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Go Green Mission 

Portable Air Conditioners FAQ

Eco-Pure Room Air Purifier - Five Stages Air Purification System

Eco-Pure Personal Air Purifier - Five Stages Air Purification System

Body Fat Information


Go Green Mission 

Go Green Mission

Why go GREEN? 

There are a many important reasons that Whynter is going Green. The most significant being that of preserving the environment's natural resources which is the responsibility of every individual and business.
What are the Whynter Green products?
The Whynter ARC-12S, ARC-12SD, ARC-12SDH, ARC-13S, ARC-13W, ARC-14S and ARC-14SH portable air conditioners, HAC-100S 5 in 1 air cooler & heater and all of our air purifiers are our eco-friendly green products. 
What makes these products eco-friendly? 
The Whynter ARC-12S, ARC-12SD, ARC-12SDH, ARC-13S, ARC-13W, ARC-14S and ARC-14SH portable air conditioners, use eco-friendly R410a refrigerant and lead-free RoHS compliant components.
The Whynter HAC-100S 5 in1 air cooler & heater units is CFC free and ultra-low energy comsumption. 
The Whynter Eco-Pure room and personal air purifiers have no negative ions and harmful ozone emissions. They also have ultra-low energy comsumption. 
What are the benefits of the R410a refrigerant?
  • Enhanced product performance
  • No ozone depleting chemicals
  • Increased energy efficiency and product life
R-410A uses a synthetic lubricant that is more soluble so it can mix and circulate more efficiently to keep the compressor and other moving parts lubricated, reducing wear and extending their life. Compressors with R-410A run cooler, reducing the risk of burnout due to overheating. It also allows higher heat transfer, which results in a more efficient operation. R-410A does not contain chlorine, therefore it is not damaging to the ozone layer
What are the benefits of the RoHS Directive?
RoHS (Restriction of Hazardous Substances)
Although not a regulatory requirement in the US, we have taken our green initiative one step further by making our ARC-12S, ARC-12SD, ARC-12SDH, ARC-14S and ARC-14SH RoHS compliant.
Already in force within the European Union, the ROHS directive is often referred to as “Lead-Free” legislation. This is not completely accurate, because it's coverage does extend to other pollutants as well. The proper name for ROHS is: Directive 2002/95/EC “The restriction of the use of certain hazardous substances in electrical and electronic equipment”.
The extraction of these raw materials and their eventual disposal, can cause damage to both the environment in terms of pollution, as well as to human health from occupational exposure and exposure following disposal. The removal of these materials from production will reduce the health risks of exposure.

Portable Air Conditioners FAQ

What is a portable air conditioner?
A portable air conditioner is an air conditioner that is mobile. Unlike window, through-the-wall, or central air conditioning units, portable air conditioners do not require permanent installation. Commonly, these units have caster wheels for easy portability and are 28" to 34" tall. 
Is a portable air conditioner the right choice for me?
Portable air conditioners are great for specialized applications where central air or conventional window air conditioners are unfeasible or too expensive. If you have an area that needs cooling, but conventional air conditioners won't work for you, a portable air conditioner could be the answer you are looking for.
What are some common uses for these portable air conditioner units?
Our customers have successfully kept small rooms, dorm rooms, small offices, computer server rooms and even garages cool with these units. 
How much space will these units cool? 

