NewAir AC-10100E Compact Portable AC Review

NewAir AC-10100E Compact Portable AC ReviewThe NewAir AC-10100E is marketed as an “ultra compact” portable air conditioner, and appears to be designed to appeal to the ever-increasing chorus of users who want a smaller portable AC unit.

However, how does this unit perform? And is it worth the price?

Please follow along as we take a close, unbiased look at the NewAir AC-10100E to help you determine if its worth parting with your hard-earned dollars.

Key Specifications & Overview

*Cooling Coverage Area

Generating a total of 10,000 BTUs, the AC-10100E can cool down rooms of up to 325 square feet in most cases. Be careful, however, to observe whether there are things about your room that might require a larger unit. For example, high ceilings, sunny windows, a south-facing wall, etc., will all put a lot more working load on an air conditioner. In such cases, you should assume a smaller coverage area or, if necessary, purchase a more powerful model.

*Condensate Removal System

All air conditioners (that use compressors) will generate condensate (i.e. condenser water). For window units, this water simply drips off outside; but for portable ACs, this must be removed in some way. Rather than having you collect and drain water manually, the AC-10100E comes with a self-evaporating (or “auto-evaporating”) condensate removal technology. In essence, this functions by using the exhaust air stream to dry up this water before it can accumulate to the point of needing to be drained.

The NewAir AC-10100E is an unusually small & compact 10000 BTU portable air conditioner.This systems works very well for the vast majority of users, who should never need to ever drain this machine. But, we should warn you, that if you live in an exceptionally humid environment, the system may not be able to evaporate condenser water fast enough – resulting in water accumulation that needs to be drained. Again, for most people this should not be an issue.

*Venting/Exhaust Hose Configuration

Virtually all portable air conditioners need a vent (or vents) to the outdoors. And like most common, affordable portable AC units, the AC-10100E is a “single hose” model. These are a bit less efficient than dual hose systems because they must pull some indoor air to cool off the compressor machinery and vent this outdoors. As a result of this unidirectional flow outdoors, two things occur. First, obviously, you end up wasting a bit of cooled indoor air, which must be constantly replaced by the unit; and second, this one-way system creates a weak negative air pressure (a vacuum) within the room to be cooled, which encourages outdoor air to infiltrate the room through cracks, gaps, etc. This too adds extra load on the air conditioner.

As we always caution, however, this doesn’t mean that you necessarily need to buy a dual-hose model (these have a dedicated compressor cooling loop that uses/vents only outdoor air), which ordinarily will cost you considerably more than an otherwise similar single-hose unit. Rather, to determine a model’s overall efficiency, you must also consider its Energy Efficiency Ratio (or “EER”) – we will do this next!

*Energy Efficiency Rating

Like any other appliance the uses a compressor, portable air conditioners draw a lot of energy, so it pays to choose those that are as efficient as possible. Aside from the venting system, the next biggest factor in evaluating efficiency is the model’s particular EER – or Energy Efficiency Ratio. If you’ve not heard of this before, it is simply a fancy way to express the product of an AC unit’s BTUs divided by its wattage. The more cooling BTUs per watt, the better.

We are really excited to see scores of 10.0 or higher, especially since most models fall around a 9.0. In this case, the NewAir AC-10100E really knocks it out of the park with a fantastic EER of 11.0!  Consequently, despite its single hose setup, this model delivers considerably more cooling power than most other units in its BTU class. A huge perk indeed!

Modern digital controls allow for easy setpoint adjustment and monitoring.*Sound (Noise) Levels

Everyone wants a quiet portable air conditioner, especially since many people need to sleep or work near them during operation. And while no model is truly silent (this is impossible!), the AC-10100E puts up some fairly low noise ratings for an AC unit with this many BTUs; specifically, it is reported to produce roughly 57 db of sound. This is roughly comparable to very low human conversation/whispering. Not bad.

*Size/Dimensions: Is it Really “Ultra” Compact?

We were skeptical of yet another “compact” model to hit the market, but the AC-10100E lives up to the hype – and then some. Specifically, this 10000 BTU portable air conditioner measures just 12.13″ long, 15.1″  wide, 29.75″ high and weighs in at a mere 48 pounds. If you have not compared size/weight specs before, take our word for it, this is one of the smallest, most compact and lightest 10000 BTU portable air conditioners on the market today!

The AC-10100E's full function remote control allows easy operation from your armchair!*Other Features

  • Dehumidifier function;
  • Two fan speeds;
  • 12-hour programmable timer;
  • Digital controls;
  • Washable air filer;
  • Full-function remote control;
  • Sleep mode;
  • Directional louvers;
  • Rolling casters.

Reviews and User Satisfaction

This model hasn’t been around very long, but it is already getting lots of love from users. But don’t take our word on this, we suggest you check out the actual reviews for this product from amazon below:

Price and Value

Currently selling (at the time of writing) for about $300 shipped (check updated pricing below), this is not only one of the smallest and most efficient 10K BTU portable ACs, but also one of the best-value options in its class. In fact, this is a screaming good deal in our book!

Concluding Thoughts & Impressions

While its big selling point may be its class-leading compact size and light weight for a 10000 BTU portable air conditioner, the NewAir AC-10100E is a remarkably all-around outstanding deal. This portable not only fits just about anywhere, but it boasts one of the highest EER scores around and is selling at the moment for less than many less powerful and/or efficient units that are far bulkier to boot.

Indeed, with all of these qualities and value, this may be one of the best buys of 2014!

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