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Beat the Heat with Portable Air Conditioning Units

Updated on October 21, 2013

For those of us who simply can’t afford full fixed air conditioning, portable air conditioning units are the next best thing.

Having lived for several years now in what is considered to be a subtropical climate, the very worst thing about living without air conditioning in the heat of summer is when the temperature is still 110F at 4am.

Sleeping is difficult, and while a fan helps, it does tend to blow hot air which is not ideal. I have been known to get up and shower in the middle of the night, just to cool off.

Then I bought myself a mobile air conditioning unit. It’s great. It’s fitted with castors so I can move it from room to room, although I prefer to have it in my bedroom only.

Rooms can be kept fairly cool simply by closing the shutters all day and not allowing the sunlight, and therefore the heat, to enter.

Bedrooms tend to be upstairs in a house, under the eaves, where the heat convects through the roof beams, even with the shutters closed over the windows.

Portable air conditioning units work by extracting the hot air in a room, running it over an integrated coolant, and expelling the cooled air into the room while the hot air, which has turned to moisture, is vented away.

You can place a mobile air conditioning unit anywhere in your home, but it must be near a window in order to vent.

You can buy types of units that do not vent, but you will need to empty the water containers on a fairly frequent basis.

This may suit you better if your living space does not have windows, or if you prefer to keep your windows closed – to keep out mosquitoes for example.

portable air conditioning unit
portable air conditioning unit

Modern portable air conditioning units are designed to be practical, attractive to look at and small enough to be easily stored when not in use.

Many come with a timer to let you set when you want your air conditioning unit to come on, or go off.

Most are simplicity itself to set up, and come with a sensor to let you set your desired room temperature.

Modern mobile air conditioning unitswork quickly and efficiently, and some can to be set to fan only, or dehumidify only and so have many uses other than air cooling.

While they are fairly expensive to run, mobile air conditioning units are more economical than full air conditioning because you only cool the area you want cooled, and not the whole house.

Beat the heat this summer. Buy yourself a portable air conditioning unit.

Whynter Eco-Friendly 12,000 BTU Portable Air Conditioner

Amazon top selling mobile air conditioning unit

The Whytner ARC-12S portable air conditioning unit is incredibly efficient. Just take it out of the box, set it up, place the vent out of the window and switch it on. Within half an hour your room will have reached its desired temperature.

  • It comes with 3 speeds and can dehumidify an amazing 91 pints of water per day!
  • Comes with a remote control so don't have to get up to change the settings.
  • Can work as an air conditioner, fan or dehumidifier, take your pick.
  • It has full thermostatic control with digital readout.
  • Comes on castors for easy mobility.

Portable Air Conditioning Units at Amazon


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      Isabel Melville 6 years ago from Planet Earth

      Mant thanks Joe :)Yes portable ac units are superb for those occasions when you just can't stand it anymore!

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      Zach 6 years ago from Colorado

      Thanks for the useful information. I've been without an AC for quite sometime. I've just been using a fan, but lately during the 'dog days' of summer, I wake up sick because it is so hot. I'd like to stop cooking myself like a tamale every night, so your information helps me greatly. Thanks again, and welcome to HP.