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Times are changing quickly in the 21st century, and so are average temperatures. Every year seems even hotter than the year before, so it’s no surprise that more Filipinos are buying air conditioners earlier and earlier. From the traditional window type aircon to the sleeker, newer split type aircon units, there are dozens of cooling options available to the typical Pinoy consumer. In today’s TCL TAC-09CPA/W review, we’re going to talk about a portable aircon that packs a cooling punch in a compact package.
Founded in 1981, TCL is a fast-growing electronics company that has proven its quality time and again in the almost 40 years since its inception. One of the top sellers and manufacturers in the global TV market, TCL produces a range of different consumer electronics. These electronics range from TVs, audio, smart home products, and air conditioners. The company has received multiple awards for its competitiveness and quality, and that same standard of excellence applies to its air conditioners as well.
Why do Filipinos buy air conditioners? Rising temperatures and a dense urban landscape means that many Filipino households are concerned about air quality and staying cool. A majority of homes have air conditioning units, sometimes multiple, and the aircon market is filled with a variety of models and specs to satisfy even the most particular consumer.
While the typical image of air conditioners is the standard window type, that’s not always the most convenient option. Some homes may not have the space set aside for window types, however, or homeowners may be looking for a little more flexibility. That’s where portable air conditioners come in.
Portable aircons may not always be the typical buyer’s first choice, but they’re quickly growing in popularity for a lot of reasons. Perhaps most notably, portable aircons are, well, portable. You don’t need to pick a single spot and stick with it, unlike with a wall-mounted unit. Portable air conditioners come with window installation kits that are easy to set up and easy to remove, which means that you can more easily transfer your unit from one room to another.
This is especially beneficial for a younger generation who might foresee moving around a lot, or for people living in smaller homes. Portable aircons don’t require the amount of investment and installation fees that you may find with a wall-mounted unit. They also come with a ton of other benefits, as you’ll find in this TCL portable aircon review below.
The TCL TAC-09CPA/W is the smaller sibling of the TCL TAC-12CPA/W. Unlike the TAC-12CPA/W, which is a 1.5 HP unit, the TAC-09CPA/W is a 1.0 HP and works best in rooms that are 18 to 22 sqm. Although this might not be the best option for larger areas, it’s a great choice if you live in a smaller unit and want to save a bit on aircon costs.
While portable aircons aren’t the most energy efficient options out there, they do get the job done, and if you know how to use them right then you might even see better energy efficiency than with a window type. The TCL TAC-09CPA/W is one such aircon. It uses environmentally-friendly R410A refrigerant, which is also more efficient than other refrigerants. It also has an Energy Efficiency Ratio (EER) of 10.5, which is a pretty good rating for a portable air conditioner.
Despite its small size, the TCL TAC-09CPA/W packs a punch in terms of performance. It has a cooling capacity of 9495 kJ/h, with a 317 air flow volume. This puts it at par, and sometimes even better, than some of the more affordable wall-mounted type aircons.
You’ll find that the TAC-09CPA/W can cool a room pretty well, although it suffers from the same problems typical to a portable aircon. Although cooling is usually concentrated in just one area, a smart room layout will ensure that you’re getting the cooling you need. To ensure maximum cooling, make sure that there are no obstacles to the air flow of your TAC-09CPA/W, and try to avoid placing it in rooms where it’s competing with another heat source.
The TAC-09CPA/W comes with an easy window installation kit, with adjustable sliders that can fit most window lengths or widths. As mentioned earlier, the kit is as easy to set up as it is to remove, so you can look forward to portable cooling almost anywhere in your home. It also comes with a direct wash filter, meaning that keeping your aircon unit maintained is simple and easy.
The TAC-09CPA/W can be used nearly anywhere, so you get all the perks of a cooling unit without the permanence and investment of a wall-mounted aircon. As long as you have a window where your kit can fit and let out the hotter waste air, you can look forward to cool comfort whenever you want. It also comes with its own drainage system, meaning you won’t typically have to take it apart and drain the condensed water out yourself.
However, the TAC-09CPA/W does require manual air vent adjustment. That isn’t usually a problem, especially if you’re going to be in the same area as your unit anyway, but it’s something to take note of, especially if you’re looking for convenience.
Overall, the TCL TAC-09CPA/W is a great, affordable choice for Filipino consumers living in smaller homes, or who are looking to cool a smaller area. It has a pretty solid EER rating, and uses energy-efficient refrigerant so you can be sure you’re saving on electricity costs.
Portable air conditioners are becoming more and more popular options for Filipino buyers, and it’s not hard to see why. Portable, affordable, and with cooling capacities that are comparable with many wall-mounted models, they’re a great option for people who want a little flexibility. While this might not be the most popular TCL aircon, at Php 14,998 it puts up a pretty good performance.