Model # ARC-131GD

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Whynter Eco-Friendly 13,000 BTU Dual Hose Portable Air Conditioner


Eco-Friendly 13,000 BTU Dual Hose Portable Air Conditioner

$40600 /each

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Product Overview

The leading attribute of this model is its compact size and dual hose system which facilitates greater space utilization and more efficient cooling. With 13,000 BTU of cooling power, the Whynter ARC-131GD is an ideal solution for the warm spots in your home or office. Portable and easy to set up, this is one of the few portable air conditioners that offers cooling relief for any area where excess humidity and heat cannot be remedied by traditional air conditioning. This unit features the advance self-evaporating technology, which uses and recycles moisture collected during cooling process to produce cool air. It comes equipped with all of the great features of the Whynter air conditioner line. This unit can cool up to a 420 sq. ft. space (ambient temperature and humidity may influence optimum performance).

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Customer Questions & Answers

Does this need any sort of exhaust or self sufficient in room alone?

Have an interior room that needs AC and unable to have ductless plit or exhaust, can i plug this in and will cool room?
Asked by: Ikey
definitely need to exhaust out a nearby window. see attached photo
Answered by: martin
Date published: 2016-09-03

Dual hose

Does this unit require two holes through the walls for venting and intake?
Asked by: Chris
two ports promote room cooling and a window spacer is provided for vertical or horizontal installation
Answered by: martin
Date published: 2016-09-03

Is all the parts to install in a sliding glass door included in the package?

Asked by: Anthony
would need to purchase material to extend the included spacer for the exhaust and intake hoses. in the attached photo the window is about 44" tall and the spacers which come with AC unit are almost at full length
Answered by: martin
Date published: 2017-04-19

Can i vent it to my attic?

Asked by: Mark
could be unlikely you will get proper cooling unless intake port brings in fresh air and if you are bringing in fresh air through a nearby window might as well vent out exhaust. my guess is the attic would also be too far away to allow an efficient exhausting.
Answered by: martin
Date published: 2016-09-03
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Customer Reviews

