and either sending a new unit or having some other kind of disposition to their issue. There’s a reason Honeywell is a global company!

One of the most important factors to consider is the type of windows you have in the room you want the unit to be in. I would say that most bedrooms have vertical windows. Those are the type of windows the Honeywell MN12CES was made for. After all, it comes with a hose which needs to be secured in a window so that exhaust from the unit can exit the home. If you have horizontal sliding windows, you might want to give Honeywell a call first before buying. At the same time, read the review on Amazon of what people are saying about owning the unit but having horizontal windows.

Conclusion

If you’re interested in owning a portable air conditioner, the time to buy is now. I say this because summer is here now and it’s only going to get hotter. How’s your current air conditioner? Do you have an HVAC system? How old is it? Do you have a backup in case it breaks? These are all very important questions that should be answered before or if it breaks.

Another aspect to consider here is that due to the heat we’re experiencing this summer there are a lot of folks buying air conditioners in areas that don’t normally need them. For example, my brother moved to Seattle recently and while it’s not ‘Kansas Hot’ up there it is still pretty hot and most people up there aren’t used to it. A portable air conditioner is the perfect solution as it’s not a huge investment and you can move it around your home as needed during these steamy days.

Do you have any further questions? You can reach out to us via our contact page. Well, folks, that’s all for now. Stop by in a few days for another article. And stay cool!

Alec Johnson

RefrigerantHQ

What’s In The Box?

  • One Honeywell Portable Air Conditioner
  • One Remote Control With Batteries
  • One Owner’s Manual and Warranty Instructions
  • One full set easy window installation kit

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Hello and welcome back to RefrigerantHQ! Today, we’re excited to talk about Honeywell MN10CESWW Portable Air Conditioner. This portable air conditioner is packed with features and benefits. We’ll get to those; however, first, we’ll take a look at the company which brings us the unit: Honeywell.

This review is rather timely for a couple of reasons. One is that it’s summer now! Here in Kansas, the temperatures are hitting the upper 90s. Parts of the country, such as California and Texas, will have their temperatures reach in the 100s today and other times this week. Another reason it’s timely is that the more reviews we have, the better choice you’ll be able to make when buying a portable air conditioner. We want you to be able to make the best choice for your current situation. That’s why we ardently continue to write these reviews.

Why should you buy the Honeywell MN10CESWW? What makes it so unique? What are the benefits and possible drawbacks of owning this unit? Like others we’ve reviewed, you’ll find out all of this information, and more. Without further delay, let’s take a look at Honeywell!

Honeywell MN10CESBB Portable Air Conditioner
Honeywell MN10CESBB Portable Air Conditioner

Honeywell

Honeywell is a massively large public company. It’s not surprising then when I write that it trades on the stock exchange. As of this writing, their stock is trading at $144 per share. That’s not bad! As a matter of fact, that’s on the higher range of prices. They must be doing something right. Honeywell boasts 130,000 employees, although they are not all located in the U.S. Most of them, 72,000, are actually located in different countries around the world.

Honeywell traces its roots back to 1885. Then, the company originally sold thermostats. It’s interesting to note that they still sell thermostats today. As a matter of fact, Honeywell includes an internal thermostat in the Honeywell MN10CESWW. In addition to offering portable air conditioners and thermostats, Honeywell sells the following: safety products, home air quality products, home security products, backup power systems, home care and cleaning products, muck boots, home electronics, and various other commercial products. When I said that Honeywell is a “conglomerate company”, I meant it!

That, my friends, brings us to our feature product of today: the Honeywell MN10CESWW. Let’s jump in and get started learning about the main product features!

Product Features

First thing’s first ladies and gentlemen. This unit is rated at ten-thousand BTUs. BTUs, or British Thermal Units, are a way of measuring the cooling capacity of your unit. The higher the BTU number the more power your air conditioner will have. Here’s the thing though folks. You do not want to get a unit that is TOO big for your room. If it’s too big then you’re going to be spending too much on your energy bills and you will also end up with hot and cold spots throughout your room. On the flip side, if you get a unit that is too small for your room then your product will end up running constantly and causing you to pay more in energy bills then you should. Along with that your room will never be fully cooled to your desired temperature. In the case of the Honeyewll MN10CESWW at ten-thousand BTUs it is rated to cool rooms up to four-hundred and fifty square feet. If you’re not sure what size air conditioner you need feel free to check out our Window Air Conditioner Buyer’s Guide article by clicking here. While this deals with window units the same principles apply when it comes to mobile air conditioners.

Honeywell MN10CESWW Portable Air Conditioner
Honeywell MN10CESWW Portable Air Conditioner

One of the best things about the Honeywell MN10CESWW is its auto evaporation feature. What does this mean, exactly? To answer this question, you need to know how air conditioners work. Thankfully, we recently wrote an article titled “How Do Portable Air Conditioners Work?“. Check it out after this one if you’re curious. The bottom line is that moisture builds up in a portable air conditioner. That’s why many, or most of them, include a “drip tray”. A drip tray collects moisture that accumulates over time. Eventually, you’ll need to empty this tray and put it back under the portable air conditioner.

The Honeywell MN10CESWW is different. The auto evaporation feature means that you don’t have to deal with emptying the drip tray every so often. You can simply “set it and forget it”. Convenience is key, at least it is for me. When I buy a product, part of what I’m looking for is convenience. And you’ll find it with this portable air conditioner!

The second feature I want to talk about is that it has a Quiet Operation Mode. Why is this important? Many people are light sleepers. I don’t fit into this category; however, there are those who do. Quiet operation means that this unit won’t disturb your sleep at night if you decide to run it at night. On Amazon, Honeywell writes “Honeywell Portable AC’s dual motor technology means lower noise levels. At the highest speed setting, the Classic Series Portable ACs produce between 51 to 54 decibels (depending on the model BTU). That’s about the sound level of an average conversation between two people in a quiet room!”

Now that we’ve covered two major features, let’s take a look at other benefits of this portable air conditioner.

Pros

The Honeywell MN10CESWW can cool rooms up to four hundred and fifty square feet. How much is that? Consider this: a standard bedroom is around one hundred square feet, give or take. This portable air conditioner just got more powerful. Didn’t it? It can cool bedrooms, home offices, and the den. How about small studio apartments? Yes, it can cool those too! That is, of course, if the studio is four hundred and fifty square feet, or less.

Let’s say that the temperature is currently good. However, you want to move the air around for whatever reason. You want some air circulation. The Honeywell MN10CESWW portable air conditioner has a fan-only mode of operation. Problem solved! With this feature, there’s no reason to buy a separate stand-alone fan for the room. Simply turn on the fan-only feature to get the air circulation you are looking for.

The next benefit is a big one. This unit includes a digital readout along with a remote control. You’d think that all portable air conditioners would come with a remote control. But that isn’t the case! Who wants to get out of bed at 3 A.M. to turn their portable air conditioner on or off? With the Honeywell MN10CESWW, you don’t have to. Just remember to keep the remote control next to your bed, perhaps on a night table or something similar.

Let me focus now on the digital readout. How do you know what desired temperature you want the room to be? If the Honeywell MN10CESWW reads “80 degrees”, you might want to bring the temperature down to 70 degrees. You can set the unit to your desired temperature and it will do the rest. There are portable air conditioners out there that don’t have a digital thermometer readout. As a matter of fact, they don’t display any type of temperature readout at all. They have analog features and, while they may work, they aren’t as user-friendly as the Honeywell MN10CESWW. The digital temperate display makes it easy and allows you to get the desired temperature for your room with ease.

Honeywell MN10CES Portable Air Conditioner
Honeywell MN10CES Portable Air Conditioner

If you’re concerned with air quality, the Honeywell MN10CESWW is a great option. I say this because this portable air conditioner includes a washable filter! Removing it is simple, as you’ll read in the instructions. Simply remove it, wash it, and put it back into place. On the Amazon page, Honeywell states “The Washable Filtration System filters dust, pet dander, and hair from entering the unit – All of this helps reduce impurities in the air and it is easy to clean by running the filter under a faucet.”

Speaking of user-friendly, the Honeywell MN10CESWW portable air conditioner operates in three power modes. By three power modes, I mean it runs three speeds. Let’s say that, one day, you come home from work in the later afternoon. You didn’t know it was going to be 102 degrees outside and you forgot to turn on your air conditioner. Oops! That’s the bad news. The good news, however, is that you can run the Honeywell MN10CESWW on its highest setting to cool the room the fastest. Other times, you might want to change the temperature only a few degrees. If this is the case, you might want to run the unit on the lowest setting, which will do the job and also save on your energy bill.

Some people, especially interior designers, love to customize the look and feel of each room. With the Honeywell MN10CESWW portable air conditioner, you’re in luck! That’s because this unit comes in three colors. Or, better put, you can choose one of three colors. The colors are black (Honeywell MN10CESBB), black and silver (Honeywell MN10CES) , and white (Honeywell MN10CESWW). This added level of customization is a welcome one for people with different tastes. It’s not one size fits all. Instead, you get to choose which color you think would look the best in your room.

Finally, and arguably the most important is that this unit is easy to install. On the Amazon product page, Honeywell states “All accessories are included for a quick installation on vertical or horizontal windows. Roll the AC to your preferred cooling area, set up the window kit, switch the AC ON and Voila! Immediate cooling without the heavy lifting of traditional window ACs.” This is important because people want something that works right out of the box. The Honeywell MN10CESWW requires minimal installation, which is a welcome benefit to this portable air conditioner.

How’s that for benefits? The Honeywell MN10CESWW has many of them! But like all products, there are some possible drawbacks. Let’s take a look at what those might be.

Cons

One possible drawback to this portable air conditioner is that it weighs sixty-one pounds. It isn’t light! For some people, including the elderly, this might be more difficult to install and move around. However, the good news is that the Honeywell MN10CESWW comes with rollers. You can simply roll the unit around your home! You have to take into consideration you’re not going up or down stairs, however. Once the unit is in place, and if it’s going to be stationary for an extended period of time, the weight of the unit shouldn’t be a big deal. After all, portable air conditioners are known to be heavier in general.

Another possible drawback to this portable air conditioner is that there are some complaints of the unit being noisy. I know that, earlier, we talked about how the Honeywell MN10CESWW features quiet operation. How, then, can people complain about noise? Take this into consideration: other portable air conditioners might be even louder! Also, some people might be running the unit on high mode, and be in very close proximity to the unit. We often don’t know the full picture. However, I would suggest you head over to Amazon to read the comments. I always mean to recommend this, actually, every time we review a product.

Finally, there were some complaints about the fan always being on. You can choose to have the fan on by itself, without the unit being in cooling mode. However, if the unit is in cooling mode, the fan is always on to push air around. I always assumed that, if the unit is in cool mode, air would be pushed around. However, some people have commented that they would have liked it to be in cooling mode without the fan always running.

Conclusion

The Honeywell MN10CESWW portable air conditioner has just under four stars on Amazon. That tells me that this is a quality product. In addition, there are over 2,000 customer reviews and nearly 1,000 answered questions. Those are the most I’ve ever seen! People are definitely talking about this product, then. And it’s star rating has to be well-deserved.

I enjoyed writing about the Honeywell MN10CESWW. What did you think? Summer is here! And that means hotter temperatures are also here or right around the corner. You’re reading this at the right time. If you’re in the market for a portable air conditioner, consider the Honeywell MN10CESWW. Furthermore, we’ve written additional product reviews of other portable air conditioners. Take a look at those as well so you’re able to compare this one with the other ones.

Lastly, if you have a question about this unit or any others, feel free to reach out to me here. Stop back in a few days for another article from RefrigerantHQ! And thanks for reading.

Alec Johnson

RefrigerantHQ

Important Links

What Is It?

In order to fully understand what kind and what size of window or portable air conditioner that you need you first need to understand British Thermal Units, or BTUs. BTUs are the traditional measurement of heat. When looking at air conditioners BTUs are used to measure the cooling capacity of your window or portable air conditioners. The higher the BTU number the more powerful and the more cooling capacity your unit has.

Most people use a measurement of around thirty BTUs for each square foot of living space that you wish to cool in your home or office. If we use that same measurement we can do some math based on a seven-thousand BTU air conditioner. If we take that seven-thousand number and divide it by thirty we get an approximated square footage of two-hundred and thirty. So, in this case seven-thousand BTUs would have enough power to cool a larger bedroom or office.

Remember though folks that bigger isn’t always better. You want to ensure that you get the proper sized unit for the room that you are trying to cool. If you purchase something with too few BTUs then your unit is going to be working overtime trying to cool the room. If you purchase something that has too much BTUs then your unit is going to be costing you extra on your electric bills and you will also develop warm and cold spots throughout the room due to the larger sized unit.

Now that we know what BTUs are and how many BTUs you need per square foot the next step is to measure the square footage of your room. This is a relatively easy calculation that can be done with a tape measure and a little bit of time. All you need to do is measure the length of one wall and the width of the other wall. Once you have this measurement you multiply the numbers together and then you have square footage. One other thing to consider is does the room have a large closet or bathroom? If so, will the door be open or will it be closed throughout most of the day? Depending on your answer here you may need to go up in BTUs to accommodate the extra square footage.

The most commonly used BTU sized air conditioners are between five-thousand and eight-thousand BTUs. These are so common due to the fact that they are ideal for standard bedrooms, dorm rooms, or small offices. While there are other larger BTU sizes out there chances are you only need one of these size. Take a look below at our top recommended window units by BTU size. If you are looking to cool your bedroom during these hot summer months then I can assure you that these products will get the job done.

5,000 BTU

These units are rated to cool rooms at around one-hundred and fifty square feet. This could be a smaller bedroom. Our top picks are:

6,000 BTU

The 6,000 BTU units are meant to cool rooms at around two-hundred square feet. Again, this is the size of an average bedroom. Our top picks are:

8,000 BTU

The 8,000 BTU units are meant for a bit larger bedrooms and can cool up to two-hundred and fifty square feet. This could even be a smaller master bedroom. Our top picks are:

Conclusion

Regardless if you selected one of our picks above I hope that you have learned that BTUs can play a critical role when selecting an air conditioner. While we only selected models between five-thousand and eight-thousand the window and portable air conditioner market can go as high as twenty-four thousand BTUs. When it comes to the bigger sizes though you may want to consider purchasing a more traditional split air conditioning system.

Thanks for reading,

Alec Johnson

RefrigerantHQ

Hello everyone! And welcome back to RefrigerantHQ. Today, we are proud to offer our comprehensive review of one of our favorite 14,000 BTU portable air conditioners: the Whynter Dual Hose (ARC-14S). You may have noticed that we’ve expanded our knowledge base to include cooling units. This article is a fine addition to our growing collection of air conditioner reviews. Portable and window air conditioners are among the primary machines that use refrigerant. And, being the RefrigerantHQ, we feel as though our knowledge repository should also include the units that refrigerant is used in.

May just started and the temperature has already been over 100 degrees in part of the country. Even more, some of these hot areas were in the 50s only a few days ago! This whiplash-like change in temperature can catch many people off guard. For example, I’m sure there are people out there who have not prepared for hot summer days yet. When was the last time they checked their HVAC system? Does the cooling function even work anymore? Turning on the air conditioner after a long winter season could be a surprise to many people with older central cooling systems. Often times, these same people will opt to purchase a portable air conditioner at least to use for the short term. They are much cheaper than to replace an entire HVAC system. And this brings us to our current item of review.

What makes the Whynter Dual Hose so special? Are there any drawbacks to this portable air conditioner? What are its best features? We are going to answer these questions, and more. By reading a comprehensive review on this unit you’ll be able to have a better understanding of exactly which portable air conditioner you should buy. All of these units will work to cool your room. However, some of them are better for your personal taste. Features and benefits vary greatly with portable air conditioners. Our goal with this review is to give you the tools to help choose which portable air conditioner is the best for you. And, without further ado, let’s get started!

Whynter

Before we get to the Whynter Dual Hose, let’s learn a bit more about the company. Whynter makes more than portable air conditioners. As a matter of fact, they also sell portable ice makers, portable ice cream makers, deep freezers, and even cigar humidor coolers. The availability of these niche products goes to show that Whynter understands how cooling works. Whynter is pronounced “winter” for a reason: they’re products produce cold temperatures!

Whynter 14,000 BTU Dual Hose Portable Air Conditioner (ARC-14S)
Whynter 14,000 BTU Dual Hose Portable Air Conditioner (ARC-14S)

Whynter sells their products at many major stores. These include Home Depot, Best Buy, Sears, Wayfair, Sam’s Club, Target, and Brookstone. They even sell their products on Amazon. Speaking of Amazon, check out their amazing online Amazon Store. All of their products should qualify for free shipping. Furthermore, a quick glance at their products shows rave reviews. People love Whynter products! And that’s all the more reason we’re reviewing the Whynter 14,000 BTU Dual Hose Portable Air Conditioner (ARC-14S).

