This can be more than an inconvenience and poses a risk to health if the temperature stays hot for long periods. Portable air coolers offer affordable solutions for individuals who do not have central air cooling systems in their homes.
Can I Find a Portable Air Conditioner Under $200?
Let’s face it. We all like to save money. Sometimes, we get folks asking for our recommendation for cheap portable ac units. Last week, a guy emailed in to ask if we knew of a unit that cost less than $200.
We did some research and we couldn’t find any portable air conditioners under $200. But if you live in a dry climate (think Arizona), then you don’t actually need a portable ac. Rather, you can make do with an evaporative cooler (also known as a swamp cooler). These units do a great job cooling you down if it is dry heat. Take a look at the SPT SF-609 Portable Evaporative Air Cooler with Ionizer, for example.
For a Portable Air Conditioner, $300 is the Lowest
If you live in a humid part of the country, however, you’re going to have to spring for an actual air conditioner. The cheapest we managed to find was $300 with the SPT 8,000BTU Single Hose Portable AC.
A portable air conditioner features a flexible hose that connects to a venting kit to direct hot air outdoors. The hose is typically between five and seven feet long so the unit can be located anywhere in the room without a need to be adjacent to the window.
These portable units are ready for operation immediately with no installation required and can be moved from room to room quickly and easily. Most units have an outside case with casters making them easy to roll to a different location.
Because they cool only a small area, they are extremely energy efficient. Some models have timers allowing the user to program when they turn on and off. This saves money because the unit can be off during the day when no one is home and will automatically turn on at a specific time to cool the room right before someone comes home.
Most of the portable air conditioning units available on the market these days are between 25 and 35 inches tall and weigh between 60 and 85 pounds. They are available with various levels of power between 9,000 and 14,000 BTUs. Some even have heating functions allowing for year round indoor climate control.