Frequently Asked Questions about Portable Air Conditioners

As a potential investor in portable air conditioning machines, you might be wondering what does it take to use or own a portable air conditioner as you continue to ask yourself if it is worth it buying a portable air conditioner or not? Portable air conditioners are energy efficient and more reliable when it comes to reliability and with that been said I welcome you to your ultimate guide to buying or using a portable air conditioner.

What is a Portable Air Conditioner?

What is a Portable Air Conditioner?
A portable air conditioner is regarded as a machine which is used in many homes to either increase or decrease hotness and coolness around a certain environment. Portable air conditioners are devices which can be easily transported around the house, unlike center air conditioners. Unlike a window AC a portable air conditioner comes with different types of functions that include operations such as heating, dehumidifying, cooling, and fanning. Just like any other air conditioner a portable air conditioner has to also undergo maintenance in certain times and water drainage. Almost every other portable air conditioner comes with a remote control which makes the portable air conditioner easy to operate. Portable air conditioners are normally installed on a floor and are very portable.
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How does a Portable Air Conditioner Work?

How does a Portable Air Conditioner Work?
The operation of a portable air conditioner includes the process of transmutation between hot air and cold air or the process of removing moisture from the environment to lower the temperature. This all happens with the help of the compressor, refrigerant, condenser, evaporation valve and the units motor. An AC unit normally works by transforming a refrigerant compound initially is a gas state to a liquid state in a continuous circle. The compressor is the main part of the air conditioner and without it, the portable air conditioner will not be able to work as expected. The main function of the portable air conditioner is to replace hot air with cold air during cooling or heating. A portable air conditioner is known to work under each and every weather condition.
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Is there a Need to Empty water in a Portable Air Conditioner?

Is there a Need to Empty water in a Portable Air Conditioner?
As many people would say, “yes,”; there is a need for you to drain the portable, air conditioner from time to time. However, a better answer would be that sometimes there is a need for you to drain the portable air conditioner. During dehumidification, it is a most for you to drain the portable air conditioner because of the water which is absorbed from the environment and then stored in the water tank. In some portable air conditioners, you can easily operate the unit in certain modes such as cooling without bothering about water drainage. With that been said it is expected that the portable air conditioner undergoes water drainage at least twice a month or once in some cases.
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How to Drain Water in a Portable Air Conditioner?

How to Drain Water in a Portable Air Conditioner?
There are two methods of draining water from the portable air conditioner. The first one is the manual drainage method and the second is the continuous drainage method. To drain water using the manual procedure, gently unscrew the drain plug from the back of the unit. Get a container and place it under and then remove the water stopper to see the water completely drain. In the continuous method, you need to connect a pipe after removing the stopper which is later connected to your domestic house plumbing system. The manual drainage method is preferred in the case of portable units with a self-evaporation mechanism. In the case of continuous drainage water is always drained out all the time.
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What is BTU?

What is BTU?
BTU is an acronym which stands for British thermal unit. This acronym was formerly being used only in the United Kingdom but later it was adopted by most countries of the world. BTU is a unit for measurement of energy. This is the energy required to raise one pound of water by one Fahrenheit. This unit of energy measurement can also be transformed into joules per pound. Overall it is used for measuring the heating and cooling capacities of a machine. BTU also decides the capacity of a particular portable air conditioner and the size of room area it can satisfy.
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What Size Air Conditioner (BTU level) do I Need?

What Size Air Conditioner (BTU level) do I Need?
The size of a portable air conditioner that may suit you actually depends on the size of the room which it is going to be installed within. It is better to put it as what is the capacity of the portable air conditioner that will be suitable for a particular room size of depending on what you have in mind. To know the size of the portable air conditioner you need you just need to understand the capacity of the unit in BTU. 8000 BTU air conditioners satisfy up to 20sqm of room area while 12000 BTU portable air conditioners can serve up to 35sqm of room area depending on the unit. Portable air conditioners with more than 12000 BTU capacities can be used for commercial purposes satisfying up to 45sqm of room area.
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Can I Lengthen the Exhaust Hose?

Can I Lengthen the Exhaust Hose?
The exhaust hose comes in different shapes and sizes which you do not need to bother of. Almost all exhaust ducts are regarded as expandable and retractable. Having an exhaust hose gives you the ability to stretch it to a reasonable length during installation and retract it at the time that you want to move or uninstall the unit. Depending on the portable air conditioners distance between the window, the hose gives you the advantage to leave a little bit of space between the window and the wall. Depending on the type of portable air conditioner you found yourself with, there are different units that come with a wide variety length of exhausts ducts which are all regarded as stretchable and retractable. The exhaust hose can be lengthened by simply pulling both ends to stretch.
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Can I Discharge the Hot Air out of a Sliding Glass Door, or a Sliding Glass Window?

