You can choose from 3 fan speeds, as well as the Auto Breeze function, which will automatically control the fan speed depending on the ambient temperature. This unit is easier to operate than the traditionally installed ACs.
The included pipe is somewhat rigid.
The BLACK + DECKER BXAC40008GB is perfect for any room in your home or office, as well as the garage. This model will please you with a powerful cooling capacity, as well the air filtration system. During the rainy season, the device can act as a dehumidifier.
29 litres per day
Up to ~30 m²
Washable active carbon filter
Self-evaporating function, 3 speeds, 24-hour timer, Temp settings of 18-32°C, Dehumidifying mode, Fan mode, Auto Breeze function, Sleep mode, LED screen, Overheat protection, 45dB silent operation, Remote control, 1.5m exhaust pipe, 4 caster wheels
The built-in Wi-Fi module allows you to make adjustments to the settings via your smartphone. It also supports Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa, which means you can use your voice to control the appliance. The remote control that comes included can be stored right on the unit in a special compartment on the top.
The fan is a little noisy.
The Pro Breeze PB-AC05-UK will be a perfect addition to smart homes. You can connect it to your smartphone and operate it from anywhere, on any device. Also, it offers incredible cooling/heating capacity that allows it to cool areas up to 40 square metres in size, which makes it ideal for gyms, offices, and many other spaces.
12000 BTU (cooling)
~ 12000 BTU (heating)
26.4 litres per day
~ 40 m²
~ 1100 W (cooling)
~ 1000 W (heating)
Self evaporating function, Wi-Fi and App connectivity for smart homes, 3 fan speeds, 4 operational modes, Wireless remote control, 24-hour timer, Digital display, Handles, Wheels, Built-in remote storage, Anti-frost and anti-overheat protection, Dual option window kit included
The unit's noise does not exceed the 49 - 53 dB mark, which makes it possible to run the conditioner virtually round-the-clock. The 1.5m expandable exhaust hose that comes supplied in the kit allows for hassle-free mounting.
It's quite heavy.
With a mightly BLU12HP Portable Air Conditioner, you will survive the hottest of summer days. It's powerful enough to deliver almost instant relief. The presence of a complimentary window kit along with an expansion hose means it can be installed in all types of windows, making it a good buy for just about anyone.
12000 BTU (cooling)
12000 BTU (heating)
~ 30 litres per day
~ 30 m²
1345 W (cooling)
1235 W (heating)
A / A+ (Cooling / Heating)
Self evaporating function, 3 fan speeds, 4 operational modes, Wireless remote control, 24-hour timer, Digital display, Sleep mode, Wheels, 1.5m expandable exhaust hose and window kit included
On the top panel, there is a convenient touch panel with a LED screen, through which you can easily control the device. In addition to choosing the settings, the handy indicator will notify you when it is time to drain the water. The remote control is also included in the package.
The provided window fitting would work for sliding windows, but not those that open up.
The NETTA NTAC8K portable air conditioner is designed for small rooms, which it can cool down to the desired temperature in only 10 minutes. The device doesn't weigh much, having maneuverable wheels and carrying handles.
19 litres per day
Up to ~20m²
Self evaporating function, 3 speeds, Adjustable temperature of 16-30°C, 24-hour timer, Dehumidifying mode, Fan mode, Sleep mode, Touch panel with LED screen, Remote control, Pipes & window sealing plate, 4 caster wheels, Carry handle
The unit weighs 23.5 kilogrammes and measures 33 x 33 x 70 centimetres, enabling easy mobility. The black console complements the polished all-white housing, allowing the budget product to sit comfortably within upscale décors.
There are only two fan speed settings.
Thanks to its A+++ energy efficiency rating, the Burfam Portable Air Conditioner will cost you around 25 pence/h to run. Despite its reduced cooling capacity though, the unit's cooling area reaches 30 square metres, not unlike its more expensive peers'.
