How to defend yourself from the sweltering summer heat?
In the past, there was only one solution: the air conditioner or the fan. These solutions are still available today. Just as there are still people who prefer not to install a bulky fixed air conditioner. This appliance involves two expenses: purchase and installation. Unless you are able to install it yourself, or with the help of a friend, you have to add the installation price, but that’s not all.
You have installed your air conditioner, all right. Now it’s there, nice and high, in your kitchen. It’s a shame that after eating with your loved ones, you want to move to the bedroom or living room to watch the game or a good movie with your partner and children.
And it’s a shame that the air conditioner is only in the kitchen, isn’t it?
How long will it have to stay on until it manages to distribute and cool your living room as well? If it does, because then it all depends on the structure of your house.
So how do you bring a bit of coolness to every room?
Simple, with the portable air conditioner.
This invention has changed the way you fight the heat in summer and, if you want, the cold in winter. You no longer have to install any fixed air conditioner. You no longer have to move your grandmother’s painting to make room for your appliance. Thanks to the portable air conditioner, you can bring cold and heat to any room in your house. No matter where you go, it will always be by your side.
How does the portable air conditioner work?
The operation is typical of a simple air conditioner. The only difference is that there is no outdoor unit to install. No technician to call, no hassle. Just a hose to run out the window, only in some cases. In fact, there are models without a hose, although, it must be specified, that there is always a hose to be pulled out of the window, even if it is less bulky than the exhaust hose.
We will talk about the different types of portable air conditioners later, as well as describe the best products, the best brands and the parameters to consider before buying a portable air conditioner. If you don’t want to miss any of this, you need to stay and continue reading.
Best portable air conditioners and deals
We invite you to click on best portable air conditioners to see immediately which models we consider to be among the most efficient on the market. If, on the other hand, you want to evaluate some offers, then you can consult the table below.
What are the parameters to take into consideration?
This is the question that should never be missed before a purchase. To ask it afterwards would be a big mistake. It would be useless to ask yourself afterwards what would have been right to evaluate. That’s why it’ s important for you to keep an eye on the parameters to be taken into consideration. We have described them below so that you can get an idea of what you need to consider when buying a portable air conditioner.
Power consumption of portable air conditioner
The power consumption of a portable air conditioner is definitely the first feature to evaluate.
How can I find out how much a portable air conditioner consumes?
Nowadays, portable air conditioners that consume little energy are identified with the A class. This class is divided into three categories, which in turn have different consumption.
For example: let’s say that you use your portable air conditioner for 500 hours per year. Your consumption, depending on the class A, will be:
A++: up to 321 kw
AA: from 734 to 890 Kw
A: 891 kw
Obviously, these are general data, the consumption can also be higher or lower depending on individual cases. This was just to give you an idea of how class A saves money. If we were to consider classes B and C, here’s a general idea of how much you could consume per year:
B: even up to 950 kw
C: from 950 kw up to over 1000 kw
Carefully evaluate the class of merit of your appliance, because, remember, the higher the class, the higher the price.
We have purposely omitted the lower classes, because, for the purchase of a portable air conditioner, choosing classes lower than C, would be very detrimental to you and to your bill. What you would save, you would have to pay with interest, on the electricity bill, which could appear as the worst of usurers.
In any case, we recommend you to choose only portable air conditioners of class A.
Calculate the btu
First of all, let’s specify what the abbreviation btu means. It is the unit of measurement for calculating the cooling or heating power of an air conditioner.
Thehigher the btu value, the larger the surface area you can cool with your portable air conditioner.
How do I know the ideal wattage for the room I want to cool?
Meanwhile, were you good at math? We weren’t, but even so, calculating btu ‘s is all too simple. Click on the link just provided to find out how. If, however, you already know what power you need, then please click on one of the links below to assess which models are right for you.
- 7000 btu Portable Air Conditioner
- 8000 btu Portable Air Conditioner
- 9000 btu Portable Air Conditioner
- Portable 10000 btu air conditioner
- Portable air conditioner from 12000 btu
Portable Inverter Air Conditioners
When choosing a portable air conditioner, the Inverter factor cannot be underestimated. Older air conditioners are equipped with on/off technology. This means that your air conditioner will automatically turn off and on once the right temperature is reached. But this involves multiple turn ons that all happen at full power. Let’s just say that on/off technology doesn’t care about saving money. On the contrary, portable Inverter air conditioners are smarter and with an eye on saving money. They cost more than traditional models, but they save about 30% of electricity, this is because they lower the power and keep the temperature constant.
