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Old 06-15-20, 09:20 PM
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Portable Room ACs

The central air in my house went out this past Friday. I have to pony up for a new condenser/compressor, evap coil, and furnace. The furnace is 31 years old, rusty, and out of code.

It's been hitting as high as 96 degrees in the 2nd story of my house the last few days. Opening the windows cools the upstairs down to the low '80s by 4am.

That same Friday the AC went out, I bought one of those little roll around Toshibas good for 250 sq. ft. of cooling. I'm overworking the living hell out of this little machine, trying to cool more space than it's rated for. It works great if you put it in one room and close that door, but that's not what I'm doing since I've got a family to try and keep cool.

I hope to have the new central AC cooling the house later this week. Until then, this little Toshiba's compressor is running 24 hours a day.

Having some icy Colorado Gatorade on hand sure helps me, too.
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Not sure if these little Toshibas have much endurance.
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I'm a little jealous. It's 50F here. Junuary. We've had an hour of sun over the last two weeks, and it rained every weekend. Some of the neighbors have gills.
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Originally Posted by Seattle Forrest View Post
I'm a little jealous. It's 50F here. Junuary. We've had an hour of sun over the last two weeks, and it rained every weekend. Some of the neighbors have gills.
I will trade you for you’re 50 degrees for 90+ but you have to throw in a 12 pack of Colorado Gatorade.

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Originally Posted by FiftySix View Post
The central air in my house went out this past Friday. I have to pony up for a new condenser/compressor, evap coil, and furnace. The furnace is 31 years old, rusty, and out of code.

It's been hitting as high as 96 degrees in the 2nd story of my house the last few days. Opening the windows cools the upstairs down to the low '80s by 4am.

That same Friday the AC went out, I bought one of those little roll around Toshibas good for 250 sq. ft. of cooling. I'm overworking the living hell out of this little machine, trying to cool more space than it's rated for. It works great if you put it in one room and close that door, but that's not what I'm doing since I've got a family to try and keep cool.

I hope to have the new central AC cooling the house later this week. Until then, this little Toshiba's compressor is running 24 hours a day.

Having some icy Colorado Gatorade on hand sure helps me, too.
Yikes that will be a chunk of change. Had a unit go out a few years ago but by luck the other unit still worked. I just closed that half of the house down so it was ok. Too much house for me but that is a boring soap opera story you can watch on TV . SE Texas is very hot a humid and AC is mandatory.
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Old 06-16-20, 04:48 AM
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I used to sell at a TV/Appliance store. Those portable A/C units had a very low customer satisfaction record. Expensive for their BTU output and low output fans.

YMMV.
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Originally Posted by cb400bill View Post
I used to sell at a TV/Appliance store. Those portable A/C units had a very low customer satisfaction record. Expensive for their BTU output and low output fans.

YMMV.
And this one I bought is loud. Several steps above white noise.

But, I can see the usefulness for emergency backup to central air. I do like how quickly I can move it from one room to the next, and there are no external protrusions to cause the local HOA to send me letters.

I will admit that if I lived in a non HOA neighborhood, I'd be tempted to install a window unit in every room.
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Originally Posted by Seattle Forrest View Post
I'm a little jealous. It's 50F here. Junuary. We've had an hour of sun over the last two weeks, and it rained every weekend. Some of the neighbors have gills.
I'd like that 50 degrees, but not having sun would be depressing after a while.
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Originally Posted by Hondo Gravel View Post
Yikes that will be a chunk of change. Had a unit go out a few years ago but by luck the other unit still worked. I just closed that half of the house down so it was ok. Too much house for me but that is a boring soap opera story you can watch on TV . SE Texas is very hot a humid and AC is mandatory.
Yeah, my dream of getting a motorcycle again (in that other thread) has turned back to practicality.

This is one of those times I wish my house had a separate AC unit for each of the two floors.

Got down to 81 degrees again downstairs by this morning. Upstairs, not so lucky because I didn't have the little Toshiba up there this time. I set up places for family to sleep downstairs here, but a couple of them decided to sweat it out.
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I'd be tempted to install a window unit in every room.
I don't have AC, and I don't live in an HOA area. But I've considered VRF where you have a small unit in each room with its own thermostat so you only cool what you want to, and no ducts!

https://www.trane.com/residential/en...zone-ductless/
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You couldn't just rent a portable unit until you got the air fixed?
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Originally Posted by FiftySix View Post
The central air in my house went out this past Friday. I have to pony up for a new condenser/compressor, evap coil, and furnace. The furnace is 31 years old, rusty, and out of code.

It's been hitting as high as 96 degrees in the 2nd story of my house the last few days. Opening the windows cools the upstairs down to the low '80s by 4am.

That same Friday the AC went out, I bought one of those little roll around Toshibas good for 250 sq. ft. of cooling. I'm overworking the living hell out of this little machine, trying to cool more space than it's rated for. It works great if you put it in one room and close that door, but that's not what I'm doing since I've got a family to try and keep cool.

I hope to have the new central AC cooling the house later this week. Until then, this little Toshiba's compressor is running 24 hours a day.

