Indoor atmosphere can get really uncomfortable as temperatures soar outside. If you live in a hot climatic region or if the area experiences heat waves from time to time, you will need air conditioning in the house.
If you HVAC system is running smoothly, all you need to do is change the air filters before the summers, but if it is malfunctioning or if you do not have adequate air conditioning at home, you could invest in a portable air conditioner.
A portable air conditioner, as the name suggests, is portable, or rather can be fixed in different rooms according to your requirements, as opposed to central air conditioning whose units are a permanent fixture in one particular place. These may be split air conditioners or window ACs.
If you are not sure whether you should invest in a portable air conditioner, take a look at the advantages of this system.
- It keeps your windows free
The biggest advantage of portable air conditioners is that your windows will remain free and usable as and when you want. Window ACs on the other hand, block your windows permanently and are also not a pretty sight on the exterior walls of your house. Certain residential complexes may have strict rules against placement of such units on the exterior of apartments.
Houses with less natural light, for example, or fewer windows, do not need any permanent fixture blocking the sources of light and ventilation. Portable ACs are a solid alternative for such homes.
- Installation is easy
Installing a portable air conditioner is very easy and these units can be used right out of the box. There is no need to call a technician to install this kind of AC high up on a wall or in your window, and work on all the wiring, connections or thermostat. Portable air conditioners just need to be plugged in to a power source and you’re good to go.
- Exhaust hose can be fixed quickly
Unlike an outdoor unit for split ACs, all the portable air conditioner has is an exhaust hose to let hot air out of your house. This can be fixed in a window, which is left slightly ajar, using a handy window kit. Homeowners can do this by themselves in very less time.
- Spot cooling is possible
In case there are parts in the house where central air conditioning does not reach or cool efficiently, you can use portable air conditioners to maintain the temperature of those particular spots. This is highly effective in smaller rooms when they are kept closed.
- Humidity can be reduced
Portable air conditioners also help bring down humidity levels in the house. High humidity can get extremely uncomfortable and cause health issues amongst residents. It can damage furniture and home décor which can get spoilt due to moisture. Portable ACs can give you a respite from this.
Portable air conditioners are remarkable cooling units on their own or as a supplement to central air conditioning.
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