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How To choose Portable Air Conditioner?

Is it been a long time of using the coolers and now have to shift to ACs? If the budget is average and there is no such big window to keep window ACs then portable air conditioners are the best choice. The thing is many people are interested to buy portable AC but are confused that how to choose portable air conditioner.

So this is the ultimate portable AC buying guide and here you will learn how to choose the best portable AC for your room and how to use the portable air conditioners.

What Is A Portable AC & Its Benefits?

Basically, ACs are classified into three categories and they are split, window, and portable. So, here we are gonna discuss the portable one.

So, portable AC is the only type of AC in which the full body stays inside the room and it is very easily portable because it has wheels at the bottom, and weight is lighter than the other ACs so that you can easily move it from room to room.

What Is A Portable AC & Its Benefits? How To choose Portable Ac
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If I talk about the benefits of portable AC, it has so many benefits like

  • Costs less
  • Easy to install
  • Looks so awesome
  • Easy to maintain
  • Easy to port
  • Makes less noise
  • Dehumidifies like dehumidifiers

The perfect portable AC can depend on your need. According to your situation, you need to choose the best product.

Portable ACs take the existing air from the room and cool it back into the room and leave the warmth out thru the hose.

Like window ACs, portable also has the control panel with the help of which you can operate the functions like fan speed, temperature, timer, and many more.

You can use these types of ACs where you can’t install a permanent AC because of some issues like the room could be rented, or there is no space for split or window AC.

Unlike other types of ACs, portable ACs can be installed very easily and quickly. Just need to connect the hose and window panel, that’s all.

Note: The portable ACs’ hose fits best in double or single windows, rather than sliding windows

Portable Air Conditioner Buying Guide

Mostly, there are 5 things to consider before buying a portable air conditioner and they are

  1. Size
  2. Maintenance
  3. Placement
  4. Noise
  5. price
  6. Features
  7. Number Of Hose
  8. Installation
  9. Look

1. Size

The size of the portable AC measured by BTU(British Thermal Unit). One BTU refers to the amount of energy that’s required to increase the temperature of a pound of water by 1° F.

So, don’t rely on any other person’s referral because the size which helped his room to be cool, that same size may not help you because the size of the room may differ, the number of persons present in the room may differ, and hight of the ceiling also can differ.

So, there is the chart and formula based on which you must select the size or BTU of the portable AC according to your room size and number of persons present in the room.

BTUArea(sq ft)
8,000100-150
10,000150-350
12,000300-400
14,000350-600

Length x Breadth = Area in sq ft
If main floor = area x 30 BTU
If the second floor or kitchen = area x 40 BTU
Each foot above 8 ft ceiling = estimeted BTU + 1000(per ft)
Each person over two individuals= estimated BTU + 600(per individual)

Usually, 14000 BTU is the highest amount for portable AC because it can cover up to 650 sq ft and almost every room is less than this size.

Note: Size of the AC can vary on certain factors like, how long the sunlight stays on your wall throughout the day, and many more.

2. Maintenance

The only maintenance you need to do for portable ACs is, draining the water out. The water gets stored because the AC takes moisture out of the air and provides cool air. So, draining those water is the only thing you need to do to make the AC durable.

There are two types of draining techniques, one is manual and another one is automatic.

i. Manual

If you want to go with the manual one there are three options for that, first one is you can take the container out(in which the water will be stored) and empty the container and fix again, the second one is you can use a small pipe and drain the water out of the container using gravity(many portable AC brands provide this type of small pipe), and the last one is you can attach a pump to push the water out of the container.

ii. Automatic

If you want to go with automatic draining, then there is only one technique and that is by evaporating. Yeah, many ACs come with this self evaporating feature in which the AC will evaporate the water automatically and you won’t need to remove manually.

Note: It is always better to drain the water once in every 2 weeks.

3. Placement

Let’s see what is the best placement for portable air conditioner. Usually, people place the portable ACs beside the window because yes it is the best place to keep them, as you need to attach the hose to the window so that the warm air can go thru the hose outside the room.

But can’t we use the portable air conditioner if we don’t have a window in the room? Yes, you can use them without a window but the window makes it easy to place the hose. Even if you have any ventilator, you can attach the hose to it but yeah it will not be as easy as with a window.

4. Noise

The noise of air conditioners depends on the technology used for the compressor. There are two types of technology i.e inverter and non-inverter.

The AC with inverter technology has so many advantages than the non-inverter ones.

In inverter ACs, the compressor doesn’t stop suddenly after reaching the fixed temperature. The compressor keeps on going at the lowest power consumption to maintain the temperature. For example, if you select 23°C, the compressor will not stop suddenly after reaching 23°C, rather it will keep on going at the lowest power between 22°C to 24°C to maintain the temperature.

And in the ACs with non-inverters, compressors stop suddenly after reaching the fixed temperature and when the temperature will start dropping it will start with the full power again.

And because of compressors on-off, the noise level varies. The average noise level of the portable AC is around 52dB and it is not a huge amount. So, Always try to buy the AC with inverter technology and having a sound level of less than 60dB.

5. Price

When you are going to buy a product, you must know the starting and ending costs of that product. If we talk about the portable ACs, the price varies because of the BTU or size. So there is a chart that shows the cost range of the AC based on BTU.

