Portable Air Conditioner
There may be a few reasons why one would like to use a portable air conditioner. For some their central air conditioning system may have went out but they don’t have the funds to repair it at this time. For others it could be seen as a better option than a window air conditioner hanging out the window and unsightly to neighbors. Lastly maybe the home never had a central heating and cooling system installed.
There’s no doubt the summer months down on the MS Gulf Coast can be hot and humid. Many people in Gulfport, Biloxi, Long beach and Pass Christian MS search for info and pricing on portable air conditioners every summer. Before you run out and purchase one though, let’s see if they’re worth the investment.
Portable air conditioners should be your last resort when trying to cool your home. Central AC systems are more efficient at cooling the entire homes square footage, not just one room.
They’re tests that show that the portable units don’t cool a room very well in hot temperatures. In fact, the results show that they are usually more expensive, use more energy, noisier and bigger than a window air conditioner. Not to mention they weigh anywhere from 50 to 80 pounds. They do come with wheels but can be hard to maneuver over carpet and door thresholds. The units will need space all around it to get proper airflow, plus an exhaust hose vented out a window. Depending on the model, you may even have to drain the condensation water. You are probably better off with a window air conditioner than one of these.
Portable Air Conditioner Brands
There are many different makes and models you can purchase. The most popular PAC brands are Honeywell, Whynter and LG. Be sure to look at the BTU rating when deciding on which model you choose to go with.
Gulf Coast Heating and Cooling would advise against purchasing a Portable Air Conditioner unless it’s your only choice. For more information and warnings on these please check out this link from Consumer Reports.