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Fri Jun 4, 2021, 06:37 PM

portable air conditioners - why you shouldn't use them (those kind that roll around)

17 minute vid briefly talks about how a/c works then compares window boxes to portables. lots of ppl in Hawaii use the portables but nobody I know who has one really likes them much

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Response to msongs (Original post)

Fri Jun 4, 2021, 06:43 PM

1. I have one. I like it pretty well, though it's a bit noisy.

I got it simply because I'm old and I can no longer lift a window unit into a window without great difficulty. The portable one rolls, and I can easily set it up when I need it and put it away when I don't.

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Response to Ocelot II (Reply #1)

Fri Jun 4, 2021, 06:45 PM

2. Like ours too. Very necessary for an addition with no ductwork

Drains outside. Easy peasy.

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Response to msongs (Original post)

Fri Jun 4, 2021, 06:55 PM

3. Ordered A Blast

Hope it works well

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Response to Me. (Reply #3)

Fri Jun 4, 2021, 06:58 PM

6. Let us know

I'm curious.

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Response to Rorey (Reply #6)

Sun Jun 6, 2021, 05:46 PM

11. THe Blast Is Doing Better Than I Thought

we are trying it out in medium sized living room. The room is comfortable but not cold but it is 92 outside. It would be really cool in a small room we think and will try that too. we bought it from amazon, paid $52. + no shipping. It came well packed with an extra filter.

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Response to Me. (Reply #11)

Sun Jun 6, 2021, 06:18 PM

13. Thanks!

It sounds like it's the same concept as my swamp cooler (aka evaporative cooler).

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Response to Rorey (Reply #13)

Sun Jun 6, 2021, 06:21 PM

14. Just Easier To Move I Suspect

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Response to Me. (Reply #14)

Sun Jun 6, 2021, 06:42 PM

15. I hope I never have to move mine......because I can't

It's roof-mounted and was on the roof when I bought the house 17 years ago. My son was my hero this year and spent a couple of hours a couple of weeks ago getting it running. He cleaned it and put in new pads and a new pump. I think he put in a new motor last year. That's about all there is to it, so it should be good for awhile.

I hope your Blast keeps you cool.

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Response to Me. (Reply #11)

Sun Jun 6, 2021, 07:52 PM

16. Can you plug it into a regular electrical socket?

Jeannie bought one and they failed to mention that it has to plug into a USB port.

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Response to panader0 (Reply #16)

Sun Jun 6, 2021, 08:12 PM

17. You Have To Have An Adapter

like the one you use to plug in your phone. But we had extras so no problem.

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Response to Me. (Reply #3)

Fri Jun 4, 2021, 08:52 PM

7. please put up a post on your experience

I am curious but very skeptical.

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Response to rurallib (Reply #7)

Sun Jun 6, 2021, 05:46 PM

12. PLease See POst #11

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Response to rurallib (Reply #7)

Mon Jun 7, 2021, 10:33 AM

18. Update

after 24 hours not as great as we thought, we'll give it some more time and see

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Response to Me. (Reply #18)

Mon Jun 7, 2021, 12:14 PM

20. Thanks - I was just going to look into one

maybe I will wait.

When I first ran across these last week from a pop up ad on YouTube I was really put off by the way they stuffed Google with planted stories. I was looking for a real review. That is why I am so curious about your experience.

If it really worked it is something we could use rather than turning on the whole house system.

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Response to rurallib (Reply #20)

Mon Jun 7, 2021, 12:18 PM

21. It Is Limited

Which we sort of expected and will use the house AC for really hot days. It does take the humidity out but as I said it is spatially limited and I don't want to steer anyone wrong.

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Response to msongs (Original post)

Fri Jun 4, 2021, 06:57 PM

4. The lowest high in the next 10 days is 88 degrees, sooooo

I finally broke down and turned on my swamp cooler this afternoon. `I'm very thankful that I have that option here in southern Colorado.

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Response to Rorey (Reply #4)

Fri Jun 4, 2021, 10:11 PM

9. Yeah...you need to live in a dry climate for them to work...

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Response to msongs (Original post)

Fri Jun 4, 2021, 06:58 PM

5. Thanks. I learned a lot about AC and enjoyed his clear, concise presentation.

We have one of each, the window one being a +/-20 year old Kenmore unit that has been entirely trouble free.

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Response to msongs (Original post)

Fri Jun 4, 2021, 09:42 PM

8. We purchased one about 2 years ago.

Some of the advantages for our home.


1. No back-breaking heavy lifting while being placed into a bedroom window.


2. Our living room is a picture window with a massive non-opening piece of glass in the center and 2 smaller windows on each side that a window air conditioner can't fit into.


3. It's portable, so if we have a guest staying over it can be rolled into the guest room. The rest of the time it sits in the living room that has the freakish picture window.


4. It cools and dehumidifies at the same time. With a regular air conditioner, our cats fur would get matted on the lower back. This happened with both of our cats as soon as we turned on the window air conditioner. It doesn't happen with the portable type. We only have one cat left now and she has a no touching rule, so brushing out her matted fur is out of the question.


5. Our Costway 10,000 btu unit uses less energy compared to a regular air conditioner. I can't give the exact savings, but SO has made statements that it costs less to run compared to the window one.


Disadvantages in our home.

1. Since this product is also a dehumidifier, it has a water collection that needs to be emptied on occasion. Not that big of a deal, but it has to be done a certain way.


We own and live in an entire duplex that was once a rental. Only 1 side of the duplex has a central air unit, the other side doesn't have one and there isn't a place to have one installed outside. If we had the space outside, we would definitely have another central air unit installed.




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Response to msongs (Original post)

Fri Jun 4, 2021, 10:15 PM

10. Hawaii is probably too hot and humid

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Response to msongs (Original post)

Mon Jun 7, 2021, 10:57 AM

19. I have had one for several years and like it.

It's an "Idylis".

The room that needs AC the most has a high-ceiling and is big (16 x 28). The sun pours down on the roof and turns the room into an oven.

The window AC unit that I had before just didn't have the oomph to cool the room down, but the portable does a good job.

It plugs into a standard wall outlet, is portable (with wheels) and is fairly unobtrusive. It's a little noisy when on the highest cooling setting.

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Response to msongs (Original post)

Mon Jun 7, 2021, 03:13 PM

22. Portables work with narrow windows.

My window openings are only about 11" wide, used to be crank-operated casements, now just narrow sliding windows.

I haven't found a window unit that's 10" wide or less. So, I use the portable.

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