Although many people prefer window units to portable air conditioners, people that live in small homes, apartments, etc. or in neighborhoods that restrict window units from being used (mostly for aesthetic reasons) turn to portable air conditioners to cool their homes. Others prefer portable air conditioners because they are easy to install and don’t require heavy lifting (other than getting it out of the box!) And some prefer a portable units because they are still able to enjoy sun light coming through their windows (vs. having it blocked by a window unit) and have the flexibility of opening the window on occasion.
NewAir AC-10000H features a 4-in-1 design: air conditioner, space heater, dehumidifier and fan so it is usable year round. It offers 10,000 BTUs of cooling and easily covers areas up to 325 square feet, making it ideal for small spaces. Patented self-evaporative technology results in hours of continuous operation without excessive condensate buildup. The AC-10000H features electronic controls, digital display and a full-function remote.
In general, portable air conditioners tend to be on the noisier side because they use a compressor and a fan. In our experience, the noise generated by the NewAir AC-10000H is comparable, but a little louder than a window unit. If you are concerned with noise, use the low fan setting. This unit, like other portables requires a long vent hose. Honestly, we weren’t in the know about this and found it somewhat cumbersome and not so portable. On the plus side, it leaves the view practically unobstructed, and causes no harm to the window itself, as there is no appreciable weight on the frame by the exhaust hose and window kit (our window frames sustained considerable damage from our old window unit.) The beauty of the window panel in addition to unmarred window frames, no hole in the wall, etc. is that if you decide to open the window at night, it’s a snap to remove. The AC-10000H also has to be drained occasionally which was also cumbersome. On the positive side, it cools significantly more space than advertised and during a heat wave to boot. We assume heating will perform similarly well. The fact that it doubles as a dehumidifier is dandy as well. It would be great if the lights could be dimmed or turn off entirely for those who might be sleeping in the same room. It is very bright. Maybe you need a night light too!
If you are concerned with aesthetics, a portable unit like NewAir AC-10000H might be for you. We read a review by a couple who restored a 1965 Airstream (check out Matthew Hofmann’s Airstream project) and wanted to preserve the outside look (i.e. not have an air conditioner sticking out the side or on top.) They rigged it to vent through a door. The power consumption is also relatively low so if you were running on a generator or just trying to conserve this unit might be exactly what you are looking for. We are pretty happy with the NewAir AC-10000H. Check it out at Air-n-Water.com for free shipping.