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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Jun 15, 2019

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Craig Bates
Craig Bates Hour ago
I bought an LG portable unit. It is easy to move to different rooms as desired and during winter I can just roll it into my garage. Mine works great and cools well even if it isnt the most efficient.
Brett Foster
Brett Foster 2 hours ago
I have potable. Will put out side and duck cold air in ... Im a genius . 🐵🐒
integr8er66 27 minutes ago
Still not as good, the air you are cooling is now coming from the hot outside.
Dennis Berg
Dennis Berg 2 hours ago
I totally thought the portable were more efficent. Dang, thx for the heads up.
wnc817 5 hours ago
You can use duct insulation on the exhaust tube.
Dalir Farzan
Dalir Farzan 6 hours ago
The portable ones really DO suck. I bought one and it got water all over the place and the tube that went to the window didn't fit right. It was returned within a week.
The Dream Traveler
The Dream Traveler 6 hours ago
My parents have one of these and they struggle to keep their room cool.
The Weather Radio Kid
Simple window unit? 😂 yeah right. Window units are the hardest to setup I'm 10 years old and I can set up a portable AC unit my self
Mr Horsepower
Mr Horsepower 8 hours ago
I have one...I love it, it works great !
Chris Codrington
Chris Codrington 9 hours ago
nicely done well expressed!
Mike Sinistar
Mike Sinistar 9 hours ago
Are there portable units that sit outside and pump in the cold air?
ytrewq6789 9 hours ago
I own a couple of these too! One is the rare two hosed one and the other was not and I already took note on the two hosed model and modded the other to be the same and they work pretty good now! But not as well as the traditional window wart I must admit LOL!
Colin 10 hours ago
Some time apts don't like windows AC units hanging on the out side that's when you use the portable AC units
Zac22 10 hours ago
That's funny, I have the same portable unit used in this video and I'm also in the same boat where I have nothing but casement crank windows. I envy my friends and family that have proper windows they can use regular window units in because they always seem to work so much better than my portable, regardless of btu's
General Esdeath
General Esdeath 11 hours ago
Thanks so much. Helpful review. I’ll never buy a hose unit now! Unless perhaps it’s the dual hose unit. I have always preferred window units and I’ll stick to them now thanks to your insight.
On_The Road
On_The Road 12 hours ago
Super informative and well done. Can you do a video on LGs new line of Dual inverter window ACs? And their Dual Inverter portable unit. Thank you!
DwadeIsHere2010 17 hours ago
Mini split systems I am surprised he didn't mention them. Wouldn't that be better then portable though.
MrHello1 5 hours ago
....he did towards the end of the video lmao
Artavia Boyd
Artavia Boyd 18 hours ago
William Walters
William Walters 19 hours ago
adam richman is now doing portable ac commercials
Gardner Berry
Gardner Berry 20 hours ago
And last but not least, a shout-out to Willis Carrier: a Phoenician who made air conditioning possible.
joe woodchuck
joe woodchuck 20 hours ago
A diy project could be to make an enclosure with two compartments for the condenser on a standard ac. It might even be made from cardbooard. Put two hoses, a window adaptor, a good fan, voila. The intake for fresh outside cooling air would go to a compartment for the ac side and top vents, while the warm air exhaust would come from the fins. I think it might also be made with a plastic tarp, but the fan would need to be on the intake side in that case. If its a rigid box the fan could be on either side. I keep mentioning a fan since i dont know if the internal fan would orovide sufficient air flow by itself.
Super Saiyan Goku
Super Saiyan Goku 21 hour ago
6:29 Does the power outlet on the rear of the AC work? Or are they just holes faking to be a power outlet?
WisdomIsPrecious 22 hours ago
I can't believe they don't make the exhaust hosing that comes with the unit out of a material that insulates heat better. What the heck! It's almost like they don't want these units to work off of the shelf.
