During summer, the weather can get hot to the point of being distracting. Hence, we’ll be featuring the best portable air conditioners in NZ New Zealand here to help you find new ways to chill out.
Air conditioners in nz are a huge help in keeping your home cool and comfortable. But what if you don’t want a stationary one and don’t want to put up with all the troublesome installation steps either?
Portable air conditioners in nz are the solution to that. They’re a smaller, more convenient version of the big ones that also cool, filter, and dehumidify your room.
We’ve scoured the market for the best models and come up with a list of 7 we’d recommend. Take a look at them below!
Best Portable Air Conditioners in NZ Reviewed
1. Sheffield Portable Air Conditioner (PL612)
Best for Flats and Small Rooms
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Maximum Cooling Capacity: 7000 BTU/hr | Noise Level: < 54 dB | Dehumidifier: Yes | Ideal for rooms: 10 to 12 sq. m | Dimensions: 30.5 X 67.8 X 32.8 cm
If you need to cool down in your room from a stressed-out day, then try the Sheffield Portable Air Conditioner. This is one of the best portable air conditioner in NZ for rooms that measure 10 to 12 square metres.
4 omni-directional castor wheels make this easy to move. A dehumidifying function takes out 20L of moisture a day to keep out mould, allergens and bacteria.
An ergonomic, neat LED control panel lets you control the settings to your comfort. With a 24-hour timer, you’ll save on power costs without the need to manually turn it off.
In addition, this portable air conditioner operates quietly at less than 54dB. It won’t cause you any annoyance while it’s running.
Plus, it has a decent and affordable price and an elegant, contemporary style!
- Great cooling for smaller rooms
- Affordable price
- LED control panel
- Takes in 20L of moisture/day
- 24-hour timer
- Operates quietly at less than 54dB
- Elegant, contemporary style
While some cited its noisiness, heaviness, and hard-to-install design (if you don’t have a sliding window), others mentioned that it cools well, works efficiently and is affordable.
Having improvised the setup of his venting system, Steven said:
“Would recommend to anyone who’s having trouble sleeping on these ridiculously muggy NZ nights, this thing will get your room cold.”
And another customer Kn elaborated:
“This is great if you’re in a flat. Doesn’t use as much power as I thought (only about a $1-2 which is worth it to me for a cool summer)
Window pipe thing doesnt matter as long as its outside you’re sweetie. I have the coldest room in the house constantly and it’s great.”
2. DOLCECLIMA AirPro 18 Portable Air Conditioner & Dehumidifier
Best Premium Portable Air Conditioner
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Maximum Cooling Capacity: 18000 BTU/hr | Noise Level: 38-48 db(A) | Dehumidifier: Yes | Dimensions: 46 x 86 x 49.6 cm
This Italian-made portable air conditioner in NZ brings unmatched technology in portable air conditioning. It aces all the tests: air distribution, quietness, features, eco-friendliness and portability.
It pumps out 18000BTU/hr with excellent Blue Air technology that cools your room entirely. Try fan mode to counter the muggy air, or higher settings for stronger cooling.
Night mode helps you to sleep in comfort, and eco-mode slows increasing power use. Safe for the environment, it is fitted with R290 refrigerant.
Push it easily from room to room with its smooth-rolling wheels. Venting is super-fast and it’s easy to install, making for hassle-free air conditioning.
Other than that, this air conditioner can also heat your room and even dehumidify as well! A reliable feature here is the condensate discharge that drains produced water from the unit.
As you can see, in terms of quality and performance, the DOLCECLIMA Olimpia Splendid AirPro 18 is a cutting-edge appliance that is hard to beat!
- Made in Italy
- Premium quality
- Various modes to pick from
- Works as a heater and dehumidifier too
- Blue Air technology
- Uses the eco-friendly R290 refrigerant
- Worth the price
3. Goldair Hot & Cool Portable Air Conditioner (GCPAC350)
Best Portable Air Conditioner for NZ Weather
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Maximum Cooling Capacity: 12000 BTU/hr | Dehumidifier: No
Adapt to New Zealand’s ever-changing weather by having Goldair Hot & Cool Portable Air Conditioner! It can keep you cosy or cool in your home throughout the year!
It comes with two speed settings and 12,000 BTU/hr cooling to suit your preferences and the climate. Along with this, there’s a window kit that’s very easy to install.
The thermostat can be customised to your liking to find your sweet spot. Also, you have a 24-hour timer you can use to set it to work beforehand so it can already start cooling before you enter the room.
Of course, there’s also a remote control. And you’ll even like the dark, sleek LED panel on top of the appliance.
Only downside is that it’s not equipped with a dehumidifier. However, it’s a remarkable, solidly-built portable air con in nz that’s totally worth the price if you don’t have a terribly humid room!
- Remarkable 12,000 BTU cooling
- Simple controls
- Sleek LED panel
- Adjustable thermostat
- 24-hour timer
- Includes a window kit
- Great value for price
4. Levante Polar14 Portable Air Conditioner with Dehumidifier
Best for Relaxing Climate Control
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Maximum Cooling Capacity: 14000 BTU/hr | Noise Level: 53-56 db | Dehumidifier: Yes | Dimensions: 43 x 73 x 36 cm
The Levante Polar14 Portable Air Conditioner gives you relaxing climate control to meet your heating and cooling needs. It is made to be portable and user-friendly for your use.
Be it a bedroom, guest room or basement, this portable air conditioner in nz has enough cooling power to tackle the heat. It even acts as a heater and dehumidifier in one so that you’ll feel cosy and dry!
With an L-shaped evaporator, Levante Polar14 pumps out a powerful yet distributive airflow. Three speed settings let you change to fan, cool, or dehumidify anytime!
