The following is my unbiased review of the Whynter 14,000 BTU Dual Hose Portable Air Conditioner (ARC-14S). This is the model without the heater attached. If you go with the ARC-14SH you’ll also have a heater for winter months.
As my co-workers know, I’ve recently moved. The new apartments I live in don’t allow window air conditioners. This meant, I had to go with a portable (stand-in-the-room) air conditioner instead. (Not my fav) But…You gotta stay cool.
I spent $270 on my first ever portable AC. That unit was an LG and was a huge disappointment. The d*mn thing needed to be drained every hour. Furthermore, it could hardly keep a small bedroom cool on a 75 degree day. 1:00 AM? Who cares. You a little relief from the heat? Be ready to get your butt out of bed, lift the AC, and pour that water into the bowl. Don’t feel like draining the AC every hour? Cool. Your AC won’t turn back on until you empty the water resevoir.
In short? Sending the $270 LG AC back…
My second attempt at a portable unit was a little more “researched.” Lol I decided to take the time to see what I missed and what went wrong so bad the first time. Lol. I figured out pretty damn quick with the first portable AC that I wanted a self-draining unit. One that wouldn’t have to be emptied every hour. Even once a week would be okay. Was there such a thing? It turns out. There is.
What I decided to purchase for my second attempt was tthe Whynter 14,000 BTU AC. It did cost me an extra $200 bucks, but it’s worth it.
There is what is called a self-evaporation portable AC. And even though you do have to still drain them, it’s a lot less likely to have to drain it. The Whynter unit I’m reviewing here? One guy said he’s drained his once in 3 years. I’m a few days in. No problems yet.
The second important thing I learned during my research was to get dual-hose. It’s more efficient. I’m not an AC expert. Lol Don’t ask me more than that. I just know that the damn thing is a beast, and works way better… so I’m guessing that the dual hose has something to do with it?
In short, the Whynter AC keeps everywhere (but the kitchen) in my apartment cool on a 105 degree day… If the temp is below 90, the entire apartment stays a cool 70 in the roomn where the AC is, and about 75-78 degrees elsewhere in the house. I do cheat a little bit… Had to setup an oscillating fan (pointed out of the room with the AC) to help circulate the cool air throughout the house. Without the fan pointing out of the bedroom door? The results are not as good.
So the AC works, but is expensive at $470. At that price, it frustrated me a bit that the hard plastic window cover piece was too long, blocked part of the ventillation hole. Until I have some way to saw this baby down, I had to use a piece of cardboard. UGH. Ugly. But aside from that little deal, it’s nice sitting in the new apartment at a comfortable temperature year round.
Prior to installing the Whynter 14,000 BTU Dual Hose Portable Air Conditioner ARC-14S, we were sweating our butts off, and unable to enjoy the apartment. The first unit LG that I bought for $270 failed me miserably…to the point that I was SCARED to spend $470 bucks on this guy. But now that I have it, I definitely have no regrets.
4 / 5 stars for the SOLE REASON that I Feel like I shouldn’t have to cut anything down. When you spend almost $500 bucks. Why should you have to make any adjustment? Overall though? Unit works awesome. Checkout the full video to see me use the remote, see my comments on sound level, and other cool things you may not know about this unit.
This video is my UNBIASED opinion of the Whynter 14,000 BTU Dual Hose Portable Air Conditioner (ARC-14S). I was NOT paid for making the video, but having 2 kids, working 40-hours a week, I have placed my AFFILIATE link in the description and comment section of the video. Lol This video did take time to edit and post (even though I know the editing wasn’t fancy). If you buy thru me, I will make a commission for the sale. Otherwise, you are welcome to purchase at a local store or go to Amazon.com to purchase.
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