I bought this portable air conditioner on a leap of faith. I specifically bought this to cool down my bedroom because I felt my air unit in the living room couldn't handle the job of cooling down my bedroom.
I live on on a third floor apartment and needless to say, the amount of heat I experience is a lot worse compared to living on the first floor. I already have a dual heating-cooling unit in my apartment. However, I felt the air unit I have in my apartment was only efficient in cooling down my living room and did not provide the cooling I like to have when I sleep at night.
This unit is reasonably priced but I feel for the amount of the BTU'S, the unit could have been a little less expensive. However, after shopping around for this unit, I found Wal-Mart offered the lowest price on this unit and offered free shipping if you are willing to utilize the "Site-To-Store" option.
Okay, down to the basics. This unit is a 7,000 BTU air conditioner. This unit is idea for cooling-down a bedroom or a mid-size room. If you are looking to cool down an entire floor, I would suggest buying a unit with a higher BTU. Besides cooling, the unit also can be switched to a dehumidifier mode or can be used as a fan as well. I definitely like the unit and I find the unit is not too noisy. However, if you are a light sleeper and you are looking for unit to cool your bedroom, you might want to reconsider buying this unit.
The unit offers three-speeds of cooling, will cool as low to 61 degrees, and also has a timer in which you can adjust how long you are looking to run the unit. The unit also comes with a remote, which operates on two-AAA batteries. The unit also utilizes an auto-evaporation feature in which you don't have to worry about any excess water leaking out or ruining any sort of near by personal items. There is also an air-filter included and the instructions recommend you should clean the filter at least once a week or depending on usage.
Okay, the down side of owning this unit. In order to use the unit for cooling, you definitely need a window to set-up the exhaust kit included. This unit will not work appropriately if you do not install the exhaust hose. The exhaust extends up to 5-Feet and you will have to also attach a port on to the outer frame of a window in order to attach the exhaust hose.
Also, the other downside of this unit is the only way to adjust the speeds, air-temperature or modes on the unit is to use the remote. You can definitely power on or power off the machine by a touch button but that is another draw back to keep in mind.
Over all, this unit works perfect for me. Because I live in an apartment, I could not install a typical air-unit in my window and this was my alternative option. I would recommend this unit is definitely idea if you live in a condo or apartment where you have limited windows. Note though, even though I do have the exhaust hose attached to my bedroom window, I am still able to open my bedroom window on cooler nights for air.
I did attempt at first as to buy an air-cooler machine which is NOT an air conditioner. I only found though the air-cooler machine was only a glorified fan and did not offer me the level of cooling I like to have when I sleep at night. If you are looking for alternative cooling, don't have the window space for a conventional window-unit or so forth, I definitely recommend to spend the extra $100.00 and buy an air conditioner for yourself.
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