The company was founded just over a decade ago in California. Their headquarter is actually located in Brea, CA. According to public records, the company employs just over 25 people. Customer support is one of the strongest traits of Whynter. They have an open line and are ready to assist with any customer inquiries. They also feature a comprehensive frequently asked questions area on their website. Additionally, they offer online troubleshooting, product registration, and warranty information on each product they sell.

Knowing a little about a company helps prospective buyers know what they’re getting into. And with Whynter, all signs point to great products and customer service. Let’s now take a closer look at the Whynter Dual Hose.

Product Features

The Whynter Dual Hose portable air conditioner is rated 14,000 BTU. This means it will comfortably cool a room up to 500 square feet. BTU is an acronym for British Thermal Units. 14,000 BTU is right around the middle when it comes to power options for a portable air conditioner. For a bedroom, you won’t need a unit with 20,000 BTU. You’ll also probably need more than 4,000 BTU.

The Whynter Dual Hose comes with numerous features. We mentioned some of them in our introduction list. For example, this portable air conditioner features eco-friendly CFC-free R-410A refrigerant. It also has lead free RoHS compliant components. This is important to many families who care about keeping their home safe from dangerous chemicals. One of the top features of this portable air conditioner is this: it has a dual hose function.

The unit has a dual hose which means it has one air intake hose and one air exhaust hose. This is important because the air intake hose brings air into the unit from the outside. This cools off both the compressor and the condenser coil. Portable air conditioners blow cold air. However, they also generate warm air while in operation. The warm air is removed throughout the exhaust hose and to the outdoors. It’s clear to see, then, how a dual hose portable air conditioner differs from one with a single hose. Dual hose technology provides fast cooling. Imagine this: you’ve been working all day and come home to a hot bedroom. You need to be in a more comfortable atmosphere. And you need it quick! Powering on the Whynter Dual Hose will give you instance coldness just when you need it.

Another feature of the Whynter Dual Hose is its advanced auto drain technology. Whynter loves this technology so much that it patented how it works. The portable air conditioner essentially recycles the moisture it collects during its cooling process. This means that it puts the moisture back to work. What does this mean for you? It doesn’t need to be emptied regularly. And this is a plus for many people who want a portable air conditioner to simply turn on and do its job. The advanced auto drain technology is how convenience for the owner of this product.

Additional features can be covered in the “Pros” section. We thought it was most important to separate the dual hose and advanced auto drain technology features since they are main staples of this product. But there’s much more! Keep reading to see what the Whynter Dual Hose can do for you.

Pros

On Amazon, the Whynter Dual Hose has over 1,500 reviews and over 600 answered questions about the unit. It’s a best seller! Just seeing how popular the unit is can be considered a pro. We even championed this unit as our favorite for those in the 13,000-15,000 BTU range. Like the main features, some of the main pros can be found in the introduction list of this article.

This portable air conditioner has three modes of operation. They are air conditioner, fan, and dehumidifier. For someone who is looking for added options, this would be a great choice. Furthermore, the fan has three speed options. Maybe the temperature in your home is currently satisfactory. Instead of cooling it anymore you might want to run the fan to circulate the air in the room. The Whynter Dual Hose is perfect for that.

The Whynter Dual Hose has an energy efficiency ratio (EEF) of 11.2. We came to this number by taking it’s BTU (14,000) and dividing it by power consumption wattage (1250). The higher an EEF number is the more efficient the portable air conditioner is. This is a relatively good number when it comes to efficiency with these units.

Another major pro with this unit is that it comes with an extendable exhaust hose. The hose can stretch up to 60 inches. Something so simple can make a big difference and you’ll only realize this once you unpack the unit. The portable air conditioner needs to be near a window or other opening to the outdoors. After all, the exhaust goes outside. This is important because a window may be on the far side of the room you want to cool. With an extendable exhaust hose, you can move the portable air conditioner closer to the area you want to cool the most, no matter where the window is. Many portable air conditioners do not come with an extendable exhaust hose.

Cons

There are many amazing benefits to this portable air conditioner. But what about some drawbacks? I think the biggest con is that the window adapter is only partially adaptable. After all, you need the exhaust hose to fit perfectly in your window. But if you have a home like most people, this shouldn’t be a problem. The adapter fits anywhere between 20 and 46 inches. If your window can make those dimensions you’ll be fine. Otherwise, you might want to look at another portable air conditioner.

Whynter 14,000 BTU Dual Hose Portable Air Conditioner (ARC-14S)
Whynter 14,000 BTU Dual Hose Portable Air Conditioner (ARC-14S)

The Whynter Dual Hose runs at a max of 56 dBA. Depending on your sensory perception this might not be too loud. However, there have been some complaints that the unit is louder than they thought it would be. Even so, many of these same people appreciate how cold unit makes their room.

One final con we’ll mention is that this unit releases cold air only vertically. In the big picture, this shouldn’t be too much of an issue. However, some customers have expressed concern about air circulation. They say that, if the air only goes in one direction (up, in this case), the rest of the room will have uneven circulation. That being said, these same reviewers to appreciate that this portable air conditioner cools their room. And that’s exactly what this unit is meant for.

Conclusion

Because the Whynter Dual Hose is our favorite for those in the 13,000-15,000 BTU range we can’t recommend it enough. What do these features, pros, and cons mean to you? Are you able to forego some quiet in exchange for a quickly-cooled room on a hot summer day? You’re going to ask yourself these questions if you are seriously considering this model. The online reviews have overwhelmingly shown a positive liking to this portable air conditioner. If you want to cool a room that’s up to 500 square feet this unit might be a great solution for you.

Well, that covers our review of the Whynter Dual Hose. And we hope it was helpful for you. We are going to be releasing more portable air conditioner reviews over the next days, weeks, and months. So stay tuned! Visit us again soon here at RefrigerantHQ. See you next time.

Alec Johnson

RefrigerantHQ

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Are you ready for summer? You might have big plans and have also scheduled some downtime. Summer also means heat and humidity. Are you ready for that? There are a few ways people beat the heat. Some go to the beach and cool off in the water. Others might take a cold shower. But all of us want to live in a home that has a comfortable temperature and environment.

To meet this end, homeowners use air conditioners. But there are many types! Central HVAC systems, window units, and portable air conditioners are all valid solutions. In this article, we are going to focus on portable air conditioners. Recently, we’ve been talking a bit about air conditioners here at Refrigerant HQ. Hotter temperatures will soon arrive so we want to make sure you understand your options when it comes to cooling your home. Now, let’s dig a little deeper. We’re going to explain exactly how portable air conditioners work.

Knowing how portable air conditioners work has many benefits. You will know how to fix them. You will know how to maintain them. You will even know why a certain part fails in the system and how to prevent it. Knowing how a portable air conditioner works can allow you to choose the best unit for your needs.

In this article, we’ll cover topics such as why portable air conditioners need to be vented to the outdoors. We’ll also cover the proper ways to vent the unit. Portable air conditioners let out more than cold air. They let out moisture, condensation, and heat as well. We’ll go over how to control the extra exhaust. What about the different parts of the unit? We’ll cover the major parts such as the compressor, condenser, and yes, our very favorite topic, refrigerant. Portable air conditioners can lower your monthly energy bill! We’ll explain how. And before we finish, we’ll go over some frequently asked questions regarding the inner-working of portable air conditioners.

The operation of a portable air conditioner is very detailed. But we’ll make sure to go step-by-step. Are you ready to learn more about these units?

How to Vent a Portable Air Conditioner

Portable air conditioners require venting. Before we talk about why they need venting, let’s cover how they should be vented. For now, just know that these units have an exhaust hose that needs to go out of the home.

Portable air conditioners are famous for being able to be installed quickly. And on a hot day, you’ll be happy they do! After removing the pieces (there aren’t many) from the box you’ll put it together. The exhaust hose is one of the few major removal pieces. You already know that the hose needs to be connected to the outside of the home. Therefore, first, you need to decide what room you want to cool. Does the room have a window? If so, you found the perfect place to set up your portable air conditioner.

The unit comes with a venting window kit adapter. It is normally a rectangular-shaped piece of plastic that screws onto the exhaust hose end. This adapter is meant to fit securely in a sliding window. Your window may slide vertically or horizontally. It doesn’t matter which way your window slides as long as you can fit the window kit adapter in place. Here’s the good news: the window kit adapter is adjustable. Some adapters slide to become wider or shorter. Others are able to be cut to make them fit in the window. Once you find the right size, it’s time to secure it in the window sill.

The exhaust hose should be as straight as possible. It should not be tangled. This is so the exhaust from your portable air conditioner is able to move outside without being impeded in any way. If the exhaust hose is impeded or doesn’t work properly, the exhaust from the unit could stay in your home.

One last note is that the exhaust hose should not be lengthened in any way. The portable air conditioner may only be able to push the exhaust a certain distance. And that distance is probably not much longer than the exhaust hose. I understand that you might be to position your portable air conditioner in a certain part of your room. However, the unit must stay close to the window for it to work properly.

Why the Portable Air Conditioner Needs Venting

why it needs to be vented. And to know this, you have to know how these units work.
The easiest way to explain this (and we’ll get more detailed later) is that the portable air conditioner simultaneously removes warm air from the home (via the exhaust hose) and cycles cool air back into the room. This is the real reason these units come with an exhaust hose. If they didn’t, the warm air would simply stay in the room! It wouldn’t make much sense, then, to use one of these units without a way to get the warm air out of the home. Remember folks, that air conditioning isn’t about creating cold air but about removing the heat from the room.

The portable air conditioner releases more than just warm air. Moisture and condensation are also emitted from the machine. These are just two more reasons why an exhaust hose is needed. Excessive moisture and humidity can cause mold which brings another host of problems. Let’s take a closer look at how moisture and condensation play a role with the portable air conditioner.

Moisture, Condensation, and Draining

Portable air conditioners pull moisture out of the air in a room. They do this along with pulling out warm air. The moisture isn’t always exhausted through the hose and out of the home. Instead, many portable air conditioners come with a removable condensation or drip tray. Every so often, the tray should be removed and the liquid condensate can be poured down a drain. If the tray isn’t removed it will overflow. However, many units will notify you if the tray fills up too much.

Some of the higher end portable air conditioners do not have a drip tray that needs to be emptied often. These units have a condensation exhaust system which typically takes care of any moisture and condensation. They way it works is simple. The units remove water vapor which is collected during the dehumidifying and cooling process. These portable air conditioners are called auto evaporation units. An example of a higher end unit that does this is the Honeywell MN10CESBB.

Whynter 14,000 BTU Dual Hose Portable Air Conditioner
Whynter 14,000 BTU Dual Hose Portable Air Conditioner

 

The Honeywell MN10CESBB is a unit with 5,500 BTU which will cool a room up to 450 square feet. This unit is perfect for bedrooms or rooms with a similar size. 80.1 pints of moisture are removed every 24 hours. If you want a portable air conditioner that runs by itself and requires almost no maintenance, the Honeywell MN10CESBB is the perfect choice for you.

Another option is the Honeywell HL14CHCS. This unit has 8,500 BTU which is enough energy to cool a room up to 700 square feet. An added bonus with this unit is that it doubles as a heater. You might live in an area with hot summer and cold winters. If so, this unit might be the perfect choice for you. This unit removes 111 pints of moisture every 24 hours.

What type of portable air conditioner do you prefer? Removing the tray is incredibly easy to do. On the other hand, some people prefer the auto evaporating units with almost no maintenance. The price difference between the higher end models and the standard ones is minimal. For a higher end unit, you can expect to pay another $100 or so. It’s also important to consider the additional features that higher end units have. Those might be worth the extra hundred or two hundred dollars.

How it Works

You know that you should vent a portable air conditioner. And you now know the proper way to vent it. You even know that these units emit moisture and condensation. Now, it’s time to take a closer look at the major moving pieces in this machine. How does it work? There’s a lot under the hood. Let’s get started.

First, you should know of the major components in a portable air conditioner. These include a compressor, condenser, refrigerant, condenser coils, evaporator coils, and blower. Each of these components has a job to do. Without any of them, the portable air conditioner would not work. Let’s start with refrigeration. After all, it’s our favorite topic!

Portable air conditioners work by removing humidity in the air. This helps to cool the room. Refrigerants play a key role in this process. The refrigerant is a gas or liquid depending on the state which can quickly move from a low pressure to a high pressure situation. It can also quickly change from a gas to a liquid and back to gas form. When the refrigerant cycles through the system it’s a cool, low pressure gas. The refrigerant first goes through the compressor.

The compressor quickly pressurizes the refrigerant. In doing this, the compressor converts the cool refrigerant into a heated gas. When the refrigerant is pressurized, it squeezes the molecules of the gas together. This helps to create the higher temperature of the gas. The closer molecules come together means the higher pressure the gas will become. Next, the gas will travel through condenser coils.

It’s time for the gas to be cooled down again. And that’s the job of the condenser coils. It’s also time for the gas to become a liquid! When the gas cools down it dissipates and become a liquid. This happens because the volume of the gas expands. It’s important to note here that the gas-turned-liquid still retains its high pressure. Before the gas moves on, it has to pass through a small, narrow opening. The high pressure of the liquid helps it push through this small opening. Next, it’s time for the liquid to lose some pressure. And that’s the job of the evaporator coils.

The evaporator coils quickly depressurize the liquid. In doing so, the liquid becomes a gas again. The condenser coils in the last step cooled down the gas. With the liquid going through the evaporator coils and becoming a gas, the gas cools even more. The evaporate coils are the last component the gas goes through before exiting the portable air conditioner.

When the cold air exits the portable air conditioner it mixed with the warm air in the room. Air, whether warm or cool, continuously cycles through the portable air conditioner. It does this even when the room is cold. Any excess moisture and condensation should go through the exhaust hose and to the outdoors. Remember, some units have a condensation tray. However, higher-end models are better at removing most moisture and condensation from the home.

How Portable Air Conditioners Lower Your Energy Bill

Knowing about the money you can save it just as important as knowing how a portable air conditioner works. Well, you’re in luck because we can talk about that too!
One of my favorite things about portable air conditioners is how efficient they are. What I mean is that they can cool a room within minutes. With a central HVAC system, it usually takes a bit longer to cool the room. That’s because the HVAC system is working to cool the entire home along with the room you want.

Even if you have an HVAC system, a portable air conditioner can save you money. Let’s say that you spend most of your time in one room in your home. Instead of running the HVAC system all day, you can run the portable air conditioner. By doing this, you will save energy you’d instead be using to cool the other rooms you aren’t using.

When HVAC systems get older they don’t work as well as they did when they were new. Older HVAC systems could take longer to cool a home which uses more energy. The more energy you use during the month the more expensive your monthly energy bill will be. Instead of replacing your HVAC system, which could cost thousands of dollars, you could buy a portable air conditioner for only a few hundred dollars. The unit isn’t necessarily meant to replace your HVAC system. However, it could be a great solution to supplement your central air system. These units are also a great solution to cool a garage, loft, or out building for your property. I personally use one of these for my workshop that’s a few hundred feet away from my home. I’ve got power routed out and a window. That’s all I need!

Portable air conditioners are easy to move around the home. They do require minimal installation when it comes to venting out a window. Some people choose to buy two units instead of one for convenience. Multiple units are also a good option for those who have limited mobility.

Frequently Asked Questions

If you’re considering buying a portable air conditioner you probably have a few questions. We’ve listed a few of them below to help you with your consideration. If you have additional questions feel free to contact us. We can help you choose the perfect portable air conditioner for your needs.

• Which portable air conditioner is good for a bedroom?

To answer this question you should know the square footage of your room. Portable air conditioners are sorted by BTU. For example, a bedroom should have around 7,000 BTU. You might want to read our article What Are The Best Portable Air Conditioners?. We’ve listed our favorite portable air conditioner choices for different rooms sizes based on BTU level.

EdgeStar AP12000S Portable Air Conditioner
EdgeStar AP12000S Portable Air Conditioner

• Should I choose a portable or window air conditioner?

Portable and window air conditioners are similar. They both cool a room have similar price points. Depending on cost, they might include a multitude of features. Portable air conditioners are more versatile than window units, which move sits tightly in place. To compare the differences between the two in greater detail you should read What Are The Differences Between Portable And Window Air Conditioners?.

• What is required to install a portable air conditioner?

Each portable air conditioner is different. That being said, you’ll need a window or other place to install your exhaust hose to the outdoors. Most portable air conditioners don’t require any additional tools. You may be required to cut a window kit adapter to make the hose fit perfectly in place. But many units also have adjustable window kit adapters. Before buying a unit, make sure you research the requirements of the unit and if any additional tools are required.

• Will the portable air conditioner cool multiple rooms?

