Is the sweltering heat giving you sleepless nights? Would you like to reduce the energy consumed by the whole-house central conditioning? Could you be living in a rented apartment where you are not allowed to place a window /wall AC? Or could you be looking at cooling certain warm spots in the home, office, server rooms etc. As someone would say, “Do your sweaty self a favor and get the quietest portable air conditioner that will not only blow some cool air your way but also do so quietly.”
Before you make your choice of the quiet portable AC, let’s summarize what you get in this guide;
|Portable AC Brand||Decibels||size||Room Size (Sq. Ft.)||Details|
|Emerson Quiet Kool||53||10000||350||More info|
|Honeywell MN10CESWW||53||10000||300-450||More info|
|Toyotomi TAD-T40LW||57high 55 low||14000||600||More info|
|Hisense AP12CR1G||47 low||12000||400|
1. What is your room size Vs the quiet portable AC BTU capacity
Air conditioner’s capacity is rated in British Thermal Units (BTUs) per hour. The portable ACs with higher BTU ratings cover bigger spaces. The right room size air conditioning unit saves on energy and cost.
Therefore, ensure that you know the square footage of your room and then compare against the portable aircon unit specifications. Apart from the room / space size, factor in
- The ceiling height… Is it more than the usual 8 feet? Then, you may need to increase the BTUs.
- How many people are regularly using the room…The regular BTU on the table is allowed for 2 people. Add 600 BTUs for every extra person.
- Will the quietest portable AC be used in the kitchen? The kitchen is a place where heat is constantly being generated. Add 4000 BTUs to the kitchen size capacity.
- Is your room shaded or exposed to direct sunlight? Increase the BTU capacity upwards by 10% if exposed and vice versa.
Having considered your room conditions as noted above, adjust the BTU capacity given on the table below;
|Room size||BTUs Capacity Needed Per Hour|
|100 - 150 sq. ft.||5,000 BTUs|
|150 - 250 sq. ft.||6,000 BTUs|
|250 - 300 sq. ft.||7,000 BTUs|
|300 - 350 sq. ft.||8,000 BTUs|
|350 - 400 sq. ft.||9,000 BTUs|
|400 - 450 sq. ft.||10,000 BTUs|
|450 - 550 sq. ft.||12,000 BTUs|
|550 - 700 sq. ft.||14,000 BTUs|
|700 - 1,000 sq. ft.||18,000 BTUs|
|1,000 - 1,200 sq. ft.||21,000 BTUs|
|1,200 - 1,400 sq. ft.||23,000 BTUs|
|1,400 - 1,500 sq. ft.||23,000 BTUs|
|1,500 - 2,000 sq. ft.||30,000 BTUs|
|2,000 - 2,500 sq. ft.||34,000 BTUs|
2. Is the portable AC quiet?
Well, every machine that generates airflow will certainly produce noise. Your quietest portable air conditioner will thus produce some noise. This noise level is measured in decibels and you will find the noise level in the technical specification of the AC unit.
The higher the decibel (dB) levels, the more the noise. As such, look out for the AC unit with lower decibel levels. Select those in the 50’s or less as this the noise level of a quiet conversation at home (source).
It is good to note that on the decibel scale, the noise level will double with every 10 units. This means that the difference between 45 decibels and 55 decibels is 100% more noise!
If your room size is closer to the upper limit, you may have to constantly run the portable air conditioning unit on high setting in order to effectively cool the room.
This follows that the noise level will always be high. What about choosing a higher BTUs capacity air conditioning unit and then operating it on lower less noise setting?
3. How will you vent / exhaust your silent Portable Air conditioning?
You will need an exit such as a window, wall, sliding door ceiling etc. to vent the hot air. It is important that you do not exhaust into an attic or crawl space. Look out for that quiet portable AC unit that comes with the exhaust hose and window adapter kit.
4. How will you dispose the moisture removed from the room?
Most portable air conditioners dehumidify the air. Your choice of the quietest portable Aircon may be disposing the moisture as under;
- The quiet AC unit may be designed to condense the moisture into a drip bucket or pan. You will then empty every 2-6 hours depending on pan size and humidity in the air
- It may have a Drainage Hose that channels the water into a drain or out of the window
- The portable aircon may be designed to Self-evaporate such that the moisture is released as water vapor that is mixed with the heat exhaust. All the more reason why you do not vent indoors.