Room Area

Recommended BTU

200 - 300 square feet

10000 BTU

300 - 400 square feet

12000 BTU

250 - 420 square feet

13000 BTU

400 - 500 square feet

14000 BTU

What type of electricity do portable air conditioners use?
All of the portable air conditioners that we carry operate on 115 Volt/ 60 Hertz. This is standard household voltage. These units come with a "three prong" grounded plug. They can be plugged into almost any outlet in your house.
Are portable air conditioners energy efficient?
A portable air conditioner allows you to cool one area such as a bedroom. If you have central air and you want just the bedroom to be cooled at night, you would have to lower the temperature of the entire house. A portable air conditioner can save a lot of money and energy by cooling a smaller space than central air system.
Energy Efficiency Rating (EER) shows the energy efficiency of the air conditioner you are purchasing. The higher the EER, the more energy efficient the air conditioner. 
Is a portable air cooler the same thing as a portable air conditioner?
No. An air cooler or evaporative cooler uses water and evaporative cooling to lower the temperature of its airstream, often by as much as 12°F. However, air coolers will not lower the temperature in a room- they only make it feel cooler in the airstream provided by the unit. Additionally, you must add water to evaporative coolers for maximum effectiveness, and they do not need to be vented.
Can I use a portable air conditioner to cool my server room?
Although these are not industrial machines, this is an excellent use for a portable air conditioner. Even with central air, computer server rooms have more robust cooling needs than other parts of the building tend to require. A portable air conditioner works well to boost the cooling in a server room.
Why do portable air conditioners collect water?
As portable air conditioners cool the air, they also dehumidify it. The water they condense out of the air is dripped into some sort of internal reservoir or exhausted out the exhaust hose. Most portable air conditioners collect some or all of the water they condense out of the air internally. These portable air conditioners also have an option to accept a drain line for a continuously draining connection.
Do portable air conditioners require outside venting?
Yes, all portable air conditioners need to vent the hot air they remove from the room. These units commonly come with hoses to vent the exhaust and window filler kits to allow you to properly vent out of most windows. However, you do not need to vent the hot air out a window. The window venting kits also fit most sliding glass doors, or you may make a custom modification and vent the exhaust through a wall or into a drop ceiling. For these applications, you may have to extend the vent hose.
If the units requires outside venting, what makes it portable?
The fact that it can be moved from one room to another makes it portable.
Can I just let the portable air conditioner run without a vent?
Portable air conditioners are designed to operate with a vent. If you do not vent the hot air that the machine is pumping out somewhere (other than the same room that you are trying to cool), the portable air conditioner will not be able to cool very effectively at all. If one of these machines is run in a room without a vent, the best-case scenario would be that the area immediately in front of the machine would get cooled, but the area behind the machine would get very hot, so the room would not really get cool at all.
How do I use the window venting kit? Does it fit my window?
The window venting kit is essentially a "filler" kit to allow the end of the exhaust hose to vent out the window without allowing hot air from the outside in around the vent hose. The window vent kits fit most windows and glass doors that slide to open (this includes sliding glass doors and windows that slide both vertically and horizontally). These units do not come with a filler kit to fit casement (crank-out) windows, but with a little ingenuity, you should be able to devise some sort of filler kit.
How long is the exhaust hose that the portable air conditioner comes with?
Exhaust hose lengths vary by model, but generally they are 5 feet in length. They are made of a temperature-resistant plastic reinforced with metal.
How can I extend the exhaust hose?
You may purchase additional exhaust hose from us. However, you should note that the longer the exhaust hose gets, the less efficiently the portable air conditioner will cool. Generally speaking, you should avoid making the exhaust hose longer than 9' unless you devise some sort of exhaust fan to help clear the exhaust hose. Also please note that any 90° or greater turns in the exhaust hose substantially decrease the effective length of the exhaust hose.
Can I vent a portable air conditioner out a dryer vent?
Generally, this is not recommended by the manufacturer, especially if the diameter of the vent hose is greater than the diameter of the dryer vent. A standard dryer vent is 4". Most portable air conditioners have 5" exhaust hoses. However, you should not use the external part of the dryer vent that has flaps, as the compressor is not strong enough to push these flaps open. If you need to cover that exterior opening of the vent, we recommend using a screen.
How can I decide which unit is right for me?
There are many ways to decide. Here are a few things you might want to consider:
What size room do you need to cool?
If you get a unit that doesn't have enough capacity to properly cool your room, it will probably run all the time and not lower the temperature as much as you would like. On the other hand, if you get a unit that is substantially too powerful, it will run for too short a time, quickly bringing the room to the desired temperature and the compressor will shut off. Under this scenario, the compressor may not run long enough to properly dehumidify your room, and your room will be the desired temperature, but you may have a higher humidity level than you'd like. Also please note that the room sizes that each machine is rated for are approximations and high levels of sun, high ceilings, or the presence of people, computers, machinery, and the like will increase the cooling burden in the room. Also, most portable air conditioners have different fan settings to help alleviate the problem of too much cooling power.
Are you going to move the portable air conditioner from room to room?
If you are moving a portable air conditioner often, you should consider the cooling needs of the different rooms that you will be using it in and try to get a model that bridges your needs well.
Consider whether you want a unit that drips all the moisture it collects, a unit that exhausts all the moisture, or one that combines the two approaches?
A portable air conditioner that drips all condensation will need to be emptied more often, but it will exhaust warm, dry air. A unit that exhausts all moisture will never need to be emptied, but the air it exhausts will be moist, and should not be vented somewhere that this moisture would create a problem (such as a dropped ceiling). These units also tend to be a bit more expensive. Finally, a unit that combines these approaches will not have to be emptied of water as often as a model that drips all its moisture, but it will still exhaust a somewhat moist air stream.

