If you need some serious cooling power and like the look and performance of LG appliances, the LG Electronics LP1414GXR 14,000 BTU Portable Air Conditioner with LCD Remote Control might be just what you’re looking for. But what else do need to know about it before considering a purchase, and is it really worth the price? Please keep reading for this information, including out own thoughts and impressions about the LP1414GXR’s quality and value.
Cooling Power & Coverage Area
With 14,000 BTUs of cooling power, the LP1414GXR is suitable for typical rooms up to 600 square feet in area. Please note, however, that if the room you intend to cool has one of many “heat factors,” such as vaulted ceilings, large picture windows, or otherwise receives lots of sun, you can expect this figure to drop to some degree – this of course would apply to any 14000 BTU air conditioner.
Exhaust Hose Design
The LG LP1414GXR is fitted with single-hose (as opposed to a dual-hose) exhaust system. There are certain benefits of single hose portable air conditioners, such as a lower purchase price and more straightforward installation of the ventilation system. However, all other things being equal, single hose models are slightly less efficient than dual-hose exhaust systems. This is because a single hose unit must use indoor air to cool off the compressor, which causes some degree of “waste” of cooled indoor air. In addition, they can create a weak negative pressure as they exhaust, which can encourage some outside air to get sucked into the room via cracks around windows and the exhaust hose installation.
Nevertheless, units with high Energy Efficiency Ratios (as discussed in more detail below) tend to mitigate much of this slight inefficiency. Consequently, if you are going to get a single hose model, we always suggest you seek ones with high “EERs.”
Size & Portability
A 14,000 BTU portable air conditioner is going to be a rather large appliance, no matter what anyone says. However, the LG Electronics LP1414GXR is on the more compact side of the spectrum for such a large model, measuring 18.50 inches wide, 33.27 inches high and 13 inches deep. In addition, the sturdy rolling casters make it fairly easy to roll around from room to room.
We always preach about energy efficiency – because it’s important, especially when considering a single-exhaust hose portable air conditioner. The standard metric for comparing energy efficiency is the “Energy Efficiency Ratio (aka EER), which is obtained by dividing BTUs by total wattage. A score of around 10 is considered energy efficient, with higher scores even better. We see units ranging anywhere from 8 to 11.5 generally.
In this case, the LG LP1414GXR scores a 10.1– a very good score that largely mitigates the slight inherent loss of efficiency associated with its single-hose design.
Consumers are really demanding when it comes to sound output from portable air conditioners, and and are constantly searching for the quietest model available. But keep in mind that, unlike a window AC unit that has it’s compressor largely hanging outside, a portable model must house everything inside the room, where you can hear it!
With a fairly modest noise rating of 58 decibels – which is pretty good for a 14000 BTU model – you will certainly hear this unit running while you are in the same room, but it should be tolerable and you may even be able to catch some sleep with it in a bedroom. On the other hand, if you are particularly sensitive to any noise (like my wife), just about any air conditioner will likely cause you some annoyance.
- Full function remote
- Digital Touchpad controls
- 3.4 pint/hour dehumidifier
- Auto-swing louvers
- 3 fan speeds
- Auto restart
- Programmable 24-hour timer
- Water fill indicator
- Washable air filter
- Rolling casters
Price & Value
Currently selling for just over $500 shipped, this is a pretty good deal on a modern 14,000 BTU portable air conditioner. In addition, models with high EERs like this and a rich feature set usually come with a premium. Consequently, if you are looking for a reasonable purchase price, in addition to a low running cost, this is a good bet.
Pros & Cons
- Lots of cooling power
- Modern features and control panel
- Full function remote control
- High EER (10.1)
- Reasonably-priced for 14,000 BTUs
- Single-hose exhaust system slightly less efficient than dual-hose exhausts.
Concluding Thoughts & Opinions
If you are looking for a very powerful portable air conditioner that can take temps down quickly in rooms up to 600 square feet in area, the LG Electronics LP1414GXR 14,000 BTU Portable Air Conditioner with LCD Remote Control is a good choice for a few reasons. This model has a contemporary design, lots of sophisticated features, and combines great energy efficiency with a modest purchase price relative to other models with similar specifications. In addition, it has fairly low noise rating for bringing this much power, and uses a washable filter that you don’t need to constantly replace.
An all-around very good deal in our book!