GE Smart Portable Air Conditioner - 11000 BTU (SACC 7800 BTU) - White

Model Number: APWA11YBBW
Web Code: 15753557

GE Smart Portable Air Conditioner - 11000 BTU - White

Overview

Take on the hot weather and humidity with the GE Smart Portable Air Conditioner. It boasts 11000 BTUs of cooling capability that can effectively cool up to 450 square feet. It offers Wi-Fi integration for monitoring the settings and adjusting the controls over your home Wi-Fi network. The 24-hour timer lets you turn it on or off at the desired time.
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Overview

Take on the hot weather and humidity with the GE Smart Portable Air Conditioner. It boasts 11000 BTUs of cooling capability that can effectively cool up to 450 square feet. It offers Wi-Fi integration for monitoring the settings and adjusting the controls over your home Wi-Fi network. The 24-hour timer lets you turn it on or off at the desired time.

  • 11000 BTUs produce excellent cooling performance that can cover up to 450 square feet
  • Built-in dehumidifier eliminates moisture in the air at 3.75pt/h which prevents proliferation of bacteria, dust mites, and mould
  • Three cooling/fan speeds lets you choose between three different levels of air flow intensity
  • Two-way adjustment ensures that the air flow is evenly directed over a wide area
  • Programmable thermostat lets you keep the room cooled at your preferred temperature
  • Built-in Wi-Fi connects to your home network so you can view and control the settings directly from your tablet or smartphone over the Smart HQ app
  • LCD remote control for operating the air conditioner from wherever you are in the room
  • 52dB indoor noise level is quiet enough for silent operation and does not disturb sensitive sleepers
  • 24-hour timer for automatically switching the air conditioner on or off at the time you like
  • Auto-shut off feature automatically turns off the operation when overheating or other safety hazards are detected
  • Portable design offers easy mobility so you can move the air conditioner from one room to another
Cooling Capacity
11000 Btu
Square Footage of Coverage
450 sq ft
Installation Method
Portable
Slide-Out Chassis
No
ENERGY STAR Qualified
No
HEPA
No
Filter Type
Yes
Indoor Noise Level
52 dB
Cooling Speeds
3
Fan Speeds
3
Air Direction
2-way
Colour Family
White
Colour
White
Moisture Removal
3.75 pt/h
Timer
24-Hour On/Off Timer
Remote Control
Yes
Control Type
Electronic
Temperature Adjustment
Thermostat
Ventilation Control
Yes
Auto Restart
Yes
Auto Shut Off
Yes
Wi-Fi
Yes
Country of Origin
China
Width
38.6 cm
Height
62.74 cm
Depth
35.56 cm
Width (Inches)
15.2 in
Height (Inches)
24.7 in
Depth (Inches)
14 in
Weight
23.41 kg
  • Portable Air Conditioner
  • Installation Kit
  • Remote Control
  • Use & Care Manual

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Reviewer Recommendation

86%

Of the 140 reviewers who responded, 120 would recommend this product.

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  • QUALITY APPLIANCE
    Reviewed by DIETCAKE - April 20, 2022

    [This review was collected as part of a promotion.] These photos were taken before installation. Setting this up was fairly easy. The output on this is sufficient for my needs. I'm using it in the master bedroom. It came with almost everything needed, all parts, except the screws needed to attach the air intake hose panel to the window frame. I like that you can download their app to control this when away and have it already cooling when you arrive home. This unit also acts as a dehumidifier. It is easy to maintain and operate. I do like the clean design and it has an agreeably sized footprint. It has a top control panel and is completely programmable. A remote control and batteries are included.

    Review originally posted on geappliances.com

    Yes, I would recommend this to a friend.

