Portable air conditioner as its name implies means that this type of air conditioner is movable although some work such as installing the exhaust tube and locating a suitable power point need to be done. Most design will include caster wheels to increase the mobility of the unit.
Unlike window air conditioner or PTAC which require fixed installation by trained technicians, the portable type is easily install by following the DIY instruction.
The front side of the unit will discharge cool air into the room whereas the other side of the unit discharge hot air due to the heat exchanger in the unit. This hot air need to be discharged outside the room through the use of a flexible exhaust tube usually 5" or 3 1/2" in diameter. Most unit comes with a window installation kit to mount the hose on the window.
Due to condensation, water droplets are collected in a tray or bucket inside the portable air conditioner. The water collected has to be manually removed whenever it is full. If you find it a hassle to do this, find units that have the option of draining this water by installing a drain hose to it.
In application where the rate of condensation exceeds the ability of the tray discharge the water, pump is used to pump the condensed water out through the drain hose.
A typical 12,000 BTU unit is able to cool a 400 square feet room.
Portable Air Conditioner Features
Some of the portable air conditioner features that you may want to know before choosing a suitable unit for your house include:
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