This question can be answered if you know the total square footage of the rooms. The most important factors are the following: the square footage of the rooms, the BTU level of the portable air conditioner, how close the rooms are to each other, and where the unit is placed. A 7,000 BTU unit will cool a bedroom which is between two-hundred and fifty to three-hundred and fifty square feet. For two bedrooms of the same size, you’ll need to double the BTU level to 14,000. You must also take into consideration the placement of the portable air conditioner and any obstructions such as a wall. The best place for the unit to be would be in the middle of both entrances to the room. Otherwise, choosing a more powerful portable air conditioner should do the trick.

Conclusion

Let’s put it all together now. Knowing how a portable air conditioner work can help you appreciate what it can do for you. And here’s the most important part: it will cool your room!

It’s not hot and humid outside yet. But it will be. Will you be ready for the days when the temperature will be over one hundred degrees? Consider your HVAC system, if you have one. Depending on its age and how effective it is you may also want to consider buying a portable air conditioner.

The area you live in is also important. If you live in a warmer area closer to the equator you’ll probably only need a portable air conditioner. However, if you live in an area that has hot summers and cold winters you might want a portable air conditioner and a  portable space heater. The good news is this: you can buy units that have both features combined! This will save you money and space in the room you want to cool and heat. You can even leave the unit in the room all year since you’ll use it during opposing seasons. Our preferred pick is Black and Decker’s BPACT14HWT.
As it gets warmer we’ll make sure to write more about air conditioners and how they will benefit you most. I hope you enjoyed the article. Check back soon for more!

Thanks for reading,

Alec Johnson

RefrigerantHQ

Hot temperatures are coming! A sweltering day is a bad time to find out your cooling system doesn’t work properly. Even worse, the problem is compounded if the issue is with an HVAC system. Those are expensive! But central air isn’t the only option. Consider this: a portable air conditioner. It’s good to have more options then only central air. If you don’t often use your central system, a portable air conditioner might be a great solution if you only need to cool one room in your home.

Portable air conditioners meet the same goals of an HVAC system when it comes to cooling. They can cool a room or space. Unlike a central cooling unit, however, a portable air conditioner is only meant to cool one room. It can sometimes cool two or more rooms. But the effectiveness of cooling degrades the farther away a room is to the unit. These types of air conditioners are often used in a shop environment. In fact, in a previous job I had to visit a service shop in Ardmore, Oklahoma. The shop wasn’t too large but there was no central air routed and it was in the middle of August. Their solution was a portable air conditioner. It kept the mechanics cool, well at least cooler then they would have been out in the Oklahoma sun.

All portable air conditioners are not the same when it comes to cooling power. They are separated, in part, by British Thermal Units (BTU). BTU is a number assigned to portable air conditioners. It’s essentially a number which measures the amount of energy produced by the unit. The higher a BTU number is, the more energy the unit produces. A very large room requires a unit with a high BTU number. On the other hand, a smaller room will cool well with a unit that has a lower BTU number. An example of a smaller room could be a bedroom. The good news is that there is a wide range of BTU numbers when it comes to portable air conditioners. You’ll be able to shop around for the best choice for you and your situation.

Choosing Between a Window or a Portable Air Conditioner

Before you make your decision on rather or not you will be buying a portable air conditioner or a window air conditioner you should first consider the differences between the two types of products. What product are you leaning towards? Which one should you actually get? To be honest folks, these products are really very similar and there are only a few key differences that you will need to think about before making your buying decision. Let’s take a look:

Window Units

  •  Window air conditioners have to be mounted either through your window or through a make-shift hole in your wall. Once mounted correctly they provide a stable and reliable cooling source. Some people may struggle mounting these units, especially if it is a higher BTU model and is a heavier unit. Depending on the size a proper mounting job may require two people.
  • Generally, window units are more efficient then a portable unit. That means that you get more cooling power per BTU and also save on energy bills when compared to portable air conditioners.
  • Another benefit to them is that you don’t have to worry about where to vent the exhaust. Window units are designed to be halfway in and out of your house so that there is a space for the exhaust to go right away. The downside here, which I’ll mention further below, is that mounted window units are sometimes seen as an eyesore and depending on where you live you may get complaints.
  • If you have decided on a window unit then check out RefrigerantHQ’s guide on ‘What are the Best Window Air Conditioners,’ by clicking here.

Portable Units

  • Portable air conditioners are just that, portable. That means they are easy to move around your home or to even pack in your truck and take somewhere else. The versatility of this adds a lot of favor to the portable air conditioner side of things.
  • A portable air conditioner is much much easier to install. There is no mounting required, no support brackets, none of the hassle that comes with installing a window unit into your home, garage, or office. These units are all about the ‘easy’ button.
  • While portable air conditioners are easy to install they also prevent any potential squabble with your home owner’s association. Most HOAs do not allow a window unit hanging out of a home. They see it as an eye sore and will tolerate it. A portable air conditioner can give you a work around as the worst anyone is going to see is a small exhaust tube.
  • For RefrigerantHQ’s guide on ‘What are the Best Portable Air Conditioners,’ by clicking here.

Considerations

We at RefrigerantHQ want to make sure you understand your options before choosing to purchase a portable air conditioner, and there are a lot of options and conditioners to be made. Portable air conditioners have a great number of benefits. Inexpensive, small, efficient—these are among the factors people think about when they consider buying a portable air conditioner. These units are normally a few hundred dollars. In contrast, central cooling systems normally can cost thousands of dollars. Portable air conditioners are called such for a reason: they’re small. And you can move them around that house or shop as you please. You can even remove it completely and take it other places. You don’t need a central air conditioner running if you only want to cool one room. It’s more efficient to use the portable air conditioner in this situation. A lot of folks will just cool their bedroom during the day and night and a portable unit would be perfect for such an application.

Which room do you want to cool? What BTU level should you be looking for? The answer to these questions will help you choose a portable air conditioner. To know what BTU unit you’ll need and any other questions you could have please check the official RefrigerantHQ Window Air Conditioner Buyer’s Guide. Yes, this article leans towards window air conditioners. However, the information regarding BTU number, room size, and everything else can be applied to portable air conditioners as after all these units all function under the same principal of removing heat from a room.

Good, Better, Best

I am a big believer in giving consumers choice, but a limited choice. Instead of offering you fifty or even one-hundred different options for your new portable air conditioner we are going to offer you three products in each category. The thinking behind this model is giving the consumer a Good, Better, Best option. This methodology of selling was taught  to me nearly ten years ago from a former supervisor. The concept behind it is we give an option to the price conscious customer: Good, an option to the middle of the road customer: Better, and an option for the premium customer: Best. So, once you recognize what kind of customer you are and what your budget is we can begin to narrow down your selection.

The last thing that I am going to mention before getting into the products is that a Good ranked product is not a bad product by any measure. They are a perfectly good product they just not may have all of the bells and whistles that a Better or Best rated product may have. Think of it as a bare bones car compared to a sports edition. The bare bones vehicle will still service it’s function getting you from point A to point B but it will not have all of the features that a sports edition will.

Which is the Best?

Here’s the answer: it depends. And it depends on a host of factors. Although I’ll rank them with good, better, and best, the ranking doesn’t necessarily mean the “best” one if the best for you specifically. For example, you might want to forego a few bells and whistles if it means you could save a hundred dollars. Or, perhaps you want a mix of features and cost. Better might be a good option for you at that point. Having plenty of choices will allow you to eventually narrow your search down to the perfect portable air conditioner for you.

Finally, before we jump in you should know that good units might be just as good as the best units. You have one primary goal when it comes to portable air conditioning: cooling your room. And you’ll be able to do that with any of the units below!  In your BTU range, you might prefer good, better, or best based on a number of factors. Size, features, and BTU number are factors worth considering. Are you ready to look at the units? Without further delay, let’s get started!

22,000-25,000 BTU Range

We are finally in the highest range we’ll cover! The 22,000-25,000 BTU range can cool rooms in the twelve-hundred to fourteen-hundred square foot range. Like the former range, these units are industrial-level air conditioners. They are also quite large. And quite heavy! If you want the coldest experience, in the hottest summer, one of the units below would be the best option for you. Let’s look at the final three portable air conditioners. Our Good, Better, Best picks for this BTU range are as follows:

Good- Koldwave 23,000 BTU

  • The Koldwave portable air conditioner has a larger length than height. This is important if you want the unit to be housed in the middle of two rooms. Half of the unit can cool one room. The other half of the unit can cool the other room. However, with an air conditioner this powerful, it should cool both rooms anyways. This unit features two cooling speeds depending on your personal needs. It also has a fan-only option which can come in handy if you only want to circulate some air.

Better – MovinCool Office Pro24 24,000 BTU

  • The MovinCool Office Pro24 is 1,000 BTU more powerful than the former. This might be the better option because it has a perfect five out of five stars. However, this star rating is only after one review. So you’ll have to take this rating with a grain of salt. One of the best features of this unit is that it operates automatically on weekends or after-hours. This is crucial if this portable air conditioner is being used in an industrial setting and employees have gone home for the day. For this reason, the MovinCool Office Pro24 might be the better portable air conditioner. Again, this would also be a great product for a small service or workshop area.
    Tripp Lite Portable Cooling Unit Air Conditioner
    Tripp Lite Portable Cooling Unit Air Conditioner

Best – Tripp Lite SRCOOL24K 24,000 BTU

  • Unlike the MovinCool Office Pro24, the Tripp Lite SRCOOL24K has three out of five stars. However, the Tripp Lite SRCOOL24K has over two hundred customer reviews. This is important because it shows the unit’s popularity. This model uses R410A refrigerant, which complies with environmentally-friendly standards. Arguably the best feature in this portable air conditioner is its ability to manipulate its dual output ducts. You can turn one output duct in one direction and the other output duct in another direction. This is like having two separate portable air conditioners! For this reason, the Tripp Lite SRCOOL24K might be the best option in the 22,000-25,000 BTU range.

Conclusion

Well folks, that covers it for our best mobile air conditioners in the 22,000 to 25,000 BTU range. Remember that this BTU range is meant to cool and entire home, large apartment, or decently sized workshop/service bay. If you find that you need to cool a larger or smaller area then please check out our buying guide to determine exactly what sized air conditioner you will need.

Thanks for reading and I hope this article was helpful,

Alec Johnson

RefrigearntHQ

Hot temperatures are coming! A sweltering day is a bad time to find out your cooling system doesn’t work properly. Even worse, the problem is compounded if the issue is with an HVAC system. Those are expensive! But central air isn’t the only option. Consider this: a portable air conditioner. It’s good to have more options then only central air. If you don’t often use your central system, a portable air conditioner might be a great solution if you only need to cool one room in your home.

Portable air conditioners meet the same goals of an HVAC system when it comes to cooling. They can cool a room or space. Unlike a central cooling unit, however, a portable air conditioner is only meant to cool one room. It can sometimes cool two or more rooms. But the effectiveness of cooling degrades the farther away a room is to the unit. These types of air conditioners are often used in a shop environment. In fact, in a previous job I had to visit a service shop in Ardmore, Oklahoma. The shop wasn’t too large but there was no central air routed and it was in the middle of August. Their solution was a portable air conditioner. It kept the mechanics cool, well at least cooler then they would have been out in the Oklahoma sun.

All portable air conditioners are not the same when it comes to cooling power. They are separated, in part, by British Thermal Units (BTU). BTU is a number assigned to portable air conditioners. It’s essentially a number which measures the amount of energy produced by the unit. The higher a BTU number is, the more energy the unit produces. A very large room requires a unit with a high BTU number. On the other hand, a smaller room will cool well with a unit that has a lower BTU number. An example of a smaller room could be a bedroom. The good news is that there is a wide range of BTU numbers when it comes to portable air conditioners. You’ll be able to shop around for the best choice for you and your situation.

Choosing Between a Window or a Portable Air Conditioner

Before you make your decision on rather or not you will be buying a portable air conditioner or a window air conditioner you should first consider the differences between the two types of products. What product are you leaning towards? Which one should you actually get? To be honest folks, these products are really very similar and there are only a few key differences that you will need to think about before making your buying decision. Let’s take a look:

Window Units

  •  Window air conditioners have to be mounted either through your window or through a make-shift hole in your wall. Once mounted correctly they provide a stable and reliable cooling source. Some people may struggle mounting these units, especially if it is a higher BTU model and is a heavier unit. Depending on the size a proper mounting job may require two people.
  • Generally, window units are more efficient then a portable unit. That means that you get more cooling power per BTU and also save on energy bills when compared to portable air conditioners.
  • Another benefit to them is that you don’t have to worry about where to vent the exhaust. Window units are designed to be halfway in and out of your house so that there is a space for the exhaust to go right away. The downside here, which I’ll mention further below, is that mounted window units are sometimes seen as an eyesore and depending on where you live you may get complaints.
  • If you have decided on a window unit then check out RefrigerantHQ’s guide on ‘What are the Best Window Air Conditioners,’ by clicking here.

Portable Units

  • Portable air conditioners are just that, portable. That means they are easy to move around your home or to even pack in your truck and take somewhere else. The versatility of this adds a lot of favor to the portable air conditioner side of things.
  • A portable air conditioner is much much easier to install. There is no mounting required, no support brackets, none of the hassle that comes with installing a window unit into your home, garage, or office. These units are all about the ‘easy’ button.
  • While portable air conditioners are easy to install they also prevent any potential squabble with your home owner’s association. Most HOAs do not allow a window unit hanging out of a home. They see it as an eye sore and will tolerate it. A portable air conditioner can give you a work around as the worst anyone is going to see is a small exhaust tube.
  • For RefrigerantHQ’s guide on ‘What are the Best Portable Air Conditioners,’ by clicking here.

Considerations

We at RefrigerantHQ want to make sure you understand your options before choosing to purchase a portable air conditioner, and there are a lot of options and conditioners to be made. Portable air conditioners have a great number of benefits. Inexpensive, small, efficient—these are among the factors people think about when they consider buying a portable air conditioner. These units are normally a few hundred dollars. In contrast, central cooling systems normally can cost thousands of dollars. Portable air conditioners are called such for a reason: they’re small. And you can move them around that house or shop as you please. You can even remove it completely and take it other places. You don’t need a central air conditioner running if you only want to cool one room. It’s more efficient to use the portable air conditioner in this situation. A lot of folks will just cool their bedroom during the day and night and a portable unit would be perfect for such an application.

Which room do you want to cool? What BTU level should you be looking for? The answer to these questions will help you choose a portable air conditioner. To know what BTU unit you’ll need and any other questions you could have please check the official RefrigerantHQ Window Air Conditioner Buyer’s Guide. Yes, this article leans towards window air conditioners. However, the information regarding BTU number, room size, and everything else can be applied to portable air conditioners as after all these units all function under the same principal of removing heat from a room.

Good, Better, Best

I am a big believer in giving consumers choice, but a limited choice. Instead of offering you fifty or even one-hundred different options for your new portable air conditioner we are going to offer you three products in each category. The thinking behind this model is giving the consumer a Good, Better, Best option. This methodology of selling was taught  to me nearly ten years ago from a former supervisor. The concept behind it is we give an option to the price conscious customer: Good, an option to the middle of the road customer: Better, and an option for the premium customer: Best. So, once you recognize what kind of customer you are and what your budget is we can begin to narrow down your selection.

The last thing that I am going to mention before getting into the products is that a Good ranked product is not a bad product by any measure. They are a perfectly good product they just not may have all of the bells and whistles that a Better or Best rated product may have. Think of it as a bare bones car compared to a sports edition. The bare bones vehicle will still service it’s function getting you from point A to point B but it will not have all of the features that a sports edition will.

Which is the Best?

Here’s the answer: it depends. And it depends on a host of factors. Although I’ll rank them with good, better, and best, the ranking doesn’t necessarily mean the “best” one if the best for you specifically. For example, you might want to forego a few bells and whistles if it means you could save a hundred dollars. Or, perhaps you want a mix of features and cost. Better might be a good option for you at that point. Having plenty of choices will allow you to eventually narrow your search down to the perfect portable air conditioner for you.

Finally, before we jump in you should know that good units might be just as good as the best units. You have one primary goal when it comes to portable air conditioning: cooling your room. And you’ll be able to do that with any of the units below!  In your BTU range, you might prefer good, better, or best based on a number of factors. Size, features, and BTU number are factors worth considering. Are you ready to look at the units? Without further delay, let’s get started!

