Initially, the units do great cooling the house and there's a drain on the back of the machine that I can put a hose in to divert the condensation into a larger container so I don't have to take it outside to drain it.
Our summers can get very humid, and the machine eventually ends up spilling excess condensation into the pan at the bottom of the machine and it ends up overflowing onto the floor. So, I found a large plastic container lid that I could use the catch that water, but it still was producing too much condensation from the humidity. I'd end up having to go to too much trouble to either sop up that water, or drain it by some other means.
I decided to make an AC platform about 8 inches off the floor where I could line it with plastic that has a drain hole in it, so any excess water would be caught in the plastic liner and drain into a large bucket below it which would be easy to just dump in the sink (no more sopping water up or going to a lot of trouble to deal with the excess condensation). I couldn't find anything from any business that made something like that already, so I had to design something that was just functional.
It's not "pretty", but it works! ac-platform: http://i68.tinypic.com/29bd11j.jpg
Does anyone know of anything already pre-built that serves the same purpose that can be ordered online? I've looked using many different search terms and come up with nothing, so I made a rough version of something functional myself.
If you don't know of anything already pre-made like this, how would you design it differently to do the same thing?