5. Where will you place the quietest portable air conditioner unit?
As mentioned above, you will need to vent the aircon. Therefore, have a window or other exit close by. While at it, make sure you have enough space to fit the quiet portable air conditioner and allow some space around it.
6. What is the electrical power specifications/ plug type in the home?
Most homes have the 125V/15A electrical power specifications. The quiet portable air conditioner which is less than 15000 BTU is compatible with 125V/15A outlets. Confirm that the desired quiet portable AC is compatible or requires higher specifications which may require an upgrade.
7. How energy efficient is the quiet AC?
Be on the look-out the Energy Efficiency Ratio (EER) of the quiet portable AC. The EER refers to the number of BTUs the low noise portable air conditioning unit uses for each watt of power. The higher the EER, the higher the efficiency. According to the The U.S. Department of Energy, an EER of at least 10.0 saves energy and running cost.
Be on the look-out for a washable filter to catch impurities in the air as well as protect and extend the life of the quietest air conditioning unit.
9. How portable is the silent air con unit?
If you plan to be moving about with your low noise portable AC unit, be on the look-out for the one that has casters /wheels and easy grip handles.
10. Additional features
Look-out for special features such as;
- Sleep mode… Your silent AC could also save you energy if it has a sleep mode function. When operating on sleep mode, the AC increases the temperature by a few degrees while you sleep and then back to your desired level by the time you wake up.
- Oscillating louvers: Portable Air con units that have oscillating louvers or a multi-directional air flow evenly distribute cool air
- Easy to use Controls: The controls may be digital or manual
- Remote control for your convenience
- 24-hour timer: You use this feature to program the portable AC to turn on or off as desired without your personal intervention.
This quiet portable air conditioner efficiently cools rooms up to 350 square feet.
Emerson Quiet Kool is quiet operating at a Decibel Rating of 52 dBA
Cooling mode. This quiet portable 10000 BTU (ASHRAE-128 Standard) / 6100 BTU (DOE 2017 Standard) air conditioner has 4 cool settings
Fan Mode. Select your choice of speed from the 3 fan speeds (low, medium and high)
Dry mode. Dehumidification up to 76 pints per day
Easily install this silent portable AC unit using the included window venting kit. Connect the 5.9 ft. long LCDI power cord with NEMA 5-15 plug to a standard 115-Volt electrical outlet.
You will love the Auto-evaporation technology and single-hose exhaust system.
The easy to access filter keeps your environment healthier as it reduces bacteria, room odors and other air impurities. You also get a filter light reminder to clean up the filter.
Emerson Quiet Kool has an Energy efficiency ratio of 8.9
This ultra low noise portable air conditioning unit is U.L. listed
The rolling casters are omni-directional to assist you easily move the air conditioning unit. Moreover, you can use the side handles to lift/ carry the aircon.
- 1-2-5 years warranty (12 months labor, 24 months parts and 60 months compressor)
- 24-hour timer allows you to preset the time to turn on or off the Emerson Quiet Kool portable air conditioner
- You also can operate this silent air conditioner on Sleep mode
- Furthermore, you get an easy to use digital display
- Moreover, you can electronically vary temperature rom 62°F to 86°F. Make use of the Remote control the various portable AC unit features from anywhere in the room
- Should you experience a power outage, this portable AirCon unit will Auto-Restart and resume previous settings
- Great at cooling your 200 square feet room fast
- Real quiet
- Easy clean filter
- Light enough to move around
- Good compact design
- Easy install
- Though the unit operates quietly, some noise is experienced when the compressor turns on
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Honeywell MN10CESWW 10000BTU: Quietest portable air conditioner with thermal overload protector on the compressor
You can use this quiet portable air conditioner to cool and dehumidify room 300- 450 square feet.
You will love the Honeywell MN10CESWW 10000BTU Quiet operation (53 dbA). 54 dBa represents the noise from an average two people conversation.
Cooling. This 10000 BTU (ashrae-128 standard)/5500 BTU (doe+ 2017 standard) will powerfully cool your room.
