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American Comfort Portable ACs Now Feature Auto-Drain Technology

Posted by Diamond on August 12th, 2011

American Comfort portable air conditionersIf you have particularly hot areas of your home that require a supplemental cooling source or if you’ve been looking for ways to lower your cooling costs without sacrificing comfort, you’ve probably considered purchasing a portable air conditioner. But I’m sure you’re not interested in a run-of-the-mill portable AC.

No, you want a portable air conditioner that is affordable and effective with user-friendly features and low maintenance to boot, right? Well, let me introduce you to the American Comfort portable air conditioner line.

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Air Conditioners, Dehumidifiers, and R-410A Refrigerant

Posted by Ashley on July 1st, 2011

eco-friendly symbolIf you’ve purchased an air conditioner, dehumidifier, or other appliance with a refrigeration system recently, you’ve probably noticed a change in the type of refrigerant being used. More specifically, you may have noticed the words “eco-friendly” or “non-ozone-depleting” popping up on product packaging or in sales literature when refrigerant is discussed.

First, let me assure you—these new claims aren’t just lofty selling points made by manufacturers in order to try to secure a sale. There is truth in these statements. However, as an informed consumer, it helps to understand this new change and what it means for you when you purchase an appliance equipped with “environmentally friendly refrigerant.” Here is the lowdown.

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The Modern Whynter Sno Makes Summers Cool

Posted by Ivey on May 20th, 2011

Whynter 13000 BTU Portable Air ConditionerWhile portable air conditioners are a great way to cool areas of your home without the need for expensive installation jobs, let’s face it, many of them are clunky and difficult to place discreetly in your home. However, the unique design of the Whynter Sno 13,000 BTU Portable Air Conditioner will change your perception of portable ACs.

Standing barely over a foot tall, the Whynter Sno features a sleek, modern design with rounded edges on the body. Available in two colors, the Whynter ARC-13S features a platinum finish and the Whynter ARC-13W is a versatile Frost White. The Sno’s diminutive height allows users to place the air conditioner in inconspicuous areas, such as a corner or behind a sofa. Of course, the chic design of this Whynter portable air conditioner lends itself to even the most modern, minimalist decor—with no need to hide it. If you need a blast of cool air in a different area, built-in front casters, two large back wheels, a retractable pull cord, and a convenient handle make moves a breeze.
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Beat the Summer Heat with a Portable Air Conditioner

Posted by Ivey on July 9th, 2010

Summer Temperatures RisingAs temperatures across the U.S. continue to skyrocket, staying cool seems to be at the top of everyone’s priority list. If your existing HVAC system needs a little help or if you just need to cool a single room, consider adding a portable air conditioner to your home. Sunpentown WA-9000E Portable Air ConditionerThese freestanding devices are great choices for anyone living in an apartment or condo with restrictions regarding the installation of window air conditioners, for IT professionals who need to keep a server room cool, or even for those working in warehouses or garages. With the help of a portable AC, you can stay cool and comfortable throughout the blazing hot summer months.
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Sharp’s New “Library Quiet” Portable Air Conditioners

Posted by Ashley on June 12th, 2009

Sharp CV-P12PX Portable Air ConditionerElectronics-giant Sharp has introduced 2 super-quiet yet very powerful models into its series of sleek and attractive portable air conditioners. The new units – the Sharp CV-P12PX and the Sharp CV-P13PX – have loads of impressive features. They are equipped with four operating modes, three fan speeds, automatic draining technology, and advanced airflow louvers, to name a few. However, one quality that makes them stand out from the rest – and not to mention from similar models in their class – is that they are incredibly quiet. We’re talking “library quiet.”

When running on their lowest fan speeds, these units emit sounds that are only slightly louder than a whisper. At 41 decibels and 43 decibels respectively, the CV-P12PX and CV-P13PX can be operated in your bedroom, office, or living room with virtually zero disruption. That’s a long way from many first-generation portable AC models that, when operating, you swear sound like a plane shooting down a runway.
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Amcor’s New 14,000-BTU Portable Air Conditioner

Posted by Ashley on May 4th, 2009

Amcor NanoMax C14000E portable air conditioner Are you dreaming of a powerful portable AC that requires only minimal maintenance, features a savvy design, and can actually help you save money? Well, it’s not just a dream. Feast your eyes on our latest portable air conditioner (PAC) from New Jersey-based manufacturer, Amcor.

The Amcor NanoMax C14000E is the newest model to join the award-winning NanoMax line. Like its counterparts, this unit uses the company’s patented AutoDrain NanoMist Technology to automatically drain condensation from the unit – and to free you from ever having to empty a water bucket again. With 14,000 BTUs of cooling power per hour, this model is also the most powerful in the NanoMax series. It covers up to 500 sq. ft., which makes it the perfect supplemental spot cooler for a living room or other large room on hot summer nights.
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Why Buy A Portable Air Conditioner, Now?

Posted by Ashley on February 16th, 2009

In this economic landscape, we look for deals underneath nearly every rock – or pile of bills, for that matter. Well, here’s a deal for you to think about, even in the midst of winter. Consider a combination appliance, such as a portable air conditioner with added functionalities.

Okay, hear me out. (I swear I can hear those of you in the North chuckling: “Why on earth would I buy a portable air conditioner, now?!”) Does it sometimes seem like you need to have an appliance for every task? For instance, I have observed this problem when it comes to my electric cooking appliances. Stuffed in my pantry, I’ve got an electric vegetable chopper, a quesadilla maker, a sandwich maker, an indoor grill/griddle, a s’mores maker, and a waffle iron. Now, every time I open my pantry and stare at this mess of culinary technology, I think “Why can’t someone just make one appliance that does all of these things?”

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Amcor Portable Air Conditioners

Posted by John on September 5th, 2008

Since you can’t be in two places at once, why waste electricity and money to cool down unoccupied rooms?

Amcor portable air conditioners easily roll from room to room, eliminating the need for multiple air conditioners.

Portable air conditioners, also known as spot coolers or swamp coolers, are much easier to install than window units. Simply clip the exhaust tube to the window kit, place it in a window, and close the window. Continue reading

Best Server Room Air Conditioner: Movincool Office Pro

Posted by John on August 12th, 2008

Movincool portable air conditionersThe Internet sure does produce a lot of heat!

If you’re building a new computer server room or expanding or upgrading an existing one, you’ll likely need some extra cooling power. As servers work harder, they produce more heat, which can easily overwhelm a building’s HVAC system and damage sensitive equipment. To combat this problem, most server room technicians invest in portable air conditioners.

A portable air conditioner, or spot cooler, is the best choice for server rooms because it doesn’t have to be permanently installed. If your company moves, it’s easy to take the air conditioner with you. Also, you can move them around to spot cool specific servers. Continue reading

Portable Air Conditioners — Top Five Benefits

Posted by John on July 30th, 2008

portable air conditionersIf you can’t stand the heat, don’t get out of the kitchen. Get a portable air conditioner instead! PACs, or spot coolers, have been around for a while, but their popularity has soared in recent years due to their convenience, versatility, and energy efficiency.

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The Best Portable Air Conditioners

Posted by John on July 19th, 2008

best portable air conditionersConsumerSearch recently released its guide to the best portable air conditioners, and I’m excited to report the results. But first, let’s review the basics:

What is a Portable Air Conditioner?

Portable air conditioners, also known as spot coolers or sometimes swamp coolers, can be moved from room to room to cool and dehumidify the air. They are freestanding, mobile, and convenient – ideal for apartments and other locations where you cannot install a window unit. Continue reading