Real Feel technology is able to work simultaneously on temperature reduction and humidity control. Upon reaching the ideal comfort level, the technology modulates the compressor action and fan speed to maintain it over extended periods of time. The LED display, using the Comfort Light Indicator system, gives you immediate feedback about comfort status.
The unit is relatively heavy.
The De'Longhi PAC AN112 Pinguino is a portable air conditioner with stationary performance. With this unit, you'll be able to keep two sizable rooms nice and cool. Add to that its practically silent operation and the fact that its functionality is as impressive as its performance and you've yourself a model you do not want to miss out on.
40 litres per day
“REAL FEEL” technology, LED screen with CLI – Comfort Light Indicator system, 3 fan speeds, 24-hour timer and thermostat, condensate recycling system, dehumidifying function, fan-only function, handle, remote control
A window kit, including an exhaust pipe and adapters, comes supplied with the unit. R290, the company's new and very own natural refrigerant, is supposed to be up to 690 times eco-friendlier compared to any other gases. The omnidirectional casters are particularly manoeuvrable.
The power cable is short.
Chilly is one of the most practical and environmentally-friendly portable air conditioners available right now. It is easy to install. The self-evaporating system and auto-error diagnosis make maintenance just as easy. The remote control is simple and convenient.
50.88 litres per day
Self-evaporating system, auto-error diagnosis, LED screen, cool, fan, dry, and sleep modes, 24-hour timer, remote control, window kit, omnidirectional casters
The ambient temperature display is perfectly visible in the dark. The unit's dehumidifying capacity is excellent, able to accumulate 27 litres of moisture per day. The model is Wi-Fi enabled. You can control it through Amazon Alexa or via just about any other smart device using the proprietary Igenix application.
The model gets a little noisy at the highest speed setting.
If you're looking for not just a portable air conditioning unit but an actual modern device with modern-day features and functionality, the Igenix IG9901WIFI is the best bang for your buck. It is just as effective and efficient as the next AC unit but quite a bit more versatile.
27 litres a day
Up to 20 m²
Self-evaporating Wi-Fi enabled (Control via Igenix app through all smart devices), 3 speed settings, 24-hour programmable timer, sleep mode, ambient temperature display, adjustable louvres and rolling casters
You can use the vent kit that comes with the package to ventilate the unit and reduce noise levels. The caster wheels are durable and robust, allowing for excellent manoeuvrability and effortless movement. You can move the louvres up and down to change the airflow direction.
The side handles are a bit small.
Provided you aren't looking to keep a sizable room nice and chill through the hottest season, you'll definitely be able to put the Jack Stonehouse 5000BTU portable air conditioner to good use. The model is efficient, moderately functional, and particularly convenient.
Up to 8 m²
Automatic condensate evaporation system, 24-hour programmable timer, 3 fan intensity levels, caster wheels, side handles, soft-touch control panel, remote control, included vent kit
The fan speed is adjustable, so you can go with rapid cooling or minimal noise. With its Plug & Play functionality, the model hardly requires any setup or tinkering with the settings, so you can just plug it into a wall outlet and enjoy the show.
The instruction manual is passable at best.
Air Conditioning Centre KYR-25CO/X1C is really all about its power. With this portable air conditioner, you'll be able to cover practically any room. You can bring it to an office or just move it around the house as you please.
24 litres a day
Up to 30 m²
Automatic condensate evaporation system, programmable timer, soft-touch control panel, adjustable fan speeds, remote control, handles and casters
1 year (can be extended to 18 months if registered)
De'Longhi PAC AN112
Portable AC with Stationary Performance
Portable air conditioners are seldom able to hold a candle to their stationary counterparts, that's just the way things are. The "portable" part implies certain sacrifices on the performance front and we've come to accept it. That being said, there are a few exceptions on the market today and, as far as we're concerned, the De'Longhi PAC AN112 Pinguino is somewhere at the top of that list.
With its 11000-BTU cooling capacity, the model is very well able to keep just about any room under any temperature you want. It doesn't really have an advertised cooling area but, more often than not, the unit will not fail to keep any room smaller than 50 square metres nice and cool.
At the same time, its maximum power consumption never goes above the usual 950W mark, earning the model an A+ energy-efficiency score because your average portable air conditioner consumes more energy whilst cooling a much smaller area.
As far as we can tell, the only downside to the unit's effectiveness and powerful performance is the weight. Your average portable AC weighs somewhere around 24 kilograms, while the model in question is at least 6 kilograms above that.
