Asking these questions will help you to determine whether having a portable AC unit is necessary.
Check out our review of the best brands of portable air conditioners on a handy comparison table here.
There are several major brands that are currently available and like any market, you are going to pay for brand recognition. For instance, you are going to pay a lot less for a Ford than you will if getting a BMW.
Unlike cars, however, portable AC models are not extremely complex machines. Typical units should come with full warranties and as long as an option has a decent warranty, then it should usually be a safe investment. So the idea is to not be discouraged by brands that are lesser known and that are significantly cheaper.
Portable units also range in terms of their technical specifications and these can include highly efficient designs that provide a very cool indoor environment while using a small amount of energy and boasting a sleek exterior, to larger, clunkier types that cost less but use more energy.
The model you select will obviously need to be reflective of your circumstances, if you only plan to use it once each night for just 30 minutes in order to cool down your sleeping space because you have poor ventilation in your bedroom, then I doubt that you will need a top quality gadget. Be smart.
This is actually an extremely important point. Whether you believe it or not, when you get ready to buy a portable AC unit the difference between the most costly options and those that are cheap could prove insignificant. Do some research in order to ensure that you are getting good value.
The most important point overall. When we talk about costs, we are referring to a unit that is overly priced. Have you noticed that when you shop in stores that pride themselves for being “high-quality” an item is priced far higher than it is when sold by a store that is less-known for its quality? You are ultimately paying a cost for the privilege of shopping in that particular store.
When shopping at a big chain, especially one that has a number of local stores, you are helping to pay their overhead costs in the price of the air conditioning unit that you intend to buy.