The assembly instructions are not the clearest.
The De'Longhi PAC AN98 will cost you some but the unit will also more than earn its keep. Without fiddling with multiple settings variations, this portable AC will allow you to make the dampest rooms cosy and comfortable, even when the temperature outside turns unbearable.
36 litres per day
Up to ~30 m²
Automatic condensate evaporation system, Silent technology, 3-speed fan, Only-fan function, 1-24 hour timer, Remote control, Durable castor wheels, Handles
Featuring rounded edges and smooth curves, this unit eliminates any injury chances, meaning that you can have kids and pets running amok without worrying about them stumbling into this AC and hurting themselves. The adjustable louvres let you direct the airflow.
The AC gets noisy at the highest setting.
With its intuitive controls, hassle-free maintenance (thanks to an automatic condensate evaporating system), and an ergonomic remote that makes the practically countless settings easily accessible, this portable AC from Pro Breeze is the best option for people with unconditioned space around 18-22 m².
21.6 litres per day
Automatic condensate evaporation system, 2-speed fan, only-fan function, sleep mode, 1-24 hour timer, remote control, manually adjustable louvres for air direction, durable castor wheels, handles, window kit Included
The remote controller features an LED screen that allows you to adjust the temperature and manage the model's settings without scooching next to the unit. The screen is also backlit, so you'll be able to do so during nighttime without turning on the lights.
The unit is pretty heavy.
The Inventor Magic Portable Air Conditioner will be keep you warm throughout cold winter days and cool during hot summer days. With the automatic swing mode, the unit will be regulating both the heat and the fan, making sure that the room does not get too hot or cold.
12000 BTU (cooling)
10000 BTU (heating)
78 litres per day
Up to ~30 m²
1350 W (cooling)
1045 W (heating)
A / A+ (cooling / heating)
Self-evaporating system, 3-fan speed, 24-hour timer, Sleep mode, Auto swing, Auto error diagnosis
The AC lets you choose any temperature between 18 and 32 degrees (Celcius). With its self-evaporating cooling system, the unit works without requiring frequent drainage. The removable water tank eliminates germ and bacteria buildups.
Pouring the water in and closing the box is not easy.
Keeping around 30 square metres at an optimal temperature usually requires a considerable initial investment and sizable spendings down the road. Pifco P40013 does not care one bit about that whole "usually" part though. This affordable portable AC is safe, economical, and as feature-rich as its more expensive peers.
Self-evaporating cooling system, 2-speed fan, 24-hour timer, sleep function, adjustable temperature, auto shut-off, overheating protection,thermostatic cut-off, remote control, durable castor wheels, handles, window kit Included
1 year (+1 year warranty upon registration)
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 PAC AN98 ECO
Real Feel Technology
The De'Longhi PAC AN98 will ask you to open the pocketbook nice and wide but, considering everything that the unit is packing, the request seems reasonable. The appliance has no noticeable appearance flaws, its cooling capacity, capping at 10700 BTU, is considerable, and the output management facilities are extensive. Going from these broad statements to the nitty-gritty details, the biggest reason behind the model's elevated price tag is the Real Feel technology.
Reducing the room's temperature and controlling humidity levels simultaneously, this tech raises the comfort levels above anything that most portable ACs can do. Once the perfect comfort level is reached, Real Feel starts regulating both the compressing action and the fan speed, keeping the conditions stable and consistent. Where standard ACs will have you choosing between cooling and dehumidifying, this unit does both automatically, without you tinkering with the settings.
For the most part, this product is pretty straightforward, except that the assembly instructions are somewhat convoluted, so we would recommend checking out online tutorials as those are abundant and easy to follow.
The Silent One
Where the controls are concerned, the unit's console is not necessarily different from its predecessors. In the middle, you'll find transparent and constant updates on the room conditions. The orange light will describe uncomfortable conditions, the green light will suggest that the conditions are acceptable, and the blue light will tell you that the unit has made the conditions optimal. To the right, the AC will let you choose between the standard feature lineup, including an only-fan function, three fan speed settings, and the timer. You can use the touch buttons to navigate these features. You can also use the remote, standard stuff.
Now, the Silent technology, while not new to the company's products, is not standard compared to portable air conditioners from different companies. Go with the regular working mode or settle for minimum speed, the tech will guarantee low noise emissions all the same. Even when you select the highest speed setting, the unit caps at 52 decibels noise-wise so that its operation is not enough to disturb a good night's sleep.
Bottom line, the De'Longhi PAC AN98 has arrived and is here to stay, featuring the tech that its predecessors pioneered and offering new solutions to turn any environment into a comfortable habitat.
|Last updated price||£639.99|
Pro Breeze 4-in-1
Portable air conditioners usually have a certain aesthetic that most models share, at least to some extent. This unit from Pro Breeze is not an exception. As you can probably tell, this AC looks quite similar to other portable models within this lineup. We're not saying that it is something negative though. On the contrary, as much as we can appreciate someone/something straying from the norm, in this case, we're glad the manufacturers did not go with the whole "reinventing the wheel" approach and stuck to the tried and tested methods. With its polished, all-white housing (aside from the console), this unit easily blends into most decorative schemes, from everyday modern interiors to upscale décors. Featuring clean lines and streamlined accents, this portable AC might even elevate certain settings. Plus, adopting smooth curves and round edges, the model becomes safe, so you can put this unit even in those rooms where kids and pets usually run amok.
