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Amcor SF12000 Portable Air Conditioner 10000 BTU £249.49 + £9.99 del @ Servers Direct

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Posted 31st Jul

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A bit late for todays sweltering heat but still a great price regardless.

Personally ordered one of these a couple of months ago for much more than the price it's at today.

It's not the quietest but has timer functions to perhaps cool down a room in advance.

It does include a plate to attach the hose to but only supports sliding windows so I'd recommend a window kit if you have traditional open outwards windows.

The room *will* draw in heat from outside if you do not seal the window whilst running this for a long period of time due to negative air pressure in the room! I saw comments on the latest A/C posts about hot air rising so dangling out the window is fine... No.

Edit: Price amended due to overlooking excl vat.
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bigwheels31/07/2020 17:39

Sat with a cold beer and my dinner in front of my screwfix 12000 btu …Sat with a cold beer and my dinner in front of my screwfix 12000 btu unit.cold room and cold beer what could be better.


world peace
bigwheels31/07/2020 17:39

Sat with a cold beer and my dinner in front of my screwfix 12000 btu …Sat with a cold beer and my dinner in front of my screwfix 12000 btu unit.cold room and cold beer what could be better.


An oily massage with an ending that can only be described as happy?
I don’t know if it’s worth it when uk gets about 6 days a year of temps above 26
Thyme31/07/2020 18:18

How you managing to keep the hot air from coming in through the window? …How you managing to keep the hot air from coming in through the window? I’m using curtains at the minute which isn’t bad, but definitely not a sealed system!


I’m using a Hoomee door seal.
Look for hoomee window seal.
with prime they start at £8.99 next day delivery.

amazon.co.uk/s?k…ank
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Its £249,98, you have quoted the ex-VAT price
Do these air con units drop massively in winter months, I'm looking at getting one for next summer more than anything, so wondering if it's worth holiday off for a few months.
Sat with a cold beer and my dinner in front of my screwfix 12000 btu unit.
cold room and cold beer what could be better.
Bovrilontoast31/07/2020 17:37

Its £249,98, you have quoted the ex-VAT price


Yikes, thanks. Still a deal for a 10k BTU unit imo but the jury shall decide
I purchased similar from Screwfix and it made the room hotter than cooler
Edited by: "sdylan" 31st Jul
Wonka7131/07/2020 17:38

Do these air con units drop massively in winter months, I'm looking at …Do these air con units drop massively in winter months, I'm looking at getting one for next summer more than anything, so wondering if it's worth holiday off for a few months.


I prepared for the summer by picking a Comfee 12k BTU unit one up in May having done some research and watching for price drops since about march. The price seems to have not changed all that much on any of the models I looked at.

I imagine you will get the odd place that brings in extra stock in for the summer months like B&Q will drop the price at the end of the summer on the limited number of units left to clear storage space for winter products but most places that sell them in low volume all year round seem to be pretty consistent on price.
Edited by: "Astec123" 1st Aug
sdylan31/07/2020 17:43

I purchased from Screwfix and it made the room hotter than cooler


Screwfix have never stocked Amcor nationally
Edited by: "Ben2402" 31st Jul
bigwheels31/07/2020 17:39

Sat with a cold beer and my dinner in front of my screwfix 12000 btu …Sat with a cold beer and my dinner in front of my screwfix 12000 btu unit.cold room and cold beer what could be better.


How you managing to keep the hot air from coming in through the window? I’m using curtains at the minute which isn’t bad, but definitely not a sealed system!
Thyme31/07/2020 18:18

How you managing to keep the hot air from coming in through the window? …How you managing to keep the hot air from coming in through the window? I’m using curtains at the minute which isn’t bad, but definitely not a sealed system!


I’m using a Hoomee door seal.
Look for hoomee window seal.
with prime they start at £8.99 next day delivery.

amazon.co.uk/s?k…ank
I use foam to block out the windows, got some sheets laying around from something so i just fold them up and push them into the window gap. thank god for the AC today...
Wonka7131/07/2020 17:38

Do these air con units drop massively in winter months, I'm looking at …Do these air con units drop massively in winter months, I'm looking at getting one for next summer more than anything, so wondering if it's worth holiday off for a few months.