Portable Inverter air conditioners are ideal, especially for those who decide to turn on their portable air conditioner for many hours. If your use is only sporadic and a few hours, you might as well buy an on/off model.
Small portable air conditioner
This is a targeted choice to save space in your home. Consider that you can move the portable air conditioner wherever you want, so it will stay on the floor and can be more or less bulky. So, before buying your portable air conditioner, evaluate the space you have available at home, in the rooms where you plan to put it. If you don’t have much space, it’s better to fall back on a small portable air conditioner.
Measurements, of course, vary depending on your needs, so, it will be up to you to decide on the right size of your small appliance.
Quiet portable air conditioner
The noise level of your air conditioner should not be underestimated.
For one simple reason. If you’re planning to put your portable air conditioner in your bedroom, you certainly can’t afford an air conditioner that will disturb your rest. Then you’d only have two ways out: either spend a night dying from the heat or wear earplugs. If you’re a man, maybe it might bother you. If you’re a woman, the noise from your portable air conditioner might just be a different annoyance than your husband’s usual snoring.
How do you rate the quietness of a portable air conditioner?
Thanks to decibels. The lower the decibel value, the quieter your air conditioner will be.
If you really don’t want to hear a leaf flying, but only a mosquito swarming around you, hoping to catch it and smash it on the wall, then 20 decibels are more than fine.
Generally speaking, however, a low noise level ranges from 20 to 60 db. Above 60 db you’ll be faced with the noisiest portable air conditioners. We don’t recommend buying above 70 db if you want to put the air conditioner in your bedroom. [See the article on silent air conditioners].
Portable hot and cold air conditioner
Not all portable air conditioners are equipped with a heat pump, which can also transmit the necessary heat in winter. Therefore, if you want, exclusively, an appliance that is useful both in winter and in summer, buy only a hot and cold portable air conditioner, so you can use it for all seasons, whether it’s cold or hot.
Portable water cooled air conditioner
In this model of air conditioner, you can increase the power, so you can get more efficiency, without increasing the consumption.
How does it do it?
Thanks to the water-air system. A normal air conditioner is equipped with the air to air system. An air conditioner does not produce the air, but simply removes the heat, cooling the cold air and vice versa. In an air-to-air system, the air will be blown to the condenser, while in the portable water air conditioner, it is the water that replaces the air.
Where do you put the water?
The water is put in a tray and will be slowly expelled from the pipe.
In water models, depending on the characteristics of your appliance, if the water is not expelled from the hose, it will have to be replaced manually. But no danger, when the tray is full, you will be warned by your portable air conditioner.
Portable air conditioner brands
When you go to choose a portable air conditioner it is important to evaluate the brand as well. If not, you could be in for some nasty surprises that are always worth avoiding. And below we have selected the best brands in the industry.
- De Longhi
- Olimpia Splendid
- OneConcept (only coolers)
- Ardes (only coolers).
- Macom (coolers only).
Portable air conditioner with external unit: splits
The portable air condition er with outdoor unit is a Split type appliance. As mentioned earlier we have two units, including a condenser that must be placed outside the room you want to cool. This way you gain in quietness.
The two units will be connected by a pipe whichyou will pass through the window either by leaving it semi-open or by putting a hole in the glass.
Portable air conditioner without an external unit: monoblocks
The portable air conditioner without outdoor unit offers superior comfort for the simple reason that you will have only one unit and all the heating and cooling process takes place inside the machine. You will still have to keep the air conditioner near the window because of the hose that will still have to pass through it.
Cooler: the air conditioner without a hose
Often there is confusion between a cooler and a portable air conditioner without a hose, not knowing that in reality they are the exact same thing. Let’s specify immediately that the cooler, also called evaporative cooler and refresher, works with a completely natural process. All you have to do is insert water or ice in the appropriate tank (for best results, the latter is better). By means of a panel soaked in water, the transformation of hot air into cold air will take place.
However, although it is called a tube-less air conditioner, it does not have the same task as an air conditioner, it is just a really powerful fan.
To learn more go to the cooler page.
Portable air conditioner: prices
We have seen how portable air conditioners differ from the presence or absence of the outdoor unit. Or you can opt for the coolers (for those who do not want to apply holes on the window glass).
The choice between these types will definitely change the expense to be incurred. As long as you have to choose between a model with or without a unit, then the expenses can also be quite similar and in any case quite high. If, on the other hand, you opt for the cooler then the expense to be incurred is less.
So, the price of a portable air conditioner varies, first of all, depending on the type you choose. Then come features such as energy class, power and functions (timer, sleep, etc.).