The model can be used to cool down a very sizable room, up to 27 square metres. Its dehumidifying capacity is no joke either, capable of extracting up to 32 litres of water per day. Plus, you can use the dehumidifying and air conditioning functions at the same time.
The unit is relatively heavy.
The De'Longhi PAC N81 mobile air conditioner is an absolute powerhouse that could rival the majority of regular ACs when it comes to the cooling capacity as well as the cooling area. Plus, the unit looks good, and all of the necessary features are there, on top of a few extra ones.
32 L/day (Dehumidifying function)
20 L/day (Dehumidifying while conditioning)
up to 27 m²
Active carbon filter
Automatic self-evaporating system, 12-hour digital timer and thermostat, 3 fan speeds, Only-fan function, Handles, Castor wheels, Remote control, Window kit
Running in a Sleep mode this model analyzes the ambient temperature and automatically adjusts the settings for its optimal performance.
The instructions are tricky.
The Inventor Cool portable air conditioner is a functional and easy-to-use household appliance. It's extremely compact and convenient to move thanks to durable casters. It works best in small rooms. It can not only cool them but also absorb humidity to prevent the formation of mould and mildew.
up to 20 m²
Active carbon filter
Self-evaporating system, 12-hour digital timer and thermostat, 3 fan speeds, Sleep mode, Digital display, Remote control, Durable castors, Window kit
The model comes equipped with a 24-hour digital timer that you can use to make it switch on and off after a set period of time. The Night mode will help you peacefully drift into the dream world with its slow but constant increase in temperature. The automatic mode controls the temperature in the room without any assistance from the user.
Produces quite a bit of noise at the max speed setting.
What we have here is one of the most well-rounded options on the market. It may not be the quietest mobile air conditioner, but the sheer number of features you get for a really affordable price makes the product a really attractive choice for a whole lot of customers.
up to 26 m²
Anti-bacterial washable air filter
Automatic self-evaporating system, 24-hour digital timer, 3 fan settings, Only-fan function, Handles, Castor wheels, Remote control, Window kit, Swing, Automatic restart function, Adjustable air discharge direction, Dehumidification function, Sleep mode, Night mode, Self-diagnosis
The anti-bacterial water tray will help avoid the build-up of mould and germs, while the Active carbon filter will dispel all nasty odours.
The LCD display might be a bit difficult to read.
The portable air cooler Igenix IG9902 can not only save you from the summer heat but also warm you in cold seasons thanks to its heating mode. Plus, it can also work as a dehumidifier or just a fan. Thanks to a variety of settings, you will definitely create the optimal climate in your small or medium-sized room.
Cooling capacity 9000 BTU, Heating capacity 8000 BTU
up to 18 m²
Active carbon filter
Auto-diagnosis, Energy saving sleep mode, Heating mode, Thermostatic cut off, Auto shut-off, Overheat protection, 12-hour timer, Remote control, Drainage tube, Exhaust hose
This air conditioner has a relatively compact size, 4 small wheels and a convenient top carry handle, which makes it very portable.
The extendable hose isn't very secure.
The Homegear DJHHA-0100 air conditioning unit will quickly create a comfortable climate in any small room. It's a pretty basic model that still has a washable air filter, convenient control panel, and a remote control with a receiving distance of 5-8 meters.
up to 12 m²
~ 800 W
Self-evaporating system, 24-hour programmable timer, 2 fan speeds, Remote control, Window kit, Sleep mode function, Handle and wheels
De'Longhi PAC N81
Kind to the Environment
De'Longhi has always been one of the better companies out there when it comes to implementing some of the more sophisticated solutions without increasing the environmental footprint of their products and the PAC N81 Pinguino model is not an exception to this rule. Starting with the latter, what makes the particular unit so kind to the environment is mostly the use of the innovative refrigerant gas R410A. It is mostly this solution with its environmentally-friendly properties that allows the model in question to achieve an A class of energy efficiency.
But, as we have mentioned earlier, the product isn't just defined by its low consumption and by its particular brand of kindness to the outside world. No, what we have here is a sophisticated piece of air conditioning technology first and foremost. As an example of that, we would like to direct your attention towards the LED control panel. Aside from the rather stylish look, the panel gives you convenient access to a considerable number of options you can use to make yourself comfortable. Now, speaking of looks, we'd say that the mobile air conditioner itself doesn't look too shabby, so you will easily be able to find a place for it in any room without ruining the feng shui and the overall visual composition of that room.
