Paying for a decent air conditioner is an almost immediate return on investment! Not only do they balance the moisture content of the air, but they also ensure cool and comfortable temperatures for those at the increased risk of health issues due to heat, such as pets and the elderly.
The most significant drawback to having an air conditioner unit installed is the hassle involved. The units are large and awkward, and once they are fit, it is extremely difficult to upgrade or move. If this sounds like why you haven’t invested in an air con yet, you might be the perfect candidate for a portable air con unit!
Permanent installation is a pain
Many apartments don’t have the space to accommodate a window-mounted air conditioner. Unfortunately – let’s face it – summer mostly needs the intervention of more than just a fan to keep you comfortable!
There are often questions about the “best” portable air con, but in reality, the best unit will be chosen according to your or your family’s specific needs.
The cooling rating of a portable air con is measured in BTUs. BTU stands for British Thermal Units. The greater the number in the BTU rating, the greater the floor area that can be efficiently cooled by the unit. This should be your first port of call when trying to determine whether the unit is suitable for your requirements.
What makes a good portable air conditioner?
The humidity levels in the area where you live should guide you as to whether you should invest in an evaporative or non-evaporative portable air conditioner.
Most of the commercially available units are non-evaporative, which means that it works by taking in hot air, cooling it, and releasing dehumidified air into the room. These models make the air drier than it was in its original state.
In the case of non-evaporative air-cons, the air is blown across ice or water, which cools the air through the evaporation process. This moistens the air, essentially acting as a humidifier in addition to cooling the room. While this is a great option for dry climates, it also requires a lot of ice to function optimally.
Is a portable or permanent unit better in the long run?
Window-mounted air conditioners are considered to be more heavy-duty than portable units. But the drawbacks are the weight and awkwardness of the units. They are more limited in their functionality than their portable counterparts, which are especially useful if you need to move the unit between different rooms, or even to a different location entirely.
Does a portable air conditioner need installation?
Yes, but it is minimal compared to a permanent installation. You will need a window so that the exhaust hoses can be set up in such a way as to vent the hot air that is generated as a by-product of operating the unit. Of course, it stands to reason that you will also need to have access to a wall plug point.
So these were some tips to consider when thinking about investing in a portable air conditioner for your home. Do you have any experience with a portable air-con? Let me know your thoughts in the comments.