Product Review: Frigidaire FRA053PU1 Portable Air Conditioner
Price Range: $250 -- $300
Who Would Buy This: Those shopping for a mid-range portable air conditioner that provides efficient cooling for small rooms up to 150 square feet.
- Spacewise Portable Design
- 5,000 BTU capacity
- Ready-select controls
- Antimicrobial mesh filter
- Full-function Remote Control
Spacewise Portable Design
This air conditioner features a Spacewise Portable Design which means it’s been designed for easy portability; an important feature if you intend to use it in multiple rooms. The large top handle, built-in side handles and sturdy castor wheels allow you to move this unit between rooms with consummate ease.
The cooling capacity of this AC is a respectable 5,000 BTU which enables it to deliver efficient cooling for rooms up to 150 square feet. This makes it ideal for small to medium sized bedrooms or even a home office.
Reviewers cite it’s quick cooling proficiency. After running it on the highest cooling setting for just 1 hour, this unit can reduce your room temperature down from 90 degrees to 75 degrees, so you can quickly get into your comfort zone.
In addition to cooling air, this unit also has a dehumidification mode which can dry air in humid environments at 1.1 pints per hour.
The Frigidaire FRA053PU1 has a reasonable Energy Efficiency Ratio rating of 8.5, providing energy efficient cooling to save you money over time. Additionally, it’s low power start-up is designed to ensure this air conditioner uses minimal power each time you start it up.
Operation of the unit is made easy with the user-friendly ready-select controls which are located at the top of the unit for convenient access. The large soft-touch buttons are well designed for simplicity.
A fully functioned remote control is included so you can adjust the fan speed and temperature setting or any other settings from anywhere in the room. The remote features a nice backlit LCD display which gives you a handy visual overview of the settings from the palm of your hand.
There is a good degree of user-configurable settings provided to give you customised cooling. The three main settings comprise of a Cooling mode, Dry mode and Fan mode. The fan only mode lets you use the unit just as a fan, which is nice for those less than sweltering days. The cooling mode can be set to auto or manual, depending on whether you want full control over the fan speed and cooling temperature.
Users can select between three cooling speeds and three fan speeds, to meet specific cooling needs.
The swing air direction control feature can be turned on to direct air up and down by oscillating in a slow motion for optimum cooling performance.
It comes equipped with a 24-hour timer, which gives you the flexibility of being able to set the unit to turned on/off at your convenience. There is also a sleep mode which helps conserve energy. It slowly increases the temperature every 30 minutes for 7 hours, then reduces it back down to the pre-set temperature setting.
As standard, this AC comes with an antibacterial filter that works on removing bacteria and odors to give you a fresher, cleaner room environment. The air ionizer gets rid of pollen and other air impurities which is a great thing if your an allergy sufferer.
The filters can be accessed at the rear top of the unit for convenient access for cleaning or replacing the filters. The control panel has a filter clean light which reminds you when the filter needs cleaning.
Manual: Frigidaire FRA053PU1 manual
Guarantee: 1-year warranty. 5-year warranty on sealed system.
The Frigidaire FRA053PU1 Portable Air Conditioner offers good value for money for a low-to-mid range portable AC unit.
Its lightweight, relatively compact and has a good rugged build quality both for the unit itself and the included installation hardware. Furthermore, its easy to install and maintain, and comes packed with plenty of enticing features for your convenience such as its multi-speed fan, timer and sleep mode. With its noise level rating of just 55 dB, you can run this in the bedroom without being disturbed by excessive noise.
If your looking for a portable AC that can quickly and effectively cool areas up to 150 square feet then we highly recommend adding the FRA053PU1 to your short-list.