19,000-21,000 BTU Range

Units in the 19,000-21,000 BTU range are industrial units. There are used for spaces such as computer server rooms. They cool rooms that are between one-thousand to twelve-hundred square feet in size. Although they are used in an industrial setting, they can also be used to cool your home. Depending on the size of your home, one of these units might be able to cool your entire house! Because of their industrial value and power, they are more expensive than less powerful units. For some people, the price is worth it. Let’s take a look at three portable air conditioners in this range. Our Good, Better, Best picks for this BTU range are as follows:

Good – Ice Qube 20,000 BTU

  • With a name like “Ice Qube”, you’d imagine that this portable air conditioner would make your room freezing cold. And it could do that! Although it’s “portable”, this unit weighs over two-hundred pounds. Since we’re in the industrial range of portable air conditioners, this weight shouldn’t be surprising. But if you’re looking to cool an entire house, this might be a good place to start.
    Industrial Portable AC, 2 Ton w/ Cold Air Nozzles 21,000 BTU
    Industrial Portable AC, 2 Ton w/ Cold Air Nozzles 21,000 BTU

Better – Thermal Edge HC20123612 Model HC201 20,000 BTU

  • The Thermal Edge HC20123612 Model HC201 features a “condensate evaporation system”. This means that this unit precools refrigerant to conserve energy. At the same time, it vents condensation. This means that no separate drip line is required. Features like this make an industrial unit more convenient to operate and maintain. For these reasons, this portable air conditioner might be a better option than the first.

Best – Global Industrial Portable AC 21,000 BTU

  • The Global Industrial Portable AC has a unique design. Its bright blue and silver color combination is very catchy. This unit has “industrial” in its name for a reason: it cools large spaces. It features easy installation, condensation overflow protection, and anti-freezing technology. These factors are important when choosing a portable air conditioner of this class. The anti-freezing feature is important especially if the unit will be constantly running in places such as computer server rooms.

Conclusion

Well folks, that covers it for our best mobile air conditioners in the 19,000 to 21,000 BTU range. Remember that this BTU range is meant for entire floor, a computer server room, a workshop, or many other larger square foot areas. If you find that you need to cool a larger or smaller area then please check out our buying guide to determine exactly what sized air conditioner you will need.

Thanks for reading and I hope this article was helpful,

Alec Johnson

RefrigearntHQ

Hot temperatures are coming! A sweltering day is a bad time to find out your cooling system doesn’t work properly. Even worse, the problem is compounded if the issue is with an HVAC system. Those are expensive! But central air isn’t the only option. Consider this: a portable air conditioner. It’s good to have more options then only central air. If you don’t often use your central system, a portable air conditioner might be a great solution if you only need to cool one room in your home.

Portable air conditioners meet the same goals of an HVAC system when it comes to cooling. They can cool a room or space. Unlike a central cooling unit, however, a portable air conditioner is only meant to cool one room. It can sometimes cool two or more rooms. But the effectiveness of cooling degrades the farther away a room is to the unit. These types of air conditioners are often used in a shop environment. In fact, in a previous job I had to visit a service shop in Ardmore, Oklahoma. The shop wasn’t too large but there was no central air routed and it was in the middle of August. Their solution was a portable air conditioner. It kept the mechanics cool, well at least cooler then they would have been out in the Oklahoma sun.

All portable air conditioners are not the same when it comes to cooling power. They are separated, in part, by British Thermal Units (BTU). BTU is a number assigned to portable air conditioners. It’s essentially a number which measures the amount of energy produced by the unit. The higher a BTU number is, the more energy the unit produces. A very large room requires a unit with a high BTU number. On the other hand, a smaller room will cool well with a unit that has a lower BTU number. An example of a smaller room could be a bedroom. The good news is that there is a wide range of BTU numbers when it comes to portable air conditioners. You’ll be able to shop around for the best choice for you and your situation.

Choosing Between a Window or a Portable Air Conditioner

Before you make your decision on rather or not you will be buying a portable air conditioner or a window air conditioner you should first consider the differences between the two types of products. What product are you leaning towards? Which one should you actually get? To be honest folks, these products are really very similar and there are only a few key differences that you will need to think about before making your buying decision. Let’s take a look:

Window Units

  •  Window air conditioners have to be mounted either through your window or through a make-shift hole in your wall. Once mounted correctly they provide a stable and reliable cooling source. Some people may struggle mounting these units, especially if it is a higher BTU model and is a heavier unit. Depending on the size a proper mounting job may require two people.
  • Generally, window units are more efficient then a portable unit. That means that you get more cooling power per BTU and also save on energy bills when compared to portable air conditioners.
  • Another benefit to them is that you don’t have to worry about where to vent the exhaust. Window units are designed to be halfway in and out of your house so that there is a space for the exhaust to go right away. The downside here, which I’ll mention further below, is that mounted window units are sometimes seen as an eyesore and depending on where you live you may get complaints.
  • If you have decided on a window unit then check out RefrigerantHQ’s guide on ‘What are the Best Window Air Conditioners,’ by clicking here.

Portable Units

  • Portable air conditioners are just that, portable. That means they are easy to move around your home or to even pack in your truck and take somewhere else. The versatility of this adds a lot of favor to the portable air conditioner side of things.
  • A portable air conditioner is much much easier to install. There is no mounting required, no support brackets, none of the hassle that comes with installing a window unit into your home, garage, or office. These units are all about the ‘easy’ button.
  • While portable air conditioners are easy to install they also prevent any potential squabble with your home owner’s association. Most HOAs do not allow a window unit hanging out of a home. They see it as an eye sore and will tolerate it. A portable air conditioner can give you a work around as the worst anyone is going to see is a small exhaust tube.
  • For RefrigerantHQ’s guide on ‘What are the Best Portable Air Conditioners,’ by clicking here.

Considerations

We at RefrigerantHQ want to make sure you understand your options before choosing to purchase a portable air conditioner, and there are a lot of options and conditioners to be made. Portable air conditioners have a great number of benefits. Inexpensive, small, efficient—these are among the factors people think about when they consider buying a portable air conditioner. These units are normally a few hundred dollars. In contrast, central cooling systems normally can cost thousands of dollars. Portable air conditioners are called such for a reason: they’re small. And you can move them around that house or shop as you please. You can even remove it completely and take it other places. You don’t need a central air conditioner running if you only want to cool one room. It’s more efficient to use the portable air conditioner in this situation. A lot of folks will just cool their bedroom during the day and night and a portable unit would be perfect for such an application.

Which room do you want to cool? What BTU level should you be looking for? The answer to these questions will help you choose a portable air conditioner. To know what BTU unit you’ll need and any other questions you could have please check the official RefrigerantHQ Window Air Conditioner Buyer’s Guide. Yes, this article leans towards window air conditioners. However, the information regarding BTU number, room size, and everything else can be applied to portable air conditioners as after all these units all function under the same principal of removing heat from a room.

Good, Better, Best

I am a big believer in giving consumers choice, but a limited choice. Instead of offering you fifty or even one-hundred different options for your new portable air conditioner we are going to offer you three products in each category. The thinking behind this model is giving the consumer a Good, Better, Best option. This methodology of selling was taught  to me nearly ten years ago from a former supervisor. The concept behind it is we give an option to the price conscious customer: Good, an option to the middle of the road customer: Better, and an option for the premium customer: Best. So, once you recognize what kind of customer you are and what your budget is we can begin to narrow down your selection.

The last thing that I am going to mention before getting into the products is that a Good ranked product is not a bad product by any measure. They are a perfectly good product they just not may have all of the bells and whistles that a Better or Best rated product may have. Think of it as a bare bones car compared to a sports edition. The bare bones vehicle will still service it’s function getting you from point A to point B but it will not have all of the features that a sports edition will.

Which is the Best?

Here’s the answer: it depends. And it depends on a host of factors. Although I’ll rank them with good, better, and best, the ranking doesn’t necessarily mean the “best” one if the best for you specifically. For example, you might want to forego a few bells and whistles if it means you could save a hundred dollars. Or, perhaps you want a mix of features and cost. Better might be a good option for you at that point. Having plenty of choices will allow you to eventually narrow your search down to the perfect portable air conditioner for you.

Finally, before we jump in you should know that good units might be just as good as the best units. You have one primary goal when it comes to portable air conditioning: cooling your room. And you’ll be able to do that with any of the units below!  In your BTU range, you might prefer good, better, or best based on a number of factors. Size, features, and BTU number are factors worth considering. Are you ready to look at the units? Without further delay, let’s get started!

16,000-18,000 BTU Range

The 16,000-18,000 BTU units can be considered the beginning of the higher-level units. These are considered more industrial-level units. These portable air conditioners can cool a space which is seven-hundred to one-thousand square feet. It’s easy to find apartments in this range. In addition to apartments, these units can cool an entire floor of your house. This would also be a great unit to cool a small service bay or workshop. You don’t need many units with this amount of power! If there is a room of area in your house that gets hotter than others, you should put your portable air conditioner right in there and enjoy the cooler air right away. This is especially true if you plan on spending a good amount of time in that room. Let’s take a look at the units in this range. Our Good, Better, Best picks for this BTU range are as follows:

DOROSIN Industrial Portable Air Conditioner 18000BTU
DOROSIN Industrial Portable Air Conditioner 18000BTU

Good – Movincool OP18 18,000 BTU

  • The Movincool OP18 is considered a good option primarily because of its power. However, the unit currently has no customer reviews. In the order of prudence, we are putting this portable air conditioner here (“good”) because of this reason. If it cools the room, then it does exactly what we want it to do. It might not have a high number of bells and whistles. But it should keep you and your family cool on a hot day.

Better – DOROSIN DAKC-65 18,000 BTU

  • The DOROSIN DAKC-65 has stretchable ducts, which can come in handy if you want to move away from a window. These portable air conditioners need a window or some other external fixture to connect to and the extra length from these stretchable ducts will help you position your air conditioner in exactly the right spot. This unit also features a large capacity water tank. This means that you don’t need to empty the collected moisture too often.

Best – Tripp Lite SRCOOL18K 18,000 BTU

  • The Tripp Lite SRCOOL can be considered the best option of the three. It has three out of five stars. However, this portable air conditioner has over two-hundred reviews. I didn’t find a higher-rated unit in this range, which tells you that there aren’t too many options. However, this unit has some great features. This portable air conditioner is unique in that it prevents “shutdowns, malfunctions, and failures caused by overheating and temperature fluctuations”. It also comes with a one-year warranty and has free tech support. Because of its popularity, there are currently only a few more left in stock. Get one while you have the chance!

Conclusion

Well folks, that covers it for our best mobile air conditioners in the 16,000 to 18,000 BTU range. Remember though, that this range is meant for apartments, an entire floor, or even a small workshop or service bay. If you find that you need to cool a larger or smaller area then please check out our buying guide to determine exactly what sized air conditioner you will need.

Thanks for reading and I hope this article was helpful,

Alec Johnson

RefrigearntHQ

Hot temperatures are coming! A sweltering day is a bad time to find out your cooling system doesn’t work properly. Even worse, the problem is compounded if the issue is with an HVAC system. Those are expensive! But central air isn’t the only option. Consider this: a portable air conditioner. It’s good to have more options then only central air. If you don’t often use your central system, a portable air conditioner might be a great solution if you only need to cool one room in your home.

Portable air conditioners meet the same goals of an HVAC system when it comes to cooling. They can cool a room or space. Unlike a central cooling unit, however, a portable air conditioner is only meant to cool one room. It can sometimes cool two or more rooms. But the effectiveness of cooling degrades the farther away a room is to the unit. These types of air conditioners are often used in a shop environment. In fact, in a previous job I had to visit a service shop in Ardmore, Oklahoma. The shop wasn’t too large but there was no central air routed and it was in the middle of August. Their solution was a portable air conditioner. It kept the mechanics cool, well at least cooler then they would have been out in the Oklahoma sun.

All portable air conditioners are not the same when it comes to cooling power. They are separated, in part, by British Thermal Units (BTU). BTU is a number assigned to portable air conditioners. It’s essentially a number which measures the amount of energy produced by the unit. The higher a BTU number is, the more energy the unit produces. A very large room requires a unit with a high BTU number. On the other hand, a smaller room will cool well with a unit that has a lower BTU number. An example of a smaller room could be a bedroom. The good news is that there is a wide range of BTU numbers when it comes to portable air conditioners. You’ll be able to shop around for the best choice for you and your situation.

Choosing Between a Window or a Portable Air Conditioner

Before you make your decision on rather or not you will be buying a portable air conditioner or a window air conditioner you should first consider the differences between the two types of products. What product are you leaning towards? Which one should you actually get? To be honest folks, these products are really very similar and there are only a few key differences that you will need to think about before making your buying decision. Let’s take a look:

Window Units

  •  Window air conditioners have to be mounted either through your window or through a make-shift hole in your wall. Once mounted correctly they provide a stable and reliable cooling source. Some people may struggle mounting these units, especially if it is a higher BTU model and is a heavier unit. Depending on the size a proper mounting job may require two people.
  • Generally, window units are more efficient then a portable unit. That means that you get more cooling power per BTU and also save on energy bills when compared to portable air conditioners.
  • Another benefit to them is that you don’t have to worry about where to vent the exhaust. Window units are designed to be halfway in and out of your house so that there is a space for the exhaust to go right away. The downside here, which I’ll mention further below, is that mounted window units are sometimes seen as an eyesore and depending on where you live you may get complaints.
  • If you have decided on a window unit then check out RefrigerantHQ’s guide on ‘What are the Best Window Air Conditioners,’ by clicking here.

Portable Units

  • Portable air conditioners are just that, portable. That means they are easy to move around your home or to even pack in your truck and take somewhere else. The versatility of this adds a lot of favor to the portable air conditioner side of things.
  • A portable air conditioner is much much easier to install. There is no mounting required, no support brackets, none of the hassle that comes with installing a window unit into your home, garage, or office. These units are all about the ‘easy’ button.
  • While portable air conditioners are easy to install they also prevent any potential squabble with your home owner’s association. Most HOAs do not allow a window unit hanging out of a home. They see it as an eye sore and will tolerate it. A portable air conditioner can give you a work around as the worst anyone is going to see is a small exhaust tube.
  • For RefrigerantHQ’s guide on ‘What are the Best Portable Air Conditioners,’ by clicking here.

Considerations

We at RefrigerantHQ want to make sure you understand your options before choosing to purchase a portable air conditioner, and there are a lot of options and conditioners to be made. Portable air conditioners have a great number of benefits. Inexpensive, small, efficient—these are among the factors people think about when they consider buying a portable air conditioner. These units are normally a few hundred dollars. In contrast, central cooling systems normally can cost thousands of dollars. Portable air conditioners are called such for a reason: they’re small. And you can move them around that house or shop as you please. You can even remove it completely and take it other places. You don’t need a central air conditioner running if you only want to cool one room. It’s more efficient to use the portable air conditioner in this situation. A lot of folks will just cool their bedroom during the day and night and a portable unit would be perfect for such an application.

Which room do you want to cool? What BTU level should you be looking for? The answer to these questions will help you choose a portable air conditioner. To know what BTU unit you’ll need and any other questions you could have please check the official RefrigerantHQ Window Air Conditioner Buyer’s Guide. Yes, this article leans towards window air conditioners. However, the information regarding BTU number, room size, and everything else can be applied to portable air conditioners as after all these units all function under the same principal of removing heat from a room.

Good, Better, Best

I am a big believer in giving consumers choice, but a limited choice. Instead of offering you fifty or even one-hundred different options for your new portable air conditioner we are going to offer you three products in each category. The thinking behind this model is giving the consumer a Good, Better, Best option. This methodology of selling was taught  to me nearly ten years ago from a former supervisor. The concept behind it is we give an option to the price conscious customer: Good, an option to the middle of the road customer: Better, and an option for the premium customer: Best. So, once you recognize what kind of customer you are and what your budget is we can begin to narrow down your selection.

The last thing that I am going to mention before getting into the products is that a Good ranked product is not a bad product by any measure. They are a perfectly good product they just not may have all of the bells and whistles that a Better or Best rated product may have. Think of it as a bare bones car compared to a sports edition. The bare bones vehicle will still service it’s function getting you from point A to point B but it will not have all of the features that a sports edition will.

Which is the Best?

Here’s the answer: it depends. And it depends on a host of factors. Although I’ll rank them with good, better, and best, the ranking doesn’t necessarily mean the “best” one if the best for you specifically. For example, you might want to forego a few bells and whistles if it means you could save a hundred dollars. Or, perhaps you want a mix of features and cost. Better might be a good option for you at that point. Having plenty of choices will allow you to eventually narrow your search down to the perfect portable air conditioner for you.

Finally, before we jump in you should know that good units might be just as good as the best units. You have one primary goal when it comes to portable air conditioning: cooling your room. And you’ll be able to do that with any of the units below!  In your BTU range, you might prefer good, better, or best based on a number of factors. Size, features, and BTU number are factors worth considering. Are you ready to look at the units? Without further delay, let’s get started!

