looking for ac unit for my bedroom

Proto Omega

Active Member
whats a good one? dont wanna spend more than £150 on one but i havent got a clue how these things work...do they have a life expectancy? what do u have to do to maintain them. Can you guys recommend a good one between £100-£150 for a medium sized bedroom.
 

branny

Well-known Member
I bought a mobile unit about 5 years ago for the bedroom from B&Q. Was about £150.

There are a number of 'downsides to these'. Firstly, they aren't small! You also need to think about how you are going to vent this - I had the option of either pipe out of the window or having a vent installed in the the room. I went with the window option given the amount of summer we actually get. They are very noisy too so if you have it set on auto cool I'll guarantee that it will wake you up in the middle of the night when it kicks in.

On the posotive, I tend to switch it on an hour before I go to bed to get the room down to about 16 degrees and then switch off. If I keep the curtains and doors closed the room maintains a comfortable temp throughout the night.

In terms of maintenance, for mine it's a case of emptying any water that it collects. I had to do this once.

That said, I havent brought it out for the last 3 summers as we never had any prolonged days of heat!
 

whatsupdoc

Novice Member
Also have one of those for my bedroom. Used it three times last year.

As said, they are not quiet, and mine often sets up a loud vibration, so I've never left it running when in bed. It's very heavy, so you won't want to move it again once you've got it upstairs.
 

branny

Well-known Member
I heard they need to run off their own socket as they draw a lot of power? cant i use an extension lead and plug it in that?
Always used mine plugged mine straight into the socket as its close by. If it wasn't Id have used an extension though!

It's very heavy, so you won't want to move it again once you've got it upstairs.
Agreed. Mine stays up stairs until the end of summer (if we get one!)
 

ps3mad

Banned
I got portable ones.They are great with days/nights like this.They are noisy but so is leaving the windows open in the summer.So its either a noisy hot night or a noisy cool one :D
 

branny

Well-known Member
I got portable ones.They are great with days/nights like this.They are noisy but so is leaving the windows open in the summer.So its either a noisy hot night or a noisy cool one :D
I guess it depends on the surrounding. If you live at the side of the motorway then without doubt that would be true, if you live in a quiet cul de sac then I'd bet that the AC unit is much louder (I know mine is!).
 
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Henry17

Guest
Do they really cost less thn $150? I never knew about it really
 

ps3mad

Banned
I guess it depends on the surrounding. If you live at the side of the motorway then without doubt that would be true, if you live in a quiet cul de sac then I'd bet that the AC unit is much louder (I know mine is!).
Your lucky mate,i used to live in a quiet road,but not now im surrounded by noisy neighbours.It only takes one to move in and your quiet nights are over!
 

IronGiant

Moderator
Mine runs off an extension :) just make sure it's a 13 amp one and you don't plug anything else into it.

Dave
 
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Whisper

Guest
just make sure it's a 13 amp one and you don't plug anything else into it.

Dave
Er, so what happens if you do ? I've got mine on a 6-way extension with everything from my Nas to the TV plugged into it as well :rolleyes::oops:. Do you mean that when the a/c 'kicks in' it can cause havoc with the other electrical equipment ?
 

IronGiant

Moderator
If the aircon pulls 3kw which some do, then if you have a lot of other things plugged in and running then you can overload the extension lead and at best blow the fuse and at worst melt the lead. Having other things plugged it that aren't running at the same time is less of an issue, as it's only about overloading the lead.
 
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Whisper

Guest
Having other things plugged it that aren't running at the same time is less of an issue, as it's only about overloading the lead.
:thumbsup:

My extension lead has a power meter on it (3KW max) so I can see if I am going to overload it. With the a/c on it's about half way...........however when it kicks in initially it does max out :devil:.
 

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