Having said that, there's very little practical difference between ~24 kilograms and 30 kilograms. Both are relatively high/heavy numbers but, more often than not, very much carriable. Plus, the model comes equipped with a very ergonomic handle, making it, at the very least, as easy to carry as your average portable AC.
Comfort Light Indicator System
As much as the model is about its ridiculous performance, we can't say that it necessarily disappoints on the whole convenience front. For example, the company's very own Real Feel technology certainly doesn't fail to impress.
Working simultaneously on temperature reduction and humidity control, the technology does an excellent job delivering that ideal comfort level. Once it is able to reach that ideal comfort, Real Feel works to modulate both compressor action and fan speed to maintain it over extended periods of time.
The LED display, using the Comfort Light Indicator system, is another huge detail that separates the model from its peers. Designed to provide immediate feedback about comfort status, it is able to streamline your interactions with the unit and make its numerous settings accessible and easy to manage.
Finally, we would like to talk about the model's practically silent performance. Using a honey-comb shaped grid, the unit is able to minimise the noise of the air flow towards the holes and to the proprietary 2-speed condensation ventilator. This way, the noise levels seldom go above 50 decibels, keeping the room chill and quiet at the same time.
Long story short, the De'Longhi PAC AN112 Pinguino is a portable air conditioner with stationary performance. With this unit, you'll be able to keep two sizable rooms nice and cool. Add to that its practically silent operation and the fact that its functionality is as impressive as its performance and you've yourself a model you do not want to miss out on.
Reducing Your Environmental Footprint
Inventor Chilly definitely has its moments but it is hard to tell how good the product actually is. On some levels, it is ridiculously good, like its 50.88-litre per day dehumidifying capacity that we will cover a little later.
On the other hand, the model has its flaws too. Despite the well-above-average price, the unit's cooling performance doesn't necessarily stack up too well against its competition within the same price range. With its 9000-BTU cooling capacity, the model will not be able to keep any room very much over 20 square metres in size cool enough. That's decent coverage, we're not saying the opposite, it's just that "decent" isn't exactly what we're hoping for here.
That being said, provided you aren't looking to keep anything larger than an average room nice and chill, the model doesn't really have any major downsides. Its power cable is a little short but, other than that, there isn't much to complain about here.
R290, the company's new and very own natural refrigerant, makes the most difference here. It is supposed to be up to 690 times eco-friendlier compared to any other gases. We can't say that we've been able to examine these numbers but its eco-friendly nature is something we can definitely agree with. The refrigerant doesn't damage the ozone layers and has virtually zero impact on global warming.
Plus, it is very much energy-efficient, so it's not like you'll have to deal with increased energy bills here.
Making the Practicality Case
Inventor Chilly isn't the most powerful portable AC on the market right now but it is definitely one of the more practical models. The unit adds up to relatively modest 35.5 cm (W) x 70.3 cm (H) x 34.5 cm (L) in overall dimensions. It doesn't weigh much more than 25 kilograms.
These numbers aren't necessarily something to write home about. However, the difference here is that the model comes equipped with particularly manoeuvrable omnidirectional casters that provide easy and effortless mobility around the house.
The model's Cool, Fan, Dry, and Sleep modes all contribute to the aforementioned practicality. We particularly like the Sleep mode because, combined with the unit's relatively silent (~52dB) operation, it should allow you to sleep like a baby at night.
There isn't much to dislike about the window kit that comes supplied with the unit too. Including an exhaust pipe and adapters, the kit lets you easily install the AC, especially since the exhaust pipe is able to stretch up to 1.5 metres.
Bottom line, Inventor Chilly is one of the most practical and environmentally-friendly portable air conditioners available right now. It is easy to install. The self-evaporating system and auto-error diagnosis make maintenance just as easy. The remote control is simple and convenient.
The Igenix IG9901WIFI is so much more than it lets on. Looking at the specifications, the model doesn't look too shabby.
Its cooling capacity standing at 9000 BTU is nothing to scoff at. The cooling area capping at 20 square metres stacks up really well against any portable air conditioner in its class. With it, you'll be able to reduce the temperature to 15 degrees Celcius in practically any home or office environment. The model's energy efficiency ratio is up there with the best of them.
Last but not least, the unit's dehumidifying capacity is excellent, able to accumulate 27 litres of moisture per day. All of these things make this portable air conditioner look relatively attractive but not necessarily outstanding in any regard. But, again, the Igenix IG9901WIFI is more than it lets on.
