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SoleusAir 8,000 BTU Portable Air Conditioner, Evaporative Single Hose, # KY-80
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- 3 Speed fan
- R-410A Refrigerant for increased efficiency and reliability
- Auto-Mode and Sleep Modes available
- 4-Way directional louvers
- Remote control
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I like that portables are quieter and generally more energy-efficient than cheaper window units. However, it's still an air conditioner and there is still compressor noise. The 4-speed fan on low is quiet enough, but the compressor still has to turn on and off so there will be some disturbance for light sleepers. I use ear plugs anyway, so no prob.
Operationally I've had no trouble keeping the bedroom as cool as I need (about 72 degrees)considering it's basically a hot upstairs space. The unit seems well built, works as advertised and I am happy to give a positive review for this air conditioner. I would give it 5 stars but it's a little noisier than I wish it was. That's my deal, though, and no fault of the unit. I would buy it again, and I would recommend it to a friend.
Although my soleus KY-80 is still working fine, I have a feeling that the quality of the unit has changed since 2012. There are MANY 2014 reviews that talk about a grinding noise, leaking, and the AC function stopping because the self evaporation feature is not working. This causes the small collection tray at to bottom of the unit to fill up and have to be manually drained. I have a feeling that there is an internal pump that is defective, so the water just accumulates in the drip pan...which only holds about 2 cups. I had this issue with my old Whytner. Although it is easily remedied by elevating the unit and placing a bucket underneath, this is NOT how a fully functional PAC should work under all but extreme humidity conditions. I think Soleus has been either been shipping defective units, or has re-designed their 8000 btu models to save themselves money. So keep this in mind while reading the original reviews below:
Year 2 update:
1)We've had to use the Soleus for the last few days because the central system in our bldg was not up and running. The effctiveness of PACs (including this one)seems to depend on the ambient and outdoor temps and the amount of humidity. If the outdoor air is humid (>70%), but the temp is not that hot (less than 80*), don't expect the unit to lower the room temp more than a couple degrees beyond what it achieves the first half hour of operation. As another reviewer explained, single hose PACs have an in-efficiency issue(cooled room air is being taken in to the unit via the side of the machine instead of a second intake duct) BUT...Read more ›
We live in eastern Pennsylvania and in the spring and fall find it most comfortable to primarily control humidity rather than temperature in our home. Despite having a low-power/dehumidify setting, our central A/C has to pull the house temperature down 5-10 degrees below our desired 75-78F to get the humidity down to our desired 50-55% (the outside temp. may only be in the upper 70's when this happens).
To control humidity, we use the central fan of our house A/C and a room A/C near the house A/C air intake upstairs. I believe that, thermodynamically, a room dehumidifier and A/C are identical --- it's just that the hot air from the A/C is directed out the window, so it gives a slight cooling effect in the house, rather than a moderate heating effect.
We've used window units in the past, but were unhappy with the inevitable damage to the paint on the window frame and the difficulty of lifting the unit into place. Also, I would most like to put this unit (and it's significant one-room cooling effect) in the attic office, which has a window too small for a window unit. Thus, the portable design is appealing.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Well unit works fine and cools large area. Noise is acceptable. CAUTION:
Soleus is sneaky. The exhaust hose was a 6" diameter. Heat wears out flexibility. Read more
I didn't find it loud. We use it for a our garage during humid days and has worked excellent!Published 28 days ago by Jill Korynta
I use this product all the way in South Korea. Long story short, I work here and bought it slightly used from a guy living on an American military installation. Read morePublished 1 month ago by B.K.
horrible noise once it builds up just a little water even with hose connected. very poor design. you actually have to tilt it all the way back so the water can drain and the... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
Well, this is the replacement unit I bought last year for the other (new) KY-80 that failed the year before. Read morePublished 2 months ago by R.S.
Very noisy and didn't work as well the second summer that I used it.Published 9 months ago by janeta
I had this unit for 2 years. It's noisy, doesn't cool well (I have a 5,000btu unit that cools much better), and it fills up with water every 2 hours on a humid day!!! Read morePublished 11 months ago by Paulie
Bought this in 2013 and used it for 30-45 days (4 hours each day) in 2013 and 2014. At that point would have given it a 5 ranking. Read morePublished 12 months ago by B Moreland