Electrical fans move air and use a lot of electricity. That is, they don't condition your air, remove moisture, or necessarily make it much colder. If you are sick of being uncomfortably hot during the summer, this might be the year to finally invest in a space cooler. Modern energy efficient portable air conditioning units can be quite effective, but they have their limits. This article explains what you should look for when purchasing a portable air conditioning unit.
First of all, is important to realize that portable AC units have serious limitations. They do use a lot of electricity. Window units and central AC are far more efficient because they are able to use outside air to help cool the inside of your home. But freestanding portable units, which are just located inside the room they are cooling, have to use a lot of electricity to create that cold air. That being said, modern products are more energy efficient, and they can cool larger areas.
Limiting Your Use
Ultimately, a portable AC unit is going to work best in a small space. For instance, it could be the perfect solution if you have one room in your house which faces the sun and is always warmer than the rest of the home. If you already have central AC, you can often turn down your thermostat a little bit so you don't freeze out the other rooms.
Affordable and Convenient
Portable AC units are extremely convenient and affordable. For less than $100 you can buy a 1000 BTU unit that will easily cool a 10' x 10' room. Of course, you always want to use them sparingly so you don't run up your electricity bill. Nonetheless, having a portable unit enables you to cool off spaces on unusually hot days and make even the hottest rooms a little more comfortable. Modern units also have timers and smart temperature controls that enable you to program them for maximum efficiency and effectiveness.
As you can see, a portable AC unit is not going to be something you want to use every hour of every day. It can work great when you need a little bit of extra conditioned and cold air, but you should always use it sparingly to reduce your electricity consumption. When you do not need to use your AC system, you can store you portable unit in the closet and keep it out of sight.
For more information on various air conditioning services, contact a technician in your area.