Portable units rival window and central air conditioners as some of the best air conditioners on the market. They are energy-efficient, and convenient and many come with a multitude of functions. If you’re considering or have purchased one for your home, below, we have outlined how to use a portable air conditioner. Although, how to store a portable A/C and how to size a portable air conditioner are different info articles.
For those who have a windowless room they need to cool, we have another article that shows you how to use a portable air conditioner without a window. If you’re using a window air conditioner, you’ll want to know how to seal gaps around a window A/C unit.
Many have given up using a window air conditioner in favor of a portable unit. This phenomenon is often because portable AC units require less upkeep and are more energy-efficient than window units. On average, this type of air conditioner saves consumers $70 a year on electric costs, which over the long haul adds up.
Because most portable AC vents are five feet long, make sure to check for a convenient outlet before installing.
Portable air conditioners also function as dehumidifiers and fans and often come with programmable timers. And for additional reading for those with central AC, we have an article on how to unlock an air conditioner thermostat.
Step 1 – Measure Your Window
Step 2 – Apply the Weatherstrip
Step 3 – Adjust the Window Bracket to Fit Window Measurement
Step 4 – Connect the Exhaust Hose.
Step 5 – Power on the Portable Air Conditioning Unit
Some window brackets need to be cut to fit into place. Make sure you have a box cutter or saw on hand to do this.
Is it necessary to put water in a portable air conditioner?
Standard portable air conditioners don’t require owners to fill them with water.
Do you have to drain your portable air conditioner?
Some portable ACs are self-evaporating, meaning you won’t have to worry about drainage. However, if it’s not, failing to drain might cause overflow and damage the flow or surrounding furniture.
Are portable air conditioners noisy?
Portable AC units are notoriously louder than other forms of cooling units. If you’re purchasing for an office or common area, keep this in mind.
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