I think this unit is just great. It does exactly what it is intended for. I live in an Apt complex and the the units are oddly shaped in a "u" shape. The small 5500 BTU window unit is good for the bedroom we have it in and if you put enough fans around the house you MIGHT get some air in the living room by the next day. So I purchased this unit for the living area. I do not have any windows in this area just a big slider door. The window fitting piece it comes with is great for the window, either up/down or the side/side ones. the window fitting for the vent hose extends I'd say approx 5'. although note to self, you will need to go to the hardware store to purchase the little screws to lock it in place as they are not included. I've seen reviews about this piece being flimsy, but I got to tell ya if you can get those screws and some of that rubber seal tape it will work like gang busters.
I on the other hand had to go extra to fit it for a slider door. so I save the piece they gave for later. I went to buy a 2 x 10 board, cut to size for my door 1.5" thick x 77.5" long x 10" wide notched out a rounded corner for fitting into the grooved track the door slides in and cut a 5" diameter hole for the vent hose to mount to, notched out another hole in the side of the board to accommodate the latch in the frame and then it was just a matter of rubber seal tapping all around to seal the gaps and then I cut a dowel to fit the new size that the door would be when closed so I could secure it and its awesome. I went a bit above and beyond but it was the only space I had to work with so I had to get creative.
my only negative for me is that I don't like the auto mode, I like the manual better. It seems to push out more cold air in manual then auto. also be careful washing your filter and don't get to crazy in the drying of it as it will tear...its just a dust filter. I suppose you can wait longer to do this but I drain mine once a day and never have any problems and it doesn't leak. It's a great little unit for the money and does the job we need. love it and its awesome for the apt living, as i hear more and more the places are not allowing window units. Tell you what if that is you then perhaps a couple of units like this well placed and a fan or 2 and your entire house will be amazing. in fact, as I'm typing this review, it's 90+ outside and a nice 68 inside. ENJOY!!
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