Haier CPN10XCJ Portable Air Conditioner
As far as portable air conditioners go, the most important aspect is, does your model do what it says it will? Having tested several models from
multiple manufacturers, we find that most do cool, though some more, some less. As a 10,000 BTU portable air conditioner, the Haier
CPN10XCJ delivers on
its promise of cool relief, conveniently. When stacked up against other Haier models, as well as other manufacturers, this is what we found.
What I liked about the Haier CPN10XCJ
Starting from the exterior, you immediately notice the design. Unlike most other portable air conditioners, the
CPN10XCJ doesn't give you a plain white
appliance that puts you in the mind of the bizarre offspring between a paper shredder and mini fridge. Instead this portable air conditioner has a sleek,
modern design complimented by a full range of digital controls. And, overall, the size is a bit smaller than comparable 10,000 BTU models.
When it comes to cooling, the CPN line is one of the best. While no portable air conditioner delivers the same cooling power as an equivalent BTU
window air conditioner, when compared to other portable air conditioners, the Haier
CPN10XCJ is one of the best. It spaces between 200 and 250 sq. ft., this
model excels. In space over 300 sq. ft., this 10,000 BTU portable air conditioner may not be able to keep your room as cool as you would like. But,
when you fit the proper BTU to the right size room, you will be hard pressed finding a portable air conditioner that can exceed the results.
Value added features. That's really the best way to describe the array of digital features that come standard with this model. The remote is handy, but
if it ends up being something you lose or can never find, you can easily set your desired temperature, timer and other features using the digital
interface on the unit. If the power happens to go out, this model will automatically restart at the same settings you had last entered. Remember though,
if the LCDI breaker trips, you will have to reset it (one the plug in) before the unit will restart.
We cannot stress this enough, separate functionality. How often have you purchased something that is billed as an all-in-one? Aside from a Leatherman
tool there are few things that can do a variety of functions well. Yes, an air conditioner does remove water from the air in your home, but rarely to the same
degree of efficiency as a regular dehumidifier (in part because a traditional dehumidifier re-warms the air before it exits - warm air attracts and retains more
moisture than cold air). So being able to set your portable air conditioner to three distinct modes is critical in its ability to be efficient at all
three functions. Cool for when you need cooling relief from hot, humid summer temperatures, a dehumidifier when excess moisture is the primary concern
and fan for when you simply want to circulate air in the room.
What I did not like about the Haier CPN10XCJ
Really the only flaw I can find with this model is the same problem that plagues nearly all portable air conditioners, water drainage. There is
seemingly no manufacturer that has adequately addressed the issue of drainage. All portable air conditioners extract water, and most expel the majority
of that extracted moisture out the exhaust hose. Yet some always remains and collects in a condensate tank. While when set in the proper position you could
run a line that would directly drain this condensate into a separate container or existing drain, most of the time you will have to periodically
empty the unit by unstopping the end and allowing the water to drain into a low pan, like a broiler pan.
Aside from the same complaint I have with the majority of portable air conditioners, there are really no other drawbacks to
this model. As long correctly match the BTU's with the size of space you are cooling, this unit should deliver cooler temperatures and a
lower relative humidity in any room you need.