The Best Portable Home Air Conditioners

Portable air conditioners are a great alternative to ducted or split air conditioning units, especially when you are not in a position to install either of these options. They don't require permanent installation, and therefore you don't need to change your house or apartment to install it, which is essential if you are in a rental property. And they can actually save on power, as you are only cooling a limited area, and since they are portable you can still move it from room to room, with almost no hassle.

Not all portable airconditioning units are equal, though. Some do require a limited amount of setting up, and others are heavy and awkward, making them hard to move. Others hardly cool a room at all, and are so noisy you can't hear yourself think! This is hardly the price you want to pay for convenience! This article has filtered all the bad performers out, only leaving the best.

A few parameters have been used to whittle down the contestants. Firstly, and most importantly, it has to cool an average room effectively. The second is that it has to be easy to use and maintain. The third is that it has be highly rated by users. With this in mind the online retailer, Amazon, has been vital in our research, and all the portable air conditioners you will find here are available there at reasonable prices, and sometimes considerable discounts that you won't find anywhere else.

DeLonghi PAC W130E 13,000-BTU Eco-Friendly Portable Air Conditioner with Water Technology

The DeLonghi PAC W130E 13,000-BTU Eco-Friendly Portable Air Conditioner with Water Technology is at the top of the list for many great reasons but to take it to essentials, it is easy to use and it works! DeLonghi have a name for air conditioners, and for great air conditioners, so really it is not such a stretch that its portable model would be just as good as its fixed cousins. It will cool an area of 450 feet easily, and using a combination of an eco-friendly refrigerant and water it will cool that area faster than any other portable air conditioner on the market today.

It has three fan speeds, and the 14 liter water tank will last twelve hours before requiring refilling, which is most of a hot day or a sweltering night. It has three fan speeds, so that you can control the cooling to your liking, and an air filter and inbuilt dehumidifier to combat humidity. It comes complete with remote control, and a digital display which is easy to use and easy to read.

To say this is an effective portable airconditioner is an understatement, and it should tick of all your boxes at the price. Amazon have it listed below DeLonghi's recommended price, and therefore cannot display it on the page, but I will say the discount is considerable, and with it the price is much more reasonable than it seems on the page.

The DeLonghi PAC W130E 13,000-BTU Eco-Friendly Portable Air Conditioner with Water Technology is miles above the other portable air conditioners featured in this article, and that it looks good as well, is really only the icing on the cake.

PT WA-9000E 9,000-BTU Portable Air Conditioner with Remote

The PT WA-9000E 9,000-BTU Portable Air Conditioner with Remote is designed to cool a 250 square foot room, which is a much smaller space than the DeLonghi, but good enough for smaller places and even for a smaller open plan living room. It has three main parts: the air conditioner, the fan and the dehumidifier. There is a water pan located in the air conditioner which you must empty on occasion, but other than that it is pretty easy maintenance.

The package comes with the standard fittings for the exhaust hose, which you will need to set up and move with you from room to room. The unit is light and easy to move, although the wheels are close to the ground and slightly stiff. This is a good thing, though, because once in operation, you don't want the unit wandering all over polished wooden floors! It has a 24 hour timer, so you can set it up to start just before you get home, and the LCD display is very easy to read.

The PT WA-9000E 9,000-BTU Portable Air Conditioner with Remote does exactly what it is supposed to do, which is a pretty good advertisement for any appliance. It would be best for someone who does not have the funds to invest in a more expensive portable air conditioner, and has only smaller rooms which need to be cooled.

Sharp CV-P10MX Portable Air Conditioner

The Sharp CV-P10MX Portable Air Conditioner  is the last aircon featured in this article, not because it doesn't do a good job,  but because it is most probably the most problematic of the air conditioners featured. But balancing that out it is most probably the most quiet of the air conditioners as well. As well as being quiet, it is easy to install, and has dehumidifying and fan modes which you can easily switch to via the remote control. It is effective in cooling a smallish room, but might struggle a bit in a larger space.

Now onto a few of the quirks: the first is that the controls are only available via the remote control, which has a long range but a small sight. You have to have a straight line to the aircon. The second is the installation, which is easy, but the addition of some duct tape will help tremendously. Have it on hand to make your job easier. Because you are literally taping this into the window it does require a bit more effort to move from location to location, so be aware of this limitation before you buy.

If you want a portable air conditioner which does a good job, and you don't intend to move it about too often once in place then the Sharp CV-P10MX Portable Air Conditioner  will fill your needs nicely.

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