To deal with the impending heat of living the summer months in Las Vegas, NV I recently purchased a portable A/C unit that could be installed in a room and removed easily once its not longer needed.
I have owned other variations in the past, such as ones that mount in your window, but decided those require too much setup and require my window being open wider then the 4.5 inches that this LG 9,000 BTU Portable Air Conditioner unit requires. Its also worth noting that this A/C unit comes with a remote and all the necessary equipment to install into a window.
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One bit of information that I could not find and I feel most people would be most concerned about is how big of a window can the included window installation kit work with. The description and box did not tell me, so I figured i’d take a chance. Turns out according to the manual you can only use the included kit with windows up to 48 inches in length. That measurement can be for horizontal or vertical sliding windows as the width of the kit is 4.5 inches.
Another thing that I took into consideration was the size of the room I primarily wanted to use this unit in and the required about of BTU’s for the size as well as potentially being used in bigger rooms. The room I am going to install this in approximately 150 sq ft, not a big room by any means, but it requires some A/C since there is not connection to the house A/C. Looking up what the recommended BTU is, I quickly found that a 5000-7000 BTU device will provide enough A/C for the room.
I also thought and knew that down the road I may want to put this in a larger room, so looking at the price range of units that produce 5000, 7000, and 9000 I realized there was not much in terms of price difference. For $60-$80 more I could get an additional 3000 BTU’s and figured I might as well go big.
This ended up being a problem for me as my window was 55 inches tall and the kit could not extend to cover the height as I have a horizontal sliding window. This problem inspired me to make my own window kit, so with a trip to my local Home Depot, I purchased a 7ft tall x 5 inch wide x 1.5 inch thick piece of MDF wood, some window AC sealant strips, spray applicant sealant foam, around 10 feet 1/4 inch thick metal frame, and some additional screws to make my own kit. My total was around $45 out the door.
I spent about 5-6 hours total sizing all the parts to fit my window, cutting a vent in the wood to match the shape of the hose that would attach the A/C to the window so that hot air could be blown outside, and then finally sealing the window and the wooden frame all together and made sure there was a proper seal.
So far I can say during the first week, it has worked amazingly, there is a slight humming sound when the compressor kicks on and produces the cold air, but again its an A/C unit so that is to be expected. The fan blows on two settings high and low, but both seem as a high and higher speed, and its impressively cold!
There is a timer function so you can turn it on and walk away, you can set the desired temperature you wish to get the room too, and you have the ability to adjust the direction the air blows in a up or down direction. There is no side to side capability, only up and down and that is worth noting.
Overall I am pleased with this unit and recommend the use of it for small rooms. Lets see how many summers I can get under its belt!