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Portable Air Conditioner - The Solution For Small Premises

Jul 8, 2008
Undeniably, one of the most uncomfortable things that a person has to deal with is living in a small, stuffy space when the weather heats up and the temperature starts to climb. Without a way of cooling off the tiny space, it can become sweltering and oven-like. This not only makes it uncomfortable but can even pose a health risk as well if temperatures get hot enough, for long enough. One cooling solution for people living in small spaces is a portable air conditioner.

A portable, room air conditioner is defined as an air conditioning unit that can be easily moved from one room to the next to provide cooling, depending upon the needs of the occupants. One of the major benefits of these portable units for air control is that they do not have to be installed through the wall like wall air conditioners do, nor do they need to be connected to an outside compressor unit like a central air conditioner. This makes them ideal for people living in rented apartments or houses because they are not permanently installed.

A portable air conditioner is even a viable option for homeowners who do not want to go to the extra expense of installing a typical air conditioning system. Portable air conditioners are also useful for single people who only need to cool one room at a time and want to be able to move the unit from room to room.

Instead of the usual installation, portable air conditioners use a flexible hose that runs to a window. The hose is then connected to a venting kit, which allows the hot exhaust air to vent to the outdoors. The exhaust hose is flexible and normally is from five to seven feet in length, allowing the device to be positioned as desired in a room, rather than having to be right next to the window.

These small, portable air conditioning units do not require permanent installation and they are also mobile. The cases that they are housed in generally have casters attached to the bottom for easy movement, so they can be rolled from one room to the other as they are needed. For instance, during the evening they can be run in the living room or family room, and when it is time to go to bed, they can easily be moved to a bedroom to provide a comfortable sleeping environment.

This also makes portable air conditioners a good choice for keeping electrical consumption low, as they do not cool the entire house, but only the rooms that are being used most. There are many different models available and some of them have timers that can be set to either begin cooling a room before you get home from work, or to turn off during the night after you have fallen comfortably asleep.

Most portable air conditioner units run in height from about 25 to 35 inches tall and weigh in the range of 60 to 85 pounds. The most common portable air conditioning models have various power levels available, from 9,000 to 14,000 BTUs. Many models also come with a mode for heating, so that the same unit can be used year around to keep a room comfortable.
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