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Old Yesterday, 06:47 AM
 
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I need an AC for my home office where I've been working for years. It gets really hot in the summer, and doesn't accommodate a window AC.

It's a tiny room, about 9' x 13', and there's not much space for a portable AC.

Is there such a thing as a half-sized portable AC?

I've been shopping around online, and they all seem to start at about 50 lbs., 2' tall, 14" wide. These things are not "portable".

We already have an LG portable AC in the living room that weights about 80 lbs. and does a decent job. I'm wishing there was something just good enough for 125 sq. ft., but so far have not found.

The evaporative coolers are either tiny "personal" models that basically are fans, or larger expensive models that are no smaller than an AC and far less effective in our rather humid climate.

Thanks for any help!
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Old Yesterday, 08:46 AM
 
Location: San Antonio/Houston/Tricity
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I think this is the smallest A/C I could find right now:
https://www.zerobreeze.com/products/...-conditioner-1
Still too big??

Since your room is pretty small, would you consider mini split?
https://householdair.com/smallest-mi...C_Reviews_2020

Also check this:
https://www.amazon.com/Conditioner-R...752020&sr=8-23

https://www.amazon.com/Tripp-Lite-Co...2752020&sr=8-4
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Old Yesterday, 11:13 AM
 
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There's also a portable mini-split ac selling on costco.
https://www.costco.com/forestair-10%...100655013.html

My sister has one and it works pretty well for her guest room.
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Old Yesterday, 10:44 PM
 
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Walmart, and some drug stores such as Rite Aid, sell something called Arctic Air cooler.

As little as $30, but they have a deluxe one for $50.

Like a swamp cooler, you have to put water in it. It works best pointed right at you, but it's a very cheap price to have at least a little cold air on you.
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Old Yesterday, 10:58 PM
 
Location: San Antonio/Houston/Tricity
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Just for grins:

Years ago the A/C at work went off. It was a very hot summer and my office, with a big window facing south, got unbelievably hot.
I lasted just a day there, and the next day, I bought a big bucket, ice, and a portable fan.

Made few holes on the bottom of the bucket (for water drainage). Made two bigger holes closer to the top. Filled the bucket halfway with ice. Placed fan facing down on the top of the bucket and made my office the coolest place in the building.
Guess where my coworkers started to gather for the next few days... lol
It was the cheapest, but most effective solution.
The fan was blowing air through the ice and the cooled air was escaping through the holes facing my desk... hahaha
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Old Today, 12:48 AM
 
Location: San Francisco Bay Area
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I need an AC for my home office where I've been working for years. It gets really hot in the summer, and doesn't accommodate a window AC.

It's a tiny room, about 9' x 13', and there's not much space for a portable AC.

Is there such a thing as a half-sized portable AC?

I've been shopping around online, and they all seem to start at about 50 lbs., 2' tall, 14" wide. These things are not "portable".

We already have an LG portable AC in the living room that weights about 80 lbs. and does a decent job. I'm wishing there was something just good enough for 125 sq. ft., but so far have not found.

The evaporative coolers are either tiny "personal" models that basically are fans, or larger expensive models that are no smaller than an AC and far less effective in our rather humid climate.

Thanks for any help!
Unless portable AC units have improved dramatically in recent years, I wouldn't consider a portable unit at all.
They are incredibly noisy, you have to vent to the outside, and they don't cool rooms effectively. We have one in a box in the garage.

If you have a window in the room, buy a small window A/C unit with a remote. Window air conditioners are extremely effective.
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Old Today, 08:38 AM
 
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If you can't put a window unit, where are you planning to send the hot air off the condenser?
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Old Today, 10:11 AM
 
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If you can't put a window unit, where are you planning to send the hot air off the condenser?
Through a panel on my sliding door. There are lots of people doing it that way (youtube videos).

It's not ideal but better than nothing. The real problem is that I have a wood stove in the way, so nowhere to easily fit a giant "portable" AC.

A mini AC, 12" wide 8" deep, would fit.

I may just have to give up and sweat all summer in my home office. I've done it before
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