Portable Air Conditioners – The Economical Solution!

Certain spaces in our homes are often missed by inefficient or ancient central air conditioning systems and therefore don’t offer proper cooling distribution in our homes. Areas like bedrooms, offices, garages, and server rooms are usually warmer than the desired temperature due to improper ventilation or air circulation. Luckily, all of this can be rectified or avoided with a portable air conditioner.

What exactly is a Portable Air Conditioner?

A portable air conditioner is a small and compact cooling appliance which is mobile, unlike a fixed air conditioner, and therefore can be moved to any part of your house, office or any interior space for cooling specific areas. Although a portable air conditioner doesn’t require permanent installation, it still requires a window for exhaust. Many portable air conditioners also have a self-dehumidification property as they cool.

Pros of a Portable Air Conditioner


  • Easy Exhaust: All cooling equipment emits exhaust or hot air and portable air conditioners are no exception. This exhaust is generally vented out of the cooling area with the help of an exhaust hose through windows or sliding glass doors. Most portable air conditioner manufacturers include window kits  which take care of the exhaust.
  • Effortless Maintenance: Maintaining your portable air conditioner is a very simple affair. Once you set up a portable air conditioner, it’s ready to get to work cooling your space! However, don’t forget some the basic upkeep of the air conditioner such as cleaning its air filters regularly. This will help ensure your air conditioner is running as energy-efficient as possible.
  • Cost Savings: Deploying a portable air conditioner for cooling specific areas can help reduce your energy bill as the focus is only on the rooms you actually need cooled, instead of the entire home.  

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  • dan July 8, 2013, 10:01 am

    Just purchased a 7000 btu portable. Love it! Quiet & effective cooling approx 600 sq ft with 10′ ceilings to a comfortable 68F. Very good de-humidifing area. It’s great match for our other Danby a/c window unit in our upstairs bedroom.
    Recommend Danby products!

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  • Quality Installation Services at MJG Air Pty Ltd March 25, 2014, 2:44 am

    This can be a cost effective solution indeed because you only use for rooms that you need to cool or vice versa. The disadvantage (which is really minor) is for smaller spaces, it can take up a lot of space.

  • Deeana May 26, 2014, 11:32 pm

    I bought my unit last summer at Best Buy for $400. Can’t remember the BTU rating but it was not a really small one. This unit works great for what I wanted. I live in a three-story townhouse and no matter what I did the master bedroom was always way too hot! It is on the side that gets sun all day long, plus heat rises, etc.

    Three years ago I replaced both furnace and A/C unit, so it was not that. Finally I purchased one of these units for the bedroom. Oh, what a difference!

    This evening when I came upstairs the temperature was 82 degrees F. in the bedroom. (This is with temperature at 70 degrees in the living/dining/kitchen level) Right then and there I decided to get the portable unit out of the closet and set it up. This took all of 10 minutes. (Initial sliding window installation takes longer, about 30-45 minutes) Within half an hour the room was down to 72 degrees.

    I know the basic problem here is likely incorrect/insufficient duct work by the original builder. But I also know that many who have a two story house often end up with a room on the second floor that just won’t cool properly. This unit is the perfect solution!


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