Portable Air Conditioners Usage

Efficient way to cool your studio apartment

Are you looking for a simple and energy efficient way to cool your studio apartment?
Do you feel you waste money by using your central air conditioning just to cool one room?
Do you need to dehumidify the air while you cool it?
Do you want a compact cooling solution for your RV, travel trailer, or camper?

If your answer is yes, then a portable air conditioner could be ideal for you. Read on to find out more about portable air conditioners usage.

Portable air conditioners are units that can be moved from one room to another or to a different location such a storage shed or a pool house. That’s one of their greatest benefits. If you want to get a better idea of whether a portable air conditioner would be a good solution for you or you’ll need to find a different type of air conditioner, check out our article and learn more about portable air contidioners usage.

Windowless A/C

The term that is sometimes used to call small portable air conditioners is “windowless”. It comes from the fact that you don’t have to have windows in a particular space to be able use these portable appliances. Basically, you can turn them on in any type of space and they will provide a flow of cool air. This cooled air streamed into the room will be balanced with the generated heat that the conditioner outputs into the same space. That’s why the temperature in the room will not drop drastically.

This can be even more efficient in rooms with high “internal heat gain” i.e. in rooms where most of warmth comes from the equipment or activities taking place in that room.
This is the case in kitchens, offices with copiers and other equipment that generates heat, computer centers or labs. In fact, in these circumstances the exhausting of room air helps rather than limits the cooling process.

The Cost

Portable air conditioners are often used for economic reasons, too. They make great supplements to central air conditioning systems, which can be very expensive to run when they’re working hard to cool the whole house.
That’s why when you need to cool one or two rooms, portable air conditioners are a perfect companion to central air, letting you limit your central unit usage. Spot cooling with a portable air conditioner can allow you to suspend the use of your HVAC altogether. Your energy bills could get lower by employing a portable A/C in this way.


All typical air conditioning systems, require repairs and maintenance from time to time. The same is true for portable air conditioners. To keep your portable A\C working as smooth and efficient as possible, you need to follow the tips of the manufacturers included in the manual or look for advice and product support online.

Water Condensation

Some portable AC units have a built-in bucket or a water removal tray to collect the condensed water from the A/C. Other models include a drain hose or a small pump that circulates the condensed water over the condenser to evaporate it.
As a result, the hot air goes through the vent hose. When it comes to convenience and efficiency, this is a great advantage of these portable units.

Venting the Portable A/C

Portable Air Conditioners The hot air which is produced inside the air conditioner is released from the air conditioner into the room. You can fix it by connecting an exhaust hose to the portable air conditioner outlet and by directing the exhaust hose out of the window or into any other space.

Most portable AC models include special fittings that make connecting a hose to the air conditioning vent hook-up really simple. Remember to follow the manufacturer’s instructions as venting standards are different for different units. You’ll often receive a venting kit or the option to purchase one as part of your portable air conditioner.

If you want your unit to work properly in air conditioning mode, you must install the portable air conditioner venting kit. Although portable air conditioner manufacturers offer a wide variety of styles and sizes, the venting steps are generally the same across the board.

To vent a portable AC the following steps should be taken:

  • Step one: find a place where you want to vent your A/C
  • Step two: slip the vent connector over the exhaust opening.
  • Step three: connect the vent hose to the vent connector.
  • Step four: fit the opening by adjusting the length of the window kit. Mark the kit and cut it down to fit the opening properly if required.
  • Step five: connect the venting window kit adapter to the window kit.
  • Step six: fit the window venting kit into the window.
  • Step seven: fit the vent hose onto the window kit adapter and shut the window.

Now you can enjoy the cool air around you and get all the benefits of using a portable A/C unit.

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