Dehumidification. When the humidity level is beyond the recommended 30-50, choose the dehumidification mode. In this mode, you will get the excess moisture continuously drained out up to 80.1 pints of moisture per day. Just connect to a standard garden hose tube to ensure continuous draining.
Fan Mode. Make your choice of fan speed from 3 speeds (low, medium, high).
Controls. This quiet portable aircon comes with digital controls, a 24-hour energy saving timer & remote for convenient control.
Is your window vertical or horizontal? With the easy install window kit, you can install this quiet portable air conditioner on either. The bracket is adjustable (19.7-38.2 or 47.2).
This portable air conditioner quietly comes with the venting kit needed including a flexible exhaust hose. The window vent can be removed when the unit is not in use.
Honeywell MN10CESWW 10000 BTU Auto evaporates. You only drain if you live in high humidity areas or if the room has a higher humidity. In such a case, the AC unit come as with dual drainage to allow for continuous drainage when the quietest portable AC is being used as a dehumidifier.
Enjoy clean air as washable filter catches and reduces impurities in the air. You can easily clean up the filter under a faucet. The washable filtration system protects & extends the life of the quiet portable air conditioning unit.
Make use of the 24-hour energy saving timer to program and smart digital thermostat cooling as and only when desired.
Use the smooth-gliding caster wheels to provide easy mobility from one room to another
The thermal overload protection on the compressor and motor means extra safety precautions for added endurance and peace of mind.
- Environmentally friendly R410A refrigerant
- In addition , you get a Full-function remote control which allows you to control the AC unit at your convenience
- Furthermore,Front panel Digital LED feather touch controls display is easy to read
- Moreover, the 24-Hour ON/OFF Programmable Timer allows you to decide when to have the AC on or off as desired
- And you have a 1 year limited warranty and a US customer service line
- Sleep mode… Yes, you can set this AC unit to sleep mode and enjoy the savings that go with it
- Efficiently cools the room
- Real Easy to set-up and use
- Washable filter
- Full control remote
- Plastic sliding window sealers and pins flimsy
- Some users find the exhaust hose a bit short and end up extending it
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This 17″ Width, 6″ Depth, and 29.5″ Height quiet air conditioner will keep your 400 square feet room comfortably cool.
You will simply love the low noise level (dBA): <52
You can use this portable air conditioner to cool, dehumidify or as a fan.
Cool Mode. With this 12000 BTUs AC, you get to quickly cool your bedroom, living room, server room etc. For faster cooling, this silent portable AC unit comes with a dual hose system- an intake and exhaust hose.
The double hose system allows more air intake more cooling power and constant air pressure. You can also operate it as a single hose.
Dry Mode. Every day, you extract 76 pints of excess moisture.
Fan Mode. Choose from 3 speeds. The air louvers are 2-way direction for more even air distribution.
Humidifier mode: 76 pints of excess moisture daily.
This quietest portable air conditioner comes equipped with a carbon air filter and washable pre-filter.
Easily connect this portable AC unit to a 115 V / 60Hz / 1 Phase power supply. The unit comes with a window kit (maximum 46″) and an extendable exhaust hose which is extendable up to 60″.
Furthermore, the plug that comes with this unit is the safety recommended LCDI (Leakage-Current Detection and Interruption).
Save energy and money by setting the unit to run only when you need it. Using the 24 hour programmable timer, the ARC-122DS can efficiently cool your space before you even get there.
The timer allows you to set the unit to cycle on automatically, or once it is on, you can set it to automatically turn off.
Whynter ARC-122DS portable air conditioner comes with a patented auto drain function which automatically fully exhausts all condensate in most environments.
To ensure continuous operation, the quiet portable airconditioning unit comes with an upper and lower drain ports.
Use the rolling casters to move the Whynter ARC-122DS portable air con from one location to the next.
When the hot season is over, pack this low noise portable air con, the user manual exhaust hose, remote and window kit and store until the next season.
Make use of the protective cover bag that comes with this AC unit and protect it from dust and dirt.
The portable AC unit is UL listed.
- You get full thermostatic control (61°F – 89°F)
- The unit auto restart after power outage.
- What about the remote control to conveniently adjust the temperature, fan speed and dehumidifier setting?
