A small portable air conditioner is easy to carry, install, and remove the unit that is usually built into a wall, window, or internal structure of a building. It’s available in many power strengths and all you need to do is to choose the one that you like. Just like the other conditioners, it uses compressors to inhale warm air, cools it, and expel it out of a room through a pipe or hose. These units aid in cooling a room by removing warm air.
Although window unit air conditioners are convenient for cooling very large areas, small portable air conditioners are ideal for room to room cooling and areas that do not allow space for a window unit. A portable unit can be used in an individual room and even a basement area during hot summer months. They are usually lightweight or have wheels for easy transfer from one room to another. Most small portable air conditioner devices are capable of cooling a room that is between 300 and 400 square feet.
There is no need to limit a portable a/c to a smaller space, such as a small bedroom or even a bathroom. These units provide enough cold air to keep normal sized rooms comfortable when left on for a measurable period. They can be toted around for increased comfort as needed depending on where the people are.
It is best to speak with a professional concerning what size portable cooling unit is needed based on room size. A person familiar with all of the different types can help buyers determine which size is best, such as 10,000 BTU/hr. A buyer should weigh their options before making a purchase.
Some portables include the convenience of remote control and a built-in dehumidifier. This adds to the positive aspect of owning one. However, possible buyers should keep in mind that portables may be a bit noisier than window ones.
Window units, on the other hand, cannot be moved from room to room. They are stationary and are cumbersome to uninstall from one window and move to another room. They are heavier and require one person outside and one person inside to make sure the device does not fall out of the opening during or after installation. Depending on the height of the window from the outside, a quick trip to the ground could damage or even destroy the unit.
Window air conditioners are also prone to dripping condensation to the area below. Be sure there are no electrical components or expensive items sitting underneath it. This could cause safety problems or property damage. The window should be sturdy and something seldom used for a view. The a/c will block the people inside from looking outside or opening it up.
Portables may use an air hose to vent air to the outside. The area around the hose should be limited in allowing outside air to come in. The exhaust hose is usually small and placed in a window, which makes installation easy. Some models do not require ventilation to the outdoors.