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Much cooler if run as dehumidifier with or without hose
on June 6, 2010
I bought two of these, a 10,000 BTU and one like this one, 11,000 BTU. They are very good as air conditioners, they seem to cool a lot more than the room they are in, if strategically located. For best results I coupled them with a high velocity fan blowing away from them, towards the rest of the house. This way the cold air from the air condition circulates faster through the room.
At first I noticed that regardless of how low I would set the temperature, the cooling was just O-K. Not great. But what really got me upset was the humidity. I had never felt humidity in the house before putting high efficiency windows. Apparently, it is an undesired result of the upgrade, as there are no cracks for the air to circulate and the humidity to escape anymore. To get rid of the humidity I set the Pinguinos to work as dehumidifiers. This seems to be their best function yet. Because they are vented (I have both hoses connected, the one at issue is the exhaust now), the exhaust expels outside the hot air which a normal dehumidifier would release in the room. This makes the room a LOT COOLER than using the air condition function.
For better results yet, I connected the hose in the back of the Pinguino and out the window, so now all the water goes out and the Pinguino can work uninterrupted until it reaches the desired humidity level (I set it at 35%).
Was it worth it???? - buying such an expensive piece of equipment x2 and ending up using it as a dehumidifier? Would I have been able to buy 10 to 15 dehumidifiers for the price? Absolutely on both counts. I could have spent a lot less money for dehumidifiers, but I do feel it was worth getting the Pinguinos, after all. -- Even if only because I can move them at will...
The jury is out on power consumption. When I was researching about the equipment, I read that they were so much more efficient than the US had standards to measure them by, and that was the reason they were not energy star rated. I also read that they were compliant with the new (2009) EU energy efficiency standards, which are by far better than the US ones. With that in mind, I set out to compare electricity bills. I am not happy so far, but I have other mitigating factors (need new refrigerator, have not used the 'smart mode' enough, etc.) to consider first. I will revisit the issue and write a separate comment on the energy efficiency when I have better indicators.
Nov. 26, 2012.
I have used this units for 2 summers now. I have better indicators about the electricity usage. They are very economical. My electricity consumption this summer was 40% less than last summer according to the electric company data (the stuff we can see online about our consumption, etc.). Some of it is due to generally better management and better understanding of waste. But having the right equipment is the most important part of that management. I have not changed electricity suppliers (yet). I am adding another star to my review.