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Portable air conditioner #8634319 07/04/22 07:11 PM
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Anyone have one? Our unit struggles every summer. Old house with a small unit. School me.


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i would use a window unit to supplement the house. ya gotta vent the condenser air in and out of the house on the portable and deal with the condensate.

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Window units are much better.


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These new portable ones will absolutely freeze a room out. Using one with a standard split system won’t accumulate condensation very fast so you can go a long time between having to dump it out, or just run the hose to a drain or outside.


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Re: Portable air conditioner [Re: bigbob_ftw] #8634342 07/04/22 07:43 PM
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My best friend got one made by Shinco (I think...looks like those) last year for his bedroom because his mom kept the house around 82 and it was hard for me to work on him without sweating to death. He was bedridden at the time and unable to come to my office...he got one, but it was LOUD. It did keep his bedroom cool, though.

I always had good luck with the window units when we had the lake house. The main house had central a/c, but the guest house and workshop had window units. The workshop actually had a through the wall a/c. Both would cool down the areas very quickly. Honestly, I'd probably go for one of those instead of the portable ones, if possible.

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Originally Posted by ntxtrapper
Window units are much better.

This^^ those portable units suck almost as bad as Biden.


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Re: Portable air conditioner [Re: bigbob_ftw] #8634394 07/04/22 09:18 PM
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I got a used Haier unit with the completely stupid but low-cost idea of cooling my attached 2 car garage (my diy insulated door is room temp inside while the sun makes it untouchable on the outside) enough to work in summer. Admittedly a big job for any a/c. They do look "cooler" than window units, but they aren't. It would probably work in the full insulation of a single room in a house though. It shoots some cool air, but from my reading portables can't be as efficient as a window unit and there is controversy over the numbers they post for BTUs vs window units. It didn't work out. Tried different configs for venting/intake to make positive pressure in the space, etc. Still didn't move the temps out of the 90s.

Similar to this: https://www.sportsmansguide.com/pro...0-btu-portable-air-conditioner?a=1838486

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I hate window units. Portables have wheels and these nowadays are quiet. If you got a noisy one, something ain’t right. In apartments, maintenance use them for residents overnight until they’re able to address the problem or the parts show up. My grandfather used a big heat pump unit in his wood shop that was framed up inside a metal building when it got hot or cold. He vented outside and it did the trick.


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A 1 ton+ unit in an uninsulated space is going to struggle, sure!


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Originally Posted by Bullfrog
I hate window units. Portables have wheels and these nowadays are quiet. If you got a noisy one, something ain’t right. In apartments, maintenance use them for residents overnight until they’re able to address the problem or the parts show up. My grandfather used a big heat pump unit in his wood shop that was framed up inside a metal building when it got hot or cold. He vented outside and it did the trick.



We don't have a good spot for a window unit.


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We had 2 LG units (one window, one through the wall) at one of our properties and they were great during the 4 months of the summer I spent remodeling it. It looks like LG makes a portable unit, so you may consider those. I had 4 Honeywell units (2 for window, 2 for through the wall) at the lake (2 when we bought it and 2 that I replaced the original 2 with over the 15 years we had the house). I also have a Honeywell air purifier for my office at work which is very quiet and very effective. They also make a portable a/c unit, so I would also consider those...

I would not consider the Shinco ones that my best friend had for his bedroom, again because the one he got was LOUD!

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Originally Posted by LoneStarSon
We had 2 LG units (one window, one through the wall) at one of our properties and they were great during the 4 months of the summer I spent remodeling it. It looks like LG makes a portable unit, so you may consider those. I had 4 Honeywell units (2 for window, 2 for through the wall) at the lake (2 when we bought it and 2 that I replaced the original 2 with over the 15 years we had the house). I also have a Honeywell air purifier for my office at work which is very quiet and very effective. They also make a portable a/c unit, so I would also consider those...

I would not consider the Shinco ones that my best friend had for his bedroom, again because the one he got was LOUD!


The sound probability isn't an issue because by nighttime the main unit catches up. The heat of the day is the big issue.


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We had 2 LG units (one window, one through the wall) at one of our properties and they were great during the 4 months of the summer I spent remodeling it. It looks like LG makes a portable unit, so you may consider those. I had 4 Honeywell units (2 for window, 2 for through the wall) at the lake (2 when we bought it and 2 that I replaced the original 2 with over the 15 years we had the house). I also have a Honeywell air purifier for my office at work which is very quiet and very effective. They also make a portable a/c unit, so I would also consider those...