- You also get to appreciate the eco-friendly CFC Green R-410A refrigerant
- Moreover the components are lead-free RoHS compliant
- You also get one year warranty and 3-year warranty on the compressor
- Adequately cools the room
- Efficient quick cooling
- Easy set up
- Great customer service
- Slight adjustment needed for casement windows
- You need to buy the drain hose separately
- Display light might distract sleep but you can cover with duct tape
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Up to 600 square feet
Portable Air conditioner size
This AC unit is 20″width, 16″ depth and 34″ height
The TAD-T40LW rolls easily from one location to another
This 14,000 ASHRAE BTU (Cool)/ 8,000 DOE BTU (Cool)/ 11,000 BTU (Heat) is a high quality Japanese product that will cool your spaces in summer and heat up when it gets cold.
Cool mode : the Double duct-intake hose and exhaust hose provide 20% to 30% greater efficiency than a single duct unit.
Fan mode: Select from three speeds
When operating as an air conditioner, the noise level at 1m (3.3ft.) away from unit is 57 dBA on high 56 on medium and 55 on low setting. When heating, the noise level is 58 dBA on high, medium 56 and 55 on low setting.
Connect to a 115V/60Hz 10.8 Amp power source
This quiet portable air conditioner comes with a window panel kit and two 4 feet intake and exhaust hoses.
No tank emptying! This quietest portable AC is self-evaporating and vented out via the exhaust hose
This high quality portable air con has an 11.7 energy efficiency ratio which is above the recommended ratio.
You easily control the temperature via the easy to program remote control.
The portable AC unit also comes with a programmable 12-hr on/off timer
Automatic, easy-to-program operation with thermo control
The unit has less energy consumption courtesy of the High efficiency rotary compressor.
Environment friendly FREON R-410A refrigerant
You will love the five (5) year warranty on the cooling system i.e. compressor, evaporator, and condenser. The Toyotomi TAD-T40LW portable airconditioning unit warranty on parts and labor is one (1) year.
- Use it throughout the year for summer and winter
- You get Strong cool air from this portable AC unit
- Simple controls
- Some adjusting needed for windows that open horizontally
- The built in condensation tank fills up quickly when operating in dehumidifier mode in highly humid areas.
- Drain tank draining a little cumbersome though you hardly drain unless you live in highly humid areas
- The air vents not adjustable but you set the vent to the desired target and you get strong cool air from this unit
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Hisense super quiet 12000BTU: The quietest portable air conditioner unit with a 47 dBa rating on low setting
For rooms up to 400 feet squared
Quietest portable air conditioning unit size
17.4″ width, 12.5″ deep x 28.1″ height
18” to 50” width
This AC unit has an ultra-quiet processor with a 47 dBA when fan is set on low.
You get an easy to install window kit and plug to a 115 V, 60 Hz, 12.0 Amp electrical power out-let.
This portable AC unit is vented via a flexible single hose which is 5.9″ deep and 59″ length.
You also get 2 window exhaust adapters.
Operate this AC unit on any of the three modes (cool, fan, dehumidify) as need be.
Cool mode: This quiet air conditioner portable unit has a cross-flow fan design which allows for a robust, quiet cool air. Furthermore, the adjustable louvers will open automatically as soon as you switch on the unit.
Remember to open the door flap on top front for effective cooling.
Fan: You can select your desired speed from the 3 fan speeds
Make use of the four caster wheels to move the quietest portable air conditioner around.
This AC portable unit is ETL Listed.
CEC energy certificate
The air conditioning unit has a washable removable filter
From the remote control you can adjust the remote controls. And you get to use the remote control to control the up and down movements.
The Hisense super quiet 12000BTU I FEEL remote control has a temperature sensor which transmits the temperature in the surrounding area and transmits the same back to the quiet portable AC unit.
The unit then adjusts the temperature as desired. The remote control also comes with a set of AA batteries.
On the remote is also the auto-restart function
You can easily read the temperature LED display on this Portable aircon
Set the time you want the AC unit to turn on or off using the 24-hour programmable on/off timer
You get a clock on the remote
What about the 2 years warranty on parts and labor…
Environment friendly R-410A refrigerant
The unit also has thermostat control
- Nicely cools your room
- Easy install
- No draining
- Blends in with your decor
- Ensure the cool air outlet opens up when you switch on for best cooling
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Tips and precautions while using the quietest portable air conditioner
Ensure that all packaging materials are removed. Confirm that you have the AC is in good order and condition. Ensure that all the accessories that are supposed to be in the package are also included.
