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Portable air conditioner units that have a single hose will only be able to pull air from the room to cool the home. This can be redundant, and it actually slows the cooling process by as much to 40%, depending on the model.
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Friedrich PH14B 13500 btu – 115 volt – 9.5 EER ZoneAire series portable room air conditioner with reverse cycle Heat Pump
A great quality AC with dual hoses
Simply put: a single hose design is an inefficient way to cool the home, but it does work.
Dual hose models will have a hose that pulls air from the outside of the home, too. This allows for the outside air to be pulled into the unit, cooled and then dispersed into the home. Many models can achieve near double cooling speeds, making this a great way to cool a space quickly.
When trying to pick the right model for your home, keep the following features in mind:
- Cooling Area: If a 500 sq. ft. area needs to be cooled, ensure that the unit is able to cool your desired area effectively. A unit will only be able to cool up to a stated maximum square foot effectively, depending on the design.
- Heating Function: Some units that we’ll be reviewing not only cool the home, but they can also heat the home. This allows for a dual air conditioner / heater model, which is a definite benefit.
- Dehumidification: The vast majority of models on the market today will offer some form of dehumidification. You’ll want to look to find out how many pints can be dehumidified per day to find one that works best for you.
We’ve reviewed a handful of the top models on the market today that offer dual hose function.
Reviews of Dual House Portable Air Conditioners
Whynter 14,000 BTU Dual Hose Portable Air Conditioner – The Whynter 14,000 BTU unit (ARC-14S) comes in two color options, and it offers a 24-hour programmable timer, too. This unit offers full thermostatic control between 61F and 89f with a digital readout for easy and precise control over your temperature.
Three modes are offered: dehumidifier, fan and air conditioner.
Remote control access allows for quick adjustment of this portable unit, and it also includes a carbon air filter and a washable pre-filter. A total of 101 pints per day can be dehumidified with this unit.
The dual hose exhaust allows for efficient cooling by drawing in warm air, which is then cooled and funneled back into the home. This unit can cool 500 sq. ft. of space.
Whynter 12,000 BTU Dual Hose Portable Air Conditioner – The ARC-12SD comes in a frost white color, and this unit offers 12,000 BTU of cooling. Dual hose design maximizes the cooling of the unit, and a digital display allows users to be able to adjust the unit’s cooling power with the utmost precision – no more moving a slider that is inaccurate.
A remote control is included to allow for adjusting the cooling power of this unit from a distance.
An exhaust hose and intake hose are offered, and a window kit (up to 46”) is included, too. Spaces up to 400 sq. ft. can be cooled with this unit, and there are four multidirectional castors that make transporting this air conditioner a breeze.
Friedrich PH14B 13500 BTU Portable Air Conditioner – White in color, this unit offers three fan speeds for complete control over your cooling, a 24-hour programmable timer, and a cooling and heating function. The cooling function runs at 13,500 BTU, while the heating offers 10,700 BTU.
The heater can heat up to 700 sq. ft.
The dual hose function offers 40% faster cooling, and an auto restart function is offered. Castor wheels and side handles are present to allow for easy transport of the unit.
The unit can also act as a dehumidifier and has fan functions, too. The fan is great for when you want to cool the home slightly, but don’t need the full force of the air conditioner.
Whynter 14,000 BTU Dual Hose Portable Air Conditioner – Another powerful unit by Whynter. This portable air conditioner with a dual hose is backed with a 3M antimicrobial filter. An auto-drain feature ensures you don’t need to drain the exhaust, and this unit features an air conditioner, fan and dehumidifier.
Remote control function is also offered to allow you to change your cooling power without ever having to get off of the couch.
Eco-friendly, this unit offers four castor wheels for easy transport, and the antimicrobial filter helps to trap particles that lead to allergies, sneezing and mold. An auto-restart function is featured, and the unit is rated to cool up to 500 sq. ft.
Toyotomi TAD-T40LW 14000 BTU Portable Air Conditioner – The TAD-T40LW offers a new double duct feature with an intake and exhaust hose. The unit has a self-evaporating condenser that removes water automatically, and there is a 12-hour on and off timer that is able to allow for the utmost programming of your unit.
Users can use a convenient remote to control the unit, and there is a humidity control function, too.
Cooling is provided for up to 600 sq. ft. – a rarity for portable units. There are three fan speeds offered, which will allow you to control the level of cooling provided. And this unit can also act as a heater at 11,000 BTU.
Buyer’s Guide – How to Choose the Right Dual Hose Portable AC Unit for You
Trying to determine the right dual hose portable AC unit for you can be hard. Until the unit is sitting in your home and running, you’ll never know for sure if it’s “perfect for you.” The reviews we’ve provided can guide you to the right choice, but you may still have some questions.
A few things to consider that will make your choice a little more personalized are:
- Function: Portable air conditioners can be a combination of the following: air conditioner, heater, fan or dehumidifier. The unit you choose should contain a combination that is right for you. Most units will offer a fan and dehumidifier alongside the cooling function.
- Speeds: There are speeds with some models that can cool an area faster or slower, depending on the speed chosen. This matters because a higher speed will demand a higher spike of energy, which will also lead to a spike in your energy bill.
- Remote Access: A remote control function may be offered with a unit. This allows for long range function, and if the unit is placed in an area of the home you’re in most often, this may be a worthwhile feature. Since many units are programmable, you may or may not need a remote.
The size and price of the unit should be on your list of importance. Some units are too large for a window (if placed in the window), or they may not come with caster wheels, which will make them extremely hard to relocate.
We highly recommend making a budget, too, as prices can vary greatly.