Can I Discharge the Hot Air out of a Sliding Glass Door, or a Sliding Glass Window?
A simple answer to this will be that “yes, you can.” Discharging hot air out of a portable air conditioner is a most and it is depending on the venting technique you are using. There different ways in which you can vent your portable air conditioner and using the sliding window is one of the best ways to do that. Owners can use the same window kit that the portable air conditioner came with to vent the unit using a glass sliding door. As long as the exhaust hose is properly lead outside at that there are no holes left between the window and the window shaft then there is no problem. When using this method of venting requires that you provide excellent insulation on the window.
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What Should I Use to Cool a Server Room?

What Should I Use to Cool a Server Room?
Cooling a server room requires the process of lowering the temperature of the room whenever it gets higher than wanted. The best choice and most preferred solution to deal with this is to install a portable air conditioner. However, do have in mind that in a server room there are also certain devices which emit hit that you need to keep an eye on even after installing a portable air conditioner. You have to make sure that there is adequate airflow around the room after installing the portable air conditioner. Ventilation and the capacity of the unit are both regarded as key when doing this. Make sure that the portable conditioner that you installed has adequate cooling accessories to maintain a stable cooling temperature for a longer period of time. The best way to keep a server room cool is to maintain a certain set temperature for a vast period of time.
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I have a casement/crank window. Can I configure my PAC to exhaust air out of this type of window?

I have a casement/crank window. Can I configure my PAC to exhaust air out of this type of window?
In the case of using a crank window, there is a way out when it comes to venting your portable air conditioner. Although venting a portable air conditioner using a crank window is not common there are techniques used to bring this issue to rest. Portable air conditioners can be vented with a crank window by using plexiglass to fit on the window. You are expected to buy plexiglass and have it caught and shaped to the right size of your window. When venting a portable air conditioner using a crank window the help of certified technicians is always required. After installing the plexiglass in insulation becomes one of the most important things to deal with. Make sure that the appropriate exhaust hose hole length is cut and that there are no openings left that will allow unwanted passage of air. The goal is just to make sure that the hot air is dispersed outside without interfering with the inner conditions.
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What Electrical Requirements does Portable AC’s have?

What Electrical Requirements does Portable AC’s have?
Most portable air conditioners come with a 220-240 voltage in the manual which is the same as 50 Hz. Even though most people claim that homeowners spend up 13% of their yearly electrical bill on air conditioning today’s portable air conditioners are ready to reduce that automatically. Portable air conditioners have higher energy efficiency with most of them having an “A” rated energy efficiency. Depending on the size of your room you will be able to know the exact portable air conditioner you need to monitor the electrical costs.

Most portable air conditioners do not require any special wiring but can at the same time draw a great amount of energy. Just like any other high electrical capacity machine you should avoid interfering with the AC’s circuit by either altering any component or overloading it. You can find many typical household units with 115/120 volt of power.

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How efficient and costly are Portable Air Conditioners?

How efficient and costly are Portable Air Conditioners?
Informing yourself about common portable air conditioner energy ratings and capacities you’ll get a broader understanding of the actual cost of operating a portable air conditioner. However, portable air conditioners vary in energy ratings depending on the type of portable air conditioner you have at home. Notice the amount of energy required to raise one pound of water by one degree Fahrenheit you will then understand how much heat your portable air conditioner can do away with within a period of an hour. So depending on the BTU value of your portable air conditioner you will be able to translate its energy consumption. A 7000 BTU portable air conditioner is capable of satisfying 150 square feet of room area. Now to make much a better sense out of this you need to convert BTU into kW per hour. Therefore 7500 BTU is equal to 2.2kW of power. As it is estimated by the United States information department one kW of electricity per hour costs at about 16.18 cents as of in California. With this information, you can calculate how many hours a day you run your portable AC and convert those hours into the cost. For example, running your unit for about 8 hours will cost you $3-$5 approximated. Overall in a complete period of a month, those figures will rise in-between $85-$160.

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Will a Portable Air Conditioner work for Multiple Rooms?

Will a Portable Air Conditioner work for Multiple Rooms?
The portable air conditioner is originally meant to increase or the decrease the temperature of its immediate surroundings. In most cases where the portable air conditioner is installed upstairs the cooling effect is not expected to travel all the way to another room. In special circumstances whereby there are two connected rooms split by a large opening, you can expect to get a partial benefit of the cooling depending on how powerful the portable air conditioner is really is. In this particular situation, you can make good use of the portable air conditioners’ fan to increase powerful distribution of air all around the room. This whole situation is decided right before the portable air conditioner is installed. However, do not try keeping certain door rooms opened for the air to travel all the way to the other room instead make sure that all doors are closed.

