Portable Air Conditioners
Portable air conditioners have wheels so that they can be transported freely inside an office or home. When it comes to such devices, customers have a number of choices, including cooling units with large capacities or electric-resistance heaters and models from brands such as Honeywell and Frigidaire..What are some factors to consider when choosing portable ACs?
- Size: Some people purchase portable air conditioners to use them entirely in one place, while others want to move the unit from one room to another. Consider the size of the device as well as the available space you have for it.
- Energy use: For energy savings, consider choosing a portable air conditioner with a programmable thermostat. This type of air conditioner automatically switches off when the room temperature reaches the desired level. Another tip for saving energy is to keep your unit clean and well maintained so that it operates with a high level of efficiency.
- Noise level: Any device that generates airflow will produce some level of noise. You should compare decibel levels generated by different air conditioners so that you can find one that produces relatively minimal noise levels. This factor is one to keep in mind when you're selecting a portable air conditioner to use in a bedroom.
- Dehumidifier: Some air conditioners feature a dehumidifying function, thus reducing the humidity in the room and increasing comfort levels.
- User-friendly controls: Air conditioners with digital displays can be easy to read and set. Remote controls function differently, but the basic ones are extremely convenient, particularly when you have a unit that's in a large living room or bedroom.
There are four types of portable air conditioning units, as discussed below:
- Split type: This is a water-chilled split system. Part of the air conditioning unit is indoors, and the other part of the unit is placed outdoors.
- Exhaust tube: This type of unit chills through the power of evaporation and uses a hose or tube that exhausts to the outdoors. They are known for their low energy use as well as for being refrigerant-free.
- Fans: This produces a cooling effect via air movement.
- Evaporative coolers: This type cools via the power of evaporation. They are refrigerant-free and are known for their low energy use.
- Operating modes: The different types of modes you'll find include dry/dehumidify, heat, chill, automatic, or fan-only. The smart or automatic mode means that you can set a target temperature, and the unit will automatically switch to cooling mode as required.
- Louvres to direct airflow: Depending on the type of AC, it may have adjustable louvers or fixed louvers. Others have automatically oscillating louvers that direct the chilled air widely instead of in a fixed direction.