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Old 08-21-2010, 10:45 PM   #1
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So, Mrs JD can't sleep unless the bedroom is the temperature bordering on absolute zero.

A couple of years back, a coworker of hers had a husband who owned and A/C company. They had an old Sanyo portable A/C unit in the garage that was just collecting dust & during an exceptionally hot PNW summer ( if there is such a thing ) she just gifted it to us.

The thing has been great, especially since about 3% of the homes up here actually have central air. This summer we have had some very hot, for us, weather. The A/C is on it's last leg and since it was free, it certainly doesn't owe me anything.

So, I am looking at replacing it and I figure I need about 13,000-14,000 BTU unit for the master bedroom according to all the sizing charts.

I am looking at a Haier, an Edgestar EXTREME and Whynter Eco Friendly model ( tax break in Washington ).

So, I was wondering if anyone had any experiences with this units, or can recommend a really kick ass portable version ( I simply must have the ability to close and secure the window should we leave for the weekend or something so the permanent window mount is out ) I would love to hear about it.

Ideally I would like a unit that will go down to around 62 or so degrees, as that seems to induce the heaviest slumber in our house.

Thanks in Advance!

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Old 08-21-2010, 11:17 PM   #2
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I had a DeLonghi Penguino Portable A/C, it worked well for about 900sqft. It would make it nice and chilly. I believe it was about 11,000BTU. The only problem I had with it was it pulled too much power and would throw the breaker(Old House needed wiring upgrade).

It is now being used by the SIL and her husband in Ga. and it is working very well for them.

The unit I had could also be used as a dehumidifier.

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Not with the A/C units, although I bought a near new Haier 5600 BTU window unit at a yard sale a couple weeks ago for $10. Works great, I'm going to use it as a cooling unit for a fermentation closet.

I have three 5 cu. ft. Haier chest freezers. The second one I bought cooled until the T-stat was satisfied then quit. It took a year to get a replacement that was acceptable from Haier, in New Jersey. Their customer support sucks.

I am not familiar with either of the others....Good Luck finding something not MADE IN CHINA!!
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Best i could help. I got a window unit on the 2nd floor, anchored in place and "locked" the window with some angle brackets.
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14,000 BTU ? For a BEDROOM?


You are either in Death Valley, or have a bedroom the size of a hockey stadium? Daughter has a 2 story, 2 bedroom home (granted, it is well insulated) She has an 11,000 BTU thru-the-wall unit that cools the entire house.

Try this calculator- Air conditioner sizing worksheet
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Well, that was MUCH different than the charts I have been seeing on various sites.

Thanks C3!

My Master is good size, but not as big as a hockey stadium, and no ice rink floor either.

Well, apparently I can get by with a much smaller unit according to that calculator.

Back to square one....

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JD, I will check with my Dad and see which one he has. He likes it pretty well.

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I received several estimates from local contractors when looking for A/C - Heater for my shop. All referenced a specific size.
Now the shop gets cold, but quits dehumidifing when temperature is reached. (A/C unit too big for 10X20 sized shop.)
Result = Mold.
Fix = a $79.00 window unit for A/C from WallyWorld for summer, the purchased "motel" unit for heat in winter.
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Instead of portable units, check split type A/C. They require a bit more work but more efficient and you still have your security.

Like these:
Panasonic Consumer Electronics - Split Air Conditioners Learn More
Split Type Air Conditioner-Split Type Air Conditioner Manufacturers, Suppliers and Exporters on
Ductless Mini Split Type Air Conditioners
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