Portable Air Conditioners - Why you shouldn't like them

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    Oh no. It’s a new version of a well-established product that trades efficiency for convenience. But this time, it’s more than just being cool. It’s about cooling.
    Seriously, either we need to get more awareness of how dumb single-hose portable A/C units are, or we need to just use window units whenever possible. While I know that there are times a portable unit is the only option (remember, I’m in that boat), it seems that only very high capacity, premium machines have the facility to use two hoses. Which is frankly stupid but then again that’s what I’m trying to tell you now.
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DC2_Tork
DC2_Tork

If you live in an apartment that won’t allow you to modify a window to house an outdoor unit, the indoor unit is a good option. But I think I’d experiment with wrapping some sort of thermal wrap around the hose.

Vor 10 Stunden
Blur4strike
Blur4strike

Sadly my family has two portable units and the windows do not allow for the use of a window mounted unit due to the screen windows already there. One unit is used in the office with the "Mega Cool" function used only during breaks during my dad's shift, while the other is used in the master bedroom either post-shift or days off with either parent in said bedroom. So by necessity we no other home A/C unit option due to the house we live in. I long for being able to move to a house that has a central A/C unit already installed so we can stop wasting money and electricity using those two units.

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Thr Pins
Thr Pins

I love the sound of my ac unit it helps drown out the fuking kids outside I work nights so the rest of the world doesn't stay quiet just for me so I need a load unit

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Ralf Parlour
Ralf Parlour

You make a homie want to get his high school science man

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Farhi Rosley
Farhi Rosley

Should hv watch this before I bought one. 😭 Everything he said is true!

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Mister Mystery
Mister Mystery

Just started watching this channel and I'm really enjoying it. I love clear concise informative stuff.

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Michael Angelo Apostol
Michael Angelo Apostol

HAHAHAHAHA!

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audiobuff77
audiobuff77

Thank you so much for this video! I was thinking of getting one of these for the transition periods when my condo unit switches from heat to air, but it sounds like this portable unit does not do the job very well. I cant place a window unit in my bedroom because the windows slide horizontally and the condo association would not allow window units.

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Br Ca
Br Ca

I find this video both blows and sucks.

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Joe Mug
Joe Mug

These should be illegal

Vor 3 Tage
Joe Mug
Joe Mug

Pure physics...love it

Vor 3 Tage
shng sam
shng sam

what if .. we have a double hose unit, in reverse? put the whole thing outside ( where it cools it condenser outside) and the dual hose suck air from inside, cool it through the evaporator, and comes back inside

Vor 3 Tage
Daryl Quesnel
Daryl Quesnel

mine has 2 hoses for outside,eliminates this issue

Vor 4 Tage
SlyNine
SlyNine

I found a two hose and it works good. That room is also cold during the winter and I use the heat pump during the winter. Much better than a space heater.

Vor 4 Tage
jhaybz29
jhaybz29

Awesome video sir!! would also do a video on those "Evaporative Air" fans? Thank you!

Vor 5 Tage
MrSeppieD
MrSeppieD

Excellently explained and a pleasure to listen to. Bravo.

Vor 6 Tage
Finch Harper
Finch Harper

👍👍👍👍👍👍👍👍👍👍👍 I bought a Single Hose GE indoor portable air conditioner, for $400.00 for a Master Bedroom and HATE IT. It has made everything damp and now mold and fungus are growing on the walls...will return it.

Vor 6 Tage
Rebirth Resurrection
Rebirth Resurrection

I don’t like people who say “you shouldn’t like things” as part of there personality. that is experienced based usually. Fuck off

Vor 6 Tage
Ra Stev
Ra Stev

I wish they made with a manual reversing valve and we could use window ac units like a window heater. Feel free to send me royalties when you make them. 🙋😝🍻

Vor 6 Tage
Trevor Olson
Trevor Olson

Ra Stev they actually sell window AC/Heat Pump combos.

Vor 6 Stunden
Ra Stev
Ra Stev

I pulled out the thermostat on mine. I set the unit outside in winter and route the hose to inside my house. Heat my whole house with it for about one quarter of my old heating bill. Darn I'm bright. 😉

Vor 6 Tage
paul ketting
paul ketting

wow a fact i din't know but now i know and this guy just gave an idea now i can ingrease the output power of my portible unit tnx dude

Vor 6 Tage
Hot80s
Hot80s

Did you even mention the portable machine has to be as high as where the condensation water drip hose has to exit in the same spacer for the heat exhaust otherwise you'll go NUTS dumping a full bucket of water on the floor every few hours. As for the noise I would remove the 2 exterior housing parts & spray them with sound deadener or install some dynamat because they are so noisy. I will never buy a portable unit ever again.

Vor 6 Tage
Haskell Moore
Haskell Moore

Excellent video with a clear explanation based on sound science. Well done!

