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Old 07-29-2018, 09:00 AM
 
Location: Colorado Springs
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To further confuse things for you...

A window unit will be pulling outside air temps through it so it may be working harder to cool 90+* air down to the 70s. A portable unit will be taking the inside air that may already be 10* or more lower than outside and recycling it which will accelerate its cooling.

Think of it like the recric button or max a/c setting on your car's system. These both recirculate the interior air to accelerate heating or cooling.

But, with that said, I've never looked closely at the portable a/c units. Most window units are pretty heavy duty to live up to the duty cycles of heating hotter air. Are portable units similar or are they more light weight because of their approach of using recycled air? An overview of btu output and amp consumption at "x" loading may also be in order to determine capability and its cost of achieving the goal.
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Old 07-30-2018, 10:09 AM
 
Location: NW Oregon
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I have an LG portable unit in my master bedroom and it works great. Going strong for three years now. I also like it really cool when I sleep and it does the job. Relatively quiet and easy to install. Paid around $400 at Home Depot.
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Old 08-01-2018, 03:37 PM
 
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Looks like we are out of the one-two week range of needing the AC units! Ha... my husband installed our window unit mid July and we used it one night. It's gotten cool enough to be comfortable at night (for me, at least)
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Old 08-01-2018, 03:50 PM
 
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Looks like we are out of the one-two week range of needing the AC units! Ha... my husband installed our window unit mid July and we used it one night. It's gotten cool enough to be comfortable at night (for me, at least)
I wouldn't count on it. We could still have plenty of 90+ degree days in August and September, but we'll see.
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Old 08-04-2018, 10:39 AM
 
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You're right, I spoke too soon! This weekend is supposed to be hot.
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Old 08-04-2018, 10:44 AM
 
Location: NE Mississippi
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So, im undecided between window AC unit or portable AC unit. WHich cools better, which is more quiet, which is more reliable.

So this is for my room that I sleep in now (until i finish remodeling the basement downstairs) and I need it to be cold when I sleep...im talking about 66 degrees or 67. My AC can reach that, but I know I definitely strain it and damaging it. Also, my central AC unit is not as powerful as say a portable AC unit designated for a room

what do you guys recommend for Colorado springs night weather? this is only for when I sleep. window fan does not do it for me as well...only october or so it works...but march - Sept i need a small AC unit for my room.

Do you guys have any experience with either or? what do you recommend?
To further the argument, I am a real fan of the ductless split units.
What you see on the inside is a radiator-like device at ceiling level. The compressor is outside. They are really quiet, and come with a remote control.

https://www.amazon.com/PIONEER-Air-C.../dp/B01DVW6BG0
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