It’s summertime and the weather is heating up. That means it’s time to break out the portable AC unit to keep your home cool. But how do these units work? And more importantly, which one should you buy?
What is a portable AC?
A portable AC is a self-contained air conditioning unit that can be moved from room to room as needed. They are typically smaller than window units and do not require permanent installation, making them a great option for renters or people who want to avoid the hassle and expense of installing central air conditioning. Portable ACs also have the advantage of being able to cool multiple rooms, whereas window units can only cool the room they are installed in. Portable air conditioners are a great way to keep your home cool this summer without breaking the bank. They are much cheaper to purchase and operate than traditional window units or central air conditioning systems.
How do portable AC’s work?
Portable AC units work by removing heat from the air inside your home and releasing it outside. The process is similar to how a central air conditioner works but on a smaller scale. The unit pulls in warm air from your home and passes it over a cold evaporator coil. This causes the air to cool and the water in the air to condense on the coil. The now-warm air is then released outside through an exhaust hose.
How do you choose the right one?
So, which portable AC unit should you buy? There are a few things to consider when making your purchase. First, decide how much cooling power you need. This will be determined by the size of the room or space you need to cool. Portable AC units are available in a range of sizes, from small units that can cool a single room to large units that can cool an entire home. Next, consider the features you want your portable AC unit to have. Some units come with built-in fans for circulating air, while others have timers that allow you to set how long the unit will run. There are also units that come with remote controls, making it easy to adjust the settings from anywhere in the room.
What Size room can a portable AC effectively cool?
Most portable AC units are designed to cool rooms that are 200-500 square feet. The larger the unit, the more powerful it will be and the more square footage it will be able to cool. Portable ACs also tend to be quieter than window units, making them a good choice for bedrooms or other rooms where you want to avoid excess noise.
Are there any drawbacks to using portable AC units?
Portable ACs can be a great way to keep your home cool this summer, but there are a few things to keep in mind when shopping for one. First, make sure to measure the window or door where you plan to install the exhaust hose to ensure that the unit will fit. Second, keep in mind that portable ACs require access to an electrical outlet, so you may need to use an extension cord if the outlet is not nearby. Finally, be sure to empty the water tank regularly to avoid any potential leaks.
How much does a portable AC typically cost?
Portable AC units typically cost between $100 and $1,000. The exact price will depend on the size and features of the unit. When shopping for a portable AC, be sure to consider the size of the room you need to cool and the features you want. You can find the best deals on portable AC units by shopping online or checking your local home improvement store.
Tips for using portable AC Correctly and Efficiently
- Place the unit in an open area to ensure that the air can circulate properly
- Make sure to keep the exhaust hose short and clear of any obstructions
- regularly empty the water tank to avoid leaks
- Set the timer to run the unit in a shady area to help it be more efficient
- keep the filters cleaned
Common problems with portable AC’s
- The unit is not cooling the room: make sure the unit is properly ventilated
- The unit is leaking water: Empty the water tank regularly and make sure that the hose is not kinked.
- The unit is making too much noise: Make sure that the unit is placed on a level surface and that the filters are clean.
- The unit is not working at all: Check to make sure that the unit is properly plugged in and that the circuit breaker has not been tripped.
If you're having trouble with your portable AC unit, make sure to check the troubleshooting tips above. And if you still can't get the unit to work, contact the manufacturer for further assistance.
FAQ’s about portable AC
How do I choose the right AC’s
To choose the right size portable AC for your room, you'll need to know the square footage of the room. The unit should be able to cool a room that is up to twice its size.
Can I use a portable AC in my room
Yes, you can use a portable AC in any room as long as there is an electrical outlet nearby. Since portable ACs draw a lot of current, try to choose a circuit that isn't overloaded with a lot of other power-hungry devices.
Do I need to vent my portable AC?
Yes, all portable AC units require ventilation. The unit will come with an exhaust hose that you'll need to attach to a window or door.
How often do i need to empty the water tank?
It's a good idea to empty the water tank every day to avoid any potential leaks.
Now that you know how portable AC units work and what to look for when purchasing one, you’re ready to keep your home cool all summer long. To learn more, contact us at Proactive Comfort Heating and Cooling. We offer plumbing, heating and air conditioning services in Nashua and throughout Southern New Hampshire.