SPT WA-1230H 12,000-BTU Portable Air Conditioner with Remote-Control Cooling and Heating
List Price: $737.00
Our Price: $458.99
You Save: $278.01 (38%)
Specifications: Stay COOL or WARM and breathe fresher air with our WA1230H new 12,000btu units. Ideally cools or heats an area up to 300sq.ft. Effectively improves air circulation in poorly ventilated spaces and maximizes energy efficiency. Uses new UL required LCDI plug.Self-Evaporating Technology - during the cooling or heating process, water is extracted from the air into the unit. Most of this water is then recycled and used to cool the cooling coils and make it run more efficiently, cooling as well as energy. Note: Exhaust hose installation required (all standard accessories included). Features Include: 12,000btu cooling power 12,000btu heating power Self evaporating system Digital temperature display 2 fan speeds LCDI (Leakage-Current Detection and Interruption) plug Fire resistant PVC plastic housing Removes moisture for personal comfort (dehumidifier functions automatically in AC mode) Activated carbon filter helps remove odor Washable air filter collects dustparticles Easy-grip handle and large casters for easy mobility Digital thermostat control Choice of programmable timer or continuous operation Preset timer available Directional air discharge louvers Extendable exhaust hose (up to 5ft.) Remote control Built-in water tank or extended water tube for continuous drainage One year warranty for all parts and labor Five year warranty for compressor Specifications Cooling capacity 12,000btu / hour Heating capacity 12,000btu / hour Power consumption cooling 950W / 9A heating Air volume 520 m3/h Moisture removal 65 pints / day Water tank capacity 3.2 pints Window
12,000-BTU portable air conditioner for cooling and heating
For up to 400 square feet; automatic 65-pint dehumidifier
Digital thermostat with remote control; 2 fan speeds; 12.63 EER
Self-evaporating system; 3-1/5-pint water tank; 12-hour timer; air filter
Measures 15-1/4 by 16-1/2 by 30-1/2 inches; 1-year limited warranty
Poor at drying the air & very cumbersome to move We have the WA-1220M model of this product (virtually identical). If you stand right in front on it, up to about 5 feet away, it's nice. However, it has several drawbacks:
1. It isn't very good at drying the air; evaporation is needed for effective air-conditioning (whether in your car or your home).
2. It must be drained of the water it does pull from the air, and draining the unit is very cumbersome. It comes with a small flexible plastic tube that has to be connected to the rear bottom of the unit; the other end must be lower in order to drain or the unit really does very little and although there's an indicator light that will come on if the unit is quite full of water, it's very rare that the light comes on (and it only does so LONG after the unit has stopped cooling the air). We have taken to wrapping a large towel around the far end of the tube to collect water that drains, but basically you must tilt the heavy unit backwards to try to drain it. This is not particularly effective but it must be done.
3. It has wheels, but it doesn't roll easily (it's hard to push or pull it in a straight line and the wheels are so small even getting over a low rug is difficult.
4. Moving the unit up or down a single step can be accomplished by one person but since the entire unit is made of very smooth, slippery plastic (it has handles but they're very shallow & not helpful), it's more safely accomplished with two people.
5. Consider that this unit, while mobile, sacrifices a good window seal. The large exhaust hose (which pumps the hot air outside) resembles a telescoping dryer hose that easily falls out of the backside of the unit and is awkward to extend evenly. The unit comes with a smallish piece of foam with a cutout hole for the hose. However, you are left with having to find some way to block the rest of whatever window you choose to put the hole into. We use a large carboard box panel and cut a hole out of, then duct-tape the box into the window opening to block out air seepage. As you can imagine, it looks pretty tacky.