13,000-15,000 BTU Range

The 13,000-15,000 BTU levels are past the middle of the range. Portable air conditioners with this level of power can cool rooms that are five-hundred and fifty to seven-hundred square feet. This might include multiple rooms that are close together. These units are able to better cool small apartments, condos, or living rooms. If you have a small apartment in an area that gets very hot in the summer, you might consider the units below instead of those in the 11,000-12,000 BTU Range. If you’re not sure, it’s always safer to go with a model that’s a little more powerful. The price difference is minimal and you’ll be happy you did. Our Good, Better, Best picks for this BTU range are as follows:

De'Longhi PAC N130HPE 13,000 BTU
De’Longhi PAC N130HPE 13,000 BTU

Good – De’Longhi PAC N130HPE 13,000 BTU

  • The De’Longhi PAC N130HPE has three and a half stars out of five with around forty reviews. This model is extra portable due to having durable castor wheels. This plays an important role when you want to move your portable air conditioner from room to room. This model also doubles as a heater! Instead of buying another machine (a heater), you can just use this one all year long. You’ll be giving your HVAC system a break when you purchase an item like this.

Better – BLACK+DECKER BPACT14WT 14000 BTU

  • The BLACK+DECKER BPACT14WT is less expensive and has four out of five stars. For this reason alone, this model might be a better option. But let’s see what else it features. Like the prior model, this one has castor wheels. But this unit has an easily removable filter which you can run under your sink to clean it. A feature as simple as this can make a big difference when it comes to your air quality.

Best – Whynter ARC-14S 14,000 BTU

  • The Whynter ARC-14S also has four out of five stars. However, it boasts over fifteen-hundred customer reviews. This unit is packed with features. It rolls. It has three modes of operation (air conditioner, fan, or dehumidifier). It also includes a washable filter. This model features an auto-restart function in the event of a power outage or similar event. It has a memory and will boot right back up to where you were when before the power went out! This portable air conditioner also features ‘advanced self-evaporating technology’ which recycles moisture collected as a result of its normal operation. It’s easy to see why this unit is so popular.

Conclusion

Well folks, that covers it for our best mobile air conditioners in the 13,000 to 15,000 BTU range. Remember though, that this range is meant for large living rooms, apartments, or sections of an entire floor. If you find that you need to cool a larger or smaller area then please check out our buying guide to determine exactly what sized air conditioner you will need.

Thanks for reading and I hope this article was helpful,

Alec Johnson

RefrigearntHQ

Hot temperatures are coming! A sweltering day is a bad time to find out your cooling system doesn’t work properly. Even worse, the problem is compounded if the issue is with an HVAC system. Those are expensive! But central air isn’t the only option. Consider this: a portable air conditioner. It’s good to have more options then only central air. If you don’t often use your central system, a portable air conditioner might be a great solution if you only need to cool one room in your home.

Portable air conditioners meet the same goals of an HVAC system when it comes to cooling. They can cool a room or space. Unlike a central cooling unit, however, a portable air conditioner is only meant to cool one room. It can sometimes cool two or more rooms. But the effectiveness of cooling degrades the farther away a room is to the unit. These types of air conditioners are often used in a shop environment. In fact, in a previous job I had to visit a service shop in Ardmore, Oklahoma. The shop wasn’t too large but there was no central air routed and it was in the middle of August. Their solution was a portable air conditioner. It kept the mechanics cool, well at least cooler then they would have been out in the Oklahoma sun.

All portable air conditioners are not the same when it comes to cooling power. They are separated, in part, by British Thermal Units (BTU). BTU is a number assigned to portable air conditioners. It’s essentially a number which measures the amount of energy produced by the unit. The higher a BTU number is, the more energy the unit produces. A very large room requires a unit with a high BTU number. On the other hand, a smaller room will cool well with a unit that has a lower BTU number. An example of a smaller room could be a bedroom. The good news is that there is a wide range of BTU numbers when it comes to portable air conditioners. You’ll be able to shop around for the best choice for you and your situation.

Choosing Between a Window or a Portable Air Conditioner

Before you make your decision on rather or not you will be buying a portable air conditioner or a window air conditioner you should first consider the differences between the two types of products. What product are you leaning towards? Which one should you actually get? To be honest folks, these products are really very similar and there are only a few key differences that you will need to think about before making your buying decision. Let’s take a look:

Window Units

  •  Window air conditioners have to be mounted either through your window or through a make-shift hole in your wall. Once mounted correctly they provide a stable and reliable cooling source. Some people may struggle mounting these units, especially if it is a higher BTU model and is a heavier unit. Depending on the size a proper mounting job may require two people.
  • Generally, window units are more efficient then a portable unit. That means that you get more cooling power per BTU and also save on energy bills when compared to portable air conditioners.
  • Another benefit to them is that you don’t have to worry about where to vent the exhaust. Window units are designed to be halfway in and out of your house so that there is a space for the exhaust to go right away. The downside here, which I’ll mention further below, is that mounted window units are sometimes seen as an eyesore and depending on where you live you may get complaints.
  • If you have decided on a window unit then check out RefrigerantHQ’s guide on ‘What are the Best Window Air Conditioners,’ by clicking here.

Portable Units

  • Portable air conditioners are just that, portable. That means they are easy to move around your home or to even pack in your truck and take somewhere else. The versatility of this adds a lot of favor to the portable air conditioner side of things.
  • A portable air conditioner is much much easier to install. There is no mounting required, no support brackets, none of the hassle that comes with installing a window unit into your home, garage, or office. These units are all about the ‘easy’ button.
  • While portable air conditioners are easy to install they also prevent any potential squabble with your home owner’s association. Most HOAs do not allow a window unit hanging out of a home. They see it as an eye sore and will tolerate it. A portable air conditioner can give you a work around as the worst anyone is going to see is a small exhaust tube.
  • For RefrigerantHQ’s guide on ‘What are the Best Portable Air Conditioners,’ by clicking here.

Considerations

We at RefrigerantHQ want to make sure you understand your options before choosing to purchase a portable air conditioner, and there are a lot of options and conditioners to be made. Portable air conditioners have a great number of benefits. Inexpensive, small, efficient—these are among the factors people think about when they consider buying a portable air conditioner. These units are normally a few hundred dollars. In contrast, central cooling systems normally can cost thousands of dollars. Portable air conditioners are called such for a reason: they’re small. And you can move them around that house or shop as you please. You can even remove it completely and take it other places. You don’t need a central air conditioner running if you only want to cool one room. It’s more efficient to use the portable air conditioner in this situation. A lot of folks will just cool their bedroom during the day and night and a portable unit would be perfect for such an application.

Which room do you want to cool? What BTU level should you be looking for? The answer to these questions will help you choose a portable air conditioner. To know what BTU unit you’ll need and any other questions you could have please check the official RefrigerantHQ Window Air Conditioner Buyer’s Guide. Yes, this article leans towards window air conditioners. However, the information regarding BTU number, room size, and everything else can be applied to portable air conditioners as after all these units all function under the same principal of removing heat from a room.

Good, Better, Best

I am a big believer in giving consumers choice, but a limited choice. Instead of offering you fifty or even one-hundred different options for your new portable air conditioner we are going to offer you three products in each category. The thinking behind this model is giving the consumer a Good, Better, Best option. This methodology of selling was taught  to me nearly ten years ago from a former supervisor. The concept behind it is we give an option to the price conscious customer: Good, an option to the middle of the road customer: Better, and an option for the premium customer: Best. So, once you recognize what kind of customer you are and what your budget is we can begin to narrow down your selection.

The last thing that I am going to mention before getting into the products is that a Good ranked product is not a bad product by any measure. They are a perfectly good product they just not may have all of the bells and whistles that a Better or Best rated product may have. Think of it as a bare bones car compared to a sports edition. The bare bones vehicle will still service it’s function getting you from point A to point B but it will not have all of the features that a sports edition will.

Which is the Best?

Here’s the answer: it depends. And it depends on a host of factors. Although I’ll rank them with good, better, and best, the ranking doesn’t necessarily mean the “best” one if the best for you specifically. For example, you might want to forego a few bells and whistles if it means you could save a hundred dollars. Or, perhaps you want a mix of features and cost. Better might be a good option for you at that point. Having plenty of choices will allow you to eventually narrow your search down to the perfect portable air conditioner for you.

Finally, before we jump in you should know that good units might be just as good as the best units. You have one primary goal when it comes to portable air conditioning: cooling your room. And you’ll be able to do that with any of the units below!  In your BTU range, you might prefer good, better, or best based on a number of factors. Size, features, and BTU number are factors worth considering. Are you ready to look at the units? Without further delay, let’s get started!

11,000-12,000 BTU Range

The 11,000-12,000 BTU levels are nearing the middle of the range. Indeed, these numbers also correlate to the ability to cool larger rooms. I am talking about rooms that are between four-hundred and fifty to five-hundred and fifty square feet. Large living rooms, small apartments, one-level condos—these are the type of places that can be cooled by a portable air conditioner in this range. Here, you’ll begin to find some heavy duty units. Our Good, Better, Best picks for this BTU range are as follows:

DeLonghi PACN110EC 11,000 BTU
DeLonghi PACN110EC 11,000 BTU

Good – DeLonghi PACN110EC 11,000 BTU

  • The DeLonghi PACN110EC has three and a half out of five stars. A great feature of this unit is that they advertise easy installation. This portable air conditioner should be up-and-running within minutes of taking it out of the box. This is important especially if you receive the unit on a very hot or humid day. Sometimes you want things you work right away. And this would be the perfect unit for that.

Better – Whynter ARC-110WD 11,000 BTU

  • The Whynter ARC-110WD might be the better choice. It’s also rated three and a half out of five stars. However, this unit has over one hundred more reviews. This unit features four operating modes: air conditioner, fan, dehumidifier, and automatic. With all these options, there is a mode for everyone and for different situations. Sometimes you don’t need it to run much cooler than the room already is. The fan might be a good solution here.

Best – Honeywell MN12CES 12,000 BTU

  • The Honeywell MN12CES has four out of five stars and has a whopping seven-hundred reviews. It is by far one of the most popular mobile air conditioners on the market today. This air conditioner boasts a powerful air flow yet quiet operation. In addition, this unit doubles as a dehumidifier which removes excess moisture in the air. The room will become cooler and you’ll stay dryer. This is the perfect choice for larger rooms.

Conclusion

Well folks, that covers it for our best mobile air conditioners in the 11,000 to 12,000 BTU range. Remember though, that this range is meant for master bedrooms or small living rooms. If you find that you need to cool a larger or smaller area then please check out our buying guide to determine exactly what sized air conditioner you will need.

Thanks for reading and I hope this article was helpful,

Alec Johnson

RefrigearntHQ

Hot temperatures are coming! A sweltering day is a bad time to find out your cooling system doesn’t work properly. Even worse, the problem is compounded if the issue is with an HVAC system. Those are expensive! But central air isn’t the only option. Consider this: a portable air conditioner. It’s good to have more options then only central air. If you don’t often use your central system, a portable air conditioner might be a great solution if you only need to cool one room in your home.

Portable air conditioners meet the same goals of an HVAC system when it comes to cooling. They can cool a room or space. Unlike a central cooling unit, however, a portable air conditioner is only meant to cool one room. It can sometimes cool two or more rooms. But the effectiveness of cooling degrades the farther away a room is to the unit. These types of air conditioners are often used in a shop environment. In fact, in a previous job I had to visit a service shop in Ardmore, Oklahoma. The shop wasn’t too large but there was no central air routed and it was in the middle of August. Their solution was a portable air conditioner. It kept the mechanics cool, well at least cooler then they would have been out in the Oklahoma sun.

All portable air conditioners are not the same when it comes to cooling power. They are separated, in part, by British Thermal Units (BTU). BTU is a number assigned to portable air conditioners. It’s essentially a number which measures the amount of energy produced by the unit. The higher a BTU number is, the more energy the unit produces. A very large room requires a unit with a high BTU number. On the other hand, a smaller room will cool well with a unit that has a lower BTU number. An example of a smaller room could be a bedroom. The good news is that there is a wide range of BTU numbers when it comes to portable air conditioners. You’ll be able to shop around for the best choice for you and your situation.

Choosing Between a Window or a Portable Air Conditioner

Before you make your decision on rather or not you will be buying a portable air conditioner or a window air conditioner you should first consider the differences between the two types of products. What product are you leaning towards? Which one should you actually get? To be honest folks, these products are really very similar and there are only a few key differences that you will need to think about before making your buying decision. Let’s take a look:

Window Units

  •  Window air conditioners have to be mounted either through your window or through a make-shift hole in your wall. Once mounted correctly they provide a stable and reliable cooling source. Some people may struggle mounting these units, especially if it is a higher BTU model and is a heavier unit. Depending on the size a proper mounting job may require two people.
  • Generally, window units are more efficient then a portable unit. That means that you get more cooling power per BTU and also save on energy bills when compared to portable air conditioners.
  • Another benefit to them is that you don’t have to worry about where to vent the exhaust. Window units are designed to be halfway in and out of your house so that there is a space for the exhaust to go right away. The downside here, which I’ll mention further below, is that mounted window units are sometimes seen as an eyesore and depending on where you live you may get complaints.
  • If you have decided on a window unit then check out RefrigerantHQ’s guide on ‘What are the Best Window Air Conditioners,’ by clicking here.

Portable Units

  • Portable air conditioners are just that, portable. That means they are easy to move around your home or to even pack in your truck and take somewhere else. The versatility of this adds a lot of favor to the portable air conditioner side of things.
  • A portable air conditioner is much much easier to install. There is no mounting required, no support brackets, none of the hassle that comes with installing a window unit into your home, garage, or office. These units are all about the ‘easy’ button.
  • While portable air conditioners are easy to install they also prevent any potential squabble with your home owner’s association. Most HOAs do not allow a window unit hanging out of a home. They see it as an eye sore and will tolerate it. A portable air conditioner can give you a work around as the worst anyone is going to see is a small exhaust tube.
  • For RefrigerantHQ’s guide on ‘What are the Best Portable Air Conditioners,’ by clicking here.

Considerations

We at RefrigerantHQ want to make sure you understand your options before choosing to purchase a portable air conditioner, and there are a lot of options and conditioners to be made. Portable air conditioners have a great number of benefits. Inexpensive, small, efficient—these are among the factors people think about when they consider buying a portable air conditioner. These units are normally a few hundred dollars. In contrast, central cooling systems normally can cost thousands of dollars. Portable air conditioners are called such for a reason: they’re small. And you can move them around that house or shop as you please. You can even remove it completely and take it other places. You don’t need a central air conditioner running if you only want to cool one room. It’s more efficient to use the portable air conditioner in this situation. A lot of folks will just cool their bedroom during the day and night and a portable unit would be perfect for such an application.

Which room do you want to cool? What BTU level should you be looking for? The answer to these questions will help you choose a portable air conditioner. To know what BTU unit you’ll need and any other questions you could have please check the official RefrigerantHQ Window Air Conditioner Buyer’s Guide. Yes, this article leans towards window air conditioners. However, the information regarding BTU number, room size, and everything else can be applied to portable air conditioners as after all these units all function under the same principal of removing heat from a room.

Good, Better, Best

I am a big believer in giving consumers choice, but a limited choice. Instead of offering you fifty or even one-hundred different options for your new portable air conditioner we are going to offer you three products in each category. The thinking behind this model is giving the consumer a Good, Better, Best option. This methodology of selling was taught  to me nearly ten years ago from a former supervisor. The concept behind it is we give an option to the price conscious customer: Good, an option to the middle of the road customer: Better, and an option for the premium customer: Best. So, once you recognize what kind of customer you are and what your budget is we can begin to narrow down your selection.

The last thing that I am going to mention before getting into the products is that a Good ranked product is not a bad product by any measure. They are a perfectly good product they just not may have all of the bells and whistles that a Better or Best rated product may have. Think of it as a bare bones car compared to a sports edition. The bare bones vehicle will still service it’s function getting you from point A to point B but it will not have all of the features that a sports edition will.

Which is the Best?

Here’s the answer: it depends. And it depends on a host of factors. Although I’ll rank them with good, better, and best, the ranking doesn’t necessarily mean the “best” one if the best for you specifically. For example, you might want to forego a few bells and whistles if it means you could save a hundred dollars. Or, perhaps you want a mix of features and cost. Better might be a good option for you at that point. Having plenty of choices will allow you to eventually narrow your search down to the perfect portable air conditioner for you.

Finally, before we jump in you should know that good units might be just as good as the best units. You have one primary goal when it comes to portable air conditioning: cooling your room. And you’ll be able to do that with any of the units below!  In your BTU range, you might prefer good, better, or best based on a number of factors. Size, features, and BTU number are factors worth considering. Are you ready to look at the units? Without further delay, let’s get started!

9,000-10,000 BTU Range

With the 9,000-10,000 BTU , we are moving up into a more powerful range. These units will cool a room between three-hundred and fifty -four-hundred and fifty square feet. These are larger living rooms and larger master bedrooms. In some larger cities, you can find a small studio apartment within the range of four-hundred and fifty square feet. The portable air conditioners found below should cool these spaces. Our Good, Better, Best picks for this BTU range are as follows:

Spt 9000 BTU Slimline Ac with Heater
Spt 9000 BTU Slimline Ac with Heater

Good – SPT Slimline 9,000 BTU

  • The SPT Slimline has three out of five stars. We rate this as good because of its interesting design. It’s tall and slim, which is great for rooms without much extra space. Going up, instead of spreading out, is a solution for rooms like this.

