The Best Portable Air Conditioner for Your Home or Office
Homes and offices that are not fitted with central air conditioning systems can be uncomfortable places during hot summer months.
There are a few situations in which portable air conditioning units provide an ideal solution for keeping your home or office cool.
When Portable Air Conditioners Are a Great Fit
If you are not looking to invest in a fully installed system, or your premises lack the required windows for ventilation, portable air conditioning units can be the ideal solution.
Similarly, portable units can be the ideal solution if you are a tenant and do not have the requisite permission to install such a system. Plus, you wouldn’t want to make an investment in a property that you don’t own.
In extremely hot weather or situations when a fully installed system is not up to scratch, portable units can also be used alongside them to provide additional cooling.
For a practical unit that you can take with you wherever you go and is not subject to building restrictions, portable air conditioners are the perfect solution.
Read on for some key features to look out for when making your choice.
Efficiency is Key
One of the main features you will want to look out for when making your selection is your chosen model’s energy efficiency.
Look for the British Thermal Unit (BTU) power. This will indicate how effective it will be at cooling your room and the level of energy efficiency it is achieved.
Choosing a portable air conditioner with a good energy efficiency rating is important. Not only for the effectiveness of the unit but your ongoing running costs of powering it.
So, make sure you do your homework!
What Effectiveness Can You Expect?
You will barely notice the difference between an installed unit with the right portable air conditioner.
Whether you are using your unit in your home, an office space, or a more industrial premises, you will need the ability to circulate warm air outdoors and regular draining of excess condensation.
Depending on the level of portability you require, you can prioritize energy efficiency and effectiveness over portability.
If you anticipate the need to move your unit around regularly, you will need to ensure that it is practical.
Powering Your Unit
To get the most from your portable air conditioner and feel the benefit of it during hot summer, the power of your unit is an important factor.
Units too small may lack the cooling capacity you need, especially for larger spaces.
Buying a unit that is too powerful may mean that your energy costs soar. Another issue is having to turn it down not to get too cold constantly.
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Either scenario can mean you spend to much or too little on the unit and it can become a burden.
The best advice is to calculate the square footage of the space you need to cool and assess your shortlisted models for their capacity to work in that kind of space.
With the warmer months coming, your cooling options don’t have to be limited to ownership. I hope these tips can help you stay cool this summer.
Do you have any tips to find the best portable air conditioner for your home or office?
Let me know, til then—cheers m’deres!
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Nancy Polanco is a freelance journalist, lifestyle content creator, and editor of Whispered Inspirations. She is a proud Mom to Gabby and Michaela, and wife to Darasak. Having worked as part of a health care team for almost a decade, Nancy is happy to be back to her passion. She is a contributor to the Huffington Post, TODAY’s Parents, and an Oprah Magazine Brand Ambassador.