1st Stage: Pre-filter - The washable pre-filter removes large particles such as dust, pet hair and dander, fungus and mold.
2nd Stage: Activated carbon filter - Also called the activated charcoal is a form of carbon that has been processed to make it extremely porous and thus to have a very large surface area available for adsorption of airborne chemicals, gases and odor. It eliminates and removes chemical fumes, toxic gases, smoke, pet and other odors.
3rd Stage: HEPA filter - High Efficiency Particulate Arresting (HEPA) filters are designed to remove 99.97% of all air pollutants that are as small as 0.3 micrometers such as pollen, allergens and dust mites. For reference, 1 micrometer is 1/100th the width of a human hair! HEPA filter has much higher filter efficiency than the ionic type air purifier and does not emit harmful ozone.
4th Stage: Photocatalyst - Photocatalytic oxidation (PCO) is not a filtering technology, as it does not trap or remove particles. It eliminates and kills 99% of organic contaminants such viruses, mold and bacteria by completely oxidize and degrade organic contaminants. Helps to potentially reduce the spread of influenza and other airborne illnesses.
5th Stage: UV Lamp - Ultraviolet germicidal UV lamp (UV light wavelength: 365nm)commonly used for sterilization, to kill 99.9% of bacteria and viruses. It breaks down volatile organic compounds (VOCs) such as odors and gases like carbon monoxide and nitrous oxide.
 

1st Stage: Pre-filter - The washable pre-filter removes large particles such as dust, pet hair and dander, fungus and mold.
2nd Stage: Activated carbon filter - Also called the activated charcoal is a form of carbon that has been processed to make it extremely porous and thus to have a very large surface area available for adsorption of airborne chemicals, gases and odor. It eliminates and removes chemical fumes, toxic gases, smoke, pet and other odors.
3rd Stage: HEPA filter - High Efficiency Particulate Arresting (HEPA) filters are designed to remove 99.97% of all air pollutants that are as small as 0.3 micrometers such as pollen, allergens and dust mites. For reference, 1 micrometer is 1/100th the width of a human hair! HEPA filter has much higher filter efficiency than the ionic type air purifier and does not emit harmful ozone.
4th Stage: Photocatalyst - Photocatalytic oxidation (PCO) is not a filtering technology, as it does not trap or remove particles. It eliminates and kills 99% of organic contaminants such viruses, mold and bacteria by completely oxidize and degrade organic contaminants. Helps to potentially reduce the spread of influenza and other airborne illnesses.
5th Stage: UV Lamp - Ultraviolet germicidal UV lamp (UV light wavelength: 365nm)commonly used for sterilization, to kill 99.9% of bacteria and viruses. It breaks down volatile organic compounds (VOCs) such as odors and gases like carbon monoxide and nitrous oxide.
Extra Stage: Aromatherapy - The PAF-101-PL/BL personal air purifier contains an aromatherapy scent sponge which your favorite essential oils. Aromatherapy helps to improve a person's mood, cognitive function and health.

Body Fat Information

Why measure body fat?

Weight alone is not a clear indicator of good health because it does not distinguish between pounds that come from body fat and those that come from lean body mass or muscle. Carrying too much fat is a condition called obesity, and puts a person at risk for many serious medical conditions including heart disease, diabetes and even certain forms of cancer. In fact, obesity contributes to at least half the chronic diseases in western society. Overweight means an excess of total body weight based on population averages for heights and body frame sizes. Athletes and very muscular people may be overweight, but that does not mean they are over fat. Obesity means an excess of body fat regardless of weight.
 
BIA Body Fat Analysis
The Whynter® Body Fat Scale uses the revolutionary BIA technology of measuring body fat and weight. It is fast, easy and accurate. A person inputs age, gender and height, then steps onto the scale platform. Electrodes in the foot sensor pads send a low, safe signal through the body. The Body Fat Monitor measures the impedance or resistance to the small electric signal as it travels through the water that is found in muscle and fat. The more muscle a person has, the more water their body can hold. The greater the amount of water in a person's body, the easier it is for the current to pass through it. The more fat, the more resistance to the current. Weight is calculated automatically along with body fat content in less than a minute.
 
Body Mass Index (BMI) calculates body fat according to the relationship of weight and height.
AGE
MALE
FEMALE
AUDLT 18 - 29
18 - 24 %
20 - 26%
AUDLT 30 - 70
21 - 27%
22 - 28%
CHILD 7 - 17
15 - 21%
16 - 22%

Water % index

AGE
  MALE
    FEMALE
 
10 - 15
  57 - 67 Normal
> 67 High
  58 - 72 Normal
> 72 High
16 - 30
  47 - 57 Normal
> 57 High
  53 - 67 Normal
> 67 High
31- 60
  42 -52 Normal
> 52 High
  47 - 61 Normal
> 61 High
61 - 80
  37 - 47 Normal
> 47 High
  42 - 56 Normal
> 56 High

*Please note: Due to difference in race and region, this chart is for reference purpose only.

 
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