I would not consider the Shinco ones that my best friend had for his bedroom, again because the one he got was LOUD!


The sound probability isn't an issue because by nighttime the main unit catches up. The heat of the day is the big issue.


My main concern with the noise was your son. I thought I remembered you mentioning before that noises could cause him to have some issues. If I was wrong, I do apologize.

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We had 2 LG units (one window, one through the wall) at one of our properties and they were great during the 4 months of the summer I spent remodeling it. It looks like LG makes a portable unit, so you may consider those. I had 4 Honeywell units (2 for window, 2 for through the wall) at the lake (2 when we bought it and 2 that I replaced the original 2 with over the 15 years we had the house). I also have a Honeywell air purifier for my office at work which is very quiet and very effective. They also make a portable a/c unit, so I would also consider those...

I would not consider the Shinco ones that my best friend had for his bedroom, again because the one he got was LOUD!


The sound probability isn't an issue because by nighttime the main unit catches up. The heat of the day is the big issue.


My main concern with the noise was your son. I thought I remembered you mentioning before that noises could cause him to have some issues. If I was wrong, I do apologize.


Some do, but strangely that type of noise doesn't. He doesn't like sudden noises.


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That's great that it doesn't bother him. I have some autistic clients that I have to have the air conditioner to my office shut off because the noise bothers them to the point they can't relax. I have to tell maintenance the night before when to shut it off and turn it back on. I have the master key to our two buildings and a code that can get me into pretty much any other building/office on campus, but I am apparently not responsible enough to have my own thermostat....

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If you insist on getting a 'portable' unit, at least be sure to get one that has TWO window hoses;
- otherwise, the ONE hose units draw on inside air, putting that much more load on your already struggling central unit.

The TWO hose units draw outside air in on one hose (to run over heated condenser coil), and vent the hot air (&condensate) out the other hose.

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Originally Posted by bigbob_ftw
The sound probability isn't an issue because by nighttime the main unit catches up. The heat of the day is the big issue.


Are you 100% sure the outside coil is clean - as clean as it can get?
What you describe above sounds like a 'loss of capacity' issue - with #1 cause being dirty coils (outside first, then inside too).
More insulation and/or radiant barrier (+ proper attic venting / flowthru) are money-saving solutions if AC unit is operating at peak efficiency.
Also higher-SEER units are better able to maintain capacity when temps get to extremes.

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Also, the decent portables are crazy expensive, for what your getting.

Any possibility to add in a mini-split?
they're getting very economical these days, and could even save you $$ year-round (heating/cooling) - https://www.ebay.com/itm/185433963300

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Consumer Reports say the portables suck.


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I have two for my insulated 30x30 barn. Knocks 20 degrees off outside temperature, but the condensation is kind of a pain to deal with emptying buckets.


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I got one from amazon that vents through the window. It is legit but I cannot get the model as that is the kids room and they are passed out. Think it was around $400 dollars or so. This is it's second year of service


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Originally Posted by bigbob_ftw
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We had 2 LG units (one window, one through the wall) at one of our properties and they were great during the 4 months of the summer I spent remodeling it. It looks like LG makes a portable unit, so you may consider those. I had 4 Honeywell units (2 for window, 2 for through the wall) at the lake (2 when we bought it and 2 that I replaced the original 2 with over the 15 years we had the house). I also have a Honeywell air purifier for my office at work which is very quiet and very effective. They also make a portable a/c unit, so I would also consider those...

I would not consider the Shinco ones that my best friend had for his bedroom, again because the one he got was LOUD!


The sound probability isn't an issue because by nighttime the main unit catches up. The heat of the day is the big issue.

I have a couple portable LGs that I got from work. We used them to keep a server room cooled down and our new office doesn't need it. I use one in my camper when it's really hot outside. Sounds like what you're doing, the camper's unit can't put a dent in 100+ degree heat. I redneck engineered a baffle out of cardboard to route the exhaust out the ceiling vent. Held in the vent with bailing wire and duct tape, and it sits on a bucket to catch the condensation. It ain't pretty, but it'll keep the camper at 70 degrees with the main unit working with it when it's 100 outside.

It isn't any louder than a small box fan and it beats sitting in the camper sweating my arse off.


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