An Introductory Guide to Portable Air Conditioning
Almost 70 years have gone by since the air conditioner was invented, but the Earth isn’t getting any cooler! Despite becoming a virtual necessity even before summer rolls around, air conditioning is still a luxury for many people. A central air conditioning unit is still a pricey purchase for the home and may be superfluous in smaller residences.It’s a good thing portable air conditioning has come around as it’s a viable option for homeowners who want to beat the heat on a budget.
What Is It?
A portable air conditioning unit is different from a central cooling or wall-mounted unit in that it’s small and mobile. Most portable units are 29-34 inches tall and weigh 30-36 kilos. There is no need to carry out permanent installation when a portable air conditioner is used. This means walls can stay intact!
Sometimes, the terms “portable air conditioner” and “portable air cooler” are used interchangeably, although this shouldn’t be the case. The former utilises a compressor and Freon as a coolant, whereas the latter operates on the principle of water evaporation. With this in mind, portable air conditioners are able to cool an entire room more efficiently than an air cooler, as well as having a dehumidifying effect.
How Does It Work?
A homeowner will need the following in order to install portable air conditioning:
– Space for the unit – An electrical point – An exhaust vent for the hot air
The operation of portable Mantención Aire Acondicionado Anwo is similar to traditional air conditioning systems. The unit cools a room by using a refrigerator cycle and Freon, as mentioned above. A portable air conditioner comprises a box-frame containing hot and cold sides as well as an exhaust hose used to expel hot air outdoors and is usually 5-7 feet long. The condensation that results from cooling is reused to cool the unit itself, although excess condensate may form once in a while.
There are two ways to remove excess condensate:
Manual removal – the condensate collects in a bucket or tray inside the unit and has to be emptied out from time to time.
Evaporative removal – the condensate evaporates and is removed via the main vent hose through a drop ceiling, window or wall.
Venting is usually carried out through a window and can be accomplished with an adaptor kit. This is usually included with a portable air conditioning unit. The kit serves to keep the vent hose in place and also insulates the partly-opened window or space.
Where Can I Use One?
Thanks to their small size and extreme portability, these air conditioners are best for smaller areas that require quicker spot cooling. Examples include apartments, home offices, server rooms and any other location where installing a large air conditioning unit is unfeasible. In the interests of energy conservation and quick cooling, it can also be used in larger houses to cool down just a few particular rooms as well.