Portable Air Conditioners
One of the biggest advantages of purchasing a portable ac unit is having the ability to move it to any room at any time quickly and easily. Some units are powerful enough to cool all the rooms on one floor eliminating the need to buy separate window models for each room.
The downside is the ability to cool every room at the same time. All models require attaching a hose to the window to vent hot air, which may put limits on where they can be useful. Unlike a window unit, these appliances will occupy floor space in the room and some models are noisy.
Window Air Conditioners
A window unit will save space but require installation, so they must remain in one location. Most of the noise generated by these appliances is outside, so they are not distracting for people in the room. Any condensation is also directed to the exterior.
In locations with cold winters, users will have to cover the unit to eliminate the risk of freezing and to block cold air from entering the home. Some people remove the unit during the winter but others find this to be a hassle and prefer to leave it in place. These units allow for individual climate control in the room, so different rooms can be cooled to different temperatures.
Consumers searching for a suitable air cooling system should weigh all factors before making a final decision. Some factors may be more important depending on individual preference and need. People who live alone may decide that a portable cooler is the best option because it can be relocated to any room. Window air conditioner units are the best options for individuals who have limited space.
They are also a wise choice for senior citizens with limited mobility who may have a difficult time relocating a portable unit from room to room. Most of these types of units require minimal maintenance. People who live in apartments will have to ask management if installing a window unit is allowed because some apartment complexes prohibit renters from installing any major appliances.