Perhaps you’ve heard of the innovative Noria window AC billed as “the world’s first premium room air conditioner, designed just for you.” The brand was funded by a Kickstarter campaign and has been delayed by more than a year.
Well, the brand name has changed from Noria to Kapsul Air.
And the W5 window air conditioner is due for release in early 2020. Pre-orders are being taken at $499.
This review shares what information is currently available online and from backers of the Kapsul Air.
Looking for general window AC information? If so, our Window Air Conditioner Buying Guide might be useful to you. It includes comprehensive research on window air conditioner features, efficiency levels, EER/CEER ratings and how to choose the right size window air conditioner for your needs.
Kapsul Air W5 Window Air Conditioner Features
This 5,000 BTU unit is the first to be introduced. Here’s what has people talking about it.
The dimensions are 7.3" X 20" X 22". The original design was just 5.8” tall, but to boost efficiency, the compressor size and therefore the height of the unit was modified.
Still, the low profile reduces the obstruction caused by traditionally shaped window air conditioners. It also makes it easier to store the AC, perhaps under a bed, during months you don’t use air conditioning.
Smart Control and Wi-fi
The unit has a programmable timer and integrates with Alexa, Google Assistant and the cloud. These features allow you to control the Kapsul Air W5 with voice or the mobile app. It also works with the popular nest thermostat.
The W5 comes with a sturdy plastic frame that fits windows from 21 to 36 inches wide. Then, the 40lb W5 fits into the opening in the frame and locks into place securely.
Fresh Air Option
There are times you don’t need cooling, but would like fresh air in a stuffy room. The W5 fresh air mode exchanges outside air for polluted indoor air.
The window air conditioner market is switching from R410A to R32. Neither type depletes ozone, but the R32 has a much lower (675) global warming potential, or GWP, than R410A (2088).
Kapsul Air is using R410A in the first-generation W5. It will be interesting to see if they switch to R32.. If this is important to you, see our Friedrich window air conditioner reviews. Several models use R32.
|Series||BTUs||CEER (1)||Refrigerant||MSRP||Key Features|
|W5||5K||10.9 CEER||Unknown||499||Smart integration, compact, low profile, timers|
*Note: (1) CEER is combined energy efficiency rating - the higher the rating, the more efficient the unit is. * indicates Energy Star qualified.
Check Out the Video
This video is an introduction to the Kapsul Air W5 window air conditioner.
Features the W5 Does Not Have
Casement Window Models: The unit is designed for single- and double-hung windows, not for casement or sliding windows. This guide includes top vertical window air conditioners in 2021
Heat: These are AC-only units. Most other brands we’ve reviewed have models with a heating element (space heater) or true heat pump technology.
We’ll Keep You Posted
Update on May 28, 2020:
Promises, promises. This unit was expected to be available more than 2 years ago. The lengthy delay has produced frustrated consumers that have already made a deposit on a unit and investors, a few of whom have started floating the “scam” idea.
Apparently it isn’t a scam. We’ve seen Kapsul Air units. Mass production has been delayed, for sure.
The latest update on Kapsul Air’s site says, “The first batch arrives to US ports June 8th then will be sent to customers by June 15th” of 2020.
That answer and other FAQs are here.
We’ll see, and we will keep you posted if there are new developments.
As more information about the Kapsul W5 becomes available, we will update this review.