The Whynter 12,000 BTU Dual Hose Portable Air Conditioner is a portable air conditioning unit designed for medium sized rooms. It is an older Whynter model but it is still very effective at cooling down medium and small rooms.
This particular air conditioning unit is slightly more expensive than most air conditioning units because it is built to be as eco-friendly as possible. In other words, the device is designed to be very power efficient – it does not consume a lot of electricity.
The unit is built with a sturdy sleek white plastic shell which looks great in almost every type of apartment building or household. There is a black streak running across the device’s surface to add a nice modern day feel to the machine.
This model was designed to be as energy efficient as possible while still being able to cool down medium sized rooms.
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Whynter 12,000 BTU Dual Hose Portable Air Conditioner Review
The best thing about this particular unit is the fact that it saves electricity and it blasts extremely cold air through its vents. Some people have claimed that this unit has a 14,000 BTU capacity instead of a 12,000 BTU.
In general, customers have state that this device will in fact cool down a medium sized room in a very short period of time. It is also very quiet and will not disturb your sleep.
Some consumers have complained that the exhaust hose is too short and looks ugly. Of course, if you are not very picky this problem should not bother you. The device itself is also quite large and heavy but once it is in your apartment you can just roll it from room to room.
The drainage pipe is rather shallow – sometimes you will have to drain the excess water on your own which can be quite difficult considering how flat the pipe is.
This is the simply the best portable AC there is. Works very well and price is low, too
The Whynter 12,000 BTU Dual Hose Portable Air Conditioner has three operating modes: fan, dehumidifier, and air conditioning. Each mode has three speeds – you can control the speed of each mode with the remote that is shipped with the air conditioning unit.
When the fan is switched on air will be sent through the ARC-12SD’s state of the art filters which will improve the overall air quality within your home which will benefit people who suffer from asthma.
The ARC-12SD uses a Carbon air filter as well as a washable pre-filter to effectively filter out smog from the air. This model does not contain a built in heater.
The dehumidifier is very effective and utilizes an auto drain feature which evaporates water when the air conditioning is switched on. The dehumidifier is capable of absorbing a maximum amount of 96 pints of water from the atmosphere per day – several pints less than the popular Whynter ARC-14S model. However, the dehumidifier is quite loud when it switches on.
The air conditioning mode is excellent – a dual hose 12,000 BTU system; which is perfect for small to medium sized rooms. If you want to considerably cool down a particular room set the unit to maximum settings and close all the doors and windows; in a hour or two the room should be at a comfortable temperature. The machine will also automatically switch off once the room temperature is at the desired temperature.
It is relatively easy to control the temperature settings on the Whynter 12,000 BTU Dual Hose Portable Air Conditioner. The entire device is very user friendly and a remote control is shipped with the machine – once you plug the unit into the wall and find some batteries for the remote; setting up the temperature controls is very simple.
There are three speed for each mode; you don’t usually have to turn the air-con to max settings unless you are in desperate need of some cold air. The vast majority of customers have state that this particular model blows extremely cold air – it can cool down a small room in a matter of minutes.
You can also set up a timer to turn on the air-conditioning at certain times of the day. It has full thermostat control.
The ARC-12SD was designed to provide cool air for a large area while consuming as little power as possible. It has an excellent coverage area: the dual hose 12,000 BTU air conditioning system has a maximum coverage area of 400 square feet.
Of course, there are several factors that will have an effect on the efficiency of the system. For example, if your room is larger than 400 square feet and all the windows are shut and your room does not get a lot of sunlight – the ARC-12SD will be very effective.
However, if your room is smaller than 400 square feet but has a lot of sunlight and is located in a particularly hot spot of your house or apartment complex the ARC-12SD will not be as efficient.
Regardless, this model is very powerful and can cool down a room in a matter of minutes if it is switched on to highest settings.
The noise level of this unit is practically the same as most portable air conditioning units. However, the compressor is relatively quieter than other portable air conditioning units. On a low setting you can barely hear the device at all.
The unit is at its loudest when the dehumidifier kicks in; it is recommended to program the dehumidifier to start when you are awake. The decibel rating is 56 dBA for indoors.
I mentioned earlier that the ARC-12SD was designed to be as power efficient as possible. It is considered to be a very eco-friendly air conditioning unit. When set to max settings the unit will consume a maximum of 1100 watts and the amperage is 10.5A.
The most demanding mode of operation is the air conditioning mode – switch it off if you want to save electricity. In fact, it is generally recommended to only use the air conditioning mode when you absolutely need it. Even though this particular model was designed to be as energy efficient as possible the air conditioning mode is still quite demanding.
Size, Dimensions, and Weight
The ARC-12SD is quite large – it resembles a mini refrigerator. If you want to keep it in your living room you will probably have to move some furniture around. It has the following dimensions: 20 x 34 x 16.5 inches.
The overall look of the unit is quite fashionable – it is very sleek and modern. However, it is quite heavy, about 71 lbs; especially if the dehumidifier collected a considerable amount of water.
Regardless, once you get the machine into your house you can simply roll it around your house; wheels are attached to the bottom for easy mobility.
The ARC-12SD has several features that were not mentioned earlier. For instance, the device is entireCFC and lead free. The air passes through two high quality filters before it leaves the machine.
Each filter is washable – you should clean them on a regular basis. The machine will also auto restart during a power outage and you can program a 24 hour cycle between all three modes.
The Whynter 12,000 BTU Dual Hose Portable Air Conditioner comes with one window kit mount and a remote control. The window kit is designed for most window sizes. However, if your window is particularly high you may need to purchase an additional exhaust hose.
The window kit includes an instructional manual and all the necessary pieces of equipment to mount the unit onto the window. The wheels are already attached to the bottom of the device – you don’t need to worry about scratching the floor whenever you want to move the unit.
The remote control can work from quite a far distance away if the batteries are fully powered.
Consumer Reviews & Ratings
All in all, this particular portable air conditioning model is excellent for hot climates and medium sized rooms. It will also save some electricity in the long run if you don’t overuse it. The device is a bit more expensive than most portable air conditioning units but it is well worth it in the long run – very few units can compare to this one.