Vor 6 Tage
Eric Owens
Eric Owens

I love my air conditioner. Who cares if it looks like shit. It keeps me from feeling like shit.

Vor 7 Tage
Est _
Est _

there's a kind that evaporates water.

Vor 7 Tage
agriperma
agriperma

Mini split system ( installed by AC people ) are the most popular in other countries. those self installed units would fail, and get leaks for sure. the ones I am talking about, the copper tubing is soldered. a vacuum is used to get rid of the moisture and air in the line, then refrigerant is added to that sealed system. these small splits are more efficient, the "inverter" type units are even more efficient. the fan of the evaporator unit is very quiet . and that's the only thing you have inside, they can be mounted against the wall facing up, or hanging from the ceiling, so they do not take floor space. the other problem with the window units is, they are an eye sore, the take up the view once available through that window. it also adds a security risk to your home, as most of the time these can easily be removed. that includes the portable units. push that plastic hose holder out, now stick your hand in, and open the window, easy access for crooks.

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Falk macht Sachen
Falk macht Sachen

The landlord might have an other opinion, when you live in a rent.

Vor 7 Tage
1O1ZERO
1O1ZERO

problem is most houses (~99.9% i know) here in germany have not not suitable windows for window mounted units

Vor 7 Tage
R M
R M

I taped a cardboard box around the vent that expels the hot. I then taped a hose to that box and vented outside. Dramatic change in the comfort and low humidity in the apartment.

Vor 8 Tage
SomeRandom Guy
SomeRandom Guy

Sir, I love your channel. These are all the things I always asked myself but got too lazy to google. But hey, there's a good second-hand market for those if you don't plan on keeping it for anything else than a visual aid hahah

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Canuk Travels
Canuk Travels

I really enjoyed all the great information thank you. Having said that I have had a 10,000 BTU portable air conditioner for 10 years now and although you have made really good points I still love my portable that does a great job for me and doesn't cost allot to run. After seeing your video though i am now saving up for something more substantial hopefully i can buy it before I leave this blessed earth. Thank you again :)

Vor 8 Tage
Steve Sans
Steve Sans

I bought one, got sucked in, NO they don’t work! Don’t get ripped off.......

Vor 8 Tage
Erik Kovacs
Erik Kovacs

I charged my car AC with propane as a middle finger to the EPA and CARB for making r134a so damn expensive, especially CARB for their 10 dollar 90 day can recycle refund, effectively making keeping any on hand taxed.

Vor 8 Tage
Erik Kovacs
Erik Kovacs

Water condenses on the evaporator and if you spray water on the condenser it evaporates. Is that clear?

Vor 8 Tage
Jay Koerner
Jay Koerner

Still recommend a mini split over any windows/portable ac

Vor 9 Tage
Risque Fiasco
Risque Fiasco

I agree these portable type air conditioners are inefficient. However, I have a Levante unit, leftover from when I was renting. I find it exceptionally useful to quick cool a hot room, due to the external venting. A 6.6kw Solar system ensures I'm not paying for daytime cooling when this unit gets most use anyway.

Vor 9 Tage
dlfon99
dlfon99

This is the pokemon blue to the space heater era's pokemon red.

Vor 9 Tage
I967
I967

Excellent content. Triple thumbs up.

Vor 9 Tage
Rex Positor
Rex Positor

Your shirt. I’m partial to Jeremy Irons myself but... 👍

Vor 10 Tage
doctir daddy
doctir daddy

really wish you woulda made this video last year when i bought one.

Vor 10 Tage
Cereal Man
Cereal Man

Steven Crowder sure gians some pounds.

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ACTS
ACTS

I have one of these damn things. I wish I'd seen this video before I bought it. It would pull the very hot air out of the attic faster than it could cool the air in the room. The air coming out of the unit into the room was quite cool but because it sucked super hot air from the attic using the unit actually heated up the room. There were two times of the year that it worked well ... For heating. In the spring and fall I could monitor the temperature in the attic with a remote thermometer and if the room was say, 65F and the attic was 95F because of the sun beating on the roofing, all I had to do was turn the damn air conditioner on to warm up the room quite nicely. For that room I ended up getting a small window air conditioner, cutting a hole in the wall and installing it that way (no convenient window in the room). Electricity bills plummeted and I could thereafter keep that room at whatever temperature suited me. I had to check myself at first because I was so used to it being too hot in there that I was freezing the room once I got a small, relatively cheap "real" air conditioner.

Vor 10 Tage
Joe Shmoe
Joe Shmoe

Don’t forget to mention the condensate. Some Indoor units have to be emptied of the water it condenses.

