What Makes A Portable Air Conditioner Good or Bad?

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Certain rooms in your house, such as bedrooms, kitchens and offices can be prone to heating up excessively, on account of their function and appliances that are used inside these rooms. Portable air conditioners can be a lifesaver in situations like this, where installing a permanent air conditioner may not be practical, but the presence of an air conditioner would be welcomed!

Let us look at things to consider when you are on the lookout for a portable air conditioner for your home or office. We will also take a quick look at ventless air conditioners, which need to be treated slightly differently. 

How do I know a portable air conditioner is right for me?

The design of many buildings often makes it difficult or impossible to install a fixed air conditioner. This is where a portable air conditioner comes in handy. As long as you are able to vent away the hot air it generates after processing, you have a great solution to get rid of unwanted hot air in your house!

So what makes a certain type of portable air con better than another? For one, the efficiency of certain units will be much better than others. But what is efficiency actually? It comes down to whether the unit you have is capable of cooling the space in which you intend to use it without using more energy to compensate. What really makes the big difference, is not the size of the unit, but its power output. Most portable air cons will need the warm air to be vented as mentioned, and any condensation will need to be drained out. Luckily, there are many different types available on the market now, so you can choose the best type to meet your needs, whether those are commercial or residential. 

What is a ventless air conditioner? 

Also known as a portable swamp cooler, a ventless portable air conditioner a great alternative cooling solution. If you want to get technical, it is not an actual air conditioner, as it does not treat or dehumidify air, nor does it cool it. They rely on pumping out the hot air, instead of treating it. 


Portable air conditioners are very convenient, thanks to their portable nature. With being movable comes as a second concern – the weight of the individual unit. If you are going to be moving it around, it should not be difficult to do. 

Height is another factor. No-one likes to transport things that do not fit in the car, or which is so big and clunky that even moving it around indoors is a major event. 

What about the hoses? 

Some double hosed portable units are less efficient at cooling a room. Double hose design is actually quite impractical, as it just circulates dehumidified air from the centre the room, which takes up a lot of energy to cool down again. 

However, when the double hoses are positioned in such a way to direct the warm and cool air to locations where they do not need extra energy to be further processed can be much more efficient. 

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