Portable Air Conditioners

Portable air conditioners are a great alternative to room air conditioners, also known as window or wall units, or as a supplement to central air conditioning. They are perfect for apartment buildings that do not permit window units, or for homes with windows that cannot accommodate permanently installed window room air conditioners. Portable units are great for situations where installing a standard air conditioner may not be cost-effective, or even possible.

Some of the advantages of a portable units are:

• No permanent installation required

• Compact

• Easy to maneuver

• Completely movable from room to room (set on rolling casters)

In addition to providing cooling comfort, portable units also act as dehumidifiers due to the refrigeration cycle. Therefore, for people living in extremely humid climates, a portable air conditioner will keep you both cool and comfortable.

However, it is required that you place the unit close to a window, since you'll need to run the exhaust hose outside. Also, portable air units are pretty heavy, weighing between 50 and 90 pounds on average, and a few weigh as much as 120 pounds. So, if you have trouble lifting more than 50 pounds and need to move a portable ac for optimal room to room cooling, this might be a problem.

Models vary in cooling capabilities, directly related to the unit's BTU (British Thermal Units) rating per hour. The portable air conditioning units offered differ by brand, maximum cooling area, venting needs, and by additional unit features (such as whether a remote control is included, how many speed options there are for the unit fan, etc.). Some units have added heating capabilities as well which are more expensive.

But the most important thing to determine when choosing a portable unit is the size needed. An air conditioner that is too small will not be able to keep up with cooling demand.

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