Vor 10 Tage
Tayro Thinkingoutloud
Tayro Thinkingoutloud

Ammonia NH3 was/is and probably will be the best refrigerant. "O' but ammonia can kill you!" Yea and so can water. If it's SO lethal why don't you hear about more deaths by NH3 poisoning? What, did you think they stopped making NH3 units? After all safety was the excuse used to usher in the Ozone killer...Freon....dumb, dumb, dumb!!! No that had to do with DuPont making money. So yea they're still out there. Why? because Freon can't do what NH3 can. And that's cool without ELECTRICITY! Everything is a lie. But not what I've just said. YOU CAN COOL A HOUSE WITHOUT ELECTRICITY. PEOPLE HAD CENTRAL AIR BEFORE THEY HAD ELECTRICITY. https://i.pinimg.com/originals/35/21/de/3521de1b149c5c9ae3489d4b1f4160a1.jpg Replace the gas heater with a solar mirror or Fresnel lens and boom... Free AC. This is two hundred year old tech.

Vor 10 Tage
David Morris
David Morris

why not just makeshift a hose onto the intake?

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Ned
Ned

Even worse, all the stray heat emitted by the motor (copper and iron losses in transformer jargon) ends up heating the room air thus further reducing efficiency.

Vor 11 Tage
beartunes
beartunes

What he's saying is not wrong, i had a need to get a portable because my window sill rotted and the window unit leaked its condensation into my downstairs neighbor's apartment wall and ceiling, so i got a Hisense portable and one thing about the pressure is, it sucks in warm air through the other rooms' crevices and my other rooms get hotter, and, i go to bed with a comfortable 40% relative humidity in the room and wake up to 60%. Ick. Think cold clammy basement feeling. So. Yes it cools and it's noisy and expensive but at least my bedroom is 68/69 instead of 82-84.

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Johan Kling
Johan Kling

Try a Mitsubishi spit-unit system, its way quieter and really effective.

Vor 11 Tage
sx9
sx9

One could create a design where two separate hoses with smaller diameters are wrapped into a single hose to be space efficient and more compatible. You could also put a little thermal insulation in the big hose between the two hoses and the outside border to increase efficiency even more and avoid a hot uninsulated hose flopping around in your room. I mean cables work like that for ages.

Vor 11 Tage
Paul Marsh
Paul Marsh

Don't need them in the UK. Even the air con in my car only got used once or twice this year, usually even in summer the heater (even at home) is required in a damp and cold UK.

Vor 11 Tage
jack hewitt
jack hewitt

We don’t have the ac window units here in the uk if you want one you have to import one and that can be expensive that and you need 110 to power it. The portable units are very common in the uk and can be done plugged into a 240 volt uk outlet

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TONY HARD-D
TONY HARD-D

i agree with what he said.... great information ..... i own a rollibot portable and it works pretty well ...... but only use it in my bedroom ....... but since i live in an older house and i can't afford to fix the furnace thats burnt out .....mine works amazing because it has a heating option as well as just a dehumidifier..... one thing he didnt say is having to drain the water all the time from the portable unit hints the window unit you dont have to since it just drains out the back outside

Vor 11 Tage
Hotdogman
Hotdogman

That thing kept me up all night... but boy was it cold in the morning

Vor 12 Tage
Ben
Ben

Couldn't there be some way to replace the hose of a portable unit with some sort of flexible cable for power and coolant to an external compressor, with window braces or whatever, and devise some sort of portable split system?

Vor 12 Tage
Ben
Ben

Seems you can... https://www.coolbreeze.net.au/air-conditioning-rentals/air-cooler-hire/split-system-hire/item/34-porta-temp-4500w

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Andrew Edis
Andrew Edis

These are just ridiculous just get a split system you cheap ass! You could even build a pretty decent one with the parts you already have. Also you could even convert it to Propane or Butane and make it refillable if you wanted. Once you understand the principles you're only limited by your own engineering capabilities

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zzasdfwas
zzasdfwas

Why don't refrigerators dump heat outdoors?

Vor 12 Tage
Eric 吴 K
Eric 吴 K

Fair point! But I think that refrigerators are usually small and insulated enough that they don't work as hard as an air conditioner to cool the much smaller space inside. Compared to an air conditioner, how often does your fridge run? Unless you open the door a lot, it's probably not very often relatively speaking.

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Clayton Carter
Clayton Carter

Wait what home doesn’t have central air?

Vor 12 Tage
TheWaaaagh
TheWaaaagh

Every single home in Eastern Europe for example. Here in Bulgaria, central air for homes is unheard of. We use split units with an inverter compressor in each room, mostly for heating during the winter.

Vor 10 Tage
Augusto Severini
Augusto Severini

I'm baffled by the care and work you put into this stuff. You are doing god's work pal. Thanks.

Vor 13 Tage
Kowyn
Kowyn

Guess I'll go buy some dryer venting and mod my air conditioner.

Vor 13 Tage
Nissan Boi
Nissan Boi

Kowyn lmao

Vor 12 Tage
mercster
mercster

Very interesting, thank you.

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