Better – LG Electronics LP0910WNR 9,000 BTU

  • The LG Electronics LP0910WNR is rated three and a half out of five stars. This unit has over one hundred reviews, making it one of the more popular portable air conditioners. Manually adjustable louvers set this unit apart. Do you want cool air to go up? Simply move the louver in the upwards position. Or, you can make the cool air go down by putting the louver in the downward position.

Best – Haier HPN10XHM 10,000 BTU

  • The Haier HPN10XHM only has five reviews so far. But it is the best choice of the three. The unit has four and a half our of five stars. It has an interesting feature: it doubles as a heater! Instead of buying a portable air conditioner and a portable heater, you have the option here of buying only one unit. You can use this unit year-round.

Conclusion

Well folks, that covers it for our best mobile air conditioners in the 9,000 to 10,000 BTU range. Remember though, that this range is meant for larger master bedrooms or larger living rooms. If you find that you need to cool a larger or smaller area then please check out our buying guide to determine exactly what sized air conditioner you will need.

Thanks for reading and I hope this article was helpful,

Alec Johnson

RefrigearntHQ

Hot temperatures are coming! A sweltering day is a bad time to find out your cooling system doesn’t work properly. Even worse, the problem is compounded if the issue is with an HVAC system. Those are expensive! But central air isn’t the only option. Consider this: a portable air conditioner. It’s good to have more options then only central air. If you don’t often use your central system, a portable air conditioner might be a great solution if you only need to cool one room in your home.

Portable air conditioners meet the same goals of an HVAC system when it comes to cooling. They can cool a room or space. Unlike a central cooling unit, however, a portable air conditioner is only meant to cool one room. It can sometimes cool two or more rooms. But the effectiveness of cooling degrades the farther away a room is to the unit. These types of air conditioners are often used in a shop environment. In fact, in a previous job I had to visit a service shop in Ardmore, Oklahoma. The shop wasn’t too large but there was no central air routed and it was in the middle of August. Their solution was a portable air conditioner. It kept the mechanics cool, well at least cooler then they would have been out in the Oklahoma sun.

All portable air conditioners are not the same when it comes to cooling power. They are separated, in part, by British Thermal Units (BTU). BTU is a number assigned to portable air conditioners. It’s essentially a number which measures the amount of energy produced by the unit. The higher a BTU number is, the more energy the unit produces. A very large room requires a unit with a high BTU number. On the other hand, a smaller room will cool well with a unit that has a lower BTU number. An example of a smaller room could be a bedroom. The good news is that there is a wide range of BTU numbers when it comes to portable air conditioners. You’ll be able to shop around for the best choice for you and your situation.

Choosing Between a Window or a Portable Air Conditioner

Before you make your decision on rather or not you will be buying a portable air conditioner or a window air conditioner you should first consider the differences between the two types of products. What product are you leaning towards? Which one should you actually get? To be honest folks, these products are really very similar and there are only a few key differences that you will need to think about before making your buying decision. Let’s take a look:

Window Units

  •  Window air conditioners have to be mounted either through your window or through a make-shift hole in your wall. Once mounted correctly they provide a stable and reliable cooling source. Some people may struggle mounting these units, especially if it is a higher BTU model and is a heavier unit. Depending on the size a proper mounting job may require two people.
  • Generally, window units are more efficient then a portable unit. That means that you get more cooling power per BTU and also save on energy bills when compared to portable air conditioners.
  • Another benefit to them is that you don’t have to worry about where to vent the exhaust. Window units are designed to be halfway in and out of your house so that there is a space for the exhaust to go right away. The downside here, which I’ll mention further below, is that mounted window units are sometimes seen as an eyesore and depending on where you live you may get complaints.
  • If you have decided on a window unit then check out RefrigerantHQ’s guide on ‘What are the Best Window Air Conditioners,’ by clicking here.

Portable Units

  • Portable air conditioners are just that, portable. That means they are easy to move around your home or to even pack in your truck and take somewhere else. The versatility of this adds a lot of favor to the portable air conditioner side of things.
  • A portable air conditioner is much much easier to install. There is no mounting required, no support brackets, none of the hassle that comes with installing a window unit into your home, garage, or office. These units are all about the ‘easy’ button.
  • While portable air conditioners are easy to install they also prevent any potential squabble with your home owner’s association. Most HOAs do not allow a window unit hanging out of a home. They see it as an eye sore and will tolerate it. A portable air conditioner can give you a work around as the worst anyone is going to see is a small exhaust tube.
  • For RefrigerantHQ’s guide on ‘What are the Best Portable Air Conditioners,’ by clicking here.

Considerations

We at RefrigerantHQ want to make sure you understand your options before choosing to purchase a portable air conditioner, and there are a lot of options and conditioners to be made. Portable air conditioners have a great number of benefits. Inexpensive, small, efficient—these are among the factors people think about when they consider buying a portable air conditioner. These units are normally a few hundred dollars. In contrast, central cooling systems normally can cost thousands of dollars. Portable air conditioners are called such for a reason: they’re small. And you can move them around that house or shop as you please. You can even remove it completely and take it other places. You don’t need a central air conditioner running if you only want to cool one room. It’s more efficient to use the portable air conditioner in this situation. A lot of folks will just cool their bedroom during the day and night and a portable unit would be perfect for such an application.

Which room do you want to cool? What BTU level should you be looking for? The answer to these questions will help you choose a portable air conditioner. To know what BTU unit you’ll need and any other questions you could have please check the official RefrigerantHQ Window Air Conditioner Buyer’s Guide. Yes, this article leans towards window air conditioners. However, the information regarding BTU number, room size, and everything else can be applied to portable air conditioners as after all these units all function under the same principal of removing heat from a room.

Good, Better, Best

I am a big believer in giving consumers choice, but a limited choice. Instead of offering you fifty or even one-hundred different options for your new portable air conditioner we are going to offer you three products in each category. The thinking behind this model is giving the consumer a Good, Better, Best option. This methodology of selling was taught  to me nearly ten years ago from a former supervisor. The concept behind it is we give an option to the price conscious customer: Good, an option to the middle of the road customer: Better, and an option for the premium customer: Best. So, once you recognize what kind of customer you are and what your budget is we can begin to narrow down your selection.

The last thing that I am going to mention before getting into the products is that a Good ranked product is not a bad product by any measure. They are a perfectly good product they just not may have all of the bells and whistles that a Better or Best rated product may have. Think of it as a bare bones car compared to a sports edition. The bare bones vehicle will still service it’s function getting you from point A to point B but it will not have all of the features that a sports edition will.

Which is the Best?

Here’s the answer: it depends. And it depends on a host of factors. Although I’ll rank them with good, better, and best, the ranking doesn’t necessarily mean the “best” one if the best for you specifically. For example, you might want to forego a few bells and whistles if it means you could save a hundred dollars. Or, perhaps you want a mix of features and cost. Better might be a good option for you at that point. Having plenty of choices will allow you to eventually narrow your search down to the perfect portable air conditioner for you.

Finally, before we jump in you should know that good units might be just as good as the best units. You have one primary goal when it comes to portable air conditioning: cooling your room. And you’ll be able to do that with any of the units below!  In your BTU range, you might prefer good, better, or best based on a number of factors. Size, features, and BTU number are factors worth considering. Are you ready to look at the units? Without further delay, let’s get started!

7,000-8,000 BTU Range

Let’s take a step up to the 7,000-8,000 BTU range. With this power, we’re now looking at master bedrooms and small living rooms. These units are meant for rooms with between two-hundred and fifty to three-hundred and fifty square feet. You can also use this unit in a small room on a lower setting. This would also work for a work site office or even a construction trailer. Our Good, Better, Best picks for this BTU range are as follows:

LG LP1217GSR 12,000 BTU Portable Air Conditioner
LG LP1217GSR 12,000 BTU Portable Air Conditioner

Good – Haier CPRB07XC7 7,000-BTU

  • The Haier CPRB07XC7 is a good choice for the following reason: it has the option for three cooling speeds. One size doesn’t always fit everyone. And this unit is the perfect example of one that could suit the needs of different people. Do you want a more powerful unit for a smaller room? This unit is good for that, on a lower setting.

Better – LG LP1217GSR 7,000 BTU

  • The LG LP1217GSR is our better choice. It’s rated three and a half out of five stars. This unit has roller wheels which makes it more of a “portable” unit. You can easily move it from room to room depending on your needs. It also has a power cord which is six feet long. You can move it around freely to suit your needs.

Best – LG LP1215GXR 7,000 BTU

  • The LG LP1215GXR is likely the best choice of the three. At three and a half stars, it matches the rating of the last unit. However, it has over two hundred reviews, giving it a more stable rating. This unit has a dehumidifying function which mixes cool and dry air. It’s a great option which can keep you cool during the day and night.

Conclusion

Well folks, that covers it for our best mobile air conditioners in the 7,000 to 8,000 BTU range. Remember though, that this range is meant for master bedrooms or small living rooms. If you find that you need to cool a larger or smaller area then please check out our buying guide to determine exactly what sized air conditioner you will need.

Thanks for reading and I hope this article was helpful,

Alec Johnson

RefrigearntHQ

Hot temperatures are coming! A sweltering day is a bad time to find out your cooling system doesn’t work properly. Even worse, the problem is compounded if the issue is with an HVAC system. Those are expensive! But central air isn’t the only option. Consider this: a portable air conditioner. It’s good to have more options then only central air. If you don’t often use your central system, a portable air conditioner might be a great solution if you only need to cool one room in your home.

Portable air conditioners meet the same goals of an HVAC system when it comes to cooling. They can cool a room or space. Unlike a central cooling unit, however, a portable air conditioner is only meant to cool one room. It can sometimes cool two or more rooms. But the effectiveness of cooling degrades the farther away a room is to the unit. These types of air conditioners are often used in a shop environment. In fact, in a previous job I had to visit a service shop in Ardmore, Oklahoma. The shop wasn’t too large but there was no central air routed and it was in the middle of August. Their solution was a portable air conditioner. It kept the mechanics cool, well at least cooler then they would have been out in the Oklahoma sun.

All portable air conditioners are not the same when it comes to cooling power. They are separated, in part, by British Thermal Units (BTU). BTU is a number assigned to portable air conditioners. It’s essentially a number which measures the amount of energy produced by the unit. The higher a BTU number is, the more energy the unit produces. A very large room requires a unit with a high BTU number. On the other hand, a smaller room will cool well with a unit that has a lower BTU number. An example of a smaller room could be a bedroom. The good news is that there is a wide range of BTU numbers when it comes to portable air conditioners. You’ll be able to shop around for the best choice for you and your situation.

Choosing Between a Window or a Portable Air Conditioner

Before you make your decision on rather or not you will be buying a portable air conditioner or a window air conditioner you should first consider the differences between the two types of products. What product are you leaning towards? Which one should you actually get? To be honest folks, these products are really very similar and there are only a few key differences that you will need to think about before making your buying decision. Let’s take a look:

Window Units

  •  Window air conditioners have to be mounted either through your window or through a make-shift hole in your wall. Once mounted correctly they provide a stable and reliable cooling source. Some people may struggle mounting these units, especially if it is a higher BTU model and is a heavier unit. Depending on the size a proper mounting job may require two people.
  • Generally, window units are more efficient then a portable unit. That means that you get more cooling power per BTU and also save on energy bills when compared to portable air conditioners.
  • Another benefit to them is that you don’t have to worry about where to vent the exhaust. Window units are designed to be halfway in and out of your house so that there is a space for the exhaust to go right away. The downside here, which I’ll mention further below, is that mounted window units are sometimes seen as an eyesore and depending on where you live you may get complaints.
  • If you have decided on a window unit then check out RefrigerantHQ’s guide on ‘What are the Best Window Air Conditioners,’ by clicking here.

Portable Units

  • Portable air conditioners are just that, portable. That means they are easy to move around your home or to even pack in your truck and take somewhere else. The versatility of this adds a lot of favor to the portable air conditioner side of things.
  • A portable air conditioner is much much easier to install. There is no mounting required, no support brackets, none of the hassle that comes with installing a window unit into your home, garage, or office. These units are all about the ‘easy’ button.
  • While portable air conditioners are easy to install they also prevent any potential squabble with your home owner’s association. Most HOAs do not allow a window unit hanging out of a home. They see it as an eye sore and will tolerate it. A portable air conditioner can give you a work around as the worst anyone is going to see is a small exhaust tube.
  • For RefrigerantHQ’s guide on ‘What are the Best Portable Air Conditioners,’ by clicking here.

Considerations

We at RefrigerantHQ want to make sure you understand your options before choosing to purchase a portable air conditioner, and there are a lot of options and conditioners to be made. Portable air conditioners have a great number of benefits. Inexpensive, small, efficient—these are among the factors people think about when they consider buying a portable air conditioner. These units are normally a few hundred dollars. In contrast, central cooling systems normally can cost thousands of dollars. Portable air conditioners are called such for a reason: they’re small. And you can move them around that house or shop as you please. You can even remove it completely and take it other places. You don’t need a central air conditioner running if you only want to cool one room. It’s more efficient to use the portable air conditioner in this situation. A lot of folks will just cool their bedroom during the day and night and a portable unit would be perfect for such an application.

Which room do you want to cool? What BTU level should you be looking for? The answer to these questions will help you choose a portable air conditioner. To know what BTU unit you’ll need and any other questions you could have please check the official RefrigerantHQ Window Air Conditioner Buyer’s Guide. Yes, this article leans towards window air conditioners. However, the information regarding BTU number, room size, and everything else can be applied to portable air conditioners as after all these units all function under the same principal of removing heat from a room.

Good, Better, Best

I am a big believer in giving consumers choice, but a limited choice. Instead of offering you fifty or even one-hundred different options for your new portable air conditioner we are going to offer you three products in each category. The thinking behind this model is giving the consumer a Good, Better, Best option. This methodology of selling was taught  to me nearly ten years ago from a former supervisor. The concept behind it is we give an option to the price conscious customer: Good, an option to the middle of the road customer: Better, and an option for the premium customer: Best. So, once you recognize what kind of customer you are and what your budget is we can begin to narrow down your selection.

The last thing that I am going to mention before getting into the products is that a Good ranked product is not a bad product by any measure. They are a perfectly good product they just not may have all of the bells and whistles that a Better or Best rated product may have. Think of it as a bare bones car compared to a sports edition. The bare bones vehicle will still service it’s function getting you from point A to point B but it will not have all of the features that a sports edition will.

Which is the Best?

Here’s the answer: it depends. And it depends on a host of factors. Although I’ll rank them with good, better, and best, the ranking doesn’t necessarily mean the “best” one if the best for you specifically. For example, you might want to forego a few bells and whistles if it means you could save a hundred dollars. Or, perhaps you want a mix of features and cost. Better might be a good option for you at that point. Having plenty of choices will allow you to eventually narrow your search down to the perfect portable air conditioner for you.

Finally, before we jump in you should know that good units might be just as good as the best units. You have one primary goal when it comes to portable air conditioning: cooling your room. And you’ll be able to do that with any of the units below!  In your BTU range, you might prefer good, better, or best based on a number of factors. Size, features, and BTU number are factors worth considering. Are you ready to look at the units? Without further delay, let’s get started!

5,000-6,000 BTU Range

The 5,000-6,000 BTU range is the lowest on our list. These units are meant to cool smaller rooms and spaces. Specifically, a portable air conditioner with 5,000 BTU can cool a bedroom or a small office. These units are meant for a room with one-hundred to two-hundred and fifty square feet. Therefore, the bedroom might be a smaller guest bedroom (instead of a master bedroom). Our Good, Better, Best picks for this BTU range are as follows:

Impecca 6,000 Btu Portable Air Conditioner
Impecca 6,000 Btu Portable Air Conditioner

Good – Impecca Portable Air Conditioner 6,000 BTU

  • The Impecca Portable Air Conditioner seems to be a newer model because it doesn’t have any review yet. However, it features “whisper quiet operation”. This is a selling point especially for those who have difficulty sleeping. The quiet air conditioner shouldn’t disturb their sleep. It’s important to know that there is a great range between quiet and loud when it comes to portable air conditioners.

Better – LG LP0817WSR 5,500 BTU

  • The LG LP0817WSR might be a better choice. This model is rated three and a half out of five stars. It’s my opinion that it’s better to know the rating (whatever it is) than not know the rating at all. One great feature of this portable air conditioner is that it has an auto evaporation system. That means you shouldn’t have to drain water as much. This is a convenient option for those looking to turn it on or off and forget about it.

