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post #1 of 13 (permalink) Old 07-09-2020, 01:35 AM - Thread Starter
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I'm curious what BTU unit I should go for? I have a 300 Sq foot room with a constant heat dump of about 700watts from my rig.

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Oh god I remember those days. Hopefully whatever BTU you end up with your circuit in your room can handle it plus that 700watt load. I know that was my problem when I had a floor model 15000 BTU unit. I could run one or the other. If I ran both, eventually the breaker would trip . Might need to invest in a long heavy gauge extension cord to run to another outlet in your house / apt to feed the AC while your computer is running.

But as a side note, the 15000BTU unit worked great for me when it wasn't tripping my breakers lol.

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12,000BTU. Should cool your room really well.

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Quote: Originally Posted by happyluckbox View Post
I'm curious what BTU unit I should go for? I have a 300 Sq foot room with a constant heat dump of about 700watts from my rig.
Consumer report rule of thumb would say 20 BTU/sq ft. I think this is low - probably 8000-10,000 BTU would be enough. Of course, it also depends on your climate.
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If you can get a window unit then do that. I just had to use a portable AC when my house AC failed. The problem with portable units is without dual tubes to the window they create negative pressure in your house. What ends up happening is with a single tube unit it pulled all the humidity from outside into that particular room.

https://hvacares.com/resources/why-a...-conditioners/

I was running an 8K which is the equivalent of 4K, it worked good in a 350 sq ft room.

https://www.frigidaire.com/Home-Comf...rs/FHPC082AB1/ found that for $90 at Target last year.

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Window units can be noisy. Can also look at getting a ductless one if it’s just for one room.

That’s what I’ll be doing once the summer is over and prices aren’t jacked because of it.

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Quote: Originally Posted by Shawnb99 View Post
Window units can be noisy. Can also look at getting a ductless one if it’s just for one room.

That’s what I’ll be doing once the summer is over and prices aren’t jacked because of it.
Ductless for the win, even better than window unit.

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So I'm going w a portable unit. Everybody says go dual hose, but I watched a review that says single can be better if heat source comes from inside room. My gaming room is also the hottest room in the house, and warmer than the outside ambient temp.


Would I be better served going with single hose?

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So I'm going w a portable unit. Everybody says go dual hose, but I watched a review that says single can be better if heat source comes from inside room. My gaming room is also the hottest room in the house, and warmer than the outside ambient temp.


Would I be better served going with single hose?
i also had a single hose unit. only useful for temporary situations. also need a way to deal with the condensate. i feel that it affected the rest of the house temps when it was running and not in a good way. it has to suck in air from somewhere to blow out the hose.

long term get a window or split unit. or leave the door open. or get a return duct installed in the room. my dad did the duct thing at his place and it helped those rooms.

id have a window unit or split unit in the warmer rooms if not for the hoa.

this is assuming you're in a relatively sealed home.
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i'd only ever use a dual hose stander, window, or ductless.


single hose = junk if you live in a hot humid place.

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