- June 26, 2012 at 11:04 am #56885
At this time of year maybe topical. But in some areas a must if only for night time on the cheap tarrif. I am tempted in current heat to go out and buy a portable as where I am heat comes in short spells of a few days and otherwise ok. However I think it might be not much more expensive to install a proper one. There are several makes around but for a small one bed flat about 46 sq metres would appreciate any opinions on best buy -reliability efficiency and economy. I will do it in the winter when there is no hurry !
- June 26, 2012 at 11:37 am #109915
Very good question. I’m just looking at some portable units now (pinguinos). Prices range from €450 to €580 but I can get a VAT discount of 18pc if I buy before the end of the week. I haven’t had a chance to research the options yet, but will let you know if I find the time to look into it all.
What tends to happen is I don’t have time to do the research and end up buying either the cheapest or the most expensive, and hope for the best. Research has its own cost in time.
- June 26, 2012 at 3:27 pm #109918
If you don’t a ceiling fan, you may want to install one. During summer, while you are in the room, they can cool you down a few degrees, with or without air conditioning. In winter, they make a huge difference – heat rises and the fan pushes the heat down to living level.
I have a 25 year-old Penguino. It is pretty good, but the truth is that I hardly use it in San Francisco.
- July 6, 2012 at 7:36 pm #110127
Meterological conditions are crazy currently due to the presence of a strong flow of low pressure systems running through UK with two anticylones one between Greenland and Scandinavia and another in mid Atlantic nearer to the Azores. Last week we had several days of Clima in Canaries -not so much a Sirocco as very slack winds and a drift of desert sand with considerable density and a rise in temperature to over 40C in parts of the islands. My brother told me on return to UK that the dust in fact was picked up by the fringe of the southern anticyclone and sucked into a passing low giving sme red rain in southern England. I found an Olympia portable air cooler at 330 euro but rejected it as juicy on electricity consumption. I was offered a Daewood unit with Invertor 3000 capacity recommended for the size of my flat for 469 euro plus installation around 200 euro. I decided to put up with the temporary inconvenience and have this work done when back there in the winter -meanwhile can research further whether this is the best buy -indeed there are several others to choose from including from Greece . I did not know the Greeks made anything -indeed they do including solar water heaters in various sizes from quite small. P
- January 15, 2013 at 4:21 pm #114632
I currently reside in Morocco where I bought a mobile A/C unit to keep cool during the hot summer weather. What a mistake that was! It’s noisy as hell and the outlet hose heats up like a steam-pipe that in itself heats the house. The hose, by the way, could be stuck through a wall to the outside, but that would defeat the mobile part of it. I was about to get a proper unit fitted, but have decided to leave this country and move to Spain instead.
- January 15, 2013 at 8:25 pm #114638
@ We have heard what you did & what do you sugguest the forum does.
- January 16, 2013 at 1:53 pm #114647
The hose, by the way, could be stuck through a wall to the outside, but that would defeat the mobile part of it. I was about to get a proper unit fitted, but have decided to leave this country and move to Spain instead.
You didn’t put the heat exhaust tube out a window or door? From your post I conclude that you are a prankster or an imbecile.
- January 17, 2013 at 4:01 pm #114676
We had a unit put into the living room which was close to the balcony for the unit to be housed out there. I think that all in it cost about 500 euros to have it fitted and we mainly got it for heating since the flat is cool all summer.
In London my aunt has a mobile unit on wheels which does have a tube which goes out of a circle cut in to the bedroom window. I guess that is what was being refered to.
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