Portable air conditioner
Portable air conditioner : make the right choice
A portable air conditioner may be required to cool down your home on particularly warm days. From single- or dual-hose monoblock models to split or self-evaporating units, these devices are designed to maximise the comfort of their users.
A single-hose monoblock air conditioner will offer the following features:
- its mechanism is contained within a housing;
- it is mounted on wheels for easy transportation;
- it is equipped with an exhaust hose (100 to 150 mm in diameter) to guide the heat outdoors;
- its power rating can range from 2,000 W to 3,500 W;
- it is best suited to rooms of 35 m² or less;
- it can be noisy (60 dB or more).
A dual-hose monoblock portable air conditioner is characterised by the following:
- a housing that contains the entire air conditioning mechanism;
- a hose to bring in fresh air from outside which makes it effective at renewing ambient air;
- another hose to vent the hot air outdoors;
- a low energy consumption.
Split portable air conditioners have their own set of features to consider:
- these units consist of two separate parts: a ventilation unit that is placed indoors and a condensing and compression unit installed outdoors;
- the ventilation unit is lightweight, making it easy to move around the house;
- the ventilation unit must be connected to the exterior unit;
- the power rating of these devices can range from 2,000 W to 3,500 W;
- they are more expensive than monoblock units.
Self-evaporating air conditioners offer an alternative to classic models:
- these units are also known as air coolers;
- they are also contained in a housing but do not feature an exhaust hose;
- they operate using recycled condensation;
- they are best suited to rooms measuring less than 15 m²;
- they will need to be supplied with water regularly.
Manufacturers offer various extras to optimise device performance and user comfort:
- a remote control;
- a programming function;
- a fan setting;
- a dehumidifying setting;
- an ioniser mode;
- a reverse cycle mode.
In summary, your choice of portable air conditioner will depend on many factors, including your expectations and the size of the room you want to cool. No matter which model you choose, the water tank must be emptied and the filters cleaned on a regular basis.