Portable air conditioner

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  1. sparkie1984

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    hi all,

    Does anyone on here use one? Any recommendations? Ideally I'd like to spend about £200

    Thanks
     
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    Brought one from Homebase some 10 years ago (I'm sure summers were hotter back then!) wheel it out every year when needed and although noisy it does the job, i'm sure it was about £150 back then....
     
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    Hi,

    You can get them for that kind of money but they will mainly be Chinese brands that tbh, are not that great - been quite some time since I looked at the portable market but have a look at some of the more established/recognised brands that are Japanese or German & if you can somehow stretch to the extra expense, it should well be worth it both in terms of performance & reliability.

    To give you an example, Japanese regulations state that AC Units must operate to within a +/- 2% margin of published specs but in China it is +/- 20%.

    Mine frustrated me so much that I eventually got a Fujitsu Ducted System which is just heaven when it gets hot & sticky!

    Suave!
     
  4. sparkie1984

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    Oh I see! I didn't realise.

    Sadly I rent a house as I know a couple of ac installers who could of sorted me out with a proper system.

    I've literally been awake most of the night in the heat so need to do something about it asap.
     
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    Hi,

    If you need one quickly, maybe pick up a used from from ebay or the classifieds somewhere - when I had mine, it had a water reservoir which would fill up very quickly & if I forgot to empty it - then half my floor flooded. They should have a water outlet tube that vents out so make sure you can vent it in a manner that will allow the condensed water to flow out somewhere.

    Make sure you get one with the sufficient BTU rating fro the size of your room - if yours is standard bedroom size then I guess 9,000-12,000 BTU should suffice.

    Suave!
     
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    I know someone who installs. Part of his business is hiring out portables, so perhaps that is an option you could look into?
    As above though, he was hiring out good kit for what I would imagine you can buy cheaper kit for.
     
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    Weirdly I just heard an advert for a hire company renting them out. I may look into it as we will only need it a couple of months probably.
     
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    Bought a good old Challenge one from Argos many many years ago.

    Only issue is the Hose is wrecked so I can't find a replacement, just an extension so it's taped up.
     
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    The cheap ones will last you the summer. That's all I have now and they get loads of use :laugh:
     
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    I had one from a Plumbing merchants which was virtually paper ! It didn't last long even with tape around it.
    I have seen a contraption on E bay though for your windows so might try this. We have a full length side opening window
     
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    Do you have a link?
     
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    It's probably one of those cloth type seals that cover the window?
     
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    Because your a Mod I will provide this for you

    AirLock 100 - TROTEC

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    Yeah that's the thing I was thinking off.
     
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    Thanks, I'll add you to my Christmas Card List :laugh:
     
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    If your on the £3k + after bills list you can send me a Present too you scrooge !
     
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    I was at the opposite end, a long way off the top :D
     
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    Hi OP,

    Have a look at this model & ask your mates about it - it is branded as Electrolux so not a brand I would normally consider but I feel this might actually be a badged version of a Korean brand so should be much better than the endless Chinese options out there.

    I feel it might be Korean as I have an Air Purifier branded as Fellowes in the UK but the same unit is branded as Electrolux in the USA & both are made by a Korean company.

    Hopefully it might actually be good!

    Electrolux EXP12HN1WI Portable Air Conditioner

    Suave!
     
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    It's about £250 over budget.
     
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    Yes, it is - because it is probabaly not cheap nasty Chinese crap. OP was informed he might need to spend more for better quality - any around £200 will be just Chinese junk that will not likely last very long and/or have annoying issues after a while imho.

    Suave!
     
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    Not that us mortals can do much about it without trying them out but the most important thing is it blows more cold air out the front than escapes as hot air out the back. I think it makes sense that cheaper rubbish units may be less efficient at doing this than better made ones. Telling the difference though?
     
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    Agreed it will be better, but £200 was the original budget.
    I used to have a central system that was expensive and was great. I now have 2 cheapo mobile units and I'm very happy with them tbh.
     
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    I got a half sized 'portable' one from B&Q about 4/5 years ago, not bad for all but the largest rooms (down to 16 degree in a large room with high ceilings and circa 30 degrees outside), never seen anything in this smaller size since.

    I bought a top end 'portable' one from a UK manufacturer build from Japanese components, with heat as a well as cooling when I moved into a bigger place and the little one just couldn't manage and liked the idea of the heat function. I had a problem with the circuit board that controlled it from day one, and took a while to get fixed (only affected the heating function and it was summer anyway), which is the drawback of buying from a small company and an aircon is not the easiest or cheapest to ship back and forth.

    This pocket thing look like a brilliant find and will be getting one pronto, pitty it doesn't come with a hole to put the water pipe out as well (rather than a bucket or something nearby that needs emptying). I've been using a window blanker kit that attempts to create a seal, I supplemented it with some draft strips and drilled a hole in it to put the water pipe out. It came with my second unit, but can't seem to find them for sale individually.
     
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    Will come in handy tonight. Just ventured into my spare room and it's 74 degrees and muggy as hell.
    God I used to hate trying to sleep in the summer without AC.
     
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    Hi,

    Don't complain - think of it as a rare & free sauna thanks to our very unpredictable UK weather! :D
     
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    I did the same approx same time ago, same a little noisy but does the job when needed. think I paid approx £135 :)
     
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    Any updated suggestions? Looking for something to cool out conservatory in the summer as it's my daughters play room.
     
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    I can recommend the eco air range.

    I upgraded ours to a 12000BTU one which heats and cools (our heating is rubbish) and I'm very happy with it so far!

    Only downside is you can't teach harmony to control it as it won't recognise the codes for some reason
     

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