When people think of home air conditioners, the first thing that usually comes into their minds are central air conditioning units or window units. Very little consideration is given to portable air conditioning units even thought they could be one of the most versatile appliances in your home.
Just thinking off hand of certain situations like ’empty nesters’ that live in large centrally air conditioned homes, it just doesn’t make economic sense to keep all of those unused rooms fully air conditioned throughout the summer. Yes, you will need a certain amount of climate control to keep furniture and other items from getting damaged, but it doesn’t need to be at the same comfort level for living conditions. lg dual inverter ac 1 ton In a case like this, a portable air conditioning unit would make perfect sense. It can move with you into the kitchen during meal times, into the den when relaxing in the evening in front of the television, then into the bedroom with you at night. There are dozens of other applications for portable air conditioners in the home. They are a great appliance to have on hand if you should run into an unexpected outage of your central or window air conditioners, particularly during the hot summer months.
Portable air conditioning units are very cost effective. While shopping at the local superstore, I ran across a 7,000 BTU unit that cost less than $300. No a lot of money to have a backup for your primary air conditioners and available if you need some extra spot cooling without causing your electric bill to spike out of control. Portable air conditioners also store away nicely when they are not in use. It’s not like you have to go out and buy a metal storage shed or build an extension on your home. Most portable air conditioners are about the same height and slightly wider than your vacuum cleaner just to give you an idea of the type of space they will consume for storage and use.
First and foremost, buy a unit with the highest BTU rating that you can afford. This will allow you to use it in most any situation. There are a few other things you will need to consider before purchasing a portable air conditioner for specific use:
Make allowances for Heat Exhaust
Don’t let me scare you by calling it exhaust. We’re not talking about clouds of smoke of carbon monoxide fumes. All air conditioners put out exhaust in the for of HOT AIR. Thing about your clothes dryer. It’s the same deal. All air conditioners (regardless of whether you are taking about a central system, a window unit, or a portable unit) take the hot air out and replace it with cool air. The hot air needs to go somewhere. Portable unit will come with collapsible duct tubing (ala your clothes dryer) to channel the hot air elsewhere, typically out of a window. Most will even come with an adjustable fitting for your window. You need to consider where you will most likely be using your unit and make sure you have access to an exhaust location and that the exhaust solution provided will work for you.
Check the Condensation Capacity
Another characteristic of all air conditioners it that they remove moisture from the air to various degrees of efficiency. Central air conditioning systems dispose of this condensation with pipes connected to your home’s sewage system. Windows units will drip out the back end that is hanging outside of your window. With portable units, there is nowhere to dispose of the condensation, so that most common solution is that they come equipped with a container or tub where the condensation is stored until you manually empty it.