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Best Buy has Insignia 12,000 BTU 550 Sq. Ft Portable Air Conditioner w/ Remote Control (NS-AC12PWH9) on sale for $249.99. Shipping is free or you may pickup in-store where available. Thanks Travis64
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Last Edited by Thomassan July 16, 2019 at 12:08 PM
Good video explanation of the drawbacks of indoor AC units like this vs window AC units.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_-mBeYC2KGc

This thing is very inefficient, very loud and will wake you up at night.

TLDR- Window units are better in every way unless there is a use case where that won't work. You will save more money with a window unit even at full price.

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from my post in another thread: https://slickdeals.net/f/10383476-portable-air-conditioner-arctic-king-wppd-12cr5-12-000btu-269-99?v...


an air conditioner works by heat transfer, the refrigerant being the vehicle for said heat transfer. in order to get rid of the heat, a fan has to push air across the hot coils so the heat leaves the refrigerant and goes outside. a window unit accomplishes this by having a fan blade in the outside portion of the a/c that sucks in outside air from the louvered side vents and blows air across and onto the hot coils. the fan blade is actually powered by the same electric motor that the interior fan is on, and it's even on the same axis. so... the inside portion sucks in the room air through the large louvered vents where the filter it (air gets filtered that way so dust doesn't accumulate on the evap coils), across the cold evap coils from the cold refrigerant (to cool the interior air,) then out through the vents at the top that blow the air into the room. the only connection between the two halves is the refrigerant line which is where the heat transfer takes place, and the small little opening where the condensate from the evap coils drain to the outside portion (opening is about as wide as your pinky finger so it requires cleaning sometimes if crud from the outside like insects, leave debris or twirly pedals find their way into it).

as far as portable A/C's....

a dual hose model accomplishes this similarly. 1 hose sucks in the outside air, blows it across the hot condenser coils inside the unit, transferring the heat from the coils to the intake air, and out through the 2nd hose to the outside. this occurs in a separate sealed compartment from the evap cold coils where it sucks in interior air, across the cool coils, then out through the vents into the room thus conditioning the air. with portable units though... this is important to note...since the condensate is collection inside of the unit and depending on the model may need emptying especially when the humidity is high. most units are designed to try and evaporate as much of that condensate as possible through the outake house, but in the northeast where humidity is 60%+ etc it can't keep up and requires emptying. some models come with a hose kit to empty it into a larger bucket.

a single hose model combines 2 actions into one and reduces efficiency. the unit will suck in interior conditioned/cooled air and some of the air will be cooled again and shot back out into the room (normal) and other cooled/conditioned air you used electricity to condition, will be blown across the hot coils and out through the single hose to the outside. as a result, you are using conditioned air to cool down the hot coils which is a waste of energy since the objective is to cool the inside and take the heat outside, not take the cool air and send it outside. in addition, the single hose model creates a pressure gradient and it ends up sucking air out from anywhere there are gaps (ie bottom of doors, between baseboard molding, leaking windows, etc) b/c it's taking inside air and sucking it outside.

dual model ones are much more preferable and are much more expensive too. they will cool down a room more quickly, and keep it cool better. a single hose model may require you to go well above what is recommended on the BTU / Sq ft chart in order to keep the room cool and the humidity down. remember, you are losing cool air to the outside so it's fighting to stay ahead. the only sure fire way to stay ahead is to go with an even higher BTU sized portable a/c so if you lose some cold air it doesn't matter as much.
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If this was a duel hose I'd bite at this price
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Yeah only single exhaust. Yuck. 12k btu will act more like 6k btu with single exhaust.
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If this was a duel hose I'd bite at this price
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I am used to white noise. I can tolerate the noise of the fan, but when the compressor kicks in the vibration it makes is too loud.
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Yeah only single exhaust. Yuck. 12k btu will act more like 6k btu with single exhaust.
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Is the deal already over?
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Super loud
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Just ordered. Will post up thoughts when I install it in a few days
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I was just going to return this unit I bought < 30 days ago for $350. Now I'm not since they will give me $100 back. I got lucky.
Haven't even taken out of the box. Thanks OP
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I am used to white noise. I can tolerate the noise of the fan, but when the compressor kicks in the vibration it makes is too loud.
Is it really that loud?? I can't pass up this deal, guess I'll have to try it and return if needed. Will report back once I get it
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Looked around at Costco and Home Depot. On paper, this one is by far the biggest bang for your buck. Any similar specs at Costco and HD cost $400 minimum.

Great deal.
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Thanks OP! In Southern CA you don't haggle about noise or even the cost of electricity when it feels like it is 120F in your home (it may only be 106F outside, but by 6 pm.....you feel like it's 120F....) I got this for a family member.
I agree that single hose portable units are far from ideal, but a friend loaned me their unit 2 years ago while I was saving up for central air. It saved me.

THIS IS A SLICKDEAL.
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Yeah only single exhaust. Yuck. 12k btu will act more like 6k btu with single exhaust.
Agreed! Single-hose portable AC blows the hot air outside, which is good, but creates a vacuum in the room, drawing outside air back in through window gaps, etc. Never buy a single-hose portable AC. Absurd waste of energy.
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