Question Sessions #4: Answering the Top Questions About Portable AC’s

Whynter ARC-14SH 14,000 BTU Dual Hose w/ Heater

Whynter ARC-14SH 14,000 BTU Dual Hose

Question #1: Which Portable Air Conditioner Brands are the best?


If you’re just getting acquainted with the portable AC market, you’ll be quick to notice that there are many manufacturers to choose from. It can be very hard to tell which brands are the best, especially when you visit different sites and see a few mixed reviews.

Based on the units that we have reviewed on our webpage we would consider the following manufacturers to be the best to choose from:

1.) Whynter
2.) Toyotomi
3.) Honeywell *manufactured by Airtek
4.) Frigidaire
5.) Koldfront *manufactured by EdgeStar

Haier and Danby are also worth mentioning. But again, this is just our opinion.


Question #2: Why is it important to rest your Portable AC upright for at least 24 hours before usage?


Many people don’t know this. Actually, when I received my very first machine I don’t recall making a conscious effort to do this either. Before you operate your AC for the first time it is strongly recommended that you leave your machine standing upright for anywhere up to 24 hours. Some manufacturers may only require 10 hours. Although, if it’s not noted I would still let it sit for at least 12 to be on the safe side.

The main reason for doing this is because you never know if your purchase will be handled the correct way while it’s being shipped. If your unit is laying on its side for an extended period of time then there is a large chance that oil may have leaked or run out of the compressor. If this oil and any other fluids needed to operate the machine don’t settle back into place properly before first time usage, you run the risk of permanently damaging your machine.


Question #3: Portable AC vs. Window AC BTU’s. Are they the same


The BTU power on portable AC’s is completely different to the power of window AC’s. For example, 10,000 BTU’s on a window unit will cover up to approximately 450 ft.². Although, 10,000 BTU’s on a portable unit will only cover up to approximately 300 ft.². This tells us that window AC’s are more efficient overall.

One thing you will also notice is that window AC’s are available at much higher BTU’s than portable AC units. This means that they can also cover larger areas as well.


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