Eco-Friendly 13,000 BTU Dual Hose Portable Air Conditioner is rated 3.9 out of 5 by 19.
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Poorly Designed Controls Installation is straight forward but had to trim the window fixture, not a big deal. Does not need to be drained often due to "fan mode" evaporating most of the water through the exhaust. But it has several serious flaws: 1st, it does not go into power saving mode, will never shut off on it's own. 2nd, the remote needs to taken out and pointed at the unit to pick up signal, does not have physical buttons on the unit itself. 3rd, confusing functions which have symbols and not actually labelled. 4th, when set to auto mode, for some reason it doesn't let you set the temperature... Kinda defeats the point of having an AC?? Overall, it's a great double hose unit, but I would recommend getting an AC with physical buttons. Side note: At no point does the air outside come into your house. The intake only cools the compressor while the exhaust blows out heated air cause by heat exchange. This does not create a positive air flow, but rather not a negative airflow like single hose units do. Dual hose units are FAR SUPERIOR to single hose units due to this.
Date published: 2017-06-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Much more efficient than our old portable units and quieter too! Having used portable air conditioners for many years now felt it was time to upgrade. Not just because they were getting old but wanted something more efficient, less electricity and a bit more cooling power. After doing much research finally settled on this unit. Wanted to try it first so we only got the one to begin with. The unit itself was simple to put together, really the only thing to deal with of note the window slider piece and the two hoses. I didn’t need any instructions especially having owned this type of air conditioner. In fact I put my boy, 12 to the task and had it up and running cold air in just 15 minutes. We have it placed in the TV/Rec room, 20’x20’ or 400 sq. feet. It has absolutely no problem cooling that space whatsoever. This is a dual hose system. Important to know for several reasons. One hose is dedicated to exhaust the heat from both the air and that produced by the unit itself. That is the same be it a one or two hose system. The other hose is an intake hose. You do NOT have to use it per the manufacturer. So why use it? A lot of sellers talk about “back pressure” but that is not what we cared about at all. We wanted the ability to pull in cool air at night as well as to bring in clean air and not just recycle the same inside air over and over. There are more reasons too, live in for example AZ, NV, TX it might well be better to use it as a single hose unit during daylight hours and only use the intake when it gets below say 95F. You can always use both all the time I just try to save on electricity is all. *NOTE for those new to portables you cannot use this or any other air conditioner for that matter unless you vent the heat out. Using the intake hose optional, the exhaust required always. As for electricity this unit uses 3/4 what our old units do, did. The standardized system to rate electrical usage is the EER scale. A rating of 10 is considered to be very good. This unit scored an EER of 11.0 no less. I found nothing else out there that could beat it. Just swapping out the one old unit chopped $30 off our avg monthly electric bill. FYI it uses a standard wall plug and draws 10.8 amps no need for anything electrical to be done. As for sound it is so much quieter than either our old soleus or Frigidaire, granted both are going on 8 years old. Used to have crank up the television to near max volume but not with this unit. It is stated to have a noise level on high of 56db which is basically the level of noise from box fan. A nice unexpected bonus no doubt. We typically don’t have much in terms of humidity but even on those few days with dew points in the low 60’sF not a problem. The unit does a good job exhausting out all the water vapor so no leaks, containers to dump or drain. Having used this unit now for several months we will be replacing the other old unit we have with this exact same model as the first impressed us that much.
Date published: 2015-07-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Energy Efficient, very Quiet and Cool Great! I have another portable A/c unit with only a single hose and it just does cool things down plus I hate having to always empty the tank. I wish I knew before that a dual hose a/c unit is the ONLY way to go. Google dual hose a/c verse single hose a/c for how it works. But trust me when I say DONT bother getting a single hose they don't work! This unit is the best DUAL hose one I have bought it is quiet and as auto drain or you can hook up a standard garden hose to the drain on the back if it is really humid so you never have to worry about draining a tank again.
Date published: 2015-07-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Whynter ARC-131GD Dual Hose Portable Air Conditioner, 13000 BTU I purchased this a/c after doing much investigation. I have had it set up and working for two days now and am pretty happy. It is nothing fancy, but has some good features and puts out nice cold air. there is a drain plug that is higher than most (center of the unit). I looked for this in the event the auto evaporation did not work i can drain it out the window. We'll see if i need it and if it works. Anyway, some people complain about the noise. The compressor kicking on will take some getting used to at night. But any review that complains of the noise- well imagine your oustide air conditioner sitting next to you in a smaller package, yeah its noisy. But its not so bad you dont get used to it. anyway thus far its a good a/c unit and very easy to install. **Update July 14, 2013-- So this window unit has done an excellent job of cooling our upstairs bedroom. It is located above a two car uninsulated garage. About two weeks ago in the middle of the night the unit shut off. Too tired to look into I found out the water bucket had filled up. I emptied it (about 1 liter) and ran it the next night. It again filled and shut off. The humidity levels during this time were high. Chicago summers. Decided that it was time to put the higher drain plug to use. I originally put it on a platform and was going to run the hose out the window. But then decided to run the hose into a 5 gallon bucket. Each night we turn the unit on around 7pm and off around 7am. the bucket is usually over half full. probably about three gallons. crazy. but it works great. I would buy this for the higher drain plug- it would be a pain to have to constantly drain it from a ground level drain.
Date published: 2013-08-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Adequate and Convenient I like to use free and natural cooling when available - open the windows at night and close in the morning. But that doesn't work every day and maybe doesn't last all day. So now when the inside temperature rises above 75 degrees I switch on the Whynter A/C. Installation was easy although I made an intake/exhaust custom adapter with weather stripping for a tight fit in my sliding window. It easily maintains 75 degrees in kitchen, living room and 1 bedroom while cycling on/off when the temperature outside is 95 degrees. Its not quiet, but no adjustment for conversation or TV volume is necessary while its running. When August is over, I'll just roll it into a closet until its needed next July. Adequate and very convenient. The control (remote for 10 feet or so if you wish) provides all combinations of functions and speeds one might expect.
Date published: 2015-08-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Whynter Portable AC unit Bought this unit to cool the lower level of a small mountain A-frame cabin (room size 20 x 35 feet). The house has older slider windows so a free standing unit was the only alternative short of installing an expensive whole house AC system. Great unit, easy to set up, instructions on use were very clear and the remote control is very intuitive (icons). It took about an hour to bring the room down to 74 degrees, remove the humidity and it was able to maintain a steady temperature throughout the day while the outside temperature was in the mid 90's. At night when outside temps were cooler we changed it to the dehumidify only setting and it remained comfortable. Would highly recommend this if you need to cool a relatively small space.
Date published: 2015-07-23
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Do not purchase a whynter product I've owned this unit for 9 months. Only ran it for 3 months off and on and was highly disappointed in its cooling power and how noisy it is and also how much energy it uses. To make matters worse the exhaust fan flew into pieces and the compressor started leaking oil and freon. I notified whynter and was told to ship it to them and they would replace it. Which is great until you see the price to ship it! 130.00 dollars and they will not work with you on that. I would strongly suggest you do not purchase this unit or anything from whynter. I hope this review keeps at least one person from having to go through this.
Date published: 2016-01-28
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Works great...outlet hose setup a bit cheap We have an open first floor...some walls in the middle but you can't close off the living room, kitchen, or dining room. We also can't manage to lug a window unit in and out. This portable really fills the bill. It does not make the whole downstairs COLD, but it does remove the humidity, and lowers the temperature for sure. We had a Sears single-hose unit a few years ago. It was awful...barely got a bit cool. This one pumps out cold air. It is no more noisy than a window unit; maybe a little less. It rolls VERY easily on wood floor. Not so well on a throw rug. It might be ok on carpet. We have not had to empty any water, and it has not turned off because of a full water tank (it does have one internally). I take their word for it that most is expelled out the outlet hose. The remote does not look like a TV remote...more square. That's a good thing. You can do a few things at the unit, but you really need the remote to set the timer, set the temp, etc. Downside: The hoses are kind of bulky; you can't get the unit too close to the window/wall for that reason. And the adapter that fits into the window? That is really cheap and flimsey. We can fit ours behind the window screen so it is not a big problem. If we had to take the screen off it would be a problem because the adaptor does not fit tightly. You'd have to get some stick-on foam or something. We also found the instructions not very good, but it was (I thought) reasonably obvious how to put it together. They don't tell you, though, that you probably have to saw a piece of plastic to fit in the window. There are several inches of adjustment so the cut is not really fussy, but many sizes of window will require it. The good part about the flimsey window adaptor is that it is easy to remove so you can lock the window at night or wheel the unit away on cool days.
Date published: 2013-08-12
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