Portable air conditioners have gained in popularity in recent years because they provide great cooling and don’t require a complicated installation process. In particular, portable ac units are a popular choice for those who rent or people who have run into issues with window air conditioners. Many condo boards prohibit residents from installing window air conditioners, arguing that they are ugly. With a portable ac, however, the unit sits inside your room and is merely vented through a hose out of the window or sliding patio door. Portable ac units are also easy to move since most come on casters and can be wheeled from room to room. Finally, portable air conditioners are easy to install. By contrast, installing a central air conditioner is a drawn out, messy, and expensive process.
Portable air conditioners are also so popular because they are relatively inexpensive to purchase and the run even during the worst heat waves of the summer. You can pick up a decent portable air conditioner for a few hundred dollars and have it up and running in no time. Also, many of the newer portable air conditioners come with relatively high EER ratings, which means that they are energy efficient. This can save you money on your electricity bills all summer long.
One of the popular brands of portable air conditioners is the Arctic King line. Renowned for their low prices, the Arctic King portable air conditions come in a range of sizes, from 5000 to 14000 BTUs. A 5000 BTU unit will cool a tiny bedroom up to about 150 square feet, while a 14000 BTU unit can cool up to 500 square feet.
In spite of their low prices, the Arctic King units do come with some nifty features, including a decent dehumidifier, multiple speed fan, and a reusable filter that can be removed and washed. The one complaint that we’ve heard about the Arctic King units is that the dehumidification sensors are sometimes a bit off. This can result in the unit switching off before the room is adequately cooled. Overall, however, the Arctic King units are a great value.