Summer is approaching fast. As you prepare for the hot days ahead, another option on the portable ac market right now that you might consider is the Honeywell MN10CES/MN12CES 10,000/12,000 BTU Portable Air Conditioner with Remote Control. To see what our take is on this model, please read on.
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So many of us are dreading another long, hot summer. However, if you are preparing early, enough, then you should probably be able to avoid the mad rush to the local department store for a suitable AC unit come July. As far as choices, Honeywell has a limited but good selection of portable air conditioners available right now, among them are the Honeywell MN10CES 10,000 BTU and MN12CES 12,000 BTU models with Remote Control.
As you may have guessed already, the MN10CES produces 10,000 BTUs and the MN12CES 12,000 BTUs, which, in our view is probably good enough to cool a 350 – 400 square foot room for the MN10CES, and a 400-450 square feet for the MN12CES – that is if these rooms are not particularly sunny or otherwise warmer than usual (e.g., no kitchen area in the space). We were surprised to find these units are reportedly capable of covering up to 490 and 600 square feet, respectively; we think that’s a far too optimistic for these models’ BTU ratings.
Both the MN10CES and MN12CES use a single-hose system. Although this is not a bad thing, single-hose systems tend to be slightly less efficient than dual-hose systems, because the single intake and exhaust hose must pull and vent already-cooled room air, rather than in a dual-hose system where only outside air is used to cool the compressor. Another side effect of the single hose is that it creates some negative pressure in the room – not enough for you to feel, but enough to pull in some outside air from spaces around doors, windows, etc, which also makes cooling slightly less efficient. Nevertheless, single hose models work just fine for most purposes, and are usually less expensive than their dual-hose counterparts.
As far as the rest of their specs, they are solid: both provide good dehumidification; strong airflow; auto-evaporation (so condensate never needs draining); three fan speeds; an adjustable thermostat with LED display; an electrostatic air filter; remote control; and an automatic 24-hour timer.
Also notable is their quiet operation. Rated at around 55 decibels, these portables run fairly silently, especially compared to a window AC unit.
Overall, we think these are good portable air conditioners. They provides good power; run quietly; dehumidify well; and use a convenient auto-drain system. However, their reported coverage areas of 490/600 square feet is too ambitious; we think a maximum coverage area of 400 and 450 square feet for the 10,000 and 12,000 BTU version, respectively, is much more realistic. For any room approaching 500 square feet, we’d suggest you consider a significantly stronger portable unit, like the Whynter ARC-14S 14,000 BTU Dual Hose Portable or Koldfront PAC1401W Ultracool 14,000 BTU Portable.
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