You might have also hear mixed reviews about portable ac units. One of the most common questions that we get is, “Are portable air conditioners effective?”
The short answer is, “It depends.”
Here are our tips for selecting the most effective portable ac unit for your needs.
Are Portable Air Conditioners Effective?
Before you invest in a new portable air conditioner, you need to take a number of things into account to ensure that it will be an effective cooling solution for your home.
First, you need to determine the size of the space that the unit will have to cool. Many of the units will give details on the size of the space or the number of rooms that can be cooled. However, please note that a room with high ceiling or an area larger than the usual eight by ten room may not be accounted for in this information.
Portable units are ideal for small spaces. Typically a 10000-12000 BTU air conditioner unit can be used to cool one or two rooms. Small spaces will be cooler, while a large space will not be as cool. However, a unit that covers a larger space in the summer still will provide some needed relief from the heat.
The large portable units are perfect for large and open spaces, for example a kitchen, living room and dining room combination space. This space is ideal because there are no solid doors dividing the area.
A 25,000 BTU unit is typically ideal for this type of large space. The unit will be used more effectively if ceiling fans and other fans are added to the space in specific areas to increase the cooling effects of the unit.
You also need to carefully consider the size of the window that the portable unit will be installed in. If you cannot fit the unit in any of the windows in the room it is needed in, you may have to mount it on an exterior wall.
Some people take this option so that they can enjoy a cool room, as well as the sunlight that can come through the window. It is actually quite easy to mount the portable unit on an exterior wall of the building.
Another important factor you have to consider in your purchase of a portable unit is the circuits of the space that needs to be cooled. You also have to make sure that the unit’s plug is compatible with the circuit and that there will be enough power in the circuit to keep the cooling unit running in the future.
If your home is an older model, you may need to get a new circuit installed to ensure that there is adequate power available to run the unit and also to help you avoid power outages.
You can install one or more portable unit during the summer months to help you to save money during those hot times. A central air conditioning system uses a lot of electricity; whereas, portable air conditioners actual utilize significantly less electricity which in turn will reduce the high monthly bills.