I bought one from amazon warehouse in jan/Feb for about £80 I think. Was posted on here. It will be doing its thing on full blast tonight!
bigwheels31/07/2020 18:21

I’m using a Hoomee door seal.Look for hoomee window seal.with prime they s …I’m using a Hoomee door seal.Look for hoomee window seal.with prime they start at £8.99 next day delivery.https://www.amazon.co.uk/s?k=hoomee+window+seal&rh=p_76%3A419158031&s=price-asc-rank&dc&crid=CZFYP5JP5S7A&qid=1596215987&rnid=419157031&sprefix=Hoom%2Caps%2C145&ref=sr_st_price-asc-rank


I got something similar but didn’t fit it as didn’t like the idea of velco being stuck permanently to the window frame! I guess it’s the best option around though...
bigwheels31/07/2020 17:39

Sat with a cold beer and my dinner in front of my screwfix 12000 btu …Sat with a cold beer and my dinner in front of my screwfix 12000 btu unit.cold room and cold beer what could be better.


world peace
Thyme31/07/2020 18:18

How you managing to keep the hot air from coming in through the window? …How you managing to keep the hot air from coming in through the window? I’m using curtains at the minute which isn’t bad, but definitely not a sealed system!


Our bedroom window is side hinged and i used a offcut of conservatory roofing sheet held on with velcro with a 4''' hole to pass the pipe through. You can't block out the air coming into the room when you're blasting it out the window it's going to get replaced with warm air from somewhere, othewise your room would become a vacuum.
Edited by: "sparkykev" 1st Aug
Wonka7131/07/2020 17:38

Do these air con units drop massively in winter months, I'm looking at …Do these air con units drop massively in winter months, I'm looking at getting one for next summer more than anything, so wondering if it's worth holiday off for a few months.


Nope, they simply under buy so they are not left with unsold stock. This means they go in and out of stock regularly and this creates an artificial fixed prices.
I need to buy one of these, my room was about 38 degrees yesterday, it's still hot and humid and my blackout curtains feel ridiculously warm.
bigwheels31/07/2020 17:39

Sat with a cold beer and my dinner in front of my screwfix 12000 btu …Sat with a cold beer and my dinner in front of my screwfix 12000 btu unit.cold room and cold beer what could be better.


An oily massage with an ending that can only be described as happy?
bigwheels31/07/2020 17:39

Sat with a cold beer and my dinner in front of my screwfix 12000 btu …Sat with a cold beer and my dinner in front of my screwfix 12000 btu unit.cold room and cold beer what could be better.


I bought a Blyss 12k BTU last year from screwfix and found it to be good enough. It will really struggle to get the room temps 8 -10 degrees below ambient. It also sounds like a tractor even on lowest sleep setting.

Note that almost all these standalone air conditioning units suck in air from the room through a filter in the back then some of that air is chilled and blown out the top or front and some of the air it sucked in gets heated from the chiller and blown out the hose. This means your room is always going to be negative air pressure and sucking in warm air from outside the room. They are nowhere near as good as cooling as american style window AC units or wall hung units.
Edited by: "KeepForgettingPassword" 1st Aug
I don’t know if it’s worth it when uk gets about 6 days a year of temps above 26
KeepForgettingPassword01/08/2020 13:52

I bought a Blyss 12k BTU last year from screwfix and found it to be good …I bought a Blyss 12k BTU last year from screwfix and found it to be good enough. It will really struggle to get the room temps 8 -10 degrees below ambient. It also sounds like a tractor even on lowest sleep setting.Note that almost all these standalone air conditioning units suck in air from the room through a filter in the back then some of that air is chilled and blown out the top or front and some of the air it sucked in gets heated from the chiller and blown out the hose. This means your room is always going to be negative air pressure and sucking in warm air from outside the room. They are nowhere near as good as cooling as american style window AC units or wall hung units.


