Your Portable Air Conditioner Options

If you are considering buying a portable ac unit this summer, there are a number of issues that you should consider before you make your purchase.

This article will walk you through the process of finding a suitable portable air conditioner for your home.

Electricity Requirements
The first thing that you need to check is whether or not the portable living roomair conditioner will work with you outlets. Most of the smaller ac units (under 14000 BTUs) will work fine with 120 volt outlets.

But some of the larger units require 230 volts. If you do need a special 230 volt outlet, you will have to contact an electrician to ensure that you have one set up properly.

Some older homes may also need a newer 120 v outlet for smaller units. Sometimes, older homes have difficulty sustaining an air conditioner. If your wiring is old, your ac may cause power outages.

Energy Bills
Many of the new portable air conditioners come with high EER ratings. The higher the rating, the more money you’ll save on your electricity bills. But super high EER ratings will also cost you more on the upfront costs of the air conditioner itself. You need to do the math to determine if you will use the unit for enough time to justify a particularly high EER.

Key Features
Some of the most critical features you will need on your new portable air conditioner are a programmable thermostat and multiple fan settings. A thermostat that you can program will save you money on your energy bills because it will allow you to set the unit to cool to a certain temperature and then stop cooling.

Multiple fan settings will make it easy for you to use your ac throughout the summer. When it is really hot, you can crank up the unit. When it is cooler, however, you can reduce the cooling capacity.

Venting
The final issue to consider is how you plan to vent your portable ac unit. Portable air conditioners come with either a single house or dual hose set up. Generally speaking, the dual hose units are more efficient in terms of cooling.

In either case, you will need to set up your ac near a window or a sliding glass door so that you can vent the exhaust tube to the outside.

VIDEO: How to Vent Your Portable Air Conditioner

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