For example, the model is Wi-Fi enabled. You can control it through Amazon Alexa or via just about any other smart device using the proprietary Igenix application. It gives you remote access to the unit's various functions, including but not limited to auto, fan, cooling, dehumidifying, fan speed settings, temperature, and timer. The app's interface is clear, simple, and fairly intuitive. You don't have to be a tech whiz to figure it out and manage the air conditioner.
Control Your Environment
Of course, you don't have to bloat your smartphone with yet another app if you don't feel like it. Combining style and functionality, the model incorporates a convenient and practical touch-control panel.
As you'd imagine, it is even easier and more straightforward than the aforementioned app. With it, you can just as well switch between cooling, heating, fan, and dehumidifying modes. This way, you'll be able to create an ideal environment, not just through those exhausting summer months but any other day of the year too.
The ambient temperature display is perfectly visible in the dark. One of the buttons below the display will allow you to control the adjustable louvres and change the airflow direction.
As per usual, the model comes equipped with a programmable 24-hour timer that you can use to pre-cool/pre-heat the room or make the conditioner adapt to the temperature changes. The sleep mode is there as well and so are the rolling casters that will allow you to move around the relatively lightweight (23 kilograms) unit.
As far as we're concerned, that's about all there is to it. So, if you're looking for not just a portable air conditioning unit but an actual modern device with modern-day features and functionality, the Igenix IG9901WIFI is the best bang for your buck. It is just as effective and efficient as the next AC unit but quite a bit more versatile.
Jack Stonehouse 5000BTU
Increase Your Comfort Levels
Jack Stonehouse 5000BTU is a little basic and really not the most versatile air conditioner on this list. We aren't saying that the model is bad per se, just that you really have to keep in mind what it is that you're looking for and where exactly you're looking to put this thing.
From the aesthetics standpoint, you can put the point practically anywhere. Its sleek, modern design will mesh well with just about any modern-day interior, provided you don't live in a 19th-century castle with a baroque decorative scheme.
However, disregard the aesthetics and you will have to think twice before installing it in a room. Sure, nothing bad will happen, it's just that the model's 5000 BTU cooling capacity simply won't be enough to keep a sizable room nice and cool. Since the model's cooling area is limited to 8 square metres, it is best suited for smaller rooms.
That being said, the unit is as much an air conditioner as it is an air cooler equipped with dehumidifying action. Removing moisture from the air around you, the model will make you more comfortable one way or the other, you'll just have to place it closer to you to enjoy the full effect.
In a small, crowded space, high humidity is the worst, nothing will make you more uncomfortable. With a unit like that, you'll be able to make yourself much more comfortable and increased comfort levels always lead to better productivity.
Pre-Cool the Room
You can place this portable air conditioner in your bedroom. The thing is, it isn't necessarily the quietest model on the market right now. However, you can use the vent kit that comes with the package to ventilate this portable aircon and reduce noise levels.
That "placing" part is interesting. On one hand, the model doesn't weigh a whole lot (about 22 kilograms). The overall dimensions add up to 68 centimetres in height, 31 in width, and 29 in depth. The caster wheels are durable and robust, allowing for excellent manoeuvrability and effortless movement. Having said that, the side handles may prove a little small, so it isn't always that effortless in transportation.
As it is often the case, the unit incorporates louvres that you can move up and down to change the airflow direction. There are 3 fan intensity levels that you'll be able to choose from. Lastly, the timer function lets you pre-set the conditioner to run for a specified amount of time (up to 24 hours). With this function, you'll be able to pre-cool the room, making those comfort levels stay high throughout the entire day.
In short, provided you aren't looking to keep a sizable room nice and chill through the hottest season, you'll definitely be able to put the Jack Stonehouse 5000BTU portable air conditioner to good use. The model is efficient, moderately functional, and particularly convenient.
Air Conditioning Centre KYR-25CO/X1C
Portable air conditioners seldom deliver power comparable to their traditional counterparts. But there are models out there that aren't just able to give regular ACs a run for their money but downright beat them.
What we're dealing with here is a good example of a model like that. With its 9000 BTU cooling capacity, there's practically no room that it won't be able to cool down, boasting a coverage area of up to 30 m².
But while its power and coverage are easily the model's most defining characteristics, it isn't like the model doesn't necessarily deliver in any other department.
For one, despite its powerful nature, the AC is just as portable as its less capable peers. Its weight is relatively average (a little less than 24 kilograms) and so is the size, measuring 35.2 x 37.8 x 75.3 centimetres in overall dimensions. Thanks to the easy-roll casters, you'll be able to easily move it from one room to the other.
And, again, there isn't a room that you won't be able to keep cool. Partially, you have the ducted exhaust hose thanks for that. Included with the system, the hose vents the hot air to the outside of the building, further improving the model's effectiveness.
