Efficiently cool your home or office with this Whynter ARC-110WD 11,000 BTU portable air conditioner, which features dual-hose operation for fast performance, as well as 4 fan speeds and 4 operating modes that enable customized use.
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Very good job of cooling, tricky installation
Posted by: wizbangFL from: Fort Lauderdale, FL on
The environment were using the unit in:
Our Late 60's condo (top floor) so our ceiling (made of solid concrete & no insulation) becomes radiant as the day progresses. Meaning by 2:00pm the ceiling temperature will radiate 82 to 92 temperatures. Measures by thermometer attached to ceiling concrete (justifing installation of surface insulation in future throughout condo.) South Florida Humidity is generally 75 to 85%.
Unit comes with 5 to 6' accordion hose (when fully expanded made of semi-rigid plastic) There is also a window insert with 2 openings (one for hot air exhaust from the air exchange. So unit brings in air from outside keeps it within the unit and then exhausts the hot air taken from the coils to the outside. (this process occurs fully outside in a wall unit or in the outside box unit of a central AC) The plastic insert has 2 side panels that allow the unit to fit many windows. Unfortunately our's was way too big (again a function of a 60's condo in florida) I was able to use some foam to fill in the gaps until i could go to the store and buy a piece of wood that would bridge the gap and some foam to seal the window (this is going to be there at least for 3 or 4 months and I don't want to have it leak air if i can easily prevent it. So I cut holes for the 2 hoses and attached them to the wood board, the board was already but to length at my big box home improvement store and a little drilling and i had the hole cut out. problem solved and installed. For less extreme environments the included kit will work in many climates.
Last week was our first real bit of heat for the summer which ended the week Thursday (low 75 high 87) and Friday (low 74 high 92) and the ceiling radiating down 85 on Thursday and 90 on Friday. With that the unit keep the temperature at 77 all day at desk level (also have a thermometer on the wall next to me) as i look up right now the ceiling is at 90 and my level is at 76. So as a result I can work my 10 hour days and not pass out from the heat! The unit also takes a lot of the water out of the air but I have yet to need to drain the unit. Maybe being somehow vented in the exhaust air exchange?
Unit does have a remote control (all the adjustments are done with the remote) which is essential because there are just basic controls on the unit (Unit On/Off & LED On/Off) Presumably to keep little hands from changing the temperatures, etc. As I noted you can TURN OFF the Led light so it won't bother those who are kept awake by other bright LED's in a bedroom (or if you just ind the lights distracting) Cold Air exhausts from the top of the unit in a basic 180* distribution (non oscillating) That Remote can also snap into a inset in the top of the unit just behind the vent at the top. (if you tend to lose remotes)
Lastly Energy Impact: This month has been substantially higher than prior month but comparing a full week of use with this unit and being able to reduce usage of the central AC has actually resulted in a slight savings. So overall very happy with this choice.
*Note that single hose units will not perform the same*
24 out of 24 found this review helpful.
freezing cold and no draining necessary
Posted by: Susan from: on
I was concerned about needing to get a bucket or run a hose out the window to keep this running. I live in N Central Florida, so humidity is definitely a concern. Glad to say, not a problem. This bad boy is keeping over half of my house nice and cool. Also, it is next to silent.
10 out of 10 found this review helpful.
Compact and powerful unit
Posted by: AlRizen from: Chicago, IL on
We have this in our garage and it's done a solid job over that past 2 months of almost daily use. Definitely every bit an 11000 BTU unit if not more. Looks nice too, almost too nice to be in the garage. I may move this into the house. Got it on sale at BestBuy and it was worth it.
12 out of 13 found this review helpful.
Good Portable AC with good cooling power
Posted by: PortableACGuy from: TX on
Best buy has the best price for this Whynter AC compared to other online stores, they have free shipping and reward points as well.