20 litres per day
Up to ~30 m²
Self-evaporating system, Built-in timer, 2-speed fan, sleep mode, Automatic restart in the event of power outage, Remote control, Durable castor wheels, Handles
2 years support package
BLACK + DECKER BXAC40008GB
Air conditioners are fine, but what if you need one that doesn’t require installation? Enter the BLACK + DECKER portable 3-in-1 conditioner. It can be turned out and stored away whenever you might need, and it can also act as a dehumidifier.
Let’s start with the fact that this practical unit will fit absolutely any room in your house or apartment; the garage and office will also make the list. Even if the space is quite large, it’s no match for this powerful device with the 12,000 BTU cooling capacity.
The air conditioner extracts warm air away from the room via a 1.5m hose pipe that comes with the package. You can vent it through a window, wall, door, or ceiling; the choice is entirely up to you. The BLACK + DECKER is equipped with an air filtration system to boost the air quality within the 30 sq. m. range. It helps you live healthily and improve your indoor conditions in a simple – and portable – way.
Although a bit large, this air conditioner boasts an appealing modern design. Yes, the pipe is doomed to stick out, but when you think about all the benefits of using the device, it’s all well-worth it.
With the 3 fan speed settings, you’re always in control of your cooling experience. Pick the max setting on a really hot day – or turn it down for a gentler breeze when your room doesn’t feel like the Sahara desert. Note that the lowest speed produces the 45dB of noise, which is rather good for a portable air conditioner.
Now to the Auto Breeze function that checks your room temp and picks the right fan speed automatically. That’s really nice if you want to save up on energy bills – or don’t want to second guess. The BLACK + DECKER makes sure that you always stay comfortable without the extra effort.
And finally, to the dehumidifying feature, which will help you get through the wet season. All you have to do is attach the pipe to the back, and voila, you’re ready to extract as many as 29 litres daily. No excess moisture, no discomfort; the BLACK + DECKER is always ready to improve your indoor microclimate.
As evident, this portable air conditioner is a lifesaver for those who want a healthier and more comfortable home or apartment without the costly installations and inflated monthly bills.
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Pro Breeze (PB-AC05-UK)
For Use All Year Round
While there are many great portable air conditioners, the Pro Breeze (PB-AC05-UK) is surely one of the better options that can be used all year round to save you in the heat and warm you during the winter.
To start things off, this air conditioner, despite its portable nature, offers incredibly powerful performance, achieving 12,000 BTU of cooling and heating capacity per hour. By contrast, most other portable units can achieve only 9,000-10,000 BTU of cooling power and do not offer more than 10,000 BTU when switched to heating, which makes the Pro Breeze (PB-AC05-UK) a leader in its class.
The outstanding unit's capacity also means it can cool/heat larger areas. In fact, you can install it in areas up to 40 square metres in size, and it will provide effective cooling up to 16 °C, making it an ideal addition to large homes, offices, gyms and other premises where mounting the traditional conditioner isn't possible.
At the same time, the PB-AC05-UK's performance won't affect your electricity bills. Incorporating R290 refrigerant, the unit has received a Class A energy efficiency rating, meaning that it not only consumes very little energy but is also much more environmentally-friendly than most other conditioners. So, you can rest assured that using it will drill a hole neither in your wallet nor in the ozone layer.
Heating and Dehumidifying
However, the benefits of the Pro Breeze (PB-AC05-UK) do end here.
The most remarkable feature of this unit is its smart capabilities. Based on Smart Home Technology, the conditioner can be connected to your phone or tablet wirelessly, so you can make adjustments to its settings and functions remotely, using either the app or your own voice. The usual control panel is present as well. Traditionally, it's placed on top of the unit and features an intuitive digital display for hassle-free adjustments.
When it comes to the operation, not many portable conditioners offer as many modes as the PB-AC05-UK does. With this unit, you get four modes, including heating, cooling, fan-only, and dehumidifying. Surely, it won't be able to completely replace a proper dehumidifier, but with its ability to remove 26.4 litres of wet per day, it will certainly help.
