Keep cool this summer with this 14,000 BTU Honeywell portable air conditioner, which is a must-have for any home. This unit easily cools rooms up to 550 square feet with a no-drip design that automatically evaporates water. Doubling as a dehumidifier, this Honeywell portable air conditioner pulls up to 95 pints of moisture from the air every 24 hours.
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Good Enough in a Category That's SubPar at Best
Posted by: CoolingontheUnit from: on
I did an enormous amount of research before deciding which BRAND of portable ACs to consider (a factor of price, availability, and overall customer ratings), but what I failed to consider is the category as a whole. And by that I mean: Should I buy a portable AC at all?
Let me save you the trouble: If you own your home and can afford it, have central AC installed. If either the cost is prohibitive or you do not own, buy a window unit if your windows are standard windows and not (as I have) non-standard (e.g., french windows, oversized windows, stained glass windows, etc). If you do have non-standard windows (or standard windows for that matter) and can afford the cost (and the building owner approves), by all means, go with a split system. If all else fails and you're melting just reading this review, then (unfortunately) a portable AC is for you.
Now that you've decided that a portable AC is what you have to have, the choices get entirely easy or impossibly difficult to discern so here's some advice. There's no good reason to pay for a unit on the high end of the cost scale because they all seem to do (or not do) exactly the same thing. II'd say, based on my purchase, the $500 range is about middle of the road (though who knows, some of the ultra low cost units may be just as good).
When I started my research, I wanted something quiet and while some use the word "whisper" in their name, forget it. Save a decibel or two, they all fall into the same range which is from sort of forgotten about to boy my ears are numb. They produce about as much noise as a window unit.
Another factor important to me (and for all you eco-conscious buyers out there note especially), "eco-friendly". To my initial surprise, these units are abound but that term comes to mean that they use a particular coolant to cool the air which as it turns out is the only coolant that is approved for use in these units in the U.S. In other words, they're all the same. Though they'll consume different amounts of electricity in direct proportion to the BTU rating where higher is cooler is less eco-friendly, so the hotter you're willing to be the more eco-friendly you are! Congrats, you win. You're better than I am.
Another thing is the misconception of BTU and covering a particular square footage. Now, you'll get all sorts of informed opinions about this. Here are my two favorites: (1) in calculating the square footage of the area to be air conditioned, air will pass over an opening of less than 32 inches and can be treated as if it is a solid wall because circulating air will "skip" areas of this width whereas any room that is connected to the room to be cooled with an opening of more than 32 inches should be counted in the total square footage to be cooled (got that? read on, it doesn't matter) and (2) the BTU rating is a national average, but you should adjust for local conditions (e.g., average temperatures in your area, whether its urban or rural, the humidity, etc.) which for the Los Angeles area is 1.5 or 15% less adjusted BTUs than as labeled. meaning that a unit with 10,0000 BTU rating used in the Los Angeles area should be considered a 8,5000 BTU rating (1.5 factor = 15%; 100% = 15% = 85%; 85% of 10,000 BTU = 8,500 adjusted BTU) (i have no idea if this is true, but again, read on. it doesn't matter).
Forget all that: These units are intended to cool a room or two provided that the rooms are roughly adjacent to one another, can be closed off from the rest of your house, and are not a kitchen. The air won't circulate down a hall, around a corner from your living room to your bedroom to keep you cool day and night. It ain't gonna happen. Pick a room to keep cool and live in it.
All that brings us to this: as long as your staying in the $500 range, what's your favorite color? That's the only distinction I have been able to find. Incidentally, your choices are white, gray, black, silver, bronze, and some navy and red. Oh, and wait for a sale. Trust me, at least you can hold on to that thought of saving 10% when you're boiling mad that you're ... well, still boiling.
Now I have to make a decision: Do I buy a second unit for my bedroom hoping that the living room unit will meet it in the middle and I'll cool down at last? I like silver.
77 out of 87 found this review helpful.
great product. it does the work well.
Posted by: Carol from: California on
I have been suffering from the hot summer for 11 years since I moved into my current house. my large bedroom is at the end of the building on the second floor. during the hot summer time, with my center air on, my room can still easily reach 85F-90F plus after 11 am. I have been looking for a portable air conditioner for few years. I was hesitated buying one due to the negativity on most of the reviews of each products/brands and from friends experience that they ended up return their portable air conditioner. I finally set up my mind and decided to give it a try. Ordered online from Best Buy, they delivered it withing 3 days via UPS. box is ripped when I received it, but I think it is the UPS at fault. Installment was simple and easy. moving the machine upstairs to my room takes some effort due to its weight. Since I first time turn it on, I know I will keep it (unless something went wrong during the refundable 15 days) and will not suffer the LA hot summer anymore. I got an additional 20% off from Googling the Best Buy coupon code--thanks for the one review that I read...it saved me $110 on this unit. I will definite recommend this product to anyone. Noise?? yes, it is quite loud; but it does not bother me more than the summer heat in my room. you pick--noise or the heat???
20 out of 21 found this review helpful.
Best portable A/C and price
Posted by: Campbellsmalls from: on
I love my Honeywell portable Air conditioner. Keeps my huge living room cold! The price was incredible...I have yet to find another 14,000btu anywhere else. I paid $467.50 with tax! I used a 20% off coupon I found online by googling best buy coupon codes. If I had to find something to complain about, it could be quieter. But other than that, I have no complaints!
14 out of 14 found this review helpful.
sleek modern look,
Posted by: floridaalways from: vermont on
I've had several portable A.C.s over the years and this Honeywell is by far the best cooling unit I've had. It works so well, I bought a second one for my second floor. I'd recommend it to anyone.
14 out of 15 found this review helpful.
Great product! Chills my 800-sq.ft. Apt. In 10 min
Posted by: bestbuybeachbunny from: Newport Beach, CA on
Love it! I've tried other A/C units on wheels with lesser BTUs that did Not do the job. This brand and product are great. I get power, cold air fast and I use it daily in summer!
13 out of 14 found this review helpful.
Great for a large room
Posted by: Joe375 from: El Cajon, CA on
It's worth it , I really like the color and its very easy to install. I recommend this product.
11 out of 13 found this review helpful.
one week in service
Posted by: dudester1 from: Seattle, WA on
the unit itself is well engineered and good looking.
However, you will not like the way the window adapter designed and made.
I had to modify it and tape weather strops on it, because it was leaving HUGE gaps when inserted into the window frame.
8 out of 8 found this review helpful.
Nice AC for warm nights and days
Posted by: Bargasclan from: on
Purchased the Honeywell A/C right before the heat hit and boy are we glad. Works well in the living room but takes much longer because of the size and ceiling height. The portability is great because it rolls really easily. We rolled it in the bedroom and got a blast of cold air right away. Worked well. It's loud but not obnoxiously loud. Easy to set up. The blue pins that go in the adjusters are a bit annoying because they slip out rather easily but not a big issue. Great unit, I would buy it again.
8 out of 8 found this review helpful.
great air conditioning
Posted by: sain51500 from: Anaheim ca on
This is great would have to suffer during the summer put in in my small bedroom no it gets so cold in there I actually need a blanket when its on I would definitely recommend this unit to anyone with a small to medium room in my opinion this is one of the best ones out there did my research for a few months this is the best one I found
6 out of 6 found this review helpful.
a/c unit works great
Posted by: soneal4365 from: white bear lake mn. on
this unit cools my whole upstairs and i'm very pleased with it