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Affordable, 8,000-BTU portable air conditioner with timer and reusable filter ideal for small rooms/apartments

The Global Air NPA1-08C is a great air conditioner for people on a budget and/or who live in apartments. With 8,000 BTU, the air conditioner is able to cool down about 200-square feet, so you can have it a small room of a larger house if you want, too. You can use the digital timer to set the cooling schedule to conserve energy, and the filter is reusable too, so you don’t need to waste filters either.

8,000 BTU cools 200-square feet

200-square feet describes rooms like offices, small bedrooms, and apartments. Both the fan and cooling modes have two speeds so you can cool a room quickly, and the 4-way air direction helps distribute the cool air evenly. You also can use the dehumidifying mode for especially humid days.

Dehumidifies 2 pints per hour

In terms of what the dehumidifier can do, it’s able to accumulate two pints of moisture per hour. That’s about 48 pints per day, which is great for really humid days when the air is not only hot, but wet. For a small air conditioner, 48 pints in 24 hours is a pretty impressive amount.

Digital controls and timer

You operate the three functions on the air conditioner using a digital control panel. There, you can select the temperature you want, turn on a sleep mode, and schedule when you want the unit to turn off or on within four hours. A remote control lets you make all these adjustments from a distance, so you don’t have to walk over the unit every time you want to make a change.


Reusable filter

With a lot of air conditioners, you have to replace the filter a lot. This can cost you a lot of money, and it’s not great for the environment. The filter on the Global Air NPA1-08C air conditioner is reusable, so you just wash it out and slide it back into the air conditioner. You do have to replace washable filters eventually, but they’re effective for 3-5 months at least.

Convenient size

The NPA1-08C is a very convenient size if you’re limited on space. It’s only 14.2 x 11.8 x 30.0, so at its tallest, it’s only about 2.5 feet. Its smallness lets you choose from a variety of spaces, and moving it around is easy thanks to the casters.


This unit is much cheaper than other air conditioners, and it doesn’t sacrifice on effectiveness. It has all the basic functions to keep you comfortable during the summer, and you don’t have to pay for a lot of extras or complicated technology.


Has to be vented to the outside

One of the annoying things about the Global Air is that it has to be vented outside. This limits you in terms of where you can place it since it needs to be by a window. It also need to stand upright for 24 hours before it works. Luckily, you get a window installation kit in the box, as well as detailed instructions so setting it up shouldn’t be too difficult even if you’ve never done it before.

Overall Review

The Global Air NPA1-08C portable air conditioner functions as both an air conditioner and dehumidifier. Due to its size and power, it’s most effective in smaller rooms and apartments, and with four total fan and cooling speeds, a hot, humid room is quickly cooled down. The Global Air is affordable and you save money on filters, so it’s a great option if you don’t want to spend an arm-and-a-leg on an air conditioner, but you do want to stay cool during the summer.