Sunpentown WA-1220M Portable Air Conditioner
A portable air conditioner is a perfect solution for a person that has a cooling application, but cannot use a window
air conditioner or run existing central air lines to the area. It is great for a garages, sunrooms, basements attics,
high rise apartments, home additions, offices or server rooms. The Sunpentown WA-1220M is an ideal model to "spot cool" or
use as a more permanent cooling solution for spaces up to 400 sq. ft.
What I liked about the Sunpentown WA-1220M
The best part about this unit is easily the cooling ability. It was not very loud, but you could
feel the cold air flowing at a distance up to about 15 feet. There were two fan speeds, but not a big
difference in air flow. The 12,000 BTU's efficiently cooled our test are quickly, dropping the temperature in the room 5 F
and 3% relative humidity in about 15 minutes.
With an EER (Energy Efficiency Ratio) of 12.63, the Sunpentown WA-1220M is one of the more energy efficient units available. This
ratio is essentially a measure of cooling output in relation to the amount of energy an appliance consumes. Simply put, the higher the EER, the more
output you get for each watt of power consumed.
The M in the name of this unit means that there are manual controls. The control system is better than I have seen
on some other brands and overall is simple and very straightforward.
The exhaust hose was easy to work with and set up. I would recommend looking at where you want to place the unit before
extending the hose to its full length. You could damage the hose if you are not careful.
For those who intend to move the unit from room to room, one positive that the Sunpentown models have over other manufacturers
are the casters. We have tested several different models from multiple manufacturers, but the Sunpentown portable air conditioners are by far
the easiest to roll from room to room.
What I did not like about the Sunpentown WA-1220M
One thing I do not really like about this unit is the foam window kit. It is easy to set up and work with the foam,
but the foam is not very strong. I was worried a strong wind or rain might ruin the set up.
The lack of thermometer on the unit was a slight drawback. While home appliances typically have some measure of inaccuracy
built into their humidity or temperature monitoring devices, it is convenient to have the actual temperature handy as a reference point.
Overall, I really liked this unit. You can really feel the cooling power in the air the machine generates, and by removing up to 65
pints of moisture per day you not only cool but dehumidify the room. Though there are a few drawbacks, but the positives outweigh
the negatives by far.