If central air is not an option in your home, you may think a window unit is the only air conditioner that will work. You would be only slightly right. Another option, which also vents out of the window, is the portable air conditioner. Portable air conditioners provide the same benefit of cooling your air, with some other perks.
A portable air conditioner operates similarly to a window unit, in which both use refrigerant flowing through coils to absorb heat from indoors, and that heat exhausts outside. For a window unit, that heat exhausts by the half of the air conditioner that sits outside, whereas for the portable air conditioner, it directs the warm air out through a hose not unlike a flexible dryer vent.
There are a few things you should consider first to decide if the portable air conditioner is appropriate for your home. For instance, a smaller space is more efficiently cooled by a window unit, but a larger space will benefit from the power of a portable air conditioner.
The layout of your room will also determine which unit is best for you. If your space has only a few windows, you may not want to block out the light with a window unit. Also, inconveniently placed windows can make it difficult to install a window unit, but a portable air conditioner’s hose can maneuver into awkward positions.
Portable air conditioner installation is easier than window units. The weight of a window unit can make it difficult to put in place. Portable units can roll into place on wheels, and the hose attachment is less cumbersome to slide into your window.
You may notice some drawbacks of a portable air conditioner, though. They are less efficient than window units for cooling the same amount of space. And since the entire unit we place the entire unit within your home, that means it contains all the noise in your home, disrupting some of your peace with that sound.
Depending on the space and your personal needs, a portable air conditioner could be the right choice. If you need help to find out which method of air conditioning is best for your home, call the professionals at Sharon’s Heating and Air Conditioning at (734) 425-1415. Our staff is ready to answer questions you may have and can help with the installation.