Having some icy Colorado Gatorade on hand sure helps me, too.
We had something like one of those for my wife's office that faced west and would act like a greenhouse in the summer as the sun baked it. The key was to keep the room closed and to exhaust the heat out the widow via the exhaust hose. The irony is that the exhaust hose wasn't insulated, and just the heat off that hose had a tendency to radiate into the room.
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Originally Posted by bikecrate View Post
You couldn't just rent a portable unit until you got the air fixed?
I thought about it for sure. Pricing for a small portable AC around here runs about $60 per day or $240 per week. When my AC went out on Friday, I was pretty sure I wouldn't get it repaired during the weekend, so I made a trip to the local Home Depot. But, I didn't know I'd need that AC for a week either.

Tonight completes day 5 with no AC. If all goes as planned, we will have a day 6 with no AC as well, but should have it by tomorrow night.

Anyway, I'll have this portable unit for future garage use when I'm wrenching on the cars. Just a couple weeks ago was a relative sweat-fest with me replacing a motor mount in my oldest stepdaughter's car and a lower control arm in my wife's car. AC in the garage would have been nice.
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Originally Posted by genec View Post
We had something like one of those for my wife's office that faced west and would act like a greenhouse in the summer as the sun baked it. The key was to keep the room closed and to exhaust the heat out the widow via the exhaust hose. The irony is that the exhaust hose wasn't insulated, and just the heat off that hose had a tendency to radiate into the room.
Yeah, that hose can get warm. It would be best to keep the hose as short as possible, but that sure doesn't work out so well depending on where the window is.

I did see a hose insulating kit available for these portable units somewhere on the web just yesterday.
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We rented a house from a friend for a while that was built in the early 1900's and was still on original windows and such. Really drafty, no insulation at all. Home was never designed for AC, but was rather ingeniously laid out for the original heating system, one of those gas dragons in the hallway. The doors of the house shut off such that the living space, the sleeping space, and the kitchen could all be shut independently. We cooled the kitchen and living in the day, and then the bedrooms starting in the late evening. Worked pretty well for us.
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I overheated once on a June day with no clouds or trees to block the sun. Had to take a snow nap to cool off.
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This ain’t no dog house! I want back in the ac mow the grass! Human.


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Originally Posted by Juan Foote View Post
We rented a house from a friend for a while that was built in the early 1900's and was still on original windows and such. Really drafty, no insulation at all. Home was never designed for AC, but was rather ingeniously laid out for the original heating system, one of those gas dragons in the hallway. The doors of the house shut off such that the living space, the sleeping space, and the kitchen could all be shut independently. We cooled the kitchen and living in the day, and then the bedrooms starting in the late evening. Worked pretty well for us.
I lived in a house like that for several months when I turned 18 and moved away from home.

Gas dragon, sounds about right. The one in that old house was connected with a hose and could be moved from the living room/kitchen to the tiny hallway that connected the two bedrooms and single bathroom. The bathroom had a wall mounted gas heater as well. Both had just a couple of metal bars as the grill. Just don't be stupid and let anything past the metal bars while it's lit.

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It's going to hit 70 today. I already have my water bottles in the freezer.

I hope this makes you feel better about living with the heat.
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I wish I could live in a place where the temps range from 40F to 75F throughout the year. That. Would. Be. Awesome.
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It sounds awesome until you want to swim. Sports Illustrated shoots their "women of goretex" issue on the beach here.
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Since I don't really swim anymore, I didn't think about that.

The rivers near me are muddy and the bayous don't have enough water unless it's flooding. Going to the Gulf is the best place to get wet, but no one really "swims" in the murky brown seawater in the upper Texas Gulf Coast. People just wade into the water and seldom go past the first sandbar. The waves aren't big enough to surf on unless a tropical storm or hurricane is near.

Going inland to freshwater lakes is really the best option for real swimming, besides a swimming pool, but none are near me.

Well, the good news on my end is that half my house got cold AC last night. The other half will get cold AC today.
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Not sure if these little Toshibas have much endurance.
I've had one for like 8 years.
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I've had one for like 8 years.
In daily use in the warmer months, or just as needed a few times a year?

The one I bought last Friday is still spinning away in one of the bedrooms that doesn't have AC yet. 6 days/nights in a row of running 24 hours a day without the thermostat shutting it off, yet. Last night, the thermostat (set at 72F) probably finally came into use since the unit is in a room with the door closed.

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Originally Posted by Juan Foote View Post
We rented a house from a friend for a while that was built in the early 1900's and was still on original windows and such. Really drafty, no insulation at all. Home was never designed for AC, but was rather ingeniously laid out for the original heating system, one of those gas dragons in the hallway. The doors of the house shut off such that the living space, the sleeping space, and the kitchen could all be shut independently. We cooled the kitchen and living in the day, and then the bedrooms starting in the late evening. Worked pretty well for us.
Sounds like my grandparents house no ac all you got was that full metal old fashion fan that went RAAAAAAAAAAA at high decibels all night. So you halfway slept in sweat until about 3 AM. I was use to it some of cousins would start crying and gave me fodder to torment the spoiled brats. Especially when we worked the farm the next day and they would start crying in the field. I would tell them you looking for the roller coaster and Mickey Mouse. Now start chopping weeds!
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