A recent visitor to my website asked if there was such a thing as a portable air conditioner with no vent. I wrote back that I had never heard of one, but would check it out just in case a heap of new advance in portable air conditioning had slipped by me.
What I found was the Haier Commercial Cool 14,000 BTU Portable Air Conditioner. In the product description it states there’s no need to install a vent, but then goes on to say a “window exhaust kit” is included with the purchase.
I think what they’re attempting to do is persuade you and me that the term “vent” ought to be used to permanent installations only like those for clothes dryers, and temporary installations, such as those applied for portable air conditioners, aren’t actually vents at all – they’re “window exhaust kits.”
Call it what you will, one way or another the hot air generated by the compressor needs to be exhausted from the room. So I guess if you buy a Haier you’ll be “window kitting” the hot air out the window rather of having to vent it like every one else.
The fact of the matter is there is no such thing as a portable air conditioner with no vent.
So if you’re looking for a portable cooling unit that doesn’t require venting, (and once again the term “portable” is subject to interpretation) you have three choices: A fan, a little window air conditioner, or a portable swamp cooler – also known as a portable evaporative cooler.
SPT 12000 BTU Window Air Conditioner Energy Star comes with 12000 BTU cooling capacity, 3 fan speed and washable filter.
- Amazon Sales Rank: #34561 in Home
- Color: OFFWHITE
- Brand: SPT
- Model: WA-1211S
- Number of items: 1
- Dimensions: 14.75″ h x 19.69″ w x 20.94″ l, 68.00 pounds
- Energy star Window Air Conditioner
- 12000 BTU cooling Capacity
- 3 fan speed
- Washable Filter
- Temperature Range from 62-86 F
46 of 46 people found the following review helpful.
WA-1211S – Even better than expected!
By Lisa Curll
The current Amazon description does NOT do this unit justice! What it tells you is the following:
Energy star Window Air Conditioner
12000 BTU cooling Capacity
3 fan speed
Temperature Range from 62-86 F
Now, let me tell you what this unit REALLY offers!
First, it has a remote control. This is a big thing for us… we don’t like to have to keep getting up and down whenever we want to change a setting… and settings it has! With the remote, you can not only change the temperature, but also set the timer, fan speed, sleep mode, and operating mode (cooling, fan, “drying” – which I’ll get into in a moment…, or AUTO)
It has a timer! You can set your air conditioner to shut off after a certain amount of time – up to 24 hours in half-hour increments (one-hour increments after 10 hours). This is great for those of us who “accidentally” fall asleep while watching a movie or something with the air conditioner on… it saves a ton on electricity!
The vent is adjustable so you can direct the air. Pretty standard, but Amazon doesn’t mention it.
Digital temperature display – again, probably seems obvious, but again, Amazon doesn’t mention it.
About that 3-speed fan they mention… that would be Low, Medium, or High… but you can also choose “AUTO”, which will alter the fan’s intensity for you depending on demand.
The filter is not only washable, the unit actually tells you when it needs cleaned, so you don’t forget to check it.
It has this thing called “SLEEP” mode… where it apparently slowly rises the designated temperature by 4 degrees over a 1 hour period, then runs at that temperature for six hours before returing to the original temp. I suppose this would make it quieter when you’re sleeping, but we don’t intentionally sleep in the room we have this in, so it’s not such a big deal to us.
Lots of other modes! Here’s a description:
FAN mode – works like a fan by bringing air in from the outside.
AUTO mode – a “smart” air conditioner! Instead of just flooding your room with constant cold air until icicles form, this allows you to set a temperature and stick to it. This may be a standard function in newer air conditioners, but the one we’ve been using in our bedroom for years didn’t have this, so you’d wake up freezing in the middle of the night. In AUTO mode, the AC starts cooling whenever the temperature in your room hits 4 degrees above your desired temperature, and it switches to FAN mode when the temp drops 2 degrees below that. This seven-degree range may seem broad, but it keeps your air conditioner from constantly turning on-and-off-and-on-and-off, like my grandma’s nursing home AC used to do.
COOL mode – standard air conditioner mode. This is similar to AUTO, except that you only have a two-degree range. The booklet offered this example:
Assume you set your temperature to 70 degrees.
- in AUTO mode, it will COOL to 68 degrees, then FAN to 74 degrees, then COOL again…
- in COOL mode, it will COOL to 70 degrees, then FAN to 72 degrees, then COOL again…
Basically COOL is the same as AUTO except it’ll switch more often.
Then there’s DRY mode – now this is neat… your air conditioner acts as a dehumidifier, removing moisture from your home, which can make it seem drier without having to spend as much on electricity.
Finally, there’s an ENERGY SAVER mode, which can be selected from COOL mode. When your desired temperature is reached, it stops cooling, the fan runs for another couple of minutes, then it “cycles” for two minutes every 10 minutes until the room temperature gets above the set temperature, at which point it COOLs again.
Oh, and it plugs into a regular outlet. This is great, because at the time we needed an AC, all the stores in our city were sold out of everything but 220s, which (I recently learned) do not fit normal outlets.
It’s heavy. The UPS guy dropped it off and I couldn’t get it inside until my husband got home. Also, the instructions tell you to screw it into your windows. My windows aren’t made of wood, and I don’t really want to drill into them anyway, so we chose not to do that. I’ll let you know if it slides out or anything, but I think it’ll be fine. We might prop it up outside with a 4×4, we’ll have to see.
Installing it was really pretty easy, given that we didn’t really follow the instructions. If you follow the instructions, best of luck to you.
Please comment if you have any questions! I was leery about purchasing this unit when there weren’t ANY reviews ANYWHERE, but we did… and I’m glad we did!
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful.
Lil noisy but kix butt,nice and cool for hot florida summer. Shipping was fast. I installed it in a few mins. The accordian style ribbing i covered with styrofoam for insulation.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful.
Performs like it should
By Casey Calouette
No complaints. Unit works very well and cools down a few rooms in no time flat. The “auto” mode is especially nice. Only complaint is the vent switch. There is no marking to define if you are in the right position or what position you may be in. Other than that it functions well with a minimum of noise.
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