Air conditioners are sometimes the only option to get cool air inside. Whether you endure hot weather all year long or only for a few months in a year air conditioning can become necessary to keep your home comfortable.
In most cases, a central air conditioner or individual AC units in every room of the house may not seem comfortable.
During the colder months of the year generally, all the doors and windows in a home are left shut to leave the cold air outside. But cooking can be trouble as the cold air can make the kitchen really uncomfortable. You may wonder if you could take down the wall mounted air conditioner and place it in the kitchen. Unfortunately, this is not possible.
However, there are different types of portable air conditioners which can be easily moved with ease. No matter which room you want to cool a portable air conditioner can do it for you within no time. The inbuilt castors allow you to move it throughout your house as per your requirements. A portable air conditioner also has fewer maintenance costs as compared to a wall or window-mounted air conditioners.
Another important feature of portable air conditioners is that they can also dehumidify a room which can make the room more comfortable. For homes that already have a portable air conditioner, a portable air conditioner can be used to lower the temperature of a specific area where you spend a lot of time. Not only you feel comfortable but you can save a lot on energy bills as you don’t have to cool your entire home.
5 Things to Consider Before Buying a Portable Air Conditioner
1. How many BTU’s do I need to Cool my Space?
How many BTU’s ( British Thermal Units ) do I need to cool my space? Before considering this question, you first need to check how big is the space you want to cool. Measure the square footage of your space. Next check the BTUs of the unit which tells you how much cooling energy the unit will provide.
You shouldn’t just buy the air conditioner with larger BTUs because larger units do consume more power.
If you need to cool a relatively small area, purchasing a portable air conditioner with enough BTUs to get the job done effectively, like the Haier CPRB08XCJ Portable Air Conditioner with 8,000 BTUs, can cut down operating costs, the purchase price, and the size of the unit.
Conversely, the Haier CPN14XC9 Portable Air Conditioner which features a whopping 14,000 BTUs can handle cooling problems in much larger areas.
Air conditioner makes noise, no matter if it is window, ductless or portable AC.
In most cases, the noise produced is relatively minimal and is mostly described as ‘ background noise ‘ that you likely won’t even notice.
However, while shopping a portable air conditioner noise level is an important factor to consider. If it’s a matter to you to find an AC unit that doesn’t add too much noise to your home when it’s turned on, you can find specially designed quieter models. If manufacturers have put effort into making an air conditioner quieter, they’ll mention it in their marketing materials.
Generally, portable air conditioners shouldn’t be much trouble to install or they won’t suit that “portable” title very effectively. The main thing you’ll need to worry about is hooking up the window kit for ventilation.
Your portable AC unit should come with a clear step-by-step user manual on how to do this and anyone with basic around-the-house DIY experience should expect the process to be relatively quick and simple.
If you do plan on taking advantage of the portable nature of the air conditioner and often move it from one room to another, then it will be good to buy an extra vent kit and install it in the second room. This will simplify the process, as all you need to do is set up the hose(s).
4. Energy Efficiency
Depending on how you use the AC unit, you may see a variation in the amount of energy you use. (unless you’re using it to decrease your use of central air conditioning unit). We’ll provide details about portable air conditioners and how they’re rated that even makes it possible to compare how specific models perform in terms of energy efficiency.
If saving energy costs is important to you, it’ll be better finding an air conditioner with a programmable thermostat that will automatically switch off when your room reaches the temperature you’ve set it for. Make sure you keep your unit clean and well maintained, as any AC having more workload due to improper maintenance will end up using more energy.
You should also have a look at an Energy Efficiency Ratio (EER). The EER tells you how many BTUs are used for each watt of power. In other words, units with higher EERs are more energy efficient.
Portable air conditioners vent out hot air, which means you will need to keep yours close to a window. Most portable air conditioners come with a window venting kit and clear instructions on how to set up the air conditioner up so that it vents properly. In most cases, they are all quite simple to set up, which makes them easy to move from room to room.
If you want to keep your air conditioner in a space that is a ways away from the window, then check the maximum width the window kit can extend to. Some model portable AC’s have kits that will allow you more flexibility on where you keep it, but others will need to stay close to the window. Depending on the model you choose, you will be able to buy an extension hose or vent kit that will allow you to move it to a more convenient spot.
Top 5 Portable Air Conditioners To Buy
We’ve researched and reviewed five different portable air conditioners from top brands.
Pros and cons of all the products are listed in detail.
