Danby makes a number of low-cost air conditioners ranging in price from $200 to $300. Perhaps you’ve seen one online or at your local Walmart. If you are thinking about buying a Danby, however, it is important to understand that the reviews for these units are somewhat mixed.
Although the price is right and it would be quite convenient to run by your local Walmart and pick one up, make sure that you read our Danby 12,000 BTU portable air conditioner reviews before you make your decision.
A 12000 BTU air conditioner can cool down a room up to 500 feet². Bear in mind, however, that portable air conditioners are generally not as efficient is they claim to be. In fact, Consumer Reports released a special report which revealed that portable air conditioners are about 20% less efficient than window air conditioners with the same BTUs.
To be safe, therefore, with a portable air conditioner, it is wise to buy one slightly larger than you think you may need. For example, with the Danby Premiere DPAC12012P 12000 BTU Portable Air Conditioner, I recommend that you use it in a room that is no more than 350 to 400 feet².
The Danby units come with a number of nice features, including multiple fan speeds and adjustable louvers. With 3 fan speeds, you will be able to use the machine if throughout the summer. The louvers allow you to direct the airflow where you want to be
Another benefit of portable air conditioners in general is that they come on casters to allow you to move them from room to room. This can be a nice feature especially since the Danby units can weigh between 60 and 80 pounds.
One of the complaints about the Danby units is that they require manual dumping of the condensation bucket. As the air-conditioner cools the air in your room, it removes the humidity.
This humidity has to go somewhere and it is funneled into the condensation bucket. This means that during the most humid time of the year if, you will have to regularly dump the water from the condensation bucket. Other pricier units come with auto evaporation technology that automatically removes the condensation.
There are few other benefits of going with the Danby.
First, these units are fairly energy-efficient. They will not cost you a ton of money to run if during the summer.
Window air conditioner units are more energy-efficient, however. So if price is your main concern, you might consider going with a window air conditioner that is not only less expensive than portable air conditioner, but is also more efficient.
The other benefit of the Danby is that it relies on a dual hose set up. Two hoses are far more efficient than single hose units. Because there are two hoses, one can be used for expelling the hot air one can be used for sucking in the air from outside to cool it. This is a far better design than many of the other portable air conditioners which come with a single hose.
Like most portable air conditioner sold these days, the Danby comes with an installation kit to set up the exhaust out a window or sliding glass door. Installation will take 5 to 10 min.
The two major complaints that we hear about the Danby are that the unit is quite loud and that the LED display can fade out after a very short time.
So our advice is to go with a Danby if you are looking for cost-effective solution to cooling a room. We would not recommend using it in a bedroom, however, if you are light sleeper. But if you are simply looking to cool down the family room or studio apartment, a Danby can be a budget friendly cooling option for you.