If you are looking for a small portable air conditioner, you have to be aware that it is no satisfactory replacement for a window unit or a central air conditioning. These ACs are not constructed for cooling or heating a house or even a big room for a whole summer or winter.
In this article it is assumed that you buy a AC which can do heating and cooling. This is not true for every model.
What they are ideal for is for a temporary relief of the heat or cold in the room you work in or sleep in. And since most models are moveable, you can take this unit with you in the house to support the existing infrastructure, for example to have a cool place to work.read more information on Importance of Heating and Air Conditioning Services by visiting http://www.acandheating-va.com/5-importance-of-heating-and-air-conditioning-services/
Also when you are in the market for a small portable air conditioner, you have to make sure that the model you are about to order fits your needs. Many models are:
• Pretty expensive
• Very noisy
• And/or underpowered.
So make sure to read the reviews thoroughly and check the bestselling list on Amazon.
Another issue we need to discuss is the problem of the excess hose. An air conditioning unit is of no use if the warm air cannot be funneled out of the room (an air conditioning units extracts the warmth from the room air and blows it out of the house). So actually a small portable air conditioner is not sucking in cool air, but it cools down the air inside.
Same applies to the heating functionality. Existing room air is heated up and blown back into the room.
But heating up existing air is the easy part. Getting rid of exhaust heat is more complicated. In order to do this, you need to connect the exhaust pipe somehow with the “outside”, which can be pretty tricky. Well, you won’t have a whole in your wall with the sign “connect exhaust pipe here!”, do you?
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One other thing you have to check is if the assembly and setup is simple enough. No use of having a mobile air conditioner, if you cannot make it function according to its design.
Then check if it is compact enough. The bigger it is, the less likely you want to position it in your surroundings. Also a compactness makes it easier to move around in the house. So make sure that you check the size of the small portable air conditioner you plan to buy.
One other thing to consider: Does the fan run all the time? A continuously running fan, especially if you got yourself a “noisy” model, can really make working next to it impossible. Again, check the reviews to avoid buying the wrong product.
Also make sure that the internal reservoir is big enough, so you do not have to empty it several times a day. When the small portable air conditioner is operating, condensate water needs to be collected and ends up in this reservoir. So it would be very annoying if your small air conditioner needs more trips to the bathroom each day than you.
So, what else to look for? Make sure that the power cord is long enough, so you can position your small portable air conditioner wherever you want it, without finding an extension cord.
Also a remote control will add to your consumer satisfaction. It is not really needed, but a nice feature to have.
So, now last but not least let us come to about the most important feature: The maximum size of the room you want to use this small portable Air conditioner in. What you will find in the description is the expression “Btu” , an abbreviation for “British Thermal Unit”.
A Btu is the energy needed to heat one pound of water by one degree Fahrenheit (0.56 °C).
So to heat a room of 40 sq m. you will need much more Btu capacity than you would need to heat a room of only 25 sq m.
So when looking for your ideal product have in mind the max Btu capacity (Amazon tells you how much Btu/sq. ft/sq m. capacity your model can cope with. Again, this is very important!