Rapid Cooling or Minimal Noise
Now, let's wrap the model's features for a moment and go back to its specifications. To start things off, we can begin with the noise levels. At the highest speed setting, the portable air conditioner reaches 65 decibels.
Now, that's not bad or all that loud but it is far from silent either. Fortunately, the fan speed is adjustable, so you can go with rapid cooling or minimal noise. Of course, this is a heat-pump model, so it provides heating as well as cooling.
Though it is hardly unique to the device in question, we couldn't gloss over the automatic inbuilt condensate pump. Pumping the water out with the exhaust air, it frees you from the responsibility of emptying the tank.
One thing that the manufacturers are really keen on highlighting is the so-called Plug & Play functionality of the product. As you'd imagine, it means that the model hardly requires any setup or tinkering with the settings, so you can just plug it into a wall outlet and enjoy the show.
Lastly, we really like the model's digital display. The interface is intuitive and straightforward. It shows operational settings and the current temperature and makes it easy to figure out the device's controls.
All things considered, Air Conditioning Centre KYR-25CO/X1C is really all about its power. With this portable air conditioner, you'll be able to cover practically any room. You can bring it to an office or just move it around the house as you please.
What Is a Portable Air Conditioner?
At this time of a year, an air conditioner is one of the most popular and frequently sold appliances people use to survive the summer heat. Knowing that some people, mostly those who live in rented flats, cannot afford to install a proper air conditioner, manufacturers started to produce its portable version - a portable air conditioner.
The notable advantage of portable units is that they usually have great appearance making them blend easily in any design concept and that they can be moved from one room to another so you can cool different parts in your home. Furthermore, portable air conditioners are easy to set up. All you need to is to attach a bent pipe to a window and then connect it to the grid. That's it. Easy to set up, easy to switch off.
So, if, for any reason, you couldn't purchase yourself an air conditioner yet, you can safely opt for a portable one. Just like a conventional conditioning system, this one ensures effective cooling and can be used to cool comparatively large areas. Besides that, they come in many different designs and sizes, so you can easily pick one that will fit your place best.
If the air in your home is not only stuffy but also heavy, it means only one thing - it's time that you buy an air purifier. And if you'd like to further improve the quality of the air, we'd recommend that you get some essential oils and an oil diffuser.
What Features to Compare
When you decide to purchase an air conditioner, performance is one of the most important features that need to be considered. It goes without saying that performance is a key factor in creating a proper indoor climate. This primarily depends on 3 essential functions: cooling capacity, ventilation, and dehumidification.
The cooling capacity determines how much and how fast a unit can cool a room. It is measured in BTU (British thermal unit), where BTU is the amount of heat required to raise the temperature of one pound of water by one degree Fahrenheit. When used in relation to an air conditioner, BTU means the cooling capacity of one pound of water by one degree Fahrenheit. For example, a model with a cooling capacity of 10.000 BTU can efficiently cool an area of 350 square feet.
When it comes to the heating capacity, it is directly proportional to the cooling capacity. The ventilation is used to circulate and cool the air. The air flow is measured in cubic feet per minute (CFM). For example, in a room with an area of 32 square meters and a 3-meter ceiling height, an air conditioner with the air flow of 200 CFM can force the total air volume through the system within 18 minutes. The higher the CFM is, the faster the air is cooled or heated in the room. The dehumidifier helps reduce indoor humidity to the desired level. It is measured in pints of moisture accumulated for a specific period of time, normally during a day. If an air conditioner is used in a humid climate, it is better to choose a model with a dehumidifying capacity of more than 43 litres per day.
The power consumption is another important feature. Energy efficiency of the unit is determined by performance-to-consumption ratio. The higher this ratio is, the more efficient an air conditioner is. If the EER value is over 10, an air conditioner is considered to be energy efficient.
Since air conditioners are portable devices, their mobility is one more essential feature that should be taken into account. Primarily, you should decide whether you will use the device to cool a single room or multiple ones. If you plan to use an air conditioner as a stationary unit, then it's worth paying attention to the window kit and the vent pipes length. It should be taken into consideration that the longer the pipe is, the easier it is to place a unit. On the contrary, the shorter the pipe is, the less heat will come to the room from the outside. If you constantly move your device from one room to another, you should consider its weight, size, wheels and side carry handles for easy transportation.
Usability features include an automatic drain system, a remote control, programmable 24-hour timer to set on/off time, and other little extras making the use of the device more convenient.
Did you know?
