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Posted: 7/4/2012 4:06:42 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 7/4/2012 7:18:46 AM EDT by BigDaddy0004]
Picked up a small window air conditioner for emergency cooling in a power outage scenario.  My twin EU2000's wouldn't be able to operate our whole house heat pump / a/c.  But to cool one room downstairs, this should work fine.  Kill-A-Watt shows an easy power draw of 70w on start up that ramps up to 500w on max cooling. New price at Amazon $160.  Garage sale price $25.

Frigidaire FRA054XT7 5,000 BTU Window-Mounted Mini Room Air Conditioner

ETA:  Rechecked power draw on start up.  With cooling set to max:  414w initial then reducing to 330w and then a slow ramp up to 560w over ten minutes.
Link Posted: 7/4/2012 4:24:25 AM EDT
For 25 bucks....great deal.

How often does the power go out in your area?
Link Posted: 7/4/2012 4:35:00 AM EDT
Originally Posted By Drsalee:
For 25 bucks....great deal.

How often does the power go out in your area?

Not very often in the Indy area.  Since I bought my EU2000's and installed a transfer switch, 19 months ago, zero power outages.  
Link Posted: 7/4/2012 6:10:50 AM EDT

I've got a 5k BTU unit in my office window for the exact same reason. I may not be able to cool-down the whole house, but at least one room will be cool enough for sleeping.

Your starting power draw sounds pretty low. I would have expected a surge of 50% or better over normal running power as the compressor starts-up.
Link Posted: 7/4/2012 6:23:52 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 7/4/2012 7:21:56 AM EDT by BigDaddy0004]
Originally Posted By red_on_black:

Your starting power draw sounds pretty low. I would have expected a surge of 50% or better over normal running power as the compressor starts-up.

I'll recheck this...it does sound low.

ETA:  Rechecked power draw on start up. With cooling set to max: 414w initial then reducing to 330w and then a slow ramp up to 560w over ten minutes.  Edited in original post, also.
Link Posted: 7/4/2012 7:24:47 AM EDT
Link Posted: 7/4/2012 4:30:29 PM EDT
Those near  Target stores, for the last few years I've seen the last few window A/Cs on clearance for 75% off in late September to mid October; two years ago brand new units were going for $37.50; three or four years ago some $99 units were marked down to $25.  Granted those are the cheapest most basic units.  

I picked up the last portable unit for $129 (down from $399 original).  I still kick myself over not grabbing the $38 units even though I can't use them here (wrong kind of windows).  They'd sell like hotcakes now!

Link Posted: 7/4/2012 4:34:16 PM EDT
AWESOME score!

I have two of those, the 6000 BTU and the 8000 BTU.
The EU2000i will run either one no problem-o

(I don't know if it will run both at the same time -it would be close)

The 5000BTU unit should leave plenty of power to spare left over for lights, ceiling fan, etc...


Link Posted: 7/6/2012 12:37:38 PM EDT
Score!!...great idea
Link Posted: 7/6/2012 1:34:11 PM EDT
I was pouring some concrete last weekend to replace a patio and I had to disconnect the outside AC unit to get it done.  We used that exact window unit in the bedroom to get through the weekend.  The first afternoon I even installed it in the living room which is open to other areas and well over 800sqft and it took it down a few degrees.  In just the bedroom it took it from 83 down to 73 in thirty minutes, it was over 100 outside.
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