What is a portable air conditioner?
A portable air conditioner (PAC) is an air conditioner that is mobile. Unlike window, through-the-wall, or central air conditioning units, PACs do not require permanent installation. The included window kit, connectors, and exhaust hose can exhaust heat from a space to lower the temperature and dehumidify.
Portable air conditioners are great for specialized applications where central air or conventional window air conditioners are unfeasible or too expensive.
Homeowners can use PACs to cool single rooms, dorm rooms, small offices, computer server rooms, and garages.
Our PACs are compatible with standard 115 Volt/60 Hertz household outlets.
Is a portable air conditioner the right choice for me?
Portable air conditioners as an alternative to central air or conventional window air conditioners are great for specialized applications. If you have an area that needs cooling, but conventional air conditioners won’t work for you, a portable air conditioner could be the answer you are seeking.
Also, a portable air conditioner is a cost and energy-saving alternative to conventional central air systems as it cools one room instead of the whole house.
How does a portable air conditioner work?
Hot air from the room or outside is pulled into the portable air conditioner through the filter or the intake hose (dual hose system) to cool off the compressor and condenser coil. The cool air pushes from the air vent to the room, and the compressed hot air expels the exhaust hose.
Do portable air conditioners require outside venting?
Yes, all portable air conditioners need to vent the hot air they remove from the room. They include a window venting kit to install to a standard window. However, venting using a window is not required; sliding glass doors, through a wall, or into a drop ceiling (the method most offices use) are also suitable venting solutions. These applications may require a custom modification, and the vent hose may require extending.
Can a portable air conditioner run without a vent?
If unable to vent hot air outside the room, the unit will blow cold air from the front and hot air from the back. This scenario does not change the room temperature; the air stream will be cooled but, once circulated with the exhausted compressed heat, the room temperature will remain the same.
Can a portable air conditioner be vented to an attic?
If your building has sufficient space in the attic, venting the portable air conditioner into it should not be a problem. Please note that you will be introducing humidity into the attic. If you prefer not to have extra humidity in the attic, you can remove the drain plug of the air conditioner and set up continuous drainage.
Do portable air conditioners collect water/need to be drained?
As portable air conditioners cool the air, they also dehumidify it. The water they condense out of the air is dripped into the internal reservoir or exhausted out the exhaust hose. The self-evaporative or auto drain feature helps evaporate the collected condensation automatically in most environments. If the environment has high humidity, the unit may require draining. Some of our PACs have an upper drain port for optional continuous gravity draining.
Are portable air conditioners energy efficient?
Energy Efficiency Rating (EER) shows the energy efficiency of the air conditioner. The higher the EER, the more energy-efficient the air conditioner. To get the EER, divide the unit’s BTUs by the wattage (BTU power/wattage).
What is a BTU?
BTU stands for British Thermal Unit. A BTU is the amount of energy needed to cool or heat.
How much space will these units cool?
|Room Area||Recommended BTU|
|Up to 250 square feet||8000 BTU|
|200 – 300 square feet||10000 BTU|
|300 – 400 square feet||12000 BTU|
|250 – 420 square feet||13000 BTU|
|400 – 500 square feet||14000 BTU|