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Whynter ARC-12SD Portable Air Conditioner Review

Overall Rating:
4.4 out of 5 stars
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Whynter ARC-12SD

The Whynter ARC-12SD 12000 BTU air conditioner is more than just that, it also acts as a fan and dehumidifier. The technology used in terms of moisture with this unit surpasses many of its competitors, as it recycles the water during the cooling process. It’s also incredibly environmentally friendly, using both an R-410A refrigerant and being RoHS compliant.

Review Details

This model has a 12000 BTU capacity and is perfect for rooms of up to 400 square feet. Its dual hose operation ensures that the room can be cooled quickly and efficiently. One hose is designed to draw in external air from outside which is then cooled over the units AC components and released into the room. The second hose expels the warm air outside making for efficient operation.

For further convenience the ARC-12SD uses patented auto condensate technology. This means moisture that’s collected is recycled within the unit and used to help cool the air indoors, further enhancing the manufacturer’s commitment to a greener product.
Other features include digital remote control, 3 super quiet fan speeds and a dehumidification capacity of 96 pints per day.

What We Liked

  • Eco-Friendly
    RoHS compliant, the ARC-12DS only uses lead free components. It has one of the highest EER’s on the market (10.9) and is equipped with a non-ozone R-410A refrigerant.
  • Versatile Operation
    Whynter has brought to the market a unit that will not just efficiently cool the air, it will remove up to 96 pints of water per day as a dehumidifier and when temperature isn’t an issue it can be used as a fan.
  • Dual Hose Technology
    This model makes use of two hoses. One is used to draw air in and cool it, and the other to suck warm air in and expel it.
  • Quiet Operation
    The Whynter ARC-12DS has 3 speeds (low-medium-high), all of them will not create enough noise to disturb daily life.
  • Ease of Use
    With a 24 hour programmable timer, digital remote control and easy to use control panel, operating the ARC-12SD is a breeze.

What We Didn't Like

  • Water Reservoir
    Although Whynter has used advanced condensate technology with the ARC-12SD there will be some condensation released. Some consumers have complained the reservoir is too close the base of the unit making it difficult to empty.
  • Display Lights
    The display lights on the control panel are bright enough to use as a night light when in the bedroom. However, this is not advertised and is worth consideration.


Whynter has brought a highly versatile air conditioner to the market at a slightly above average price, but the mere fact you get 3 units in one is enough to justify the price. The manufacturer has also paid particular attention to their green policy which not only helps keep bills down, but protects the environment as well. It does the job required very efficiently and quietly, making it one of the best value A/C’s out there.

Review by AirReflect ©
Last modified: April 19, 2013 (Prices are updated daily)
Whynter ARC-12SD
Dimensions (L x W x H):
6.5 x 20 x 34 inches
71 lbs
Power Supply:
115 Volts
1100 Watt, 10.5 Amp
Noise level:
56 dB
Coverage Area:
400 Square Feet
Heater Mode:
Cooling Capacity:
12000 BTU/h
Hose Type:
Adjustable Fan Speed:
Yes, 3 speeds
Remote Control:
Fan-Only Mode:
Air Direction Control:
Oscillate Option:
Air Filter:
Particle Filter:
Antimicrobial Protection:
Dehumidification Option:
Dehumidification Capacity:
96 Pints per Day
Automatic Restart:
Efficiency Ratio:
10.9 EER
Drain Option:
Internal Condensation Pump:
Energy Star Certified:
1 year

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