Whynter Dual Hose
Breath freely and feel fresh with the Whynter Dual Hose portable air conditioner.
It features a handy LCD display that shows the current indoor temperature, fan speeds, operation modes, and timer settings, and features a remote control for enhanced convenience of use. The 24-hour programmable timer enables the conditioner to turn on and off automatically at the pre-set time. The auto drain technology prevents excess moisture collection. The air compressor automatically switches off when the water tank is full. The Whynter Dual Hose conditioner also boasts some great purifying capabilities. Unlike many cheaper air conditioners, this one employs two types of filters – washable and carbon air. The length of the window pipe is 152 centimeters, which is long enough to install the unit in any convenient spot.
It has three operational modes: Air conditioner, Fan or Dehumidifier with adjustable digital thermostat control range from 61° – 89°F.
Noise level : < 56 dBA
Power Consumption : 1250 W/ 10.8 A
Item Weight : 80 Pounds
Dehumidifier Capacity : 85 pints / per day
2. Royal Sovereign ARP-9411
The Royal Sovereign combines the functionality of three appliances – an air dryer, air conditioner, and a fan and is suitable for premises that aren’t much bigger than 9 sq.m. in size. The air conditioner is sleek and ultra-quiet. No problems of annoying rattling sounds or hums are heard that you would face with most air conditioners. This unit operates at less than 65 dB sound creating a peaceful and quiet environment at home. The conditioner is quite lightweight (26.76 kg) and therefore, can be easily moved around. It has caster wheels and two handles so that you can move it from one room to another effortlessly.
Other features include a digital control panel, remote control, and an automatic condensate evaporation system. With the Royal Sovereign conditioner, you can set the period of time during which you want it to keep running and return to the chilled home from work or walk.
Noise level : < 65 dBA
Item Weight: 18 Pounds
Dehumidifier Capacity : 55 pints / per day
3. Hisense AP10CW2G
This Hisense AP10CW2G can be controlled with an included remote, your smartphone, and can be voice-controlled. It works with both Alexa and Google Voice Assistant. It runs quiet and the cross-flow fan design cools your space quickly. The included window ventilation kit installs quickly in horizontal or vertical windows from 18 to 50-inch wide openings.
The I-Feel temperature sensor built into the remote control transmits the surrounding temperature back to the unit, providing maximum comfort. An ultra-quiet compressor and a new cross-flow fan design give you quiet, strong airflow. Set it and forget it with the programmable 24-hour on/off clock and timer.
Noise level: < 47 dBA at the low fan speed
Item Weight: 72 Pounds
4. Honeywell Compact Cooler and Humidifier
Prefer gentle humidity over coolness?
New to evaporative air cooling?
This portable AC unit from Honeywell packs a ton of features into a value-priced product. In addition to serving as an air-conditioner, it can also be used as a fan and humidifier. Other features include low energy, carbon dust filter, and a remote control. It’s available in five sizes, from 176 to 525 CFM
The lightweight, highly energy-efficient, model is built to cool your space immediately. Couch, bed, workspace, breakfast nook—the unit is compact and easily portable for personal evaporative cooling. It features a timer which can be programmed for up to 7.5 hours facilitating unattended operation. Whisper-quiet option for lighter sleepers. Select the low-fan setting for humidification. The sensation is like a lakeside breeze.
It has washable active carbon filter traps dust, odors, and pollutants.
Noise level : < 24 dBA
Power Consumption : 7.4 W – 32 W ( low to high)
Item Weight : 12.6 Pounds
Dehumidifier Capacity : 85 pints / per day
5. Frigidaire Smart Portable Air Conditioner
This Frigidaire just might be the smartest piece of tech in your home. You can remotely turn the unit on or off, change temperature, and control mode and fan speeds using remotes or the Frigidaire app. This all adds up to saving energy. The A/C unit will remind you when the filter needs to be changed and about any other maintenance it needs. It’s rated to cool a room up to 550 square feet. It Features an LED lighting, a modern mesh grill, and a sleek new shape, this unique unit blends seamlessly into any room. In addition, you can cool your room from anywhere, anytime using your smart device. With effortless Scheduling, conveniently develop a custom schedule for your AC 24 hours a day. Ideal for cooling a room up to 550 square feet you can easily program your AC day and night, during the week, and on weekends.
Item Weight: 1.75 Pounds
Dehumidifier Capacity : 42 pints / per day