Still better than no air conditioning and for a lot less as well.
sdylan31/07/2020 17:43

I purchased similar from Screwfix and it made the room hotter than cooler


Yeah I had the same problem but then I used my brain and turned it to 16 degrees
sdylan31/07/2020 17:43

I purchased similar from Screwfix and it made the room hotter than cooler


It blows hot air out the back. It's why you need to vent. All AC's need venting to the outside. If you dont vent the heat it produces will e more than the cool air.
Depends where you are, there is usually a massive difference between the southeast and more northerly areas, today it is 24c outside here, but 17c in Liverpool. I had a thermometer in my south facing bedroom showing the room temp as higher than 30c at midnight/bedtime for several days in a row during the last two summers. The outside temp was almost always lower but with no wind and the house retaining heat from the day, then getting kip even with a fan is almost impossible.
fifaking01/08/2020 14:05

Yeah I had the same problem but then I used my brain and turned it to 16 …Yeah I had the same problem but then I used my brain and turned it to 16 degrees



You must work in tech support, absolute genius. Who would have thought turning _down_ the temperature on a air conditioning unit would actually cool the room. You learn something every day.
Wonka7131/07/2020 17:38

Do these air con units drop massively in winter months, I'm looking at …Do these air con units drop massively in winter months, I'm looking at getting one for next summer more than anything, so wondering if it's worth holiday off for a few months.


For the most part they don't as I've waited for two winters and the best I've seen during those months are refurbs at around £179.
These are must have in this time of year.
I really can't imagine being without one.
Does anyone know an actual good brand to use on aircon over here? I've had massive issues with the one I've bought and am currently having a nightmare trying to return it to AppliancesDirect...should of looked online at the reviews regarding returns.

It seems that the majority of aircon units sold over here are the same brand and are single hose units that simply aren't powerful enough, when i look to our cousins over the sea, the difference is staggering, same price, way better cooling.

I can't get full aircon in my flat as I'm not allowed to have anything on the outside wall so portable is the only way.

currently got a delonghi n90 eco that just isn't doing the job.
lullykaty01/08/2020 15:49

Does anyone know an actual good brand to use on aircon over here? I've had …Does anyone know an actual good brand to use on aircon over here? I've had massive issues with the one I've bought and am currently having a nightmare trying to return it to AppliancesDirect...should of looked online at the reviews regarding returns. It seems that the majority of aircon units sold over here are the same brand and are single hose units that simply aren't powerful enough, when i look to our cousins over the sea, the difference is staggering, same price, way better cooling. I can't get full aircon in my flat as I'm not allowed to have anything on the outside wall so portable is the only way. currently got a delonghi n90 eco that just isn't doing the job.


I have a electriq one that's a heater and a/c. Heater is pants. Just buy an a/c that's made for a/c use. My one has an app so I can control it through Google home. I don't use it. The a/c itself is good however, never had an issue but I had an Amcor one that I gifted to my in laws and to me, that performed better - although they were rated the same, to me, it just seemed to be more powerful.

If I had to buy again, I'd buy Amcor. This is the one.. Amcor 1200
Edited by: "GunMetal" 1st Aug
Anyone bought an AC unit they consider quiet, ours shakes the whole house when the compressors on!
I bought a 9400 BTU De'Longhi unit earlier this year and it's rubbish. If the sun is beating down on my flat, it can only slow the rate at which the room temperature rises. The room is not large and I'm using a window kit. It does start to cool things down once the sun goes away, but I can do that for free by opening the windows.
Nutkin01/08/2020 17:10

Anyone bought an AC unit they consider quiet, ours shakes the whole house …Anyone bought an AC unit they consider quiet, ours shakes the whole house when the compressors on!


There are no quiet ones. You’d need a split system to have peace. Although it shouldn’t shake the house as it’s just a powerful fan using effectively a souped up fridge compressor.
MrChaunceyGardiner01/08/2020 19:46

I bought a 9400 BTU De'Longhi unit earlier this year and it's rubbish. If …I bought a 9400 BTU De'Longhi unit earlier this year and it's rubbish. If the sun is beating down on my flat, it can only slow the rate at which the room temperature rises. The room is not large and I'm using a window kit. It does start to cool things down once the sun goes away, but I can do that for free by opening the windows.