  • Sleek Portable Air Conditioner Chills in Style
    Reviewed by gadgetguy11 - April 29, 2022

    [This review was collected as part of a promotion.] This sleek, portable air conditioner is a powerhouse, cleverly disguised as a contemporary cabinet with clean lines & modern conveniences. The shapely body is built on wheels for easy accessibility. Simply roll it to the desired room & place the configurable vent in the window. The included remote control displays the set temperature, 3-way mode (dehumidify / air condition / fan), timer & other features. An amazing feat is how this air conditioner does not leave water that is extracted from the air, making it practical as a portable air conditioner. This is a quiet unit, rated at only 55 decibel; this is impressive, considering it is moving 185 cubic feet / minute & is rated at 11,000 BTU. There are 3) selectable fan speeds. Power consumption during A/C mode (max) is 9.2 Amp (1,050 Watt). This unit is designed to cool a medium sized room of 450 square feet. This is an exceptionally low maintenance unit, with washable filters. that greatly reduces the cost of ownership. Nothing else is needed; this portable air conditioner includes remote with batteries, thermostat, air filter, hose / tubing & installation kit. I recommend this modern, updated version of the old boxy window A/C units, for applications where you need extra cooling in one room.

    Review originally posted on bestbuy.com

    Yes, I would recommend this to a friend.

  • QUIET / FLEXIBLE / PORTABLE AIR CONDITIONER
    Reviewed by TheOffice1234 - April 29, 2022

    [This review was collected as part of a promotion.] GE - 450 SQ. FT. SMART PORTABLE AIR CONDITIONER 11,000 BTU - WHITE MODEL:APWA11YBBW Best Buy Tech Insider Network QUIET / FLEXIBLE / PORTABLE AIR CONDITIONER OVERALL The GE - 450 SQ. FT. SMART PORTABLE AIR CONDITIONER works well and is relatively quiet for the size and rating (about 55 decibels on high fan). It is much quieter than a different brand window mounted conditioner we purchased a few years ago. It seems well made and seems like it will last. The controls work well and are easy to understand. The remote works well. Even the phone app works well, although it is pretty much just a remote as well. The exhaust hose seems sturdy and is long enough that you have some flexibility on where you place the unit. I like that the AC has louvers on it that can be made to move around to help with airflow. Overall, it is a pretty solid unit. SET UP and PHYSICAL STUFF: If you’ve not used a portable AC before, you need to know that you have to mount a rather large hose (like a dryer vent) between the AC and to your window. The GE - 450 SQ. FT. SMART PORTABLE AIR CONDITIONER includes a mounting kit and the hose. However, the mounting kit is only just OK and with minimal instructions. It is nice and long and fits both vertically or horizontally to match your window opening. But it does not lock into place on its own, so you have to secure it with tape or screws. Not a big deal, but it is not a cheap unit, and it would have benefited from a better mounting for the vent. The included app works well, but does not do much (just a basic remote). I had hoped that it could be controlled via Alexa, with the GE skills enabled, but Alexa says “no compatible devices found”. I’m certain all the parts are there to make this work, but since it is not a premium appliance they chose not to integrate it. I won’t take any points off for that, as they never said it would work with Alexa, but calling it a “Smart” device is a bit of a stretch. CONCLUSION / RECOMMENDATION If you want a brand name portable AC unit I think the GE - 450 SQ. FT. SMART PORTABLE AIR CONDITIONER is worth a close look. It seems well made.

    Review originally posted on bestbuy.com

    Yes, I would recommend this to a friend.

  • Small, easy to handle and powerful breeze.
    Reviewed by joecaffe - April 30, 2022

