Question Sessions #1: Answering the Top Questions About Portable AC’s

EdgeStar Smallest Footprint AP10002BL 10,000 BTU

EdgeStar Smallest Footprint 10,000 BTU

We would like to thank everybody who has got in contact with a question or a comment. We appreciate hearing your thoughts and answering any questions that may help you in your quest to find the best portable air conditioner for your room. We have decided to create a new section on our website called “Question Sessions”. Here we will try to answer a lot of the common questions that we’ve been asked or seen online.


Question #1: Are portable air conditioners susceptible to mold?


Yes, they are susceptible to mold if not taken care of or cleaned regularly. Sometimes they even get an off odour if it’s not cleaned properly and thoroughly as well. If it’s been longer than 3 to 6 months and you notice weaker performance or even a rotten smell coming from your unit you need to ask yourself “when was the last time you cleaned it?”. Changing your filters is dependent on how often you use your machine. If you use it every day for more than 6 to 8 hours then you should be cleaning it as often as every one to two weeks. If you don’t use it very often or every day for that matter then cleaning your filter once a month should be enough. Sometimes you may even have to open up your unit and give it a hose down with a solution of water bleach (or water and soap). You must be careful not to overdo it and cause any damage to the internal parts of your machine. Not only will this help against mold and odour but it would also help your unit work more efficiently. Most filters can be cleaned with just warm water and a towel. Although double check with your manufactures manual to be on the safe side.


Question #2: Can I plug my portable air conditioner into a surge protector?


Not a good idea in my opinion. The reason I say so is surge protectors have a certain amount of power which they can distribute. Most AC’s might be too powerful to be used on a surge protector. In the event that your unit is not too powerful for your surge protector you must remember that there will not be much power remaining for many other devices. Placing too many electronic devices on your surge protector may cause a breaker in your house to turn off or damage your surge protector all together. Overloading any power source should be a no-no and is a risk to the safety of your environment. Your best bet is to find the closest wall outlet. Or if you really have to use a surge protector for distance and reach, I would make sure to get one large enough to hold your AC and I wouldn’t plug anything else into it.


Question #3: The hose is really fat. Can I purchase or make a smaller diameter hose for my portable AC unit?


I really wouldn’t recommend changing the diameter of the hose on your unit. If it came with a 4 or 5 inch hose, then the manufacturer did so for a reason. At this diameter it allows the machine to work at its most efficient to provide the best performance and cooling. If you change the diameter of the hose you are restricting the amount of air that is able to pass through your unit. In the end you’re only making your unit work harder to cool down your room. This not only consumes more energy but also slows down the amount of time it will take to cool your room as well. Now increasing the diameter or extending / shortening the length of your hose is a different story. It’s not a bad idea as long as you know what you’re doing and you don’t extend it too long. When making any adjustments to your hose always make sure you seal any holes or gaps securely so you don’t produce any extra and unwanted heat in your room.


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