Screw the Humidity
Of course, we have been rambling about the model's technological prowess for quite some time now, so we thought it is high time to provide some numbers in order to back up those claims. For starters, there are the 9400 BTUs, the sort of impressive cooling capacity that you would generally be hard-pressed to find in a portable AC. With this kind of cooling capacity, the model can be used to cool down a very sizable room, up to 27 square metres. Its dehumidifying capacity is no joke either. If you stick strictly to the said function, the mobile air conditioner will be able to extract up to 32 litres of water per day. That said, the appliance is also capable of dehumidifying the area and air conditioning it at the same time, though the abilities of the former function will drop to a still respectable number of 20 litres per day.
As you would imagine, all of these impressive feats do not come without a downside or two. That said, the only real issue we have with the model is its 30 kilograms of weight, but even that is understandable given the kind of performance it offers in return. Naturally, on top of that performance, the unit comes equipped with the standard pack of additional features and conveniences, like an automatic self-evaporating system, 12-hour digital timer and thermostat, the function that allows using the AC as a fan, and all of the standard attachments that make these portable units what they are.
So, all things considered, the De'Longhi PAC N81 mobile air conditioner is an absolute powerhouse that could rival the majority of regular ACs when it comes to the cooling capacity as well as the cooling area. Plus, the unit looks good, and all of the necessary features are there, on top of a few extra ones.
Inventor Appliances FCOOL-8BS
One of the Most Portable
For the incredibly low price, this nice portable air conditioning unit is backed by good customer service. Its performance really impresses considering its compact dimensions. It has almost the same size as high loudspeakers. Thus, you can easily place it even in tight corners and store it in your cupboard when not in use. In addition, it comes equipped with durable casters for very smooth rolling over any floor surface, including low-pile carpets. The caster wheels make the unit highly portable and easy to move from room to room. It weighs just 24 kg and is 79cm high x 30cm wide x 34.5cm long. This means it will snugly fit even confined spaces including petite bedrooms.
The advantage to this conditioner is that it's rated as A energy class device, which means it requires fairly low running costs. That said, it doesn't mean that it's not efficient. With 8000 BTU cooling capacity, this unit is able to chill down a room up to 20 square meters in size in a short time, making it easier to endure the summer heat. The cold air comes through a directional front vent that can be adjusted like a car air vent. Unlike more basic units, the FCOOL-8BS air conditioner has three fan speeds that can be switched with either a control panel on top of the device or a remote control that comes supplied with the purchase. The operation of the FCOOL-8BS is quiet and doesn't seem to go beyond the limits of 54 dB, which, although noticeable, isn't loud enough to disturb your sleep. Also included is a built-in thermometer that will allow you to adjust the temperature 16 degrees down as to the ambient air temperature.
Finally, we'd like to say that the FCOOL-8BS air conditioner sports a rather attractive, contemporary design. It has a sleek shape and small size and will blend perfectly with most domestic interiors.
A Few Words About Installation
The conditioner is very easy to set up. Like most other heavy household appliances, you shouldn't lift it from the box - just cut the plastic straps and lift the box from the unit. The package includes a large, flexible hose that can be pulled out to about 2 meters. You can vent it through a hole in the wall or run it out through the window - it will perfectly fit any window style. As for the package, along with a hose that we've just mentioned, the conditioner includes a UK adaptor, a handy remote with a set of batteries, a manual, and all needed fittings. So if you are looking for a portable conditioner that will be easy to use and easy to install, the FCOOL-8BS is the model you don't want to miss.
Trotec PAC 2000 E
A Few Good Modes
The Trotec PAC 2000 E is the kind of portable AC that has quite a lot going for it, both in terms of its mobility properties and the performance aspect. But, for the most part, the unit is defined by the sheer number of features that make the product suitable for the widest possible audience. Some of these features are relatively standard, some are quite rare, and some may seem standard but the company's very own take on them made the said features unique in their own right.
For instance, similar to the majority of mobile air conditioners, the model comes equipped with a digital timer that you can use to make it switch on and off after a set period of time. However, unlike those other ACs, the product in question incorporates a 24-hour timer instead of a 12-hour one, meaning that you will have that much more wiggle room to make yourself comfortable throughout the day. There's also the Night mode that will help you peacefully and healthily drift into the dream world with its slow but constant increase in temperature. As for some of the more standard features, the manufacturers didn't forget to include the automatic mode that does a pretty good job of controlling the temperature in the room without any assistance from the user. Nor did they forget to integrate a thermostat that determines the current temperature in the room.
There's Enough Room
Now, before we move on from the features of this mobile air conditioner, we would also like to mention the dehumidifying function that, as you would imagine, you can use to bring the level of humidity in the room down a peg. Of course, in order to access all of those features, you will have to refer to the LED display. Fortunately, the interface of the display is about as user-friendly as these things get, providing the necessary information on all of the important parameters. And if you don't feel like getting up every time you'd like to change the settings, the remote control will come to the rescue, with a child lock button that will prevent your kid from playing with the model.
