The good news is that portable air conditioners have changed all that. This device can be used in rooms where there is no air conditioning, or places where no electrical outlets are available. They can also be used as outdoor air conditioners.
Our favorite outdoor air conditioner – used for tents or other enclosed spaces – is the Tripp Lite SRCOOL12K Portable Cooling / Air Conditioner Stand Alone Spot Air Cooler 120V, 60Hz, 12K BTU. This is a powerful unit that will keep you and your clients cool even during the hottest days of summer.
Although some persons are of the opinion that acquiring a window air conditioner unit will remedy the situation, there are some areas in the house such as the basement, that may not have any windows. One benefit of portable units is that they can be moved from place to place as desired. They are usually lightweight with wheels, which allow for easy movement and transportation. They also possess the capability to remove warm air by using a hose, and also collect the humidity from the air.
The units do not act as chillers, but rather as coolers, so this needs to be understood. This is so because they do not have the power of other types of air-conditioning devices, and are more exposed to warm air, since they are used outdoors. They however, can make the air in a particular area much more comfortable. A very good feature of these outdoor air conditioners, is that they can function in the fan mode and also as dehumidifiers, when the cooling function is not required.
The selection of a suitable size is quite simple. Portable air conditioners are generally measured according to their BTUs (British Thermal Unit). The size of the room that needs cooling, determines the required BTUs. Most persons for example, will use as a rule of thumb the fact that if the measurement of a room is 150 sq ft., then a unit with 7,500 BTUs is required.
If the size of the room is 200 sq ft., then a 9,000 BTU unit will be ideal. The largest will be about 12,000 BTUs. The cost of these units may be somewhat more expensive, than the cost of window units. Of course, a window unit will undoubtedly not be able to compare with a portable air conditioning unit.