Pivoting towards the aforementioned console, you're greeted with a standard black control panel with multiple touch buttons and an LCD screen. Using the two (the buttons and the screen), you can adjust the temperature, access the usual sleep mode, choose between two fan speed settings, activate the dehumidification mode, nothing that most mid-range portable ACs won't let you do. The difference here is that the model also offers a targeted cooling mode. With this mode, the unit lets you adjust the louvres, meaning that you can manipulate airflow and have the AC focus on the part where you need so that you remain cool and comfortable even when the temperature outside becomes unbearable. That said, even though the sleep mode is not unique to this AC, the fan speed here is reduced even more gradually, so you're kept cool at night without seeing a noticeable energy bill increase. Of course, you can access all of these settings/features via the supplied remote as well.
Automatic Condensate Evaporation System
Perfect products do not exist, an unfortunate but obvious truth. In the unit's case, the imperfection comes from the noise getting pretty noticeable when you stick with the highest fan speed setting. Still, considering everything that we have mentioned and outlined above, as well as the two easy-to-install window venting kits, the easily manoeuvrable wheels on the bottom, we can forgive the transgression. And, adding simplified maintenance with an automatic condensate evaporation system, we can recommend this AC to most customers who need to keep around 20 square metres at an optimal temperature.
|Last updated price||£429.99|
Top-Notch Cooling and Heating Facilities
The Inventor Magic Portable Air Conditioner is fairly magical in its own right. Sure, when you look at the components, the tech behind the unit, and the features, the magic starts dissipating and all you're left with is the most capable portable AC within its price bracket. Is that disappointing? We're inclined to believe otherwise.
First, there's nothing disappointing about its 12000-BTU cooling capacity, enough to manage any room that does not measure above 30 square metres. Second, there's also the 10000-BTU heating capacity, pretty enormous too. When extra-warm sunny days are long gone and the cold season is already upon you, the unit will be able to aid the existing heat sources and keep most rooms comfortable enough.
See, the issue here is not even with the model's performance and operation and more so with its construction. To secure and maintain its excellent cooling and heating capacity, the people behind this product raised the unit's weight. Measuring almost 35 kilogrammes, this is one heavy AC, even though the omni-directional casters enable easy relocation, allowing you to move the unit between rooms without facing and overcoming substantial challenges. Now, you can remove them too but considering that the notches on the sides barely qualify as side handles, we would not recommend doing so. Also, despite its excess weight, AC is not as bulky as you would expect, standing at 39.7 x 46.7 x 76.5 centimetres, so you will not be forced to sacrifice ample space.
Even the Remote has a Screen
Not unlike most portable air conditioners, this unit puts the console and the controls atop its body. These controls include three speed settings, Sleep mode, the usual suspects. In addition to these proverbial suspects though, the appliance is offering an automatic swing mode that will be regulating the heating and cooling outputs to prevent the room from turning too cold and too hot. Though the touch buttons that manage these settings are nothing to complain about, the remote is where it is at, featuring not only comfortable separation between the buttons to prevent misclicking but also an LED screen with backlighting that allows you to manipulate the settings even inside the darkest rooms.
Adding the included window kit and the Auto Error Diagnosis feature to the mix, the Inventor Magic Portable Air Conditioner becomes too attractive to disregard, especially if you live in an area where the winters get cold and the summers can be scorching hot.
|Last updated price||£409.99|
Pifco P40013 Portable 3-In-1
The Least Greedy One
Even though we seldom judge ACs primarily based on appearance, the Pifco P40013 looks a little meh, an odd place to start, to be sure, but the one we're going with nonetheless. We're not saying that there's anything necessarily wrong with the model's appearance but the black lid atop this unit makes it look somewhat like an oversized rubbish bin. A sleek one, sure, but a rubbish bin nevertheless. Maybe make the console alone black next time and leave the rest white? A little unoriginal, perhaps, but what the unit is working with at the moment is not doing it any favours.
Still, as harsh as we are on its appearance, this portable AC is not bad, far from it. In certain respects, this model's actually much more impressive than its competition coming at comparable price points. To name one, the unit draws 800 watts tops. Generally speaking, ACs that consume around that much energy are usually capping at around 20 square metres and we're being generous here when we're saying 20. In this case though, the cooling area stretches 30 square metres, which is remarkable considering that portable ACs that are able to cover around 30 square metres will be usually consuming more than 1500 watts. In other words, with this unit, you're getting more bang for your
buck quid, keeping the largest rooms cool without increasing the energy bill twofold.
Not the Machine that will Rise
You'd presume that reduced energy consumption would entail cutting considerable corners but, aside from its appearance shortcomings, we cannot say that the model is cutting any important corners. As far as we're concerned, all the standard features are still there, including a 24-hour timer and a sleep function that gradually reduces the fan speed at night so that you remain cool without catching a cold whilst sleeping and without paying an exuberant amount of money due to increased energy consumption. You can set the temperature anywhere between 18 and 32 degrees Celcius, using both the touch buttons on the console atop the unit and the remote that's shipped with the package.
Portable ACs can entail substantial hazards/risks. Not this one though. With its automatic shut-off, overheating protection, and thermostatic cut-off, even when the machines finally rise against us, this model will not be able to cause any harm.
To bring it home, the Pifco P40013 is among the cheapest portable air conditioners that can keep 30 square metres at just about any temperature you want. Plus, its energy consumption will save you tonnes down the road.
|Last updated price||£341.09|
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||£288.89|
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. It 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 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.
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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