Unit arrives in 7 days after my order, install it in my small 200 sq feet room. No other portable AC works except this Whynter portable AC. The reason is because this model has the "dual" hose which resolve the "negative" pressure issue of the "single" hose portable AC. Single hose will continue suck in the hot air from anywhere outside your desired cooling area which makes cooling time much longer and the portable AC runs inefficient. When you are the traditional user for the portable AC with the hose to be installed on the window, you should be good and works out of the box.. For my special need, my room doesn't have window so I made two holes on the dry wall and vent out. Make sure you don't connect LONG hose just like me in my first attempt to install, the portable AC will STOP the condenser because the air flow is not strong enough because of the long hoses, I just let the hose vent through the dry wall hole and into the attic without further connect the hose to the soffit, The AC starts working flawlessly and now I have a very comfortable room.
20 out of 30 found this review helpful.
Excellent for a small bedroom
Posted by: thegreatga from: lancaster ohio on
I purchased this to cool my insulated garage. The garage is 20x20 with 8' ceiling, and this unit barely cools it. I understand this unit is mostly designed for a bedroom or living room not a garage but I expected better cooling. If you are expecting this unit to be ultra quiet, forget it! This thing is lound, and doesnt blow air around much. It also draws significantly more electric then what is advertised, with my cheap electric meter I was reading upwards of 1500 watts! I noticed that the cooler outside being provided the lower the wattage, meaning during early morning 1100 watts and during hot afternoon 1500+. I've read from other manufacture that they have to dump water often, but with this unit I've never had to empty any water out! Overall the price to performance with this unit has left me satisfied 4/5.
6 out of 7 found this review helpful.
Cools w/out water build up!!!
Posted by: Plasticine from: Honolulu on
If set properly - ie, do not set to dehumidify! - and is set to cool and fan only, it does NOT build up water - ie, no draining needed.
This unit is dual hose and is designed to evaporate the water out of one of the hoses to the outside...awesome.
Have been using for a week now and all seems well...excellent cooling and no water to drain!
It is fast to start cooling and has a range of suitable controls via remote to adjust to your needs.
Be sure to run the fan a while after stopping cooling and before turning off completely so as to evaporate any moisture inside the unit - is a preventative to hinder mold growth inside unit and keep it in shape for a longer life span.
I also bought the 4 year extended Geek Squad replacement warranty.
Am going to look into putting a mesh screen over the exposed exterior ends of the hoses (the ends sticking out at the window slider) - to prevent bugs or whatever from getting into the hose and unit itself...too bad such a addition (mesh filtration) was not already included (can be purchased as an accessory through Amazon I think).
4 out of 4 found this review helpful.
Performs well, design is slightly flawed
Posted by: HotInSoCal from: on
No complaints about performance. Works well and does the job of cooling our upstairs apartment bedroom. It also comes with a well working remote.
A couple things I do not like about the design:
1. The casters seem weak because they are plastic.
2. We have a high window and the exhaust is not long enough so I had to place thre entire unit on top of a box.
3. The unit is large and will take a decent amount of space for anyone with a small home. The exhaust tubes are awkward and add to the space eating.
4. It was not in total perfect condition when first opened. There were a couple strange red marks on the body of the unit. Do not know who's fault is, Best Buy or manufacturer?
Overall pleased with unit because its helped cool the house but the above design flaws may break the deal for some. I probably would not have bought the unit if I known the issues prior.
5 out of 7 found this review helpful.
I researched a lot of reviews first.
Posted by: spanish1 from: on
I am pleased with my purchase. It cools my apartment down right away. It is very quiet. Looks very well made. Easy to set up except for the hose connectors. Once they are on they were hard to remove. The little buttons do not depress enough to twist the hose connector off. I also like the fan only feature. I wanted the dual hose feature and the remote control feature.. The price was great!
2 out of 2 found this review helpful.
So far, so good!
Posted by: VTTopaz from: on
I've only been using the portable air conditioner for about a month but it has been wonderful. It provides a "softer" cool temperature than the window unit I previously used. I do have to set the temperature about two degrees below where I want it but it is no problem. I have not needed to drain any water at all, even during the few days of 90* heat Vermont was experiencing.
2 out of 3 found this review helpful.
Pretty good cooler
Posted by: Wubot from: on
This cools a room pretty well in the Summer in San Jose, CA. It's noticeably cooler when running this. However, I ran this overnight, and the storage tank for the water was full and it shut off. You'll need to drain it sometimes. I believe the dual hose feature helps it be efficient.