Installing the model is an easy job too. You get a full dual venting window kit included and it won't take you more than a few minutes to install it. Besides, its unobtrusive design doesn't hurt too. Measuring 88 x 52.1 x 43.9 cm and weighing 29.5 kg, it will be able to find a place in any room without sticking out of it like a sore thumb.
The only flaw of the unit, as far as we can tell, is that its operation is quite noisy but other than that, you'll find very little to dislike about this mobile conditioner.
Summing up, if you're searching for a portable conditioner that will be suitable for effective cooling and heating of large spaces, the Pro Breeze (PB-AC05-UK) is the best deal.
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The next contender on the list is the BLU (BLU12HP) 12,000 BTU Portable Air Conditioner. This offering doesn't land on the cheap end of the scale but its combination of functionality and performance makes it well worth the investment.
First off, just like our best pick, the BLU12HP has a mighty 12,000 BTU of power. This means it can cool large areas, efficiently covering around 30-35 square metres. It also employs an R290 refrigerant so it can achieve lower temperatures and does not impact the environment like air conditioners with gases.
What about power consumption? The model will pleasantly surprise you too. Rated with a Class A/A+ for cooling and heating respectively, the conditioner needs just very little energy to operate, hence, even if you use it all day long it won't affect your monthly bills too much. Plus, there's a sleep mode included. Not only does it work to help reduce the operating noise of the device down to the comfortable 49 - 53 dB level, but also it makes sure that it uses energy only when it's needed, thus keeping the running costs even lower.
Touching upon the functionality, the unit offers four operating modes as well as three modes of fan strengths. Thus, it can deliver instant relief no matter the month of the year. On top of that, it can function as a dehumidifier. When switched in this mode, you can expect it to extract up to 30 litres of water, which should be enough to reduce humidity in small rooms. All settings and modes are easy to adjust via the control panel or remote control that comes included.
Other features added for your convenience include a self evaporating function. What this function means is that you won't need to empty its tank too often as the conditioner will be using half of the condensed water for cooling, as a result of which the water will be dispersed and eventually, evaporate.
Most other usual features are included too. Along with the conditioner, you get a complimentary window kit and a 1.5-m expandable exhaust hose which make its installation a breeze, allowing you to fit it in all types of windows including sash and slide window types.
Speaking of negatives, the BLU12HP's biggest one is its bulky weight. Weighing 39 kgs, it's on the heaviest side compared to all other entries. That being said, considering that it's fitted with casters, moving it won't be a big deal.
All in all, for those looking for a multi-functional and energy-saving air conditioner, the BLU12HP will fit the bill. One of the largest and the most powerful units, it will be perfect for home and commercial use.
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Ideal for Smaller Spaces
You don’t really need a powerful air conditioner in a small room, right? The NETTA portable conditioning unit is designed for this very purpose: to bring you heat relief, cool down the air, and dehumidify it. Let’s take a closer look at what makes this device so good in the first place.
Perfect for smaller spaces of up to 20 sq. m., this air conditioner consumes less power – but certainly gives you some in terms of airflow. Spreading the perfectly cool air around the room, it can bring down the temp in around 10 minutes. The summer heat can be annoying, but now you have a practical device to battle it that will not drain your wallet like the traditional AC units.
Weighing 23kg and measuring 33.4 x 32.3 x 68.8cm, the NETTA can be moved around with just a push and comes with built-in casters. Unlike your static AC, it can be moved to any room, office or garage space and start doing its magic. It even helps you cool down while working out, unlike a normal fan with a rather limited range.
You’re not stuck with just one speed in case of this air conditioner. Pick the High, Medium, or Low, depending on the temp and your own preferences.
Pick Your Feature
What if you don’t want this unit to work all night? The 24-hour timer lets you tailor the running time of the device when you want – and how you want it. Save your effort (and your wallet) with this handy mode, and start using the portable AC in a really smart way.
The dehumidifier feature will come in handy when the summer’s gone and the air at your home or office starts feeling a bit too damp. Make it fresh again during the wet season with this multifunctional device.