The driving factor for inventing an air conditioner
The first air conditioner was created by Willis Carrier in 1902, not for comfort. He worked at a New York publishing company and wanted to protect his papers from expanding/contracting due to varying humidity levels. Thanks to his invention, the ink would dry faster and without smudges.
Willis Carrier called it the “Apparatus for Treating Air”. It cooled the coils and removed humidity from the air.
What was before?
Prior to the invention of air cooling units, people kept things cool with blocks of ice. So, when air conditioners were created, their output ratings were measured in “Ice Power” (how much ice the unit would need to produce the same cooling power).
The first car with air conditioning
The automobile manufacturer introduced a car with optional air conditioning system in 1939. The car wasn’t very popular though since it was too pricey and too bulky because of the cooling system.
Cinemas were among the first public places where air conditioning systems were used. Pretty often, people would flock to see a film during hot summer months to cool themselves off. Thus, movie heaters released their biggest films in summer. Actually, air conditioners helped coin the ever-popular term “Summer blockbuster”.
The first air-conditioned house
The air-conditioned mansion was built by Charles Gates in Minneapolis, in 1913. Unfortunately, Gates died on a hunting trip before the house was fully completed.
The country of air conditioners
About 88 % of houses built in the U. S. in 2011 included an air conditioning system. Nowadays, America consumes as much amount of energy for air conditioning annually as Africa uses to power the entire continent.
Air conditioning saves lives
The environment is now easy-controllable thanks to an air conditioner, which gives an opportunity for scientists to create medicine at certain temperatures. The same goes for doctors - they can cure various diseases in chilly hospital wards.
They cost a fortune in the middle of the 20th century
A basic window air conditioner cost around £300 in the 1940s, which now equals almost £3,000. Only very rich people could afford air cooling units.
Air conditioners breathed life into the South of America
Air conditioners really helped grow populations in states like Florida, Arizona, Texas, and Nevada in the 1960s-1970s.
We're losing heat tolerance
Different studies have shown that living in a cool air-conditioned environment lowers our natural tolerance for heat.
Fans don't cool
Many people still believe that fans can drop the temperature in a room, but that's not so. A fan just creates wind, and moving air feels cooler on our skin, especially if it's a bit sweaty.
Q: Do all portable air conditioners need to be vented?
A: Yes. Almost any air portable conditioner should be vented in some way. Portable AC pulls in warm air, cool it, and then expel the cooled air into your room and pull the remaining warm air outside. The easiest way to vent a portable AC unit is through an open window. That's why most models come with a window kit.
Q: How loud is a portable AC?
A: Most portable conditioners are somewhere between 48 dB and 60 dB. They are so noisy because they contain both a compressor and fan.
Q: What is BTU?
A: BTU is a unit of heat. Actually, it's the amount of heat needed to raise the temperature of one pound of water by one degree Fahrenheit. This number shows how powerful the AC is. The higher the BTU number, the larger area the portable AC can cool.
Q: What air conditioner (BTU level) do I need?
A: Portable air cooling units with 7,000 BTUs - 10,000 BTUs are ideal for small rooms up to 27 square meters. For medium-sized spaces (32 - 65 square meters), opt for models with 11,000 - 14,000 BTUs of cooling power. And for very large rooms or commercial use, choose 15,000+ BTUs units.
Q: Can a portable AC work for multiple rooms?
A: It depends on its cooling performance. Note that the cold air won't travel through narrow doorways or down the hallway. For additional cooling coverage, you can use fans.
Q: Can I vent a portable air cooling unit out a dryer vent?
A: In theory, you could. However, this is not recommended by manufacturers. A standard dryer vent is 10 cm, while portable air condition units usually have 13-cm exhaust hoses.
Q: Are portable air coolers safe?
A: Like other common household appliances, portable air conditioners are pretty safe to use. Of course, you should use it following all manufacturer's recommendations.
Q: Will water collect in a portable AC? How often will I need to empty water tank?
A: Portable conditioners remove moisture from the air and exhaust warm air outside. So, what happens with the moisture? Actually, there are a few types of portable air conditioners that operate in different ways. Self-evaporative models are very popular owing to a hassle-free operation and low maintenance. They automatically evaporate moisture out the exhaust hose. If you get this type of conditioner, you'll rarely (or never) deal with the condensed water. As for standard portable air conditioners, they have buckets that must be emptied periodically (from every 8 hours to once a month) depending on your humidity level and time of use.
Q: Can I lengthen the exhaust hose?
A: No. You mustn't lengthen the exhaust hose of a portable AC, as this might void a warranty or even cause an air conditioner to overheat.
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