Couple of things I learned when looking up ACs last year: Dual hose units are far better than the single hose type. If you want a simple cheap window AC, I recommend checking out local HD/Loewes type of stores as they all had really good deals going on. Costco used to have nice sales on powerful dual hose portable ACs. I got a Frigidaire model from Best Buy using a gift card I had last year and it happened to get great reviews on Amazon and it worked really well for me. Very efficient and good output, seems like it would last a long time if needed. The cheap ones available at Home Depot type stores are good short term options.
Because I didn't really like having to set up the window AC in my townhouse, I borrowed a friend's Delonghi Pinguino (something like that) and it does a good job for a medium sized room plus it was available cheap. There are issues with some Delonghi portable ACs leaking water indoors so be careful with that and perhaps place something around it that could collect any water if you are concerned to save your floor.
Here's what I've found on the web....it sounds very much like a hit or miss. The compressor is reported to be broken with some users- and the packaging of AC units by Sharp sounds fairly lousy from the reviews I've read leading to these problems. Woot had a similar deal on this with Sharp 10K BTU so I read up on that and they reported also mixed reviews- some people it works, other people have received broken units. For the people that have working ACs- they seem fairly content by the cooling ability. As a new model- it should come with a 1 yr support- but Sharp's customer service is somewhat lackluster. 1 wk ship time will mean arrival post-heat wave for me- so I'm not sure if this is a green light but if anyone else owns one and can share an experience I'd very much appreciate it. I'm also wondering if this is just a good price for a 10K BTU.
Couple of things I learned when looking up ACs last year: Dual hose units are far better than the single hose type.
You are absolutely correct. And I think if most people understood the downside of a single-hose unit, they'd remove it from consideration. Here's why...
With a single hose, cooled inside/room air is exhausted out the hose to cool the condenser coil. This means not only do you lose that cooled air to the outside (akin to leaving a window open), but as the air is removed from the room, it creates a partial vacuum in the room. That missing air has to be displaced with new air drawn in from other areas - generally, from outside (uncooled/hot air).
If you're using this in a garage where all the air is hot and you're just aiming this at yourself while you work, it's fine. But if you're trying to cool a sealed area, look at the dual-hose setups. Buy.com had a 14k dual hose on sale this week for about $350.
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