How do you find respite from the summer heat if you can’t install an air conditioning system in your home?
If making permanent changes to the walls or structure of your home is not allowed or just not possible, consider a portable air conditioner. These units can be moved from room to room and, on the performance and functionality scale, sit between a fan and an air conditioning system, in that they are better at cooling than the former but have lower output than the latter.
How do portable air conditioners work?
Like fixed AC units, portable ones use air to exchange heat. The difference with portable models being that the condenser is inside the unit. The condenser pulls warm air in, refrigerates it, and in turn generates hot air, which is expelled through an exhaust hose. Basically, the unit transfers heat from inside to outside.
The “inside to outside” part is where the installation comes in. Installation of a portable air conditioner doesn’t require a technician; all it involves is attaching the exhaust hose to the back of the unit, then attaching the hose to an adjustable slide bar that you fit into the window pane. The hose is connected to the slide bar with a slide bar connector. A typical portable air conditioner should come with a full window kit which includes all these parts.
PoloCool Portable Air Conditioner
Polocool Portable Refrigerated Air Conditioner 6.0kW
Polocool portable ACs boast a water tank that never needs emptying! The unit has a simple automatic operation, thanks to its remote control and LCD display, so you can just ‘set and forget’ your cooling needs. There’s also an inbuilt timer, allowing you to choose auto start up and shut down times. The unit fits all window types, and even sliding doors. It’s quick and easy to install yourself.
Which model is best for me?
The 6.0kw model is designed for cooling rooms up to 42m2; the 4.4kw for rooms up to 30m2; and the 3.5kw for rooms up to 20m2. When choosing a portable air condition that is right for you, consider: the orientation of the room (rooms facing north and west tend to be the hottest in the host), the room’s insulation (the more insulation the better), and what level the room is on (upper stores are hotter).