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What is the Difference between a Single-Hose Design and a Dual-Hose Design?

What is the Difference between a Single-Hose Design and a Dual-Hose Design?
Single hose units are portable air conditioners that come with only one exhaust hose while a dual hose unit means a portable air conditioner that comes with two different hose systems normally one to serve as for air intake and the other for air outlet. The idea of the hose is simply instead of taking the whole window space why not use a less bulky tube to serve as an air exhaust. In the case of the single hose air conditioner, it starts by sucking in hot air from the environment and then passes it to the coils as it gets cooled by the portable air conditioner refrigerant. After that, it passes out hot air and condensed moisture consumed through the exhaust hose. The main disadvantage of this system is that it allows a rise in negative pressure which leads to hot air to be leaked using cracks if available. The main advantage of this system is that it makes the unit more portable and less bulky. In the dual hose portable air conditioner, one hose is used for air intake and the other is used for sending out air or moisture. This brings about more efficiency in air exchange and less work to be done by the portable air conditioner. The dual hose system costs a bit more while providing higher sustainability in energy efficiency.

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Can Air Conditioners Heat a Room as well?

Can Air Conditioners Heat a Room as well?
Portable air conditioners can be used to heat a room as well. Nowadays portable air conditioners are one of the most machines used in heating rooms. Using a portable air conditioner to heat a room also depends on the type of portable air conditioner you have at your home. Some portable air conditioners come with a heating function while others do not come with a heating function and can’t be used as heaters to heat a room. Bigger air conditioners with a bigger BTU capacity are often known to come with a heating function. Generally, there are many portable air conditioners that can be used as a heater to heat rooms. To use your portable air conditioner as a heater you can simply press on the mode button via the control button until a Heat Mode indicator shows under the heating mode. This can also be done using the remote control. After the heat mode is selected you should expect the portable air conditioning to start raising the ambient temperature in the room straight away.
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Do I have to remove my Screen from the Window when using the Window Kit?

Do I have to remove my Screen from the Window when using the Window Kit?
We all know that a window screen is a mesh designed to cover the window and prevent things such as flies running into our home. A straight answer to this question will be “No,” you don’t have to remove your window screen when using the window kit to vent your portable air conditioners. The reason why you don’t have to do this is that the deflection caused by the wires the wires which make up the window screen is not strong enough to stop air from moving outside compared to the force of the air moving outward. You also need to understand that there are different types of portable air conditioner window venting. Portable air conditioners can be vented using almost every type of window provided that there is an expert to help. When using the normal sliding window you’re expected to not face any challenges while trying to vent your portable air conditioner. The one reason that can prevent this from happening is if the window screen is in form of cloth not in form of plastic wires made into a frame. If you are having a situation whereby there is a big covering in front of the exhaust hose then it is better to remove the window screen.

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How loud are Portable Air Conditioners?

How loud are Portable Air Conditioners?
All portable air conditioners differ when it comes to being loud. Depending on the brand of the portable air conditioner there is a set maximum noise level that comes with every portable air conditioner. The noise of a portable air conditioner can as well increase when it has a higher capacity than others. A good portable air conditioner with not more than 12000 BTU capacities is expected to have a 65dB maximum sound level while functioning. Portable air conditioners with a lower capacity than 12000 BTU can usually have of less than 60dB while functioning. Another measure factor that affects the sound level of a portable air conditioner is proper maintenance. When a unit is not properly maintained the filters are expected to get dirty which will lead to a very loud air conditioning. All great portable air conditioner brands to their best to make sure that sound levels are at their lowest while the unit is under operation. The less friction there is while air comes out of the air inlet and outlet grills the more quite portable air conditioning you will enjoy. Consumers also can sometimes decide on the level of noise they want the unit to operate by either increasing or lowering the fan speed to see the noise level increase and decrease simultaneously.

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Do Portable Air Conditioners need Maintaining/Servicing?

Do Portable Air Conditioners need Maintaining/Servicing?
As far as portable air conditioning is concerned maintenance/servicing is a most. The portable air conditioner has to be maintained just like any other air conditioner out there. The portable air conditioner attracts dust and other particles during its functioning which causes the portable air conditioner filters to get very dirty. When a portable air conditioner is not cleaned in the right way effectiveness is expected to reduce leading to energy wastage throughout the process of air conditioning. At the same time, water drainage is also a form of maintenance done on the portable air conditioner to make sure it doesn’t stop working. With all that has been said Portable air conditioner maintenance does not have to be carried out by a certified technician. Cleaning and maintenance can be done by the homeowner himself. When carrying out maintenance on a portable air conditioner make sure that you check all of the safety guidelines mentioned in the manual and avoid using chemicals components such as gasoline, benzene, and alcohol. Overall you are advised to carry out maintenance every two weeks.
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