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What Is A Portable AC Unit?

September 11, 2022 | Blog

Transportable devices can be convenient and helpful, depending on the situation!

Many people feel the same way about a portable air conditioning unit. Although the system is similar to a whole-house AC unit, a few key differences should be considered before investing in a movable unit.

Express Air Conditioning & Heating is here to help you with all your heating and cooling needs! Our team of professionals has the knowledge and skill set needed for any HVAC service. Read ahead to learn more about portable AC units and how they can affect your home.

How Does A Portable Air Conditioner Work?

A portable AC unit is similar to a central air conditioning system but is compact and standalone. A refrigerant flows through internal coiled tubes and absorbs heat from indoors. The heat is transferred to the outdoors through a single exhaust hose. These units can be moved from room to room as long as the hose ventilates out a window.

Ventless or portable AC units also called evaporative coolers, do the same thing, but without the exhaust hose! Instead of moving heat outside, the warm air stays within your home. However, the system evaporates water droplets and disperses them as a gaseous state. As a result, this method cools the specified area or room!

Benefits Of A Portable AC Unit

Stating the obvious, the biggest advantage to this air conditioner is its portability. However, there are a few other pros the system has to offer! A few benefits are:

Access To Natural Light

Unlike a window air conditioner, movable units give you more access to natural lighting through your windows. These systems require a small portion of your window to ventilate air outdoors. Your home will have access to more natural lighting as a result.

Easy Installation

Portable air conditioners are easy to install since they only require a window and an electrical outlet. Once it’s out of the initial packaging, the instructions should be self-explanatory, allowing you to enjoy your new system!

Inexpensive Option

A portable air conditioner is less expensive than a traditional AC unit. Their compact design and simplicity make them cheaper than other units. Most of these air conditioners range anywhere from $100 to $500.

Disadvantages Of A Portable Air Conditioner

Although transportable AC units have their pros, they also have a few disadvantages. These factors should be considered before investing in this type of air conditioner. A few cons to this system are:

High Noise Levels

Comfort isn’t solely determined by a room’s temperature. Noise levels play a role in enjoying your household! Unfortunately, this type of air conditioner can be very noisy, making it difficult to find peace in your home.

Less Energy Efficient

If a portable air conditioner is your primary source of cooling, you may notice your energy bill rise. Unfortunately, these systems utilize more energy to function, making them less energy efficient. You may want to explore other HVAC options if high energy consumption is a dealbreaker for your home.

Little Humidity Control

You might be accustomed to humidity outdoors, but your home shouldn’t feel like your backyard! These AC units have poor humidity control, especially on hotter days. As a result, these devices are better suited for areas with moderate humidity levels.

Contact Us For All Your Pensacola AC System Needs!

Express Air Conditioning & Heating is lucky to have served Pensacola and surrounding areas for nearly 20 years! Our AC install experts are here to help you with all your HVAC needs. If you have questions about a portable air conditioner, give us a call to learn more about your options!

Why We're Different

Our Customers in and around Pensacola know they can trust us with their households repair needs. You can be confident when one of our servicemen visits you house, you will receive top-notch, professional service that is second to one.

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