First off, most if not all offices already have a central air conditioning system. In the event that you don’t, going portable can be a great option. Choosing the best portable air conditioner for your office is a little bit different than choosing one for your apartment or home. For one you don’t have to worry about the additional heat source from having a kitchen in the room you want to cool. You do however have to worry about the additional computers and other electronics that give off heat. At home, you have one, maybe two (including a laptop) computers in one room at a time. At work, depending on the size of your office space and or each department you can have anywhere between 10 to 30 computers in your office (maybe even more). Another thing about purchasing your office is depending on the size of your office may have to purchase more than one unit. Not only that, but a lot of offices have higher ceilings than most homes and apartments as well.
Unless your office is small it’s recommended to buy an AC that works for medium to large sized rooms. The best portable air conditioner for the job would be anything running at 12,000 BTU and higher in my opinion (I’ll even say 11,000 BTU). The list below is based only on units that we have tried ourselves.
Danby Premiere DPAC12010H 12,000 BTU Dual Hose w/ Heater
This eco-friendly 4-in-1 unit does an excellent job of cooling medium and large sized rooms. With its evaporative “Direct Drain” technology you don’t have to worry as much about emptying any drainage while working as well.
Whynter ARC-14SH 14,000 BTU Dual Hose w/ Heater
This is one of the best performing AC’s in my opinion. While being one of the most eco-friendly that we’ve tested, it’s also the most efficient at cooling and maintaining your desired temperature. It also features 4 functions in 1.
Honeywell MN12CES 12,000 BTU Single Hose /w Dehumidifier
Despite being a single hose unit, the Honeywell MN12CES has quickly become very popular machine. This 3-in-1 unit (AC, fan, & dehumidifier) uses a bucket less auto evaporative system and is known to be quieter than most units on the market.
Whynter ARC-12S Eco-Friendly 12,000 BTU
Just like the Honeywell, this single hose 3-in-1 unit does an excellent job of keeping bigger rooms cool. This is one of the few single hose units that Whynter makes and it doesn’t disappoint in my opinion.
Haier CPN11XCJ 11,000 BTU w/ Dehumidifier
Last but not least we chose this unit because of its overall value and performance. It’s another single hose 3-in-1 machine that works great for medium to small sized rooms. The thing about this unit is that it delivers quality at a very affordable price.
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