    [This review was collected as part of a promotion.] In the 3 or 4 months of Summer in the Northeast, you can't do without a good A/C. Most homes have central air which is great, but you usually have that room in the house that doesn't get cool enough or, in my case, the newly enclosed porch that has no central venting. The options are to get an unsightly window unit, a mini-split system, or this portable, free standing GE unit that quickly and easily rolls away when you don't need it. As long as you're not taking it up and down flights of stairs, you should be fine. I like how easy it is to connect the one exhaust tube to a window; with the included bracket and extenders, allows it to be connected either horizontally or vertically from 20" wide using the main piece, 29" with a second piece, 38" with the third piece, and up to 44" fully extended and secured. It comes with a foam strip to ensure the exhaust fits the window without air gaps. It also has predrilled holes presumably for having a more permanent mounting. I find that a 2" wide strip of duct tape works just fine. This being a smart a/c comes with wifi that connects to GE's SmartHQ app. It requires first connecting to the unit's own wifi network (timer button pressed for 3 seconds to enable) then asks which home network, I automatically chose the 2.4ghz since all smart devices require it, took maybe 3 minutes and done. The app allows you to turn the unit on from wherever you are, set the mode, temp, and fan speed. It also comes with a remote with its own screen and in addition to the app's features allows you to set a timer and oscillate the air flow. When turned on, you notice the noise of the fan, even on low setting. Fortunately, when the condenser kicks, there is no notable difference in sound making this comparatively quiet to previous models. The differential of ambient air tested at 70F to conditioned air at 44F shows considerable cooling ability. Being an a/c, it can dehumidify as well to the tune of over 8 gallons per day. Granted the tiny 1 quart built-in reservoir will not handle it which is why GE has added a bypass drain plug to which you can screw in a tube and connect it to a larger tank or floor drain. Otherwise, you can empty a full reservoir into a very shallow pan by opening the lower drain plug. I don't see it filling up too fast since it has an auto-evaporation feature which should keep you from having to empty it that often. I gave it 4 stars because it's a powerful, easy to setup and take down unit with the added convenience of app connectivity allowing it to be turned on before you get home. I took off a star because it's currently too expensive and a tad more noisy than I expected. If you can find it on sale, it's a worthy purchase considering it's 450sft room capacity.

    Review originally posted on bestbuy.com

    Yes, I would recommend this to a friend.

  • You Want Paradise? Don’t Pay the Price
    Reviewed by Turbolence - April 25, 2022

