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#1 Mindovermaster

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Posted 24 June 2014 - 13:37

I'm just wondering, is there a difference between window and room AC's?

 

For example:

 

http://www.target.co...air conditioner

 

OR

 

http://www.target.co...air conditioner

 

Are they more power efficent, or push the air better?




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Posted 24 June 2014 - 13:42

Both are same but the second link is a portable.. which you can move it from room to room.

 

The window one is placed in the window and stay there for rest of your life.



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Posted 24 June 2014 - 13:42

one word.

 

Mobility.



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Posted 24 June 2014 - 13:45

Most AC units put out cold and heat. In the case of Window AC's the ass sticks out the Window. So the cold air comes in through the front and the heat goes out the back. I'm now sure how the portable ones work, it must put the heat back into the room.



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Posted 24 June 2014 - 13:46

The real issue with the portable ones is draining them.  The window unit will drip out the back of it.

 

Maybe I should have looked at the link better.  That is not a portable A/C.  It is just an air cooler by evaporated water.



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Posted 24 June 2014 - 13:59

I'm not asking how they work. I already know that. I am asking for equality, power usage, etc.

 

Or, this: http://www.target.co...air conditioner



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Posted 24 June 2014 - 14:05

portable ones have a removeable drip tray which you have to clean out once a week or more. They have an exhaust "hose" which you connect to a window for the heat.

 

As far as power usage, both are on par,  only difference is price, you are paying for portability, so to get a 5000btu portable you will pay a little bit more than stationary.

 

and as stated above, the portable air cooler is NOT a portable AC... if you live in a very humid environment, your house/apt will become humid as hell. Air coolers by evaporation work good in dry environments (such as valley and desserts)

 

edit:

 

portable AC is much more big:

 

http://www.target.co...page.vertical_1



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Posted 24 June 2014 - 14:05

Like I said, they are both same...  I mean power usage is same as a portable one.  But it is depends on how much you use it..  If you use it all day/night, you may get expensive bill from your electricity company.  Since each states may be different than others... I mean your electricity rates are lower or higher than others..



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Posted 24 June 2014 - 14:09

Window units are more efficient as well. 



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Posted 24 June 2014 - 14:16

I'm not asking how they work. I already know that. I am asking for equality, power usage, etc.

 

Or, this: http://www.target.co...air conditioner

 

 

FYI, 5,000BTU covers up to 300 sq ft...

 

More BTU you get, it will cover in bigger rooms.. 

 

Read the description on the product webpage which you posted the links.



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Posted 24 June 2014 - 14:18

I have both a 1100 BTU portable AC and a 800 BTU window AC. I live in a small one bedroom apartment with a bedroom window and a patio door (window) to the outside. Here, in Calgary, I only use them less than 10 days in any summer, and only when the outside temperature is 30C or more.

 

The window AC goes in my bedroom window, while the portable vents out my patio door. I think the window AC is more efficient, despite being less BTUs, but that could be due to it working to cool mostly the bedroom. The portable AC cools the livingroom, diningroom and kitchen. Both are fairly noisey, the window AC less so since it partly projects outside the window. You can't really watch TV while the portable AC is running due to the noise. Both ACs can reduce the inside temperature down to almost 15C after running for an hour or so. My power bill during the month I use them increases less than 20% so I'm happy about that.

 

I would recommend the portable AC if you are not able to put an AC in the window. It takes only a few minutes to set it up or take it apart. It's been a good purchase. The only drawback is that you have to shut the patio door (window) to use it. Both ACs are cost effective (in my opinion) as I only use them a few days each year and turn them off as soon as the sun goes down, replacing them both with fans to draw in the cool air.

 

I was confined to my apartment for the summer of 2012 due to illness, and the ACs made a huge difference in being able to enjoy my confinement. The best gift you can give to someone who is housebound is an AC. It will really be appreciated.



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Posted 24 June 2014 - 14:19

I have a window A/C, but there is no sensor, just on/off, low/high, and a dial.

 

I guess I have to get a new one.

 

We have A/C in this house, but will not cool the 2nd floor, where my computers are.

 

@Shozilla- My room is a small 150sq ft.



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Posted 24 June 2014 - 14:19

NO.  Air coolers are NOT the same as air conditioners.

 

MoM do you live in a very humid place? If so, do not consider air coolers.



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Posted 24 June 2014 - 14:33

NO.  Air coolers are NOT the same as air conditioners.

 

MoM do you live in a very humid place? If so, do not consider air coolers.

 

You still remember "MoM", don't you? :laugh:

 

I live in Wisconsin, so, it goes up and down. The only reason I need a A/C is because I have ~4 computers running at any time. So it gets hot in here.



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Posted 24 June 2014 - 14:36

You still remember "MoM", don't you? :laugh:

 

I live in Wisconsin, so, it goes up and down. The only reason I need a A/C is because I have ~4 computers running at any time. So it gets hot in here.

yup XD :p  We've been around eh? :p

 

 

Well, if installing a window unit is fairly easy, then window, but if computers are something you might move, portable a/c can move with those computers in the future, the downside of portable A/Cs is that they take up space.