What size room? If its bigger than about 3x4m you really need 12,000btu
gary33301/08/2020 19:58

What size room? If its bigger than about 3x4m you really need 12,000btu


Yeah, I've learned that the hard way. Room is a 2.7 x 6m studio, with a low, 2.2m ceiling. And it's in Edinburgh, which you would expect to be cooler than, say, London.
Edited by: "MrChaunceyGardiner" 1st Aug
lyle.pritchard01/08/2020 13:53

I don’t know if it’s worth it when uk gets about 6 days a year of temps abo …I don’t know if it’s worth it when uk gets about 6 days a year of temps above 26


It depends

When I work nightshifts I will shut the windows to keep noise out, curtains to keep sun out and put ac on 22 to be able to sleep through the day, nothing worse than getting 4hrs of sleep when its just not cold enough for comfort, or being woken up due to noises via open windows

I have split ac though
Wonka7131/07/2020 17:38

Do these air con units drop massively in winter months, I'm looking at …Do these air con units drop massively in winter months, I'm looking at getting one for next summer more than anything, so wondering if it's worth holiday off for a few months.


Retail ones don't seem to drop hugely, but preowned certainly do. Having hammered an 8000BTU unit for the past three years I'm sure there is some slight degredation, but it doesn't seem to take noticeably longer to cool a room than when we first bought it; so I suspect there are second hand bargains to be had. Some home and car AC units are prone to mould, mildew and a handful of pathogenic bacteria (especially in humid climes), so it can be worth a 'deep clean' and maybe replacing any filters present in the unit. Given the unbearable heat of the last few summers, I'm leaning toward picking up a couple of cheap second hand 4-5000BTU air conditioners for our bedrooms.
Nutkin01/08/2020 17:10

Anyone bought an AC unit they consider quiet, ours shakes the whole house …Anyone bought an AC unit they consider quiet, ours shakes the whole house when the compressors on!

No, but I looked into reviews of a couple of models explicitly branded as quiet last summer, and the reviews which used decibel meters suggested that they were little different to most ordinary ones. You might find differently with some professional evap models, peltier units and the handful of magnetorestrictive ACs on sale, but all of these are likely to be large and expensive and in the case of peltier based ones, they are also really inefficient. So there are options, but I wouldn't put much faith in consumer models branded as being quiet. Which has occasionally published rankings which include noise measurments, but it can be a bit hit and miss as to what content they make availiable for free.
Thing with aircons is that they make the air very dry. Wouldn’t it be great if they built in a humidifier to pump out some moist air too! All in one climate control!
Edited by: "font2013" 2nd Aug
MrChaunceyGardiner01/08/2020 19:46

I bought a 9400 BTU De'Longhi unit earlier this year and it's rubbish. If …I bought a 9400 BTU De'Longhi unit earlier this year and it's rubbish. If the sun is beating down on my flat, it can only slow the rate at which the room temperature rises. The room is not large and I'm using a window kit. It does start to cool things down once the sun goes away, but I can do that for free by opening the windows.



I used to work at an aircon company years ago. Common mistake people made was to not buy a powerful enough unit for their space. 9400 BTU would be good for something slightly bigger than a boxroom. Something around 12000 BTU should cover the average room.

anyone thinking of buying one of these units should do the maths. Calculate the cubic metres of air in your room, then buy a unit based on that. Lots of online calculators to help with this task.

not tested, but something like this should work: calculator.net/btu…tml

It’s rough guide but better than guessing.
Edited by: "font2013" 2nd Aug
Thyme31/07/2020 18:18

How you managing to keep the hot air from coming in through the window? …How you managing to keep the hot air from coming in through the window? I’m using curtains at the minute which isn’t bad, but definitely not a sealed system!


There’s no possible way to stop air from entering the room from elsewhere, unless you get a two-duct AC unit. There will always be negative pressure in the room with a single-duct unit, otherwise the compressor will not be cooled
walldough02/08/2020 10:07

There’s no possible way to stop air from entering the room from elsewhere, …There’s no possible way to stop air from entering the room from elsewhere, unless you get a two-duct AC unit. There will always be negative pressure in the room with a single-duct unit, otherwise the compressor will not be cooled


No issue with it being drawn from another room, but didn’t want hot air from outside coming in!
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