This is an excellent choice for most of those looking for a well-rounded and versatile portable air conditioner. This reasonably priced unit can efficiently work in places up to 500 square ft. without drastically increasing your electricity bills or taking up too much space.
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Pro Very good value for its price
While this is not the cheapest unit, it does have some serious features and aspects to back its price. In fact, it is very complicated to find a matching competitor to this air conditioner with a price tag below $480.
Pro Also acts as a purifier and dehumidifier
Besides air conditioning, this unit also cleans the air through its double filtration system, removing unwanted odors and allergens. It can also work as a dehumidifier or just a fan.
Pro Has an intelligent drain system
This AC uses an innovative auto-drain system that pulls moisture out of the air and turns it around to cool the air. Using moisture this way not only helps to save on electricity bills, but it also eliminates the hassle of draining the unit from condensate often.
Pro Display is easy to read
Thanks to the blue backlight and large digits, the display is easy to read even from a distance.
Pro Restarts automatically
The ARC-14S has an auto-restart function, meaning that if there is a power outage, it will resume its previous program when the power returns.
Pro Powerful for its size
The unit’s cooling capacity is 14 000 BTUs, meaning that it can cool a large space in a short time. The manufacturer says that it’s best suited for spaces up to 500 sq. ft., so it should be enough to cover a small flat, a large living room, or even a workshop.
Pro Can be programmed with a timer
It has a timer, so you can program to start or stop at specific times.
Pro Can be controlled from a distance
This AC comes with a remote control, so it can be programmed from a distance.
Pro Includes a venting kit
The unit comes with a venting kit in the package, so you don’t need to buy anything, except the correct length exhaust hoses and some foam tape.
Pro Easy to move around with casters
The AC has casters underneath the unit for easy moving around.
Pro Goes well with most interiors
The device has an appealing design that will fit well in almost any interior.
Pro Compressor is controlled by a thermostat
There is a thermostat that turns the compressor on and off to maintain the desired temperature.
Pro Comes with a double-hose system
This unit has a dual-hose system, making it more economical and efficient compared to units with only one exhaust hose.
Con No heater mode
This unit can’t be used as a heater.
The unit is quite heavy (100 pounds).
Con Complicated after-service life
Some customers have complained about the lack of customer service and that replacement parts after the warranty has expired are expensive. It might be a good idea to invest in an extended warranty.
Con Might get quite loud
The unit can get loud on the highest setting, so it is not the best option for bedrooms or very small rooms.