Wall and portable air conditioner questions

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#1 May 23, 2012
I have some questions about wall air conditioners vs. portable air conditioners. I'm a renter living in a very hot apartment the windows of which all face due west with no shade on my small, 1 bedrm apartment. The building is a dark brown and my apartment is right under the low slung roof, so it becomes unbearable in the Summer especially on the very hot, very humid days. I've got to get an air conditioner. The management of the building says that only a *wall* type air conditioner can go into the special sleeve (General Electric RAB46 sleeve). You see, ALL the lousy windows in this building slide left-right instead of up-down. So only a wall air conditioner can be used. The management also says that the max. size for one is 10,000 BTUs.

[In a wall air conditioner, the waste hot air is blown out only at the back of the machine. In a window air conditioner, the waste hot air goes out the sides of the machine.]

If I get a 12,000 BTU machine and run it at a *medium setting*(rather than run it at the maximum setting), will it maybe put out only 10,000 BTUs and therefore will draw the same amount of electricity as an official 10,000 BTU machine?

I understand that with a portable air conditioner, if it's rated as a 10,000 BTU one, it really never puts that 10,000 BTUs out--> it produces something less than 10,000. Is this true?

Who makes a good, reliable, durable, rather quiet, 10,000/12,000 BTU *portable* air conditioner? What's the model number?

If I bought a portable machine, I'd run the exhaust heat tube into the wall sleeve for the wall air conditioner.

Who makes a good, reliable, durable, rather quiet, 10,000/12,000 BTU *wall* air conditioner? What's the model number?

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