Best – ClimateRight CR5000ACH 5,000 BTU

  • The ClimateRight CR5000ACH is likely the best choice. It is rated four out of five stars. The good rating is partly due to the unit’s durability. I’m reading that people like the way the unit works. It’s quiet, it’s small, and it works as it should. You buy a portable air conditioner to cool a room. And this unit does the job! The ClimateRight CR5000ACH seems like the perfect choice for a smaller bedroom or office.

Conclusion

Well folks, that covers it for our best mobile air conditioners in the 5,000 to 6,000 BTU range. Remember though, that this range is meant for small rooms or offices. If you find that you need to cool a larger area then please check out our buying guide to determine exactly what sized air conditioner you will need.

Thanks for reading and I hope this article was helpful,

Alec Johnson

RefrigearntHQ

Before you make your decision on rather or not you will be buying a portable air conditioner or a window air conditioner you should first consider the differences between the two types of products. What product are you leaning towards? Which one should you actually get? To be honest folks, these products are really very similar and there are only a few key differences that you will need to think about before making your buying decision. Let’s take a look:

Window Units

  •  Window air conditioners have to be mounted either through your window or through a make-shift hole in your wall. Once mounted correctly they provide a stable and reliable cooling source. Some people may struggle mounting these units, especially if it is a higher BTU model and is a heavier unit. Depending on the size a proper mounting job may require two people.
  • Generally, window units are more efficient then a portable unit. That means that you get more cooling power per BTU and also save on energy bills when compared to portable air conditioners.
  • Another benefit to them is that you don’t have to worry about where to vent the exhaust. Window units are designed to be halfway in and out of your house so that there is a space for the exhaust to go right away. The downside here, which I’ll mention further below, is that mounted window units are sometimes seen as an eyesore and depending on where you live you may get complaints.
  • If you have decided on a window unit then check out RefrigerantHQ’s guide on ‘What are the Best Window Air Conditioners,’ by clicking here.

Portable Units

  • Portable air conditioners are just that, portable. That means they are easy to move around your home or to even pack in your truck and take somewhere else. The versatility of this adds a lot of favor to the portable air conditioner side of things.
  • A portable air conditioner is much much easier to install. There is no mounting required, no support brackets, none of the hassle that comes with installing a window unit into your home, garage, or office. These units are all about the ‘easy’ button.
  • While portable air conditioners are easy to install they also prevent any potential squabble with your home owner’s association. Most HOAs do not allow a window unit hanging out of a home. They see it as an eye sore and will tolerate it. A portable air conditioner can give you a work around as the worst anyone is going to see is a small exhaust tube.
  • For RefrigerantHQ’s guide on ‘What are the Best Portable Air Conditioners,’ by clicking here.

Conclusion

Regardless of what you choose folks I can assure you that you will end up with a cool room or home. The decision is up to you, but I hope that this article was helpful.

Thanks for reading,

Alec Johnson

RefrigearntHQ

Hot temperatures are coming! It’s the middle of April and there are parts of the country that are already feeling the heat. Arizona, for example, will have temperatures of over 90 degrees. The humidity might make it feel like it’s over 100 degrees! A sweltering day is a bad time to find out your cooling system doesn’t work properly. Even worse, the problem is compounded if the issue is with an HVAC system. Those are expensive! But central air isn’t the only option. Consider this: a portable air conditioner. It’s good to have more options then only central air. If you don’t often use your central system, a portable air conditioner might be a great solution if you only need to cool one room in your home.

Portable air conditioners meet the same goals of an HVAC system when it comes to cooling. They can cool a room or space. Unlike a central cooling unit, however, a portable air conditioner is only meant to cool one room. It can sometimes cool two or more rooms. But the effectiveness of cooling degrades the farther away a room is to the unit. These types of air conditioners are often used in a shop environment. In fact, in a previous job I had to visit a service shop in Ardmore, Oklahoma. The shop wasn’t too large but there was no central air routed and it was in the middle of August. Their solution was a portable air conditioner. It kept the mechanics cool, well at least cooler then they would have been out in the Oklahoma sun.

All portable air conditioners are not the same when it comes to cooling power. They are separated, in part, by British Thermal Units (BTU). BTU is a number assigned to portable air conditioners. It’s essentially a number which measures the amount of energy produced by the unit. The higher a BTU number is, the more energy the unit produces. A very large room requires a unit with a high BTU number. On the other hand, a smaller room will cool well with a unit that has a lower BTU number. An example of a smaller room could be a bedroom. The good news is that there is a wide range of BTU numbers when it comes to portable air conditioners. You’ll be able to shop around for the best choice for you and your situation.

Choosing Between a Window or a Portable Air Conditioner

Before you make your decision on rather or not you will be buying a portable air conditioner or a window air conditioner you should first consider the differences between the two types of products. What product are you leaning towards? Which one should you actually get? To be honest folks, these products are really very similar and there are only a few key differences that you will need to think about before making your buying decision. Let’s take a look:

Window Units

  •  Window air conditioners have to be mounted either through your window or through a make-shift hole in your wall. Once mounted correctly they provide a stable and reliable cooling source. Some people may struggle mounting these units, especially if it is a higher BTU model and is a heavier unit. Depending on the size a proper mounting job may require two people.
  • Generally, window units are more efficient then a portable unit. That means that you get more cooling power per BTU and also save on energy bills when compared to portable air conditioners.
  • Another benefit to them is that you don’t have to worry about where to vent the exhaust. Window units are designed to be halfway in and out of your house so that there is a space for the exhaust to go right away. The downside here, which I’ll mention further below, is that mounted window units are sometimes seen as an eyesore and depending on where you live you may get complaints.
  • If you have decided on a window unit then check out RefrigerantHQ’s guide on ‘What are the Best Window Air Conditioners,’ by clicking here.

Portable Units

  • Portable air conditioners are just that, portable. That means they are easy to move around your home or to even pack in your truck and take somewhere else. The versatility of this adds a lot of favor to the portable air conditioner side of things.
  • A portable air conditioner is much much easier to install. There is no mounting required, no support brackets, none of the hassle that comes with installing a window unit into your home, garage, or office. These units are all about the ‘easy’ button.
  • While portable air conditioners are easy to install they also prevent any potential squabble with your home owner’s association. Most HOAs do not allow a window unit hanging out of a home. They see it as an eye sore and will tolerate it. A portable air conditioner can give you a work around as the worst anyone is going to see is a small exhaust tube.
  • For RefrigerantHQ’s guide on ‘What are the Best Portable Air Conditioners,’ by clicking here.

Considerations

Before we talk about specific considerations, you should know what this article will do for you. Whether you are in the market for a portable air conditioner, or not, you’ll have a much better sense of the type of unit you might eventually purchase. We are going to walk through different units which will be sorted by BTU number. I’ll also include specific products for each BTU range. Each range will showcase three different portable air conditioners, if available. Finally, I’ll sort them by good, better, and best choices.

I am a big believer in giving consumers choice, but a limited choice. Instead of offering you fifty or even one-hundred different options for your new portable air conditioner we are going to offer you three products in each category. The thinking behind this model is giving the consumer a Good, Better, Best option. This methodology of selling was taught  to me nearly ten years ago from a former supervisor. The concept behind it is we give an option to the price conscious customer: Good, an option to the middle of the road customer: Better, and an option for the premium customer: Best. So, once you recognize what kind of customer you are and what your budget is we can begin to narrow down your selection.

The last thing that I am going to mention before getting into the products is that a Good ranked product is not a bad product by any measure. They are a perfectly good product they just not may have all of the bells and whistles that a Better or Best rated product may have. Think of it as a bare bones car compared to a sports edition. The bare bones vehicle will still service it’s function getting you from point A to point B but it will not have all of the features that a sports edition will.

We at RefrigerantHQ want to make sure you understand your options before choosing to purchase a portable air conditioner, and there are a lot of options and conditioners to be made. Portable air conditioners have a great number of benefits. Inexpensive, small, efficient—these are among the factors people think about when they consider buying a portable air conditioner. These units are normally a few hundred dollars. In contrast, central cooling systems normally can cost thousands of dollars. Portable air conditioners are called such for a reason: they’re small. And you can move them around that house or shop as you please. You can even remove it completely and take it other places. You don’t need a central air conditioner running if you only want to cool one room. It’s more efficient to use the portable air conditioner in this situation. A lot of folks will just cool their bedroom during the day and night and a portable unit would be perfect for such an application.

Which room do you want to cool? What BTU level should you be looking for? The answer to these questions will help you choose a portable air conditioner. To know what BTU unit you’ll need and any other questions you could have please check the official RefrigerantHQ Window Air Conditioner Buyer’s Guide. Yes, this article leans towards window air conditioners. However, the information regarding BTU number, room size, and everything else can be applied to portable air conditioners as after all these units all function under the same principal of removing heat from a room.

Which is the Best?

Here’s the answer: it depends. And it depends on a host of factors. Although I’ll rank them with good, better, and best, the ranking doesn’t necessarily mean the “best” one if the best for you specifically. For example, you might want to forego a few bells and whistles if it means you could save a hundred dollars. Or, perhaps you want a mix of features and cost. Better might be a good option for you at that point. Having plenty of choices will allow you to eventually narrow your search down to the perfect portable air conditioner for you.

Finally, before we jump into the ranges you should know that good units might be just as good as the best units. You have one primary goal when it comes to portable air conditioning: cooling your room. And you’ll be able to do that with any of the units below!  In your BTU range, you might prefer good, better, or best based on a number of factors. Size, features, and BTU number are factors worth considering. Are you ready to look at the units? Without further delay, let’s get started!

5,000-6,000 BTU Range

The 5,000-6,000 BTU range is the lowest on our list. These units are meant to cool smaller rooms and spaces. Specifically, a portable air conditioner with 5,000 BTU can cool a bedroom or a small office. These units are meant for a room with one-hundred to two-hundred and fifty square feet. Therefore, the bedroom might be a smaller guest bedroom (instead of a master bedroom). Our Good, Better, Best picks for this BTU range are as follows:

Impecca 6,000 Btu Portable Air Conditioner
Impecca 6,000 Btu Portable Air Conditioner

Good – Impecca Portable Air Conditioner 6,000 BTU

  • The Impecca Portable Air Conditioner seems to be a newer model because it doesn’t have any review yet. However, it features “whisper quiet operation”. This is a selling point especially for those who have difficulty sleeping. The quiet air conditioner shouldn’t disturb their sleep. It’s important to know that there is a great range between quiet and loud when it comes to portable air conditioners.

Better – LG LP0817WSR 5,500 BTU

  • The LG LP0817WSR might be a better choice. This model is rated three and a half out of five stars. It’s my opinion that it’s better to know the rating (whatever it is) than not know the rating at all. One great feature of this portable air conditioner is that it has an auto evaporation system. That means you shouldn’t have to drain water as much. This is a convenient option for those looking to turn it on or off and forget about it.

Best – ClimateRight CR5000ACH 5,000 BTU

  • The ClimateRight CR5000ACH is likely the best choice. It is rated four out of five stars. The good rating is partly due to the unit’s durability. I’m reading that people like the way the unit works. It’s quiet, it’s small, and it works as it should. You buy a portable air conditioner to cool a room. And this unit does the job! The ClimateRight CR5000ACH seems like the perfect choice for a smaller bedroom or office.

7,000-8,000 BTU Range

Let’s take a step up to the 7,000-8,000 BTU range. With this power, we’re now looking at master bedrooms and small living rooms. These units are meant for rooms with between two-hundred and fifty to three-hundred and fifty square feet. You can also use this unit in a small room on a lower setting. This would also work for a work site office or even a construction trailer. Our Good, Better, Best picks for this BTU range are as follows:

LG LP1217GSR 12,000 BTU Portable Air Conditioner
LG LP1217GSR 12,000 BTU Portable Air Conditioner

Good – Haier CPRB07XC7 7,000-BTU

  • The Haier CPRB07XC7 is a good choice for the following reason: it has the option for three cooling speeds. One size doesn’t always fit everyone. And this unit is the perfect example of one that could suit the needs of different people. Do you want a more powerful unit for a smaller room? This unit is good for that, on a lower setting.

Better – LG LP1217GSR 7,000 BTU

  • The LG LP1217GSR is our better choice. It’s rated three and a half out of five stars. This unit has roller wheels which makes it more of a “portable” unit. You can easily move it from room to room depending on your needs. It also has a power cord which is six feet long. You can move it around freely to suit your needs.

Best – LG LP1215GXR 7,000 BTU

  • The LG LP1215GXR is likely the best choice of the three. At three and a half stars, it matches the rating of the last unit. However, it has over two hundred reviews, giving it a more stable rating. This unit has a dehumidifying function which mixes cool and dry air. It’s a great option which can keep you cool during the day and night.

9,000-10,000 BTU Range

With the 9,000-10,000 BTU , we are moving up into a more powerful range. These units will cool a room between three-hundred and fifty -four-hundred and fifty square feet. These are larger living rooms and larger master bedrooms. In some larger cities, you can find a small studio apartment within the range of four-hundred and fifty square feet. The portable air conditioners found below should cool these spaces. Our Good, Better, Best picks for this BTU range are as follows:

Spt 9000 BTU Slimline Ac with Heater
Spt 9000 BTU Slimline Ac with Heater

Good – SPT Slimline 9,000 BTU

  • The SPT Slimline has three out of five stars. We rate this as good because of its interesting design. It’s tall and slim, which is great for rooms without much extra space. Going up, instead of spreading out, is a solution for rooms like this.

Better – LG Electronics LP0910WNR 9,000 BTU

  • The LG Electronics LP0910WNR is rated three and a half out of five stars. This unit has over one hundred reviews, making it one of the more popular portable air conditioners. Manually adjustable louvers set this unit apart. Do you want cool air to go up? Simply move the louver in the upwards position. Or, you can make the cool air go down by putting the louver in the downward position.

Best – Haier HPN10XHM 10,000 BTU

  • The Haier HPN10XHM only has five reviews so far. But it is the best choice of the three. The unit has four and a half our of five stars. It has an interesting feature: it doubles as a heater! Instead of buying a portable air conditioner and a portable heater, you have the option here of buying only one unit. You can use this unit year-round.

11,000-12,000 BTU Range

The 11,000-12,000 BTU levels are nearing the middle of the range. Indeed, these numbers also correlate to the ability to cool larger rooms. I am talking about rooms that are between four-hundred and fifty to five-hundred and fifty square feet. Large living rooms, small apartments, one-level condos—these are the type of places that can be cooled by a portable air conditioner in this range. Here, you’ll begin to find some heavy duty units. Our Good, Better, Best picks for this BTU range are as follows:

DeLonghi PACN110EC 11,000 BTU
DeLonghi PACN110EC 11,000 BTU

Good – DeLonghi PACN110EC 11,000 BTU

  • The DeLonghi PACN110EC has three and a half out of five stars. A great feature of this unit is that they advertise easy installation. This portable air conditioner should be up-and-running within minutes of taking it out of the box. This is important especially if you receive the unit on a very hot or humid day. Sometimes you want things you work right away. And this would be the perfect unit for that.

Better – Whynter ARC-110WD 11,000 BTU

  • The Whynter ARC-110WD might be the better choice. It’s also rated three and a half out of five stars. However, this unit has over one hundred more reviews. This unit features four operating modes: air conditioner, fan, dehumidifier, and automatic. With all these options, there is a mode for everyone and for different situations. Sometimes you don’t need it to run much cooler than the room already is. The fan might be a good solution here.

Best – Honeywell MN12CES 12,000 BTU

  • The Honeywell MN12CES has four out of five stars and has a whopping seven-hundred reviews. It is by far one of the most popular mobile air conditioners on the market today. This air conditioner boasts a powerful air flow yet quiet operation. In addition, this unit doubles as a dehumidifier which removes excess moisture in the air. The room will become cooler and you’ll stay dryer. This is the perfect choice for larger rooms.

13,000-15,000 BTU Range

The 13,000-15,000 BTU levels are past the middle of the range. Portable air conditioners with this level of power can cool rooms that are five-hundred and fifty to seven-hundred square feet. This might include multiple rooms that are close together. These units are able to better cool small apartments, condos, or living rooms. If you have a small apartment in an area that gets very hot in the summer, you might consider the units below instead of those in the 11,000-12,000 BTU Range. If you’re not sure, it’s always safer to go with a model that’s a little more powerful. The price difference is minimal and you’ll be happy you did. Our Good, Better, Best picks for this BTU range are as follows:

De'Longhi PAC N130HPE 13,000 BTU
De’Longhi PAC N130HPE 13,000 BTU

Good – De’Longhi PAC N130HPE 13,000 BTU

  • The De’Longhi PAC N130HPE has three and a half stars out of five with around forty reviews. This model is extra portable due to having durable castor wheels. This plays an important role when you want to move your portable air conditioner from room to room. This model also doubles as a heater! Instead of buying another machine (a heater), you can just use this one all year long. You’ll be giving your HVAC system a break when you purchase an item like this.

