I received this air conditioner a few days ago. I selected it based on the fact that it is "self-evaporative", lightweight, (47 lbs) and relatively small. My husband and I have 3 portable air conditioners now . All of them work well and we like all of them, but I think...
I received this air conditioner a few days ago. I selected it based on the fact that it is "self-evaporative", lightweight, (47 lbs) and relatively small. My husband and I have 3 portable air conditioners now . All of them work well and we like all of them, but
I think this unit may turn out to be our favorite . It''s kind of a long story, but I learned a lot & got some good info from reading reviews , so I''ll tell you what I know. The climate where I live , coastal southern California, has changed a lot in the 50 years I''ve been here. The summers used to be so mild that older houses like mine don''t have air conditioning . It simply wasn''t needed. That''s the past. My husband & I bought our first PAC a few years ago . This unit is 12,000 BTUs and meant to cool a much smaller area than our living room . Running it full blast morning to late evening it keeps the living room at a much more bearable 77 degrees. This unit is not self-evaporative . We run a hose out the door into a bucket . We use the
surprisingly large amount of water we collect to water plants. (This really makes me think about the viability of atmospheric water collection.) The only bad thing is that we''ve had regular problems with it leaking in the house where the drain hose connects. This can make a mess before we notice anything is going on. We bought the second unit a year ago for our home office/ workshop. This is a 20x12 room with a vaulted ceiling that a previous owner built onto the back of the garage.
One wall is mostly glass and it''s a little hot box in summer. This time we knew enough to look for a self-evaporative unit .
I bought the SPT WA-8088E 8000 BTU Portable Air Conditioner , 8,000 BTUs and about 51 pounds. From reading other reviews we understood that elevating the unit would speed up cooling the area. Also from reading reviews I was doubtful about the self-evaporative thing really working . I installed the unit on top of a tall dresser , and suspicion made me hook up
a drain hose to a bucket. The unit makes the workroom a lot more comfortable . The unit has never run any water into the bucket at all . The norm for our area has been that it always cooled down at night , but for the past month it has stayed warm all night making it hard to sleep. I decided to buy another SPT-WA for the bedroom. When I looked on Amazon I saw that the price had gone up, and I stumbled on this unit, the COSTWAY 10,000 BTU Portable Air Conditioner. The BTUs are
higher and the unit is smaller and lighter. I was a little concerned that we might have to wait a bit for delivery as it was not Prime eligible , but delivery was free and it actually came in two days anyway. We again installed the unit elevated, in a recessed window seat When we turned the unit on it took a few minutes for the air coming out to be cold, but then it did. Our bedroom is 12''x13'' . We close up the bedroom and turn it on about an hour before bedtime. In that time it makes the room COLD. Not sure about the evaporation thing yet, but so far so good. If we do have to dump it ,at least the unit is relatively lightweight.
One caveat : all of these units came with window kits that were inadequate to our needs. These "window kits are usually about 48" long . Our living room has 4 double sliding glass doors, no "windows". Our studio/office likewise has glass doors,
no windows. The windows in our bedroom are 55" high by 68" long. My husband has become adept at adapting the inserts
to fit . Because two of these units are installed in doors , and the panels are somewhat wide, for security reasons we feel obliged to remove the assemblies from the openings when we leave the house. The living room unit has a panel that is 10"
wide, wide enough perhaps for someone to squeeze through. Another nice thing about the COSTWAY 10,000 BTU Portable Air Conditioner is that the panel is slim: It looks to be about 4" wide. With a dowel blocking the sliding window we
feel secure enough to leave it in place when we go out. I should really take pictures of the inserts my husband has made and adapted , but I''ll have to leave that for another day . I should be doing something else right now, but I am delighted enough with this purchase that I thought it might help someone else if I passed that along. So far we haven''t had problems with any of these PACs . Also our electric bills are not astronomical , which was a concern when we went into this.