Arlec  5000 BTU Slimline Portable Air Conditioner was £225 now £150  Homebase
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Arlec 5000 BTU Slimline Portable Air Conditioner was £225 now £150 Homebase

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Refreshed 25th Jun (Posted 20th Jun)
Best price I've seen in the market, £150 down from £225! Available for home delivery and reserve & collect. Heatwave coming next week....!
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Don't bother with anything lower than 9000BTU - Better spending more and getting least 12,000 BTU if you need a larger than living room to cool.

But for 5000BTU price that's a steal! would suit a small bed room
Edited by: "HammerTime10" 20th Jun
I was thinking about one of these.

But where can I store it, for the other 363 days of the year, when its not needed?
SherlockGnomes17 h, 41 m ago

How do people get round this ?



sparkykev16 h, 24 m ago

That's what i did, i used some polycarbonate conservatory roof sheet, i …That's what i did, i used some polycarbonate conservatory roof sheet, i put some sticky velcro on the corners to hold it in place.



ualla16 h, 54 m ago

I think that window kit in the manual is only for sliding windows. I have …I think that window kit in the manual is only for sliding windows. I have one of those that open outwards so would need to look at measuring the window and getting a piece of plastic cut to that size and make a hole for the exhaust. Never done it, but I'm guessing that's how I would do it...



Ploosh6 h, 1 m ago

This looks perfect, I also have a window that opens out and won't be able …This looks perfect, I also have a window that opens out and won't be able to get the vent close enough to the widow 😩 shame as it looks amazing.


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Almost the same as @sparkykev for me. I was going to put velcro but hadn't ordered it yet. Decided that a little hatch so I can open and close the window when not in use was a good idea
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I was tempted by this from homebase, in the end I decided to go for the Pro-Elec 9000BTU from CPC for £191.94
Edited by: "superted2008" 20th Jun
superted200838 m ago

I was tempted by this from homebase, in the end I decided to go for the …I was tempted by this from homebase, in the end I decided to go for the Pro-Elec 9000BTU from CPC for £191.94


Let us know if you are happy with that model, the weird thing about the Pro-Elec VS the Arlec portable aircon units is, this one at the normal price, even though it has less ummpph, seems to be "cooler" & "quieter" in running. We had the 8000btu Arlec from Homebase last summer and this 5000btu is this years model replacement in the range, is as good!

Will be very interesting how this sells, as at £150 this is fabulous value for money, especially before the next 2 months heat waves coming!!!
That pdf download isn’t for this model it’s completely different.
Don't bother with anything lower than 9000BTU - Better spending more and getting least 12,000 BTU if you need a larger than living room to cool.

But for 5000BTU price that's a steal! would suit a small bed room
Edited by: "HammerTime10" 20th Jun
Oh tempting, I'd just need to make something for the exhaust so I don't cut a hole in the window
ualla10 m ago

Oh tempting, I'd just need to make something for the exhaust so I don't …Oh tempting, I'd just need to make something for the exhaust so I don't cut a hole in the window


How do people get round this ?
SherlockGnomes21 m ago

How do people get round this ?


Looks like on the instructions you just hang the exhaust pipe out the window and can buy an optional window kit to close the opening.
I personally just bought a 9000BTU and its the absolute minimum. Even for small rooms. Its a shame these units are so noisy. I think the Pro Elec one is best BTU per £
cjx25 m ago

Looks like on the instructions you just hang the exhaust pipe out the …Looks like on the instructions you just hang the exhaust pipe out the window and can buy an optional window kit to close the opening.



I think that window kit in the manual is only for sliding windows. I have one of those that open outwards so would need to look at measuring the window and getting a piece of plastic cut to that size and make a hole for the exhaust. Never done it, but I'm guessing that's how I would do it...
ualla30 m ago

I think that window kit in the manual is only for sliding windows. I have …I think that window kit in the manual is only for sliding windows. I have one of those that open outwards so would need to look at measuring the window and getting a piece of plastic cut to that size and make a hole for the exhaust. Never done it, but I'm guessing that's how I would do it...


That's what i did, i used some polycarbonate conservatory roof sheet, i put some sticky velcro on the corners to hold it in place.
I was thinking about one of these.

But where can I store it, for the other 363 days of the year, when its not needed?
We got an air conditioner recently and vented it into the loft through a cupboard. Neatly tucked away and stored when not needed.
Edited by: "niggle_dawson" 20th Jun
gidon3 h, 47 m ago

I personally just bought a 9000BTU and its the absolute minimum. Even for …I personally just bought a 9000BTU and its the absolute minimum. Even for small rooms. Its a shame these units are so noisy. I think the Pro Elec one is best BTU per £


I was gna buy this but will go for the 9000btu one from CPC... Is this a good one to buy for the pric
Ali_Boro1 h, 27 m ago

I was gna buy this but will go for the 9000btu one from CPC... Is this a …I was gna buy this but will go for the 9000btu one from CPC... Is this a good one to buy for the pric


Which one is that?
woldranger11 m ago

Which one is that?


