Soleus 14,000 BTU Portable Air Conditioner & Heater w/ Dual Hose
Two Years of Thumbs up
For us to explain how great this unit is, its important to mention in what an awful situation we placed it in. We bought this unit because we lived in perhaps one of the worst conditions possible due to our jobs, in a town where there is zero construction because its being left behind we were only able to find a house so old that not even the owner knew when it was constructed. We didnt know how long we would be there. The temperatures in the area during hot moths are in the 100s, and in the cold months we hit freezing points of -0 (and below), our pets nearly died. We were provided a wall gas heater and a swamp cooler, both of which made zero difference for a 700 sq foot house.
We bought this unit after we were hit by a horrible freeze that disabled half of the town and surrounding cities, bursting pipes and freezing most of everyone's outside plants. Frost was inside our windows, it was unbearable. Then the heat began to roll in after that closing in on the 100s in just a few short weeks. When this unit arrived, we needed help desperately and it delivered. For a house that had zero insulation, where heat and cold rose from the floor and came in through all windows...this unit saved us.
Now that we moved out of that horrid place, we have it running in a house twice the size and it obviously performs a lot better due to the condition of the house, but what is most impressive to us is that we bought it in 2011, and its 2013. It only got to rest during this past winter since the new house has an excellent heater, but we just installed it as its beginning to get hot again (90s) and its working like we just bought it. This unit not only made our living arrangements livable, it was a true savior in both heat and cold. I recommend this unit to everyone who asks us how we lived through that, or how they can make their living arrangements better because we tested it as much as a unit of this proportion and specs can be tested. We love it!
May 3, 2013
LX-140 Great Buy
Installation straight forward - the hardest part is attaching the ducting to the 'screw-on' ducting mounts. The unit is much quieter than my wife's floor standing, oscillating fan. We have a large master bed room and the unit cools it no problem. Temp outside 95 degreees with 90% humidity. After 3 weeks of daily/nightly operation no water drainage issues. I am super pleased as is my wife.
August 8, 2012
Versitile & Powerful for 500 sq ft area
I purchased this product with the expectation of cooling off my house. I had hoped to turn my furnace fan on and distribute the cool air through the entire house. However, I was not realistic in my expectations. This product will do exactly what they say it will. 500 sq ft area or slightly more is the limit of it's ability. But be sure to take into consideration the humidity and temperature of your area. I live in the Atlanta area. VERY hot and VERY humid. I had to keep the machine at Max cooling to get the temp down to something livable. But during the hottest time of the year it could not do much more then get the area down to 79 at best. I suspect it was because I was trying to move the cool air around the entire house with the furnace fans and box fans. So I made it work a lot harder. Taking this into consideration the product did admirably well. It cannot be expected to take the place of a 3 ton air conditioner.
The controls are a bit difficult to set. And it did not seem to be able to retain my settings once there was a power outage. But since I left it on at Max all the time it did not matter to me much.
During the cold season I found this unit to warm up the area very quickly. Wonderful heater! However there is, in my opinion a major design flaw that makes me think the manufacturer desperately needs to improve this product. The unit will indeed heat up the house, but it also dehumidifies the warm air that it is bringing into the house. This is good, but there is a 5 pint reservoir which must be emptied when it is filled up. The unit will cease to function until you do so. But here is where the design flaw enters in... They give you a little tray to empty the water into. The tray is about 1/4 of an inch deep and the drain tube is not much more then 1/2 inch above the floor! The tray would have to be emptied 20-30 times before you can conclude the process. You end up getting most of the water on the floor! To expect the end user to drain the reservoir in the manner they suggest is ridicules. I found that the this machine can ONLY be drained in a certain way unless you want to cause a total mess. To drain it you must do one of two things... 1) build a stand that will take the unit off the floor so that you can attach a drain tube to it and drain it into a container large enough to hold the 5 pints; or 2) use a shop vac that sucks up water and put the hose right at the drainage tube when you pull out the stopper. I have an old Rainbow vacuum cleaner I use and it drains the water without getting it all over the floor. If you are willing to use either of these solutions then this unit is for you. I have found that on humid, cold days I need to drain it every 24 hours. So obviously the Air conditioner stand would be the better solution.
All in all it is an excellent unit if you can get around the design flaw. It is so good a unit that I have to recommend it to friends as long as you understand what it's limitations and design flaws are. I hope this helps you with your decision making process.
November 15, 2010
Not only is the product great... the logistics are impressive. The packaging was in great shape... I cannot comment on the electric efficiency, because I haven't got a electric bill.
October 1, 2010