Portable air conditioners are an alternative cooling solution that is able to be easily moved when needed elsewhere. Residential portable air conditioners range from 7,000 to 14,000 BTUs and are meant to cool areas up to 600 sq. ft. Commercial portable air conditioners are offered in both water cooled and air cooled models and range from 13,000 to 120,000 BTUs. These powerful units are meant to cool special equipment in large warehouses or factories.
Since portable air conditioners are essential air movers, moving out hot air and replacing it with cooled air, they have to an outlet for the ventilation of warm air and moisture. Many residential portable air conditioners are vented through a nearby window using an included window vent kit, but accessories are available for ceiling and sliding door ventilation. Many commercial portable air conditioners are vented through the ceiling. Depending on the situation, other ventilation applications can be used. Other portable air conditioner accessories include window locks, filters, and remote controls.
When shopping for a portable air conditioner, you’ll want to focus on the cooling power and square footage the unit can cover. These two units of measurement typically coincide; larger BTUs are associated with larger coverage.
There are many benefits to using a portable air conditioner rather than a traditional cooling system. Other than the mobility factor, you have the ability to spot cool areas of habitation or concern, rather than using an entire central system. In commercial settings, portable air conditioners can be used to cool special equipment on weekends and after hours, giving business owners the freedom to use central systems less.