Why have so many people chosen to purchase a portable air conditioner? Well, have you ever moved into an apartment/house or worked in an office that didn’t have a central air conditioning unit? Or maybe your building does not allow window air conditioning units to be installed? The winter months might be fine, but once the summer hits it’s usually not pleasant when your building won’t cool down and you’re constantly sweating.
This past summer(2011) was so hot that using the fan I’ve had for years just didn’t do the job anymore. So, I went out and purchased a slim tower fan as a replacement. I can’t lie the unit was very attractive and looked nice in my apartment, but it still didn’t do a good enough job. I was so desperate, that I even tried using both fans at the same time, but in the end it didn’t do much and was just a waste of energy. I finally decided to return the slim tower fan and cough up a little bit more money for a portable AC unit. I made this decision mainly because using a window unit is prohibited in my building. Getting a portable AC wasn’t such a bad choice as it may have even saved me more money in the long term.
The biggest advantage is that the portable AC can be moved around with ease. This means that you can roll it around any room in the house and provide cooling whenever needed. I would usually keep it in my living room area or move it to my bedroom at night. A variety of models also include built-in fans, air purifiers, or space heaters. This means that some units can provide multiple functions out of the box giving you more flexibility. If your unit/brand doesn’t come with it in box, you can always purchase additional kits to do so if desired. In my opinion the best portable air conditioners are small, easy to move from room to room and conserve energy.
Another important factor for why I chose a portable AC was the ease of installation and storage. The reason behind window units being prohibited in my building is because there was an issue with tenants failing to install them properly (eg. units falling out of the window). With a portable cooling system you don’t have to worry about those types of careless accidents since nothing heavy will be hanging out of your window.
Once the summer is complete, the unit can be rolled and stored in a room or closet with not much hassle. The other accessories, like the plastic hoses and window mounting parts can be easily put into a garbage bag and stored. If the unit came packed in a box when you purchased, it’s suggested that you cut out one end of the box so it can be slid over it to protect it against physical damage. You should also try to make sure to store it in a warm dry area away from any sources of dust or moisture, while the unit is in use.
The last consideration to put in mind when you want to make a choice is its energy efficiency versus a central air conditioning system. A central AC system will allow you to cool down your entire house with ease, but what about the rooms that don’t even require cooling? With a portable unit you cool down the rooms you need and don’t end up wasting as much energy.
In conclusion, I didn’t regret switching from my cooling fans to the portable cooling solution. If you live in a part of the world where it’s extremely hot in the summer and also extremely cold in the winter the dual heating and cooling capabilities of these units may be something to look into to solve your problems.
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