BTURange
8000$250-$300
10000$260-$500
12000$350-$550
14000$360-$700
cost of portable air conditioner

So, there is the “cost of portable air conditioner” chart which shows the cost of the specific BTU portable AC.

Note: The above value of prices may fluctuate a little bit.

The cost of the inverter AC is more than the non-inverters because they are more efficient to use so if you can, always try to go with the inverter one.

6. Features

Features are the things that make a device more user friendly and versatile. To make the AC convenient, the basic features at least should be there or else there will a huge problem in using it and will not be worth buying also

The portable AC reviews also depend on the features only. There are a lot of features available for the portable ACs and let’s discuss all of them one by one.

  1. Remote Control: Nowadays almost every AC comes with a remote by which you can control the AC without moving from your place. Many brands provide the battery with the purchase and many brands don’t. Giving battery is not a big deal but you can check it before buying. You must see the basic options should be there in the remote like temperature increasing and decreasing, swinging, timer, mode, etc.
  2. Auto-Drain: This is such an awesome feature. The auto drain works on the principle of evaporation. Many portable ACs don’t have this feature. If the AC has this feature, you don’t need to be worried about draining the water always, because it will remove all the waters automatically.
  3. 3 in 1: Almost every portable AC is having this 3 in 1 feature. This means you will get cooling, fan, and dehumidifying feature in one.
    The fan will circulate the air all over the room but won’t cool the room, and dehumidification means the AC will take the moisture from the air and provide a cool environment.
  4. Heating & Cooling combo: Not many ACs have this feature. The ACs which have this feature means, they can cool as well as heat room. That means you don’t need to buy any separate room heater for the winter and that will save your money and space.
  5. Display: Almost every portable AC comes with the LED/LCD display on the control panel which makes it very much attractive and reliable to use. Though there is no huge difference in LCD and LED display of AC but LED is a little bit better.

7. No. Of Hose

The speed of cooling can depend on the number of hoses present in the AC because the intake and outlet of air depend on the hose. Portable air conditioners have either a single hose or dual hose.

How To choose Portable AC -number of hose
  • Single Hose: Almost the portable ACs which come at a low cost, come with a single hose. The single hose means, incoming and outgoing air takes place in the same hose. It still cools the room but quite harder to perform.
  • Dual Hose: The price of the dual hose ACs is higher than the single hose AC because dual hose AC cools the room almost 35% faster than the single. As it has two hoses so one hose is used to intake and one to outlet the air.

8. Installation

The installation process should be very easy for your AC. Almost every portable AC comes with a guide that how to install that AC.

You need to see that how smoothly they have explained the process. The process shouldn’t be very tough that you need to call some professional to fix that out or else you will lose extra money.

The main thing you need to take care of is hooking up the window kit for ventilation.

Even the portable AC is called portable but it is really not so portable because of the hose or ventilator. Yes, you can move it because it has wheels but moving from one room to another is hectic.

So, if you really want to move your AC from one room to another, better to have two ventilations or hoses, each for one room.

9. Look

After taking care of all the 8 factors mentioned above, now you can go with the look because if in the starting onwards you search for the aesthetic model, the other factors would have missed and buying will not be worth enough. So, if your AC satisfies all the above factors, then come for the look.

Yes, as you are gonna keep the AC inside the room, it should match with the other decors of the room. You can treat a portable AC as other decors only. If you think that how to choose the color of the portable AC then it has only one solution, the color of the product should be opposite to the wall color.

For example, if the color of your wall is very light then you must go with the dark-colored model like black, dark blue, or red, and vice versa.

How To Install Portable Air Conditioner?

This is a famous doubt that how to install portable air conditioner. Well, the answer to this question comes with the manual guide book which are provided by the AC brand only.

So there are the steps which you need to follow while while installing the portable AC.

Check out the video below to understand how to install portable air conditioner. It is the installation of an LG portable AC. The steps are almost the same for every portable ACs.

FAQs On How To choose Portable Air Conditioner

What should I look for when buying a portable air conditioner?

As I mentioned above, the most important factors which you must see while buying the portable AC are
>Size
>Maintenance
>Placement
>Noise
>price
>Features
>Number Of Hose
>Installation
>Look

Which portable air conditioner is best?

There is no specific answer to this question because the best product will depend on your needs, situation, and most of your room size. If I talk about the most renowned brands in this field, they are Whynter, Rollibot, LG, AmazonBasics, etc.

Is portable AC worth buying?

It actually depends but in one word “Yes!”. Portable ACs are worth buying because they cost very less than split and don’t occupy the whole window as the window ACs do. If your budget is like average then you can go with portable ACs as it will work as an attractive decor also in the room.

Do portable air conditioners use a lot of electricity?

The amount of electricity consumed by the portable AC can vary from model to model but I can say that portable AC consumes less current than all other types of ACs i.e window, central, and split.

Some Final Words On Portable AC Buying Guide

So, I hope that your doubt about how to choose a portable air conditioner got cleared. I wish that you got to know many new things about the ACs from this portable AC buying guide.

Keep all the above points in mind before buying the portable AC for your room. At least measure the size of your room very nicely so that you can know which BTU will be suitable for you.

If still, any doubt is there regarding how to choose portable AC then comment them below. Every feedback is appreciated.

I am Rajmun Khan from India, owner of favhomedecor.com. Studying computer science and engineering. I have so much interest in home appliances and stuff. So, I learn them, implement them, and share the knowledge here.

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