Merke Remember
Merke Remember 23 hours ago
Simply use 2 Air pipelines by DIY and now your Efficiency will go through your roof.
Unit-13 FREMSLT 23 hours ago
Portable units work great for grid down after natural disaster events like a hurricane when a generator is the only source of electric as well as a temporary camping situation. Try 3 weeks without one in south Florida during the summer after a hurricane. For normal day-to-day use the only way to go is a central unit, at least it is here in Florida. Just my two cents.
Scrappy Bob Barker
Scrappy Bob Barker 23 hours ago
My old neighbor used to run a shop vac outside to pull moldy cool air out of his 100 year old cellar and blow it into his upstairs window
Antonio Caldera
Antonio Caldera 23 hours ago
i am eating skittle. and watching this..... WHY?!
Thank you for this seminar. You have a wonderful smooth pleasant comfortable voice, are very knowledgeable, and possess a fantastic delivery style. Keep up the good work. Cool.
Aiden B
Aiden B Day ago
Aiden B
Aiden B Day ago
kill me
GrosTabarnak Day ago
That's exactly what I've been trying to explain to my girlfriend. Thanks for the video. :-)
RoMayDrako Day ago
I live in a small room with windows that slide open sideways instead of up and down. Until they make units taht fit in those welp portables you're stuck with. Edit: PS: My portable airconditioner helps to me sleep. It noise drones out everyone including dogs so I don't get startled a awake. XD
Billy Graham
Billy Graham Day ago
Dual hose unit heat pumps are fairly efficient.
n trainer
n trainer Day ago
So why don't they develop better "two hose" systems?
Mario Kolski
Mario Kolski Day ago
Most of this vidios is too boost someone's else's profit that's all. This people are getting paid for ratings products low That's there job
Mario Kolski
Mario Kolski Day ago
The way I see it people are to damn picky too many choices. People are like little kids never know what they want to many choices america
Ron Wilson
Ron Wilson Day ago
*Well done, good (accurate) advice.*
lemn8 Day ago
That's why i ducktaped the hose at the front cold air output and put the device outside on the balcony and let it blow cold air through the hose inside. And opened the condense water release permanently just let it leak on the balkony and a power-cord extender which runs together with the hose, so i can just turn power on or off from the inside. This gave me some sleep.
KBR Day ago
I have a portable that works great.
Celeste Gauthier
They do not blow cool air outside... just try and feel it and you will see. ruvid.net/video/video-_-mBeYC2KGc.html Try to phrase that part more clearly. These really are just for short term emergency use.
Steve Levario
They do suck for sure. Its because they need external ventilation.
Gabriela Leitch
Just get, and thank me later
Bethel Dubose
Thank god I bought, best one out there!
Dayna Balentine
Why don’t you guys just buy I got it last month and works cool
Tamica Mitzel
this is actually the best invent ever otherwise I would still have a bloody hell hot environment lol!Thank god I bought, best one out there!
John Conway
John Conway Day ago
Thank you for future generations. These units are a total top off. Add these to wireless doorbells and waterless washing machines.
Orhan Sever
Orhan Sever Day ago
this is actually the best invent ever otherwise I would still have a bloody hell hot environment lol!
JABS991 Day ago
Single hose is great for flushing out air in basement apartments. Open one window for air intake, turn on AC on other side of basement (on a nice day) and flush all that humid air OUT.
Robert Carter
Some neighborhoods (HOAs) don't allow window units.
integr8er66 30 minutes ago
Yep pretentious bastards
Janina Carter
Thank U for doing this because I have been looking for a unit for my short bus. I was tossed between a 8k portable and a 5k window. I was already worried about the 8k needing to much generator power but now knowing how inefficient they are i will build a case to go on the window unit. ☮️❤️🤗
Blunt Conversations With Me
I like this guy. Good Info.
If you live in a house with no central and bars on windows it's the only choice. Sucks.
spaceman022 2 hours ago
or live in a mobile home with crap windows like me lol
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