If your home isn’t equipped with a central cooling system and a window-mounted air conditioner is out of the question, then your only hope of keeping the indoors at a hospitable temperature during the scorching hot summer months is by investing in a portable air conditioner.
The great thing about portable ACs is that they’re… well… portable. They’ve also come a long way from being bulky, noise-generating machines that cool a spot of a room. Case in point: the LP1417GSR from LG. Keep reading to find out whether the LP1417GSR is the best fit for your home, apartment, or office.
When looking for a potential portable air conditioner to take home with you (or order form the interwebz), the first thing you need to consider is whether it’s equipped to handle the size of the room you wish to cool down. The LG is rated at 14,000 BTUs, meaning that it works optimally in rooms of between 350 and 500 square feet.
This, unfortunately, means that the LG may be a bit power-inefficient at cooling down single rooms (bedrooms, dorm rooms, office units, etc.). That being said, if you need a cooling system for kitchens or living rooms, then LG is definitely more than capable.
Doubles as a Dehumidifier
But keeping your home at a frosty temperature isn’t all the LG is made to do. This portable air conditioner doubles as a dehumidifier that gets captures up to 3.1 pints of moisture per hour (roughly 74.4 PPD). Now, this may not sound all that impressive, especially when compared head-to-head with stand-alone dehumidifier models out there, but as a 2-in-1 appliance, you really can’t ask for much. During the summer, you can get rid of both excessive heat and overbearing mugginess with this handy machine.
Auto Evaporation System
As both an air conditioner and dehumidifier, the LG does produce quite a bit of moisture. But if you purchase this device, you’ll never notice. The LG is made with a unique piece of air conditioner technology – an auto-evaporation system – that automatically and immediately heats up the reservoir with ambient heat from the vent. At most, you’ll only find a one-fourth of a cup of water if you check the reservoir daily (discard the water before it overflows).
Easy Horizontal Movement
As a portable air conditioner, movability is what it’s all about. That, and dropping the indoor temperature down to a comfortable degree. The LG stands atop four heavy-duty casters that roll without a hitch across smooth and carpets.
Also, you’ll find carry handles on either side of the portable air conditioner for lifting and transporting up and down staircases. Please be careful when doing so – the dry-weight of the LG is roughly 75 pounds.
Most modern portable air conditioners are extremely easy to set up, and the LG is no different. Inside the box, you should find everything you need to get the device running within 30 minutes.
The window vent panels fit in windows of between 18 to 50 inches wide or high – if your windows are wider, feel free to use Styrofoam or wooden panels to block whatever’s left. You can find a how-to guide on installing this portable air conditioner in YouTube if you’re having trouble following the manual.
Remote Control (Batteries Included!)
Using this portable air conditioner is a breeze (HA!). There’s a large-font LED display panel and a control panel on the device to mess around with the temperature settings.
But to make matters even easier, the LG comes with its own remote control. Gone are the days of having to get up off the couch to push buttons like a caveman, but instead, all you need to do is point and press. LG is also kind enough to include a pair of AAA batteries with the remote.
A Bit Louder Than We Hoped
Even though portable air conditioners have come a long way from yodeling all night long when the compressor kicks into gear, the LG is a bit too noisy for our liking. According to the manufacturer, on low and high settings, the LG generates a 52- and 54-decibel noise respectively. That may not sound like much (the same volume as normal conversation tones), but if you’re trying to sleep at night, this can be a bit more problematic.
Once again, we need to remind our readers that perhaps the LG, due to its 350 to 500-square-foot cooling capacity, doesn’t belong in the bedroom. If not for that, then for singing the song of its people.
Overall, we’re quite happy to say that the LG LP1417GSR is by no means a bad portable air conditioner. In fact, if your goal is to cool spacious areas of your home or office, then the LG is probably one of the best cooling-dehumidifying combo appliances you’ll ever find. If you can get past the 50-plus-decibel hum, then it’s definitely worth the investment.