Controlling this unit is easier than ever with a LED sensor display. Pick your setting in one touch – or know if it’s time to drain the water tray. If you’re too busy (or too lazy), there’s a compact remote control. Perhaps the only design flaw is that the window fitting works fine for sliding windows, but not for those that open out.
Great, but how about the noise level? The NETTA does make sound, although it’s not that loud on the lowest speed. If you’re not oversensitive, this shouldn’t be that much of a problem.
Overall, the portable air conditioner by NETTA will cool down a smaller room or office space quickly, on the level, and without inflating the bills.
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A+++ Energy Rating
The Burfam Portable Air Conditioner banks on different attributes. Generally speaking, portable ACs hide behind the cooling and dehumidifying capacities since these are the numbers that, to some extent, assess the unit's value. This is not always the case though.
With this AC, measuring 9,000 BTU from the cooling capacity angle and reaching only 20 litres per day from the dehumidifying perspective, the unit does not appear too attractive initially. Plus, there are only two fan speed settings, not three, not the biggest issue but some might see that as the product adding insult to an already considerable injury. Despite these middling numbers, the AC from Burfam easily earns its spot on this list.
Before anything else, the model's able to not only earn but solidify its spot thanks to the A+++ energy efficiency rating. Consuming less than 1000 watts, the AC costs you ~25 pence per hour to run. Because this product is already affordable to begin with, selling for less than 300 quid at the moment, the cost reduction adds up and, throughout years, you're saving hundreds compared to more expensive portable air conditioners that do not go above the "A" energy efficiency mark.
Setting the model's energy efficiency aside, the biggest selling point is its dimensions. Standing at 33 x 33 x 70 centimetres, the unit's space-saving design will allow you to fit this appliance even inside the smallest flats. Plus, weighing 23. kilogrammes, the AC will not present any transportation challenges, featuring comfortable wheels underneath the unit and roomy handles on the sides. While the wheels will be enabling comfortable mobility between rooms, the handles and the reduced weight will allow you to move the AC between different premises when necessary.
On the appearance front, the model's all-white housing (aside from the black console) will sit comfortably within most interiors, from budget living spaces to upscale decorative schemes. The controls on the above-mentioned console are nothing new compared to most ACs, counting the timer, the Sleep mode, and the two fan speed settings that we have addressed before. What's somewhat new is that the unit will automatically restart in the event of a power outage.
To summarise, the Burfam Portable Air Conditioner confidently lands among the most attractive budget options you can find today, saving you money from the get-go and in the long run.
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What Is a Portable Air Conditioner?
At this time of the year, an air conditioner is a real life saviour and of the most popular appliances people buy when the summer heat hits. However, not all people can have it, which is often true of those who live in rented flats or stay in hospital for some time, and so on. For reasons like this, modern manufacturers have come up with a solution and introduced to the market a portable version - a portable air conditioner.
The notable advantage of a portable conditioner is that it usually has a very nice appearance, allowing it to easily blend in any design concept. On top of that, it also has a remarkably light weight compared to regular models, so it can be moved from room to room without breaking a sweat. Another strength of a portable unit is that it doesn't require any complex assembly. All you need is to attach a bent pipe to a window and connect it to the grid. Easy to set up, easy to switch off!
So, if, for any reason, you can't buy a regular air conditioner, buying a portable device can be a solution. Just like a conventional conditioning system, it will ensure effective cooling and cover even quite a large room. Not only that. With portable conditioners, you'll also have a wider range of options as to what model to choose, as they come in many different designs and sizes to suit just about any need and taste.
If the air in your home is not only stuffy but also heavy, make sure to buy an air purifier. This device will effectively filter the air in a room and eliminate all harmful elements, making the climate in your home healthier. Want to improve the quality of the air even more? Get yourself an oil diffuser and let sweat fragrances fill your home.
What Features to Compare
When you are looking to purchase an air conditioner, one of the most important features that need to be considered is the performance of the device. In fact, it is the key factor, as it defines how good the climate of your home will be. As a rule, it is determined by three 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 metres 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.
Power consumption is another important feature. The energy efficiency of the unit is determined by the 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, a 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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