How to use your Portable Air Conditioner as a Dehumidifier

Summer brings on heat and humidity and many of us seek ways to stay cool. Portable air conditioners are a popular solution for cooling down your home. But did you know they can also be used as dehumidifiers? Improve your indoor air quality and create a more pleasant living environment by using your portable ac as a dehumidifier. Here’s how 

Step 1: Understand How Your Portable Air Conditioner Functions

Before using your portable air conditioner as a dehumidifier, it’s essential to understand how it operates. Portable ACs work by drawing heated air from the room and passing it over an evaporator coil. Moisture in the air condenses and collects on this chilly coil when warm air passes over it; once full of moisture, this device is turned off again. You can increase how much moisture is removed by altering the settings on your portable AC to turn it into a dehumidifier. 

Step 2: Switch Your Portable Air Conditioner To Dehumidify Mode

Most portable air conditioners offer a dehumidify function for eliminating excess moisture from the air. You’ll typically see this mode displayed on the unit’s display screen with a water droplet symbol. When switched into dehumidify mode, your portable air conditioner adjusts its settings in order to remove more moisture than it would while cooling. 

Step 3: Adjust The Humidity Level

Once your portable AC has been set to dehumidify mode, you can modify the humidity level. Most devices allow you to choose a humidity level between 30% and 50%; the machine will work to remove moisture from the air as it runs until it reaches your desired humidity. 

Step 4: Empty The Water Tank.

When your portable air conditioner eliminates moisture from the air, it stores it in a tank inside the device. Depending on how often you run your air conditioner, and your home’s humidity levels, you may need to empty this water tank frequently. Some models even feature continuous drain options, which enable you to connect a hose directly to the device and drain any remaining liquid down a drain. 

Making the most of your portable air conditioner as a dehumidifier is an efficient and cost-effective way to improve indoor air quality and create a more pleasant living environment. By following these instructions, you can get the most from your AC unit this summer by having a cool, dry house all summer long! 


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