Moreover, preserve the packaging as you will need it should you have to return the quiet portable AC unit.
Make sure that you have not placed the quietest AC near heat sources such as heaters, radiators etc. to prevent fire.
In addition, always allow at least 20” of clearance around the unit for ventilation.
Do not use this unit inside closets, cabinets and/or cramped spaces between furniture.
Also keep the area around the vents clear of obstacles for best performance.
Ensure curtains or other objects are not obstructing the air inlet filters.
Avoid directing airflow to pets or plants.
Where there are no windows, use the fireplace to vent out.
If you constantly operate the AC portable unit on a high fan setting, the noise will also be on high. What about running the AC on high while not in the room and reducing the speed once you get into the room?
You may also place the AC unit on a soft rather than hard surface. The soft surfaces such as rugs/blankets absorb some of the motor vibrations.
Place on sturdy level floor.
Allow the refrigerant to stabilize by placing the AC upright for an hour.
Make sure this unit is connected to the right power supply outlet as indicated on manual. Also ensure that the power supply is correctly grounded.
Do not use an extension cord or power strip.
Avoid placing the power cord under carpets or rugs.
Avoid extending exhaust hose or installing it in ways other than recommended by manufacturer via the user manual.
When installing a dual hose, place the hot air drain hose higher than the intake hose to avoid sucking the hot air back into the room.
Secure the casters/ wheels with wheel locks to prevent the AC from rolling on smooth surfaces.
For most efficient cooling, close doors and windows when in cooling or dehumidifying mode. You may open when using the AC unit as a fan.
Plug the quiet air conditioner firmly and completely into the electrical outlet.
Adjust the vents to direct airflow.
Avoid plugging in other appliances in the same outlet to avoid overloading which may result in fire or electrical shock.
Switch on or off to start or stop the quietest portable AC. Do not leave the switch on and plug or unplug to start/stop. Also avoid pulling the plug.
Supervise young kids. You do not want them playing around with the portable air conditioner quiet unit.
Most definitely ensure that there are no flammable substances such gas, thinner benzene etc.
Keep checking for loose or damaged electrical the sockets to prevent fire incidences.
Make sure your hands are dry as you switch on/off.
Should you smell gas, switch off the quiet portable air conditioning unit.
Tuck the power cords away from traffic to prevent tipping.
Operate other heat producing appliances during the cooler times of the day. When you do use these appliances, operate a fan to exhaust the heat and moisture.
To reduce the water in the drain catch, run the portable AC unit of fan only for some time.
Turn off before cleaning the quiet portable aircon.
Wipe dry with a soft dump cloth.
Do not clean with water as it may cause damage to the AC insulation.
Also avoid wax, thinners or strong detergents when cleaning to prevent damaging the surface finish.
Take care to avoid contact with metal parts to prevent injuries.
Stop using the AC when the filter is not securely in place or the quiet potable AC unit will be damaged.
Clean the filter as per user manual instructions or as per need. Most manufacturers recommend vacuum cleaning or washing with mild detergent. Completely air dry before replacing.
The temperature and the relative humidity you are operating the quietest portable air conditioner will affect performance. In high humidity areas, self- evaporation may be compromised.
Air conditioner… Get a professional torepair nor replace any parts unless it is recommended on the user manual.
Cord: If flayed or damaged, get a professional to repair or replace with genuine parts.
Drain pan water
This water is contaminated. Do not consume!
Dry the Ac by allowing it to run on fan only for 12 hours.
Switch off and unplug when you are not operating the portable AC unit for a prolonged time.
Disconnect the exhaust hose and the window kit.
Remove batteries from the remote.
Clean the air filter, and the quiet AC portable unit .
Store your quietest portable AC and the accessories in a clean dry area.
Final thoughts on the quietest Portable air conditioner
Whereas every machine that produces some airflow will certainly generate some noise, the above quietest portable air conditioners will cool your rooms. No more sleepless, restless or noisy nights! No more fear of heat waves!
Pick your choice and get ready for the next heat wave.
Have a cool indoors!