Better – BLACK+DECKER BPACT14WT 14000 BTU

  • The BLACK+DECKER BPACT14WT is less expensive and has four out of five stars. For this reason alone, this model might be a better option. But let’s see what else it features. Like the prior model, this one has castor wheels. But this unit has an easily removable filter which you can run under your sink to clean it. A feature as simple as this can make a big difference when it comes to your air quality.

Best – Whynter ARC-14S 14,000 BTU

  • The Whynter ARC-14S also has four out of five stars. However, it boasts over fifteen-hundred customer reviews. This unit is packed with features. It rolls. It has three modes of operation (air conditioner, fan, or dehumidifier). It also includes a washable filter. This model features an auto-restart function in the event of a power outage or similar event. It has a memory and will boot right back up to where you were when before the power went out! This portable air conditioner also features ‘advanced self-evaporating technology’ which recycles moisture collected as a result of its normal operation. It’s easy to see why this unit is so popular.

16,000-18,000 BTU Range

The 16,000-18,000 BTU units can be considered the beginning of the higher-level units. These are considered more industrial-level units. These portable air conditioners can cool a space which is seven-hundred to one-thousand square feet. It’s easy to find apartments in this range. In addition to apartments, these units can cool an entire floor of your house. This would also be a great unit to cool a small service bay or workshop. You don’t need many units with this amount of power! If there is a room of area in your house that gets hotter than others, you should put your portable air conditioner right in there and enjoy the cooler air right away. This is especially true if you plan on spending a good amount of time in that room. Let’s take a look at the units in this range. Our Good, Better, Best picks for this BTU range are as follows:

DOROSIN Industrial Portable Air Conditioner 18000BTU
DOROSIN Industrial Portable Air Conditioner 18000BTU

Good – Movincool OP18 18,000 BTU

  • The Movincool OP18 is considered a good option primarily because of its power. However, the unit currently has no customer reviews. In the order of prudence, we are putting this portable air conditioner here (“good”) because of this reason. If it cools the room, then it does exactly what we want it to do. It might not have a high number of bells and whistles. But it should keep you and your family cool on a hot day.

Better – DOROSIN DAKC-65 18,000 BTU

  • The DOROSIN DAKC-65 has stretchable ducts, which can come in handy if you want to move away from a window. These portable air conditioners need a window or some other external fixture to connect to and the extra length from these stretchable ducts will help you position your air conditioner in exactly the right spot. This unit also features a large capacity water tank. This means that you don’t need to empty the collected moisture too often.

Best – Tripp Lite SRCOOL18K 18,000 BTU

  • The Tripp Lite SRCOOL can be considered the best option of the three. It has three out of five stars. However, this portable air conditioner has over two-hundred reviews. I didn’t find a higher-rated unit in this range, which tells you that there aren’t too many options. However, this unit has some great features. This portable air conditioner is unique in that it prevents “shutdowns, malfunctions, and failures caused by overheating and temperature fluctuations”. It also comes with a one-year warranty and has free tech support. Because of its popularity, there are currently only a few more left in stock. Get one while you have the chance!

19,000-21,000 BTU Range

Units in the 19,000-21,000 BTU range are industrial units. There are used for spaces such as computer server rooms. They cool rooms that are between one-thousand to twelve-hundred square feet in size. Although they are used in an industrial setting, they can also be used to cool your home. Depending on the size of your home, one of these units might be able to cool your entire house! Because of their industrial value and power, they are more expensive than less powerful units. For some people, the price is worth it. Let’s take a look at three portable air conditioners in this range. Our Good, Better, Best picks for this BTU range are as follows:

Good – Ice Qube 20,000 BTU

  • With a name like “Ice Qube”, you’d imagine that this portable air conditioner would make your room freezing cold. And it could do that! Although it’s “portable”, this unit weighs over two-hundred pounds. Since we’re in the industrial range of portable air conditioners, this weight shouldn’t be surprising. But if you’re looking to cool an entire house, this might be a good place to start.

    Industrial Portable AC, 2 Ton w/ Cold Air Nozzles 21,000 BTU
    Industrial Portable AC, 2 Ton w/ Cold Air Nozzles 21,000 BTU

Better – Thermal Edge HC20123612 Model HC201 20,000 BTU

  • The Thermal Edge HC20123612 Model HC201 features a “condensate evaporation system”. This means that this unit precools refrigerant to conserve energy. At the same time, it vents condensation. This means that no separate drip line is required. Features like this make an industrial unit more convenient to operate and maintain. For these reasons, this portable air conditioner might be a better option than the first.

Best – Global Industrial Portable AC 21,000 BTU

  • The Global Industrial Portable AC has a unique design. Its bright blue and silver color combination is very catchy. This unit has “industrial” in its name for a reason: it cools large spaces. It features easy installation, condensation overflow protection, and anti-freezing technology. These factors are important when choosing a portable air conditioner of this class. The anti-freezing feature is important especially if the unit will be constantly running in places such as computer server rooms.

22,000-25,000 BTU Range

We are finally in the highest range we’ll cover! The 22,000-25,000 BTU range can cool rooms in the twelve-hundred to fourteen-hundred square foot range. Like the former range, these units are industrial-level air conditioners. They are also quite large. And quite heavy! If you want the coldest experience, in the hottest summer, one of the units below would be the best option for you. Let’s look at the final three portable air conditioners. Our Good, Better, Best picks for this BTU range are as follows:

Good- Koldwave 23,000 BTU

  • The Koldwave portable air conditioner has a larger length than height. This is important if you want the unit to be housed in the middle of two rooms. Half of the unit can cool one room. The other half of the unit can cool the other room. However, with an air conditioner this powerful, it should cool both rooms anyways. This unit features two cooling speeds depending on your personal needs. It also has a fan-only option which can come in handy if you only want to circulate some air.

Better – MovinCool Office Pro24 24,000 BTU

  • The MovinCool Office Pro24 is 1,000 BTU more powerful than the former. This might be the better option because it has a perfect five out of five stars. However, this star rating is only after one review. So you’ll have to take this rating with a grain of salt. One of the best features of this unit is that it operates automatically on weekends or after-hours. This is crucial if this portable air conditioner is being used in an industrial setting and employees have gone home for the day. For this reason, the MovinCool Office Pro24 might be the better portable air conditioner. Again, this would also be a great product for a small service or workshop area.

    Tripp Lite Portable Cooling Unit Air Conditioner
    Tripp Lite Portable Cooling Unit Air Conditioner

Best – Tripp Lite SRCOOL24K 24,000 BTU

  • Unlike the MovinCool Office Pro24, the Tripp Lite SRCOOL24K has three out of five stars. However, the Tripp Lite SRCOOL24K has over two hundred customer reviews. This is important because it shows the unit’s popularity. This model uses R410A refrigerant, which complies with environmentally-friendly standards. Arguably the best feature in this portable air conditioner is its ability to manipulate its dual output ducts. You can turn one output duct in one direction and the other output duct in another direction. This is like having two separate portable air conditioners! For this reason, the Tripp Lite SRCOOL24K might be the best option in the 22,000-25,000 BTU range.

Conclusion

Now I know that we just went through a whole host of information. and it may be overwhelming. Remember though folks, the first step to choosing a portable air conditioner is to know which room you want to cool. Once you have identified your room and your needs you can then begin to realize what air conditioner you need using our above Good, Better, Best guide.

I understand that this list is quite extensive. If I had never bought a portable air conditioner before, I would want someone to point me in the right direction. That’s why I’m open to answering any questions that you may have. Feel free to contact me through this page. I wish you the best of luck choosing a portable air conditioner. Stay cool this summer and I hope this article was helpful.

Also, don’t forget to read a couple more articles we’ve done relating to portable air conditioners. They are:

Thanks for reading,

Alec Johnson

RefrigerantHQ

Spring is beautiful. Trees are blooming, birds are chirping, and we rarely have to wear winter coats. It’s nice outside! Finally, there are days when you don’t have to run your HVAC system. If you have another type of space heater you’re probably not using that either. Soon, however, you’ll need to consider your cooling situation. And the perfect time is now.

This is because those 100 degree temperature days can come out of nowhere. Instead of being caught off guard, let’s take a look at some cooling options. Your HVAC system might be your go-to. However, there are portable and window air conditioners are great solutions as well. Before considering which might be best for you, you first need to understand the differences between the two. You’ll then learn functionality and features of each to decide which is best for you. There are a few points to consider here. They are:
• Defining each of the systems.
• Comparing the features of each system.
• Choosing the right air conditioner.
• Knowing where to buy it.

What is a Portable Air Conditioner?

DeLonghi America PACAN120EW 12000BTU Whisper Cool Portable Air Conditioner
PACAN120EW 12000BTU Portable Air Conditioner

A portable air conditioner is named as such for a reason: it’s portable! Think of a unit which can be moved from room to room or home to home. Portable air conditioners sit close to a window. This allows it to remove warm air from the room through a hose connected to the unit.

Portable air conditioners typically have a removable tray which collects moisture. Over time, this tray needs to be removed and the liquid should be flushed down a drain. Some high-end models, however, evaporate moisture out of the exhaust hose, along with the warm air. The Whynter ARC-122DS Elite is a great example of a higher end portable air conditioner which automatically evaporates moisture. You can learn more about portable air conditioners by clicking here.

What is a Window Air Conditioner?

Koldfront WAC10002WCO 10,000 BTU
Koldfront WAC10002WCO 10,000 BTU

A window air conditioner can also be viewed as a type of portable unit. However, it’s a stationary one. They are literally installed in an open window. The trick to window air conditioners is finding the right size. Having a proper setup means that the unit should fit perfectly. This will allow the cool air to stay in the room, thereby saving energy and money. The hOme 5000 BTU Window-Mounted Air Conditioner is a popular choice due to its ideal fit in bedroom windows. Make sure you measure your window before purchasing.

Installing a window air conditioner is not difficult, provided you follow the instruction manual. Once ready to run, you’ll find that the unit seems like a permanent fixture. They are great, in part, because they don’t take up much space due to being in the window. You can learn more about window air conditioners by clicking here.

Comparing the Two

There are multiple benefits to each unit. Some of the benefits overlap. For example, each type of air conditioner is relatively inexpensive. The average price is a few hundred dollars. In contrast, central air conditioners cost thousands of dollars. Portable air conditioners are slightly more expensive than window air conditioners. However, the price difference is minimal and may not be a major deciding factor with which unit to choose from.

The noise level varies with portable air conditioners. You can generally expect them to be quieter the price goes higher. Window air conditioners, on the other hand, are usually louder. This is due, in part, to the rumbling of the unit up against the window sill. Securing the unit in place will help to minimize the noise it produces.

Window air conditioners commonly come with an Energy Star rating. But that doesn’t mean portable air conditioners can’t be energy efficient. Portable units are commonly assigned an Energy Efficient Ratio (EER) rating. The higher the EER is, the more efficient the portable air conditioner will be. That being said, window air conditioners are generally known to be more energy efficient.

Which You Should Choose

Efficiency, price, versatility—these are the factors you’ll consider before choosing a unit. If you think you’ll be moving the unit from room to room you might want a portable air conditioner. If you are looking to save space in a room you might want a window air conditioner. If you want the easier unit to install you might choose the portable air conditioner. If you are looking for an efficient model you might choose a window air conditioner.

These factors might seem clear-cut to you. Or, you may want a mix of the features. At the end of the day, you’ll need to pick which one is best for your situation.

Where to Buy Them

My favorite place to shop is Amazon. I’m able to easily compare models and types without leaving my home. And you can too. For portable air conditioners, a great starting point for you would be here. If you are interested in window air conditioners, you will want to shop here.

Make sure you read customer reviews. It’s one of my favorite ways to research a new product I’m considering buying. You can also look at the star rating for a quick idea of how good the product is. If you are energy conscious, make sure you look at the BTU number of the unit. As the number goes higher it will be able to produce more energy.

Conclusion

Reading this has made you better prepared to face to face a hot summer. It’s important to note that, even if you have central air, you’ll want to get it checked before a hot an humid day. You may not have used your air conditioner since last year and you’ll want to make sure it’s working properly.

Consider also that both portable and window air conditioners use less energy than a central air conditioner. If you only need to cool one or two rooms in your home, either unit might be a great money-saving solution. If you have any further questions about portable or window air conditioners don’t hesitate to contact me.

What Is It?

Summer is quickly approaching. And Kansas can get hot! Temperatures in the three digits are not uncommon. Therefore, we have to be ready before those days arrive. You need to make sure your cooling systems work well before it’s too late. Otherwise, hot days will be uncomfortable for you and your family. One way to keep the home cool in the summer is to use a portable air conditioner.

If you aren’t familiar with these systems you’re in the right place. There are more cooling options out there than a central cooling system. Or a fan. Learning about portable cooling systems might be the perfect solution for your home. There are a few points to consider when learning about portable air conditioners. Four of them are:
  • The difference between portable versus central air.
  • Portable cooling can lower your monthly bills.
  • These systems only require low maintenance.
  • When you should buy a portable unit.

Portable Versus Central Air

Central air systems are one of the more common cooling solutions in a home. Because portable cooling units are lesser known, we have to learn what differentiates the two.

Central air units are larger and found outside of the home. They are connected as part of the heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) system. These units are controlled by a central thermostat. Central air units are more complicated than portable air conditioners when it comes to maintenance. This is because they normally require a trained service technician. It’s recommended these systems be tuned up once a year. The service bills add up over time. However, a central air unit might be the better option if you want to cool the entire home at the same time.

Portable air conditioners are smaller and installed inside of the home. Their goal is to provide cooling to one room, instead of cooling to the entire home. Because they play a smaller role than a central system, portable air conditioners are less expensive. They are also versatile. Moving them to a different room is a possibility. You can even bring them to another home if you move! This normally isn’t possible to do with a central cooling system.

Lower Your Energy Bills

The ability to cool one room instead of the entire home has its benefits. Chief among them is the money you can save on your monthly energy bill. Constantly running a central air system can become quite costly. However, there might be rooms in the home that are mostly unoccupied. Do those rooms need to be cooled in the summer? The answer might be no. You can instead run a portable air conditioner in only the room or rooms you want cooled.

Portable air conditioners are so efficient you might find yourself using central cooling less and less. Older central cooling systems tend to not work that great. You might find yourself maxing out the thermostat to get your home cooled. This will result in maxing out your energy bill! If your current central air system isn’t pushing out the proper amount of cool air you might want to consider owning a portable air conditioner. It would be much more cost effective to purchase a portable cooling unit than to replace your outside cooling unit. It’s also more convenient. You won’t have to schedule major work to your home. You can even have a portable cooling unit shipped to your house!

Low Maintenance

Earlier, I talked about how central cooling units require routine and sometimes expensive maintenance. You need to schedule an expert to inspect your system. You might even have to take off work to be home! Your vacation days can be better spent somewhere else. A portable air conditioner requires neither of those when it comes to maintenance. Keep your vacation days! A portable cooling unit is easy to install and maintain. All you do it push a couple buttons and it works! Low maintenance is required with these systems. Let’s talk about what that entails.

DeLonghi America PACAN120EW 12000BTU Whisper Cool Portable Air Conditioner
PACAN120EW 12000BTU Portable Air Conditioner
Portable air conditioners are famously hassle-free. The only maintenance you’ll have to do is drain any moisture that is collected over time. Different units might have different ways in which you’ll do it. But it will likely involve removing a tray that contains the moisture. After that, you’ll simply pour it down a drain. Once you’ve done that, simply put the tray back and continue using the portable cooling unit. It’s that easy! Some premium units, such as the DeLonghi America PACAN120EW, do not even require you to drain the moisture. This is because it has a built-in moisture evaporator. You can find this model on Amazon.

When to Buy a Portable Air Conditioner

Now you know that portable air conditioners are inexpensive, save money on energy bills, and can be transferred from room to room. They also require little or no maintenance versus a central cooling unit. So, when would you buy one? The answer is if these facts make sense for you and your situation.

Everyone wants to save money. This is arguably the biggest deciding factor when thinking about buying a portable cooling unit. Another factor is the versatility option. You can move these units from one room to another. You can even bring them with you to another house. Still, another factor is not being ready to replace an old HVAC system yet. Newer HVAC systems might be expensive. but portable air conditioners are not. If your current HVAC system isn’t working well you should consider opting for a portable cooling unit.

Where to Buy One

You can find portable air conditioners in many places. My favorite place would be Amazon. You can shop without leaving the comfort of your own home. You can also easily compare models and read reviews of each of them. Before you choose a unit you should know the square footage of the room you want to cool. Follow my guide by clicking here. The article pertains to window units. However, the information about BTU strength is interchangeable with portable air conditioners. Feel free to reach out to me here if you need help choosing a portable air conditioner.