Not all homes and apartments are equipped with central air conditioning even in warmer climates or areas where the summer temperatures make life more than a little uncomfortable. The residents of these homes need to find units that will give them the cool air they need, but not everyone wants to wrestle with a window air conditioner. Here is why these people would be much better off with a portable unit.
What is a portable AC unit?
Portable air conditioners are self-contained systems that remain on the floor. They are installed on wheels so they are simple to roll from room to room. They are designed to cool individual rooms and come with a kit that makes it possible to vent them outside.
Why are portable units more convenient than window models?
Portable units do need to be vented outside, but they do not block the entire window and the hose is easy to remove and replace. They allow more natural light to filter in and are easily removed on days when an open window is preferred. Their portability makes it easy to move them to other rooms as needed.
Why are portable air conditioners potentially safer than window-mounted ACs?
Window units are only safe if the person installing them does it correctly. They are a falling risk that could severely injure or kill someone if they have the misfortune to be underneath when the unit drops. They are heavy and difficult to move so they may become an escape hazard if a fire makes it necessary to exit a room quickly through a window. None of this is a risk with portable air conditioner units.
A portable AC is an excellent choice for people that do not have the strength or ability to install a window unit safely on their own. It is a thrifty option for those that do not want to purchase multiple air conditioners but need to be able to cool their bedroom, kitchen and living room when they are in use. Another reason to consider purchasing a portable model is because of homeowner’s associations and condo or apartment rules. Many of these locations do not allow window AC units and a portable model is the best solution available.