Free Standing Air Conditioners: The Insider’s Guide

If you have a central air-conditioner in a multi-story house, you may have run into a very common problem. Essentially, central air conditioners sometimes fail to cool the entire house and the top floor is often considerably warmer than the rest of the structure.

With the recent increase in summer temperatures combined with  high levels of humidity, it can be really uncomfortable in certain parts of your home if you do not have the central air-conditioning adequately cooling the upper floor of your house.

In recent years, free standing or “portable” air-conditioners become quite popular.

Apartment dwellers who are not allowed to install window air conditioners or residency do not want to block window with a window unit particularly like the convenience of a freestanding air conditioner.

But some homeowners who already have central air conditioning have also found that freestanding units can come in quite handy.

In particular, many homeowners have opted to rely on free standing air conditioner units to cool certain rooms in their home. Not only are these air-conditioners convenient because they’re portable, but there also fairly cheap to run.

So if you are having problems with your central air conditioner failing to cool certain rooms in your home, a quick and relatively inexpensive solution is to rely on one of these freestanding units.

Here are some tips to consider if you’re in the market for a freestanding AC unit.

For a freestanding unit, we recommend that you buy one slightly more powerful than you think you might need. With central air conditioners, by contrast, HVAC specialists always recommend that you buy a central air conditioner that is the correct size for your home. And this is good advice.

If you buy a central AC that is too big for the space that you intend to cool, it means that the compressor will cool down your home quickly and then move move into it’s cycle mode. This actually leads to increased humidity in the air which can be quite uncomfortable.

In all honesty, the freestanding units don’t tend to cool as efficiently as a window air conditioner or a central unit. As a result, we recommend that you go with a unit slightly more powerful one of them would be indicated based on the square footage of the room that you intend to cool.

We recommend that you stay away from any of the tiny units that only offer 5000 or 6000 BTUs.

Rather, your best bet is to go with freestanding air conditioner with at least 9,000 BTUs. This size of unit will do a very good job cooling the room size 304 ft.². Moreover, you do have the option of moving it from room to room if you choose. And a 6000 BTU machine will not be outrageously heavy. (Most freestanding units come on casters so that they can be rolled from room to room if desired.)

Also, make sure the you check out the energy efficiency rating for any units that you are considering buying. Freestanding air conditioners really run the gamut in terms of energy efficiency and, if saving money on your monthly electricity bills is important to you, is worth taking a close look at those ratings.

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