(READ IMPORTANT 8/6/2013 UPDATE AT END)
I bought this at Lowe's to hopefully cool down a 250 ft² room that has sliding windows so a normal window air conditioner wouldn't work. It is supposedly good up to 450 ft². Very early impression is a well-built, solid unit that ran fairly quietly and cooled down the room from 83°F to 70° in about 7 hours. I'll be watching to see how often I need to empty the water and if the unit will just leak onto the carpet if I don't catch it in time. It was only 86° today, so I wonder about the main part of summer coming up with long stretches of days in the 90°'s and up. Will it keep up? If I find out anything over time I'll try to update this description or put something in the comments.
NOTE: I did find in the instructions where it says the unit shuts off if the water tank gets full. Problem: The drain valve is basically at floor level and WAAAYYYY too low to get anything under it to drain the water into, except maybe a cookie bake pan. I ended up finding a small platform to place the Idylis on which raises it up about 4" so I could fit a container under the drain plug. It's going to stay on that platform all the time. Also, the drain plug is on the back instead of the front where it would be more convenient, at least for the way I have it set up. I did try to auto on and off feature and they work fine. It does cool very well.
UPDATE: 8/6/2013: I was throwing out the box & noticed important information on the outside that could explain why I've never had to drain the water and why some people may be having trouble with their units running hot. It says that in A/C mode it uses the condensed water to cool the coils and then the water is blown out of the vent. Apparently continuous drain is for dehumidifying mode when the unit doesn't need to cool the coils. It doesn't say to not use the drain hose in A/C, so maybe you can though. Why this is on the outside of the box and not in the instructions is beyond me. I can only tell you my experience about this, you might have different results.
You can now read the instruction manual I uploaded 4/30/2015 here: https://youtu.be/dRntY-_E-ss
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