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Portable Air Conditioner Buying Guide

Portable air conditioners are mobile so they can go with you anywhere in your home.

portable air condidioner

Cooling a Room with a Portable Air Conditioner

Portable air conditioners are simple and energy-efficient alternatives to central air or window units. Portable units take care of specific areas you need cooled and are great for small or temporary spaces like apartments.

Operation is simple - indoor air vents through an exhaust tube that is installed on the window sill. These units are quiet and truly portable – roll it to wherever you need it, install the window air exchange panel and hose and turn it on.

Features may include remote control, timer and dehumidifier mode. A heat pump option opens the door for year-round use.

To remove condensed water from the unit, most portable air conditioners offer a water receptacle with a direct drain option. However, many are self-evaporative to get rid of moisture as the unit runs.

Choosing the Right Size

portable AC BTU chart

Use the chart to find the right size for your needs. Remember: Bigger isn't better. A unit that's too large will cycle on and off too frequently, using too much energy and causing unnecessary wear on the electrical components.