The patented ECO RealFeel technology's designed to ensure users with maximum comfort. It automatically lowers the temperature and controls the humidity level in the room, which prevents the air from getting dry.
Some of the components from the kit might not fit some windows.
The De'Longhi Penguino (PAC EL98) is a stylish and intelligent mobile conditioner that will come in handy in every home. On top of that, it is distinguished with the energy efficiency class A and high levels of dehumidification. So if you live in an area with high humidity, it's just the model you need.
36.4 litres per day
~ 30 m²
Self evaporating function, 3 fan speeds, 24-hour timer, Digital display, Wheels, Side-carry handles, Remote control, Exhaust hose and window kit included
2 years limited
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
The Air Filtration system aids in improving the quality of the air by eliminating all unpleasant odours like those of pets and tobacco.
Because the drain plug for the water tank is placed rather low, draining it can be quite difficult.
Where the BLACK + DECKER BXAC40007GB truly shines is in its portability. Lightweight, compact and practical, it can be effortlessly moved from place to place. The power of the unit is also quite impressive, plus you get the functionality of three devices. All of this makes it a very attractive deal.
29 litres per day
~ 1000 W
Active carbon filter
Self evaporating function, LED screen, 3 Fan Speed, 24-hour timer, Auto breeze function, Remote control, Wheels, Overheat protection, Window kit adapter and 1.5 m exhaust pipe included
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
De'Longhi Penguino (PAC EL98)
Straight of the reel, what we have here is not a usual conditioner. It's a smart device with a stylish design and exclusive Real Feel technology that ensures you get maximum comfort from using the device and don't have to pay an exorbitant sum of money on energy bills every month. Sounds good enough of a deal? Then let's check it in detail.
First things first, what sells about the De’Longhi Pinguino PAC conditioner, as we've just mentioned, is its design. It has a streamlined white body with a digital display in the upper left corner which makes it look very high-tech. On that display, you can find a light indicator showing you the levels of humidity in your home, a few adjustment buttons, and the ON/OFF switch that will allow you to customise the settings without using a remote control. The remote control is included in the kit too, so operating the device remotely is also possible.
The second best feature of the De’Longhi Pinguino PAC conditioner is that it provides a stable operation with no blasts of cool surging in. This favourably sets it apart from its rivals which tend to switch on and off while running. What's no less important is that it also allows it to keep energy consumption low. As a result, you get a powerful and cost-effective device that won't entail high bills.
To proceed to the performance, the unit is featured with a dehumidification function. This means, not only will it help keep the air in your room pleasantly cool, but also it will automatically adjust the humidity levels and absorb any excess water, providing you with a healthy indoor climate. What's more, it'll effectively cover a room up to 30m² in size, making it ideal for pretty large rooms.
Turning to the package, the device is delivered with everything necessary to put it together in virtually no time. Thus, you get an exhaust window outlet, two hose adapters, a crosspiece for sliding windows, an air exhaust hose, a wall flange connection including accessories to attach it to the wall, as well as assembly instructions and remote control. Thanks to this, you'll not need to buy anything else and will spend less than a few minutes to set it up with no tools required. That being said, keep note that some of the components from the kit might not fit in some window systems, so it won't go amiss to check its compatibility with your windows prior to purchasing.
Before summarising this review, we'd also like to add that the De’Longhi Pinguino PAC conditioner has a very thought-out construction. It's featured with caster wheels and two side-carry handles so even though it's not exactly lightweight measuring in at 33 kg, moving it from room to room won't be a problem!
In the end, if you're looking for a portable air conditioner that is also stylish and intelligent, the Pinguino PAC introduced by De’Longhi is just what you need.
|Last updated price||£669.99|
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.
|Last updated price||£399.99|
BLACK + DECKER (BXAC40007GB)
Black and Decker is famous for the quality of products they produce, and this air-conditioning (BXAC40007GB) unit hasn't become an exception.
To start things off, we can't help but like how great the device looks, featuring a sleek white body with a silver top and an air vent in the middle. The latter has a round shape with a stylish silver lining, which makes it look more like a floor-standing speaker rather than an air conditioner. Thanks to this, it can blend in just about any interior without sticking out there like a sore thumb.
Furthermore, the unit is super quiet. Producing only 53 dB at low speed, it makes just as much noise as a refrigerator, which means even if you place it right next to your bed, its operation won't disturb you.
Adding to the advantages of this model is its extensive functionality. Actually, the Black and Decker BXAC40007GB is one of a few air conditioning units that combines the functionality of three devices, so if you're in search of multifunctionality, Black and Decker will get you covered.
When it comes to performance, the model in question offers a cooling capacity of 10,000 BTU. This will be enough to cool down rooms up to 30 in size. The temperature can be adjusted in a range from 18-32°C, so if needed, you can use it to warm up in winter too.
As far as conveniences go, everything here is simple and clearly arranged. The electronic controls with a LED screen can be found on top of the device. Using these controls, you can adjust the speed of the fan as well as set the operation mode choosing from dehumidification, fan, and cooling functions. All of these functions can be adjusted remotely, too, thanks to the remote control that comes included in the package.
Similar to other top models, the BXAC40007GB has a 24-timer, which means you can keep it running for the desired amount of time without having to remember to switch it off. Also included is an Air Filtration system, the function that will help make the climate of your home not only more pleasant but also healthier.
One other strength of the BXAC40007GB is its portability. Featuring a lightweight design (~3.5 kg) and a set of wheels, it will be easy to move it just about anywhere, whether it be your living room, conservatory, lounge, or any other place with a window.
Finally, the package. On top of the remote control and device itself, the kit contains an exhaust pipe with a 1.5 length, active carbon filter, and a drain tube. The instructions are also included, though the assembly of the unit is so simple you'd hardly need any reference at all.
As you can see, Black and Decker keeps on delivering on their promises by producing top-notch products. If you need one of them, the BXAC40007GB can be just the thing.
|Last updated price||£426.76|
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Inventor Chilly (CLCO290-09BS)
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.
In conclusion, 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.
|Last updated price||£279.90|
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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