Another element that makes this particular model such an attractive choice for a large number of customers is the size of the whole thing. Featuring 30 x 37.5 x 80.7 centimetres in overall dimensions, this small air conditioning unit will not take away too much of your space, so you should be able to easily find some room for it. Plus, it weighs only 24 kilos, and, with the help of low-friction castors, moving it from one room to the other will be a walk in the proverbial park. However, despite the model's compact size, it is capable of cooling down a sizable area of up to 26 m². And taking care of the entire thing won't prove to be much of a challenge either thanks to the automatic self-evaporating system and an anti-bacterial washable air filter. The only real downside of this portable AC for home is that it tends to produce a whole lot of noise when used on the maximum speed setting.
Other than that, what we have here is one of the most well-rounded options on the market. It may not be the quietest mobile air conditioner, but the sheer number of features you get for a really affordable price makes the product a really attractive choice for a whole lot of customers.
Functional and Simple
The trademark of Igenix is simplicity and functionality of all their products, and the IG9902 3-in-1 air conditioner is no exception! Its design is pretty straightforward. The control panel is basic and as user-friendly as possible. It shows all the settings and actions on a small LED display. The conditioner has a remote that allows you to control the unit from the comfort of your sofa. It also features a 12-hour timer which lets you set the time for pre-cooling your room or pre-program the unit to switch off automatically after a certain period of time. Plus, the conditioner has an Auto Diagnosis and Energy Saving Sleep Modes that you can turn on and let the climate control take over. And thanks to such safety features as Thermostatic Cut Off, Auto Shut-off, and Overheat Protection, you can have a total peace of mind that the unit will shut off automatically in case of an accident.
The other beneficial features that you would expect from a high-end air conditioner include Anti-bacterial Water Tray that will help you avoid build-up of mould and germs and an Active Carbon Filter that will dispel unpleasant odours. Considering all this, we can say that the IG9902 is an ideal option for families with kids and pets.
3 in 1
The IG9902 mini air conditioner is great for all year round climate control. It's a 3-in-1 device that effectively heats, cools, purifies and dehumidifies the air. It has a 9,000 BTU cooling capacity and can reach cooling temperature ranges of 18 - 32 degrees Celsius. You can enter the desirable temperature manually or use the remote. This model is great for small- and medium-sized rooms. In the cooling mode, the conditioner can extract about 26.4 litres of moisture per day, which is quite enough for dehumidifying the room while cooling it.
As for the fan function, this portable unit allows the air in the room to recirculate for a more concentrated airflow. The conditioner has three fan speeds and adjustable air vents, which enables you to adjust the fan for your own cooling preferences. The heating function ensures 2.1 kW of power output with the temperature ranges of 7 - 25 degrees Celsius that will be more than enough for mild winters. So, if you need something functional ideal both for hot summer days and cool winter mornings, the Igenix IG9902 is a decent choice.
Little Mighty Thing
If you’re looking for a cheap conditioner for your bedroom or any other small rooms, the Homegear 7000 BTU aircon unit is a sound choice. It goes from 16 to 31 degrees Celsius and can cool down a small stuffy room just in a matter of minutes. It has a maximum cooling capacity of 7000 BTU, which is quite enough for rooms up to 12 square metres. It's rated "A" in energy efficiency and runs at around 1Kw, so it’s not too costly to operate.
The unit features 2 fan speeds and adjustable louvres that allow you to select the intensity of air flow and direct it according to your preferences. If you need just some air circulation, you can use a fan separately. Also, the unit triples as a dehumidifier to dry out excess moisture from the air. The max dehumidifying ability makes 19.2 l/day. The great news for allergy sufferers is that this portable conditioner is equipped with washable air filters that will significantly improve the quality of the air in your room. The Homegear 7000 BTU aircon unit has a programmable 24-hour timer and is supplied with a handy remote, enabling you to adjust the settings even without getting up.
The conditioner is pretty compact and easy to move around the house. It has side handles and caster wheels for easy transportation. So, get this extra portable air conditioner and don’t suffer from the unbearable humid heat anymore.
A few Words about the Package
The manufacturer offers a rapid delivery of the Homegear 7000 BTU Portable AC. The unit comes well-packed and sturdy-built. The package includes a hose, window kit, manual with clear instructions, and a remote. We would like to note that the hose needs to go through an open window or door. However, it might get hot, so we recommend you to wrap it in towels for a better insulation. The unit is pretty narrow and easily fits on top of a table/cabinet near the window. So, you'll be able to just poke the pipe straight out the top window. Really, it will work much better if you get it up higher on a table.
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 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.
The Usability includes an automatic drain system, a remote control for convenient use, a programmable 24-hour timer to set on/off time, and many other extra features.
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 an 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 the certain temperatures. The same goes for doctors - they can cure various diseases in chilly hospital wards.
They cost a fortune in the middle of 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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