Was gna buy the one in this post
Ali_Boro20 m ago

Was gna buy the one in this post


Huh? I meant, which is the 9000btu one you mentioned?
They’re only good if your room is 2 square meter big
Edited by: "Krissto" 20th Jun
Need a 12000 plus silent one. Cheapest is a delongi for £500 😳
Not a bad price
This looks perfect, I also have a window that opens out and won't be able to get the vent close enough to the widow 😩 shame as it looks amazing.
Also found this for the window problem:

rover.ebay.com/rov…117

Can't say how well they work but looks decent.
SherlockGnomes10 h, 15 m ago

How do people get round this ?


depending on the window shape, there are many options..window kit, nylon zip cover,or polycarbonate sheets with a cut out,etc
leaving window open will waste the cold air decrease performance and increase energy consumption.
Meluk93 h, 23 m ago

Need a 12000 plus silent one. Cheapest is a delongi for £500 😳


silent one does not exist.
unless you go for proper split units that have the motor/comprossor part outside.
5000BTU is only suitable for a VERY small bedroom.
at very least 9000BTU is suitable for a normal room or small bedroom.
120000BTU is the best.
that being said £150 is a great price.
Unless you pull curtain around it
SherlockGnomes17 h, 41 m ago

How do people get round this ?



sparkykev16 h, 24 m ago

That's what i did, i used some polycarbonate conservatory roof sheet, i …That's what i did, i used some polycarbonate conservatory roof sheet, i put some sticky velcro on the corners to hold it in place.



ualla16 h, 54 m ago

I think that window kit in the manual is only for sliding windows. I have …I think that window kit in the manual is only for sliding windows. I have one of those that open outwards so would need to look at measuring the window and getting a piece of plastic cut to that size and make a hole for the exhaust. Never done it, but I'm guessing that's how I would do it...



Ploosh6 h, 1 m ago

This looks perfect, I also have a window that opens out and won't be able …This looks perfect, I also have a window that opens out and won't be able to get the vent close enough to the widow 😩 shame as it looks amazing.


34086009-HRf8H.jpg
Almost the same as @sparkykev for me. I was going to put velcro but hadn't ordered it yet. Decided that a little hatch so I can open and close the window when not in use was a good idea
@bitcoin5 the pdf you posted is for a different product. Specs on that say 12000BTU, this is 5000BTU and looks completely different to the product photo in the pdf
Whats the weight of one of these?
Showboat1 h, 16 m ago

Whats the weight of one of these?



These things usually weigh approx 20kg.
niggle_dawson17 h, 9 m ago

We got an air conditioner recently and vented it into the loft through a …We got an air conditioner recently and vented it into the loft through a cupboard. Neatly tucked away and stored when not needed.


That sounds like a bad idea to me. These units can extract a LOT of water from the air (especially in humid conditions). Pumping this into the loft could cause some really bad condensation issues.
Just installed this in baby's room. Not gonna use it all the time just mainly for when his room is too hot especially in warm temps. We have a blind that I pull right down then close the curtains around the hose. Seems to work nicely his rooms now 21c instead of 24 only been on bout 20 mins
I took it back after 2 hours. too loud for me
5000 BTU ... well enough to keep a downstairs cloakroom cold then ...
Jupiter.Obscure21st Jun

That sounds like a bad idea to me. These units can extract a LOT of water …That sounds like a bad idea to me. These units can extract a LOT of water from the air (especially in humid conditions). Pumping this into the loft could cause some really bad condensation issues.


Agree, not a good idea. It could end up costing you a new roof.
logicalman2 h, 31 m ago

https://www.ebay.co.uk/p/Gree-8000-BTU-Portable-Air-Conditioner-W-remote-certified/25017742292?iid=232815241703&_trkparms=aid=888007&algo=DISC.MBE&ao=1&asc=49130&meid=0def34bbd95d43f3931617b504574616&pid=100009&rk=1&rkt=2&sd=123183441117&itm=232815241703&_trksid=p2047675.c100009.m1982 Better deal?



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Not much use in the UK.
Thanks OP, was going to get the B&Q 4500BTU R407C model for £147 before I saw your post.

It's not bad for a 5000BTU unit, it is quite compact and not that heavy at 16KG, it uses R410A though I am not sure it uses evaporation as it has a water full warning LED so may need draining. It's an Arlec PA0501GB.

It has a window kit printed on the box, this is not included, only the exhaust hose with fittings is included.

It is for a small bedroom which is usually the warmest room in the house, seems to cool just fine from 30°C to 22°C in about 20 minutes set at full speed and minimum temp (16°C).

Of course it's nowhere as good as the 12000BTU Electrolux in my living room but then for £150 I was not expecting too much.
Edited by: "cn5667" 23rd Jun
I wouldn't bother. These just pour water into a hot house and come winter time condensation everywhere.
superted200820th Jun

I was tempted by this from homebase, in the end I decided to go for the …I was tempted by this from homebase, in the end I decided to go for the Pro-Elec 9000BTU from CPC for £191.94



Same as you
Hopefully collecting mine tomorrow
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