Portable Air Conditioners vs Window Air Conditioners
We are comparing the differences between a portable air conditioner and a window air conditioner to find which one is better. Created for you by:
Corpus Christi, TX 78417
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Published on: Mar 4, 2016
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6 Major Differences Between Portable Air Conditioners And Window Air
If you live in a small apartment or in a rented one chances are you have heard by now of portable air
conditioners or maybe you are already thinking of buying one. We are using our experience in air
conditioning services to give you an objective short preview of both the portable and window AC’s
differences. As its name suggests, the portable air conditioner is a small mobile air conditioner, that
can easily be moved around your place without much efforts. They are perfectly suited for small
spaces, like a small office, living room or bedroom where installing a window air conditioning unit
may be a costly and impractical solution. Another good application for the portable air conditioners
are server rooms. Aside from keeping the room cool they also keep the air dry and more computer
friendly. And here comes their first difference compared to window air conditioners. We skipped
the mobility difference because it’s too obvious.
1. The condensed water from the portable air conditioner’s operation is
collected inside the unit and need to be emptied or drained.
Compared to window air conditioners where the water is directly
draining outside from the outer body, this can be some
inconvenience for everyday usage. If you are not careful you may
end up with a large puddle on the floor. Although, if creative enough,
one can think of many ways to automate this process, like for
example gravity draining through a hose. Also some portable air
conditioners have advanced evaporation techniques to eliminate
2. The second most important difference is that Portable air conditioners
extract hot air and that air needs to be vented.
Opposed to window air conditioners which vent the air directly outside
with portable air conditioners you need to vent them manually or use their
specially designed for this purpose exhaust hose. This difference too can
pose an inconvenience for some homes. Also the exhaust hose could
pose a security risk for your home as some small animals like squirrels
can crawl through it.
3. When choosing a portable air conditioner size is of great importance.
Portable air conditioners are measured in British Thermal Units or BTUs, which is the most
common unit of energy in the air conditioning business. Higher BTU
means higher cooling power. The cooling capacity of portable air
conditioners ranges from 5000 BTUs to 30,000 BTUs. The exact size
depends on the size of the area that needs to be cooled. While a
window air conditioner will have no difficulty cooling any big or small
room, if you choose too powerful portable air conditioner the unit will
phase itself off fast and fail to reduce the humidity in the air. If the air
conditioner is not powerful enough it will not be cooling effectively. When you choose you need to be
4. Portable air conditioner make more noise than the window ones. This is
due to the fact the operational unit is entirely located in the room and thus the whole noise is inside
too. As we know window air conditioner’s fan is always located outside and that reduces their noise
levels drastically. With portable units this can cause great annoyance with some models. We need
to note there are some models on the market with reduced noise levels. When buying one consider
this factor to save yourself a lot of nerves later.
5. Even with the latest models portable air conditioners the electricity
usage is still higher than when using a window mounted air conditioner.
Power consumption is one of the major factors when choosing an AC and the size of the room really
matters here. As we mentioned at the beginning portable AC units are more suitable for smaller
6. The last difference between the two types of ACs we will consider is the
price. Window air conditioners have been around longer than portable ones and they still
dominate the market. Good and cheap window AC units are widely available everywhere
nowadays, but finding a portable equivalent at a similar price is a tough task. Portable ACs are still
developing technologically becoming less noisy, more powerful and easier to maintain. At some
point they might even replace the window ACs in our homes. Only future will tell.
Created for you by:
Corpus Christi, TX 78417
For more information visit: www.selsismechanical.com