    [This review was collected as part of a promotion.] With few fundamental changes to the concept of air conditioning over the last several decades, portable air conditioners are arguably one of the major advancements in the field in quite some time. Perfect for parts of the house where a window air conditioner or extending the HVAC system doesn’t make sense, portable ACs help bring seasonal cooling capabilities to anywhere with a small window opening and a couple square feet of floor space can be spared. General Electric, once among the largest American appliance manufacturers and today a subsidiary of Haier Group, brings connected functionality to their latest 11,000 BTU portable air conditioning offering, promising (but ultimately failing to deliver) smart home integration with this convenient cooling solution. The GE 450 Sq. Ft. 11,000 BTU Smart Portable Air Conditioner delivers great performance but falls short on price and a few quality-of-life features. - Unboxing & Setup This GE portable air conditioner comes fully assembled with little more to do than to position it and install the exhaust vent bracket in your window. The unit sits on casters that makes sliding the unit from room to room easy on hard floors or low-pile carpets. At about 60 pounds it still needs quite a bit of strength to carry it between floors, but its smaller size and molded grab handles make this doable with some effort. I certainly wouldn’t want to carry it up or down the stairs often - if you have storage space on the same floor it’s probably the better idea to leave it there in the off season. The mounting hardware supports both traditional and casement style windows with a minimum opening of 5” x 20”, so it should support most any house. Sadly, the instructions to install the window bracket are too sparse and GE does not include screws to mount the bracket to your window, so setup will require a little pre-planning and perhaps drilling. You will want to screw the bracket into the window as well - the weight of the exhaust hose pulls the bracket out of the window cavity easily. Once installed the flexible hose is about 5 feet fully extended, leaving positioning limited to within a couple feet of the window. Setting up the exhaust vent is the longest part of the process. Once plugged in and powered on it can get right to work cooling or dehumidifying using the included remote, or set up to use GE’s Smart HQ app for Android and iOS. The WiFi chip inside the air conditioner only seems to read older 2.4GHz networks, however - if you’re running a modern 5GHz network you’ll need to set another one up in your router to support. - Cooling Performance & Noise Portable air conditioners work and vent their heat differently from window mounted units. The excess heat is not as easily vented, so the machine will be working against some radiant heat released into the room. Thus, the Department of Energy requires a Seasonally-Adjusted Cooling Capacity (DOE SACC) rating alongside the raw BTU rating - while this GE 450 Sq. Ft. Smart Portable Air Conditioner is rated at 11,000 BTU in absolute, the 7,850 BTU DOE SACC rating indicates this unit performs similarly to an 8,000 BTU window-mounted unit, and thus is best suited for medium-sized rooms. I have this portable AC set up in the top floor of a townhouse, where my central air conditioning struggles to deliver cool air up the three storeys in the summer months even with register boosters. The floor measures about 350 square feet, and the GE 450 Sq. Ft. portable air conditioner does an excellent job cooling the room. While my testing so far has been limited due to an unusually cool spring, I did manage to heat the room to about 75 F and started the aircon in its max cooling mode. After just a couple minutes the room felt noticeably cooler, and the temperature as measured on the opposite side of the room had dropped firmly below 70 in less than 10 minutes. Achieving the same effect with the house’s central air takes almost half an hour, again from the sheer distance of the HVAC vents making the house fan less effective, so this is a welcome result. In addition to the expected cooling and fan-only modes, this portable AC can also function as a dehumidifier, offering up to 45 pints per day of dehumidification. I haven’t been able to test this feature as the weather is not particularly humid recently, but seeing as humidity in the top floor has been an issue in previous summers, I’m excited by the prospect of further reducing electricity use by simply dehumidifying the room in what would be otherwise comfortable temperatures. Compared to other portable air conditioners I’ve seen and used, this GE unit sits somewhere near the average for noise output. The fan is certainly the loudest part of its operation, forcing an incredible amount of air through its fixed top vent, and even with the compressor running the noise is never unbearable. It may be an issue if you’re sitting close by and trying to have a conversation, but the aircon won’t make you reach for the headphones if you’re more than a few feet away. I’ve used other portable air conditioners in this performance class that are quieter, but are also much larger and heavier. - Smart Features & Maintenance GE’s Smart HQ app provides the basis for remote control and home automation. It walks you through setup with some processes that take an oddly long time to synchronize, and it requires you to create a GE Appliances account to use. Once past these hurdles the Smart HQ app allows full control of the air conditioner remotely, including power on/off, mirroring all the same controls you’ll find on the included remote. Basic functionality includes temperature setting and auto-shutoff timers. I was excited to hook the AC into my Google Home setup, but unfortunately neither the Google nor Alexa integrations featured in the Smart Home app apply to GE’s range of air conditioners, portable units like this one included. Pretty disappointed. Only two things need regular maintenance on the portable aircon - the air filter and the condensation tank. The air filter is easily accessible from a latched panel on the rear and should be vacuumed regularly to remove dust, and washed occasionally. The condensation tank will fill every now and then when using the air conditioner mode - once filled, the display will read “FL” and the aircon will only operate in fan mode until the tank is drained. The quart-size tank inside the unit can be drained using the lower plug near the floor. If you use the dehumidifier mode the condensation tank will fill very rapidly (most dedicated dehumidifiers have water buckets measured in gallons of capacity, not a single quart), and as such it’s recommended to use the continuous drain mode by connecting a regular garden hose to the top plug, bypassing the interior tank entirely to instead empty to a low sink or floor drain. - Bottom Line The GE 450 Sq. Ft. Smart Portable Air Conditioner is a great solution for rooms that can’t be as easily served by window air conditioners. Its performance is plenty strong, though its touted smart features are very basic. With the lack of digital assistant integration, cost is absolutely where this GE air conditioner needs improvement and keeps it from earning a top review score. At an MSRP of $599, this 11,000 BTU portable air conditioner is one of the most expensive in its class when comparing at similar cooling capacity - a premium that simply isn’t justified by a remote control app enabled only by an outdated wifi chip and a mediocre app. It simply doesn’t do enough to command the significant price premium.

    Review originally posted on bestbuy.com

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend.


Product Category
Air conditioners
Return/Exchange Period
30 days
Condition
Opened