A 24-hour timer and handy remote makes life easier and more efficient. This remote can be stored in the unit’s compartment and the cord can be organised by the winder too!
Backing all these up, you get a 3-year replacement guarantee. That takes care of any perturbing issues — major or minor — that may arise with your air cooler in nz.
- Powerful yet distributive airflow
- Three speed settings (fan, cool, or dehumidify)
- Meets your heating and cooling needs
- 24-hour timer
- Simple-to-use remote
- 3-year replacement guarantee
5. Delonghi Pinguino Silent Air-to-Air (PACCN86)
Best in Quietness
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Maximum Cooling Capacity: 9800BTU/hr | Noise Level: 47dB(A) | Dehumidifier: Yes | Ideal for rooms: up to 19.3 sq. m | Dimensions: 39.5 x 44.9 x 75cm
If you need a reliable air conditioner in NZ to use during the night for comfortable sleep, look no further than Delonghi Pinguino. It has honeycomb air vents that provide less noise and increased airflow.
It has a max cooling power of 9800BTU/hr that removes the warm air from rooms of up to 19.3 sq. m. And at only 47dB, it won’t cause a stir while you’re doing something.
You can even use its dehumidifier function as a standalone feature so the air around your room will be freshened with circulation. It gathers 63 pints of moisture at the most without a need to empty water tanks or trays.
Furthermore, recessed handles and castors make it easy to transfer from room to room. And you have a tidy ergonomic panel and LCD screen that indicates the temperature and other info.
A 12-hour timer and thermostat is also incorporated, useful for saving energy. Along with this, you can set and customise the settings via remote control.
Overall if you want something quiet and energy-saving, then this is one of the best portable air conditioner in NZ for your needs.
- Honeycomb air vents for dispersed cooling
- Ideal for rooms of up to 19.3 square metres
- Functions as a separate dehumidifier
- Sleek display and panel
- Built-in 12-hour timer and thermostat
6. Whynter (ARC-14S)
Best Dehumidifying Portable AC
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Maximum Cooling Capacity: 14000BTU/hr | Noise Level: Less than 56dB(A) | Dehumidifier: Yes | Ideal for rooms: up to 46.5 sq. m | Dimensions: 40.64 x 48.26 x 90.17cm
The Whynter ARC-14S is a portable air con that gets its appeal from its sustainable qualities — it’s free from CFC and lead materials. It uses Puron or R-410a refrigerant that is totally harmless to the ozone layer too.
Then comes the serious cooling capacity of 14,000BTU/hr coupled with a dual hose. This results in a far more efficient and quicker cooling for medium-sized rooms like kitchen or dining rooms.
What’s more, it’s also fairly quiet, registering a sound range of less than 56dB. It adjusts to your needs, as it can be an air conditioner, a fan, and dehumidifier too, complete with a carbon air filter to capture dust, dirt, and pollen.
You have a sleek and bold design with this one, which also has castors for easy transport. And it features a 24-hour timer and a thermostat, plus it’s UL-listed, meaning it passed safety tests.
To top it off, it dehumidifies 101 pints in a single day. That’s the highest dehumidifying capacity on this list!
- Environmentally friendly
- Powerful cooling with 14,000BTU/hr
- Quiet operation at less than 56dB
- Extracts 101 pints/day
- Dual hose
- Works as an air conditioning, fan and dehumidifier
- 24-hour timer and thermostat
While 56dB is relatively quiet for a portable air conditioner of its size and power, it’s worth noting that some users thought that was still on the noisy side. There were even a few who said they couldn’t sleep with it on, proving that this is one factor that’s subjective.
One owner also complained that it’s not possible to reach the condenser fin (for cleaning) without taking its parts apart.
That having been said, there was a lot of praise for it too. Not requiring to drain the unit, coolness and being energy efficient is a plus, while Bluejay1964 writes:
“I bought this unit four ago for helping to cool my 20 x 14 foot sunroom. While this unit was never intended to cool a space that big, I knew if I could keep the sun out of the room the unit would do a good job. I installed awnings on the east and south sides that roll down as far as needed to keep the sunroom in shade. I am sitting out here in the sunroom now while the outside temperature is 96 degrees and The Whynter 14,000 BTU unit is keeping the room at a constant 75 degree temperature. The dehumidifying option is all that is needed some days and works tremendously. Four years into ownership and it’s still going stong.”
7. Honeywell MO series (MO08CESWK)
Best to Cool Small-Medium Rooms
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Maximum Cooling Capacity: 8000BTU/hr | Noise Level: 48-53dB(A) | Dehumidifier: Yes | Ideal for rooms: 23.2-32.5 sq. m | Dimensions: 34.29 x 37.08 x 72.90 cm
Honeywell is a trusted brand in fans and portable air conditioning in NZ. In this case, the Honeywell MO08CESWK portable AC delivers cool air to cover smaller spaces (up to 350 square feet, or 32.5 square metres).
Versatility is its middle name, as it can work as an air conditioner, dehumidifier, and fan. Its dehumidifier draws in 44 pints in one whole day, and you can drain it by the hose, so there’s no need to empty it frequently.
Setting it up is not an aggravation with its flexible hose and window kits. Castors and a compact shape makes it mobile and very easy to move around your place.
Plus, you have air filters that not only keep you cool in the summertime but also filter dust and allergen particles for clean, purified air.
As one of the best portable air conditioners in NZ New Zealand, this is our pick for smaller rooms. It’s also pretty reasonably priced for its power.
- Comfortable small area cooling
- 3 in 1 function (Air conditioner, fan, and dehumidifier)
- Air filters
- Relatively easy to set up thanks to its flexible hose
- Simple and compact design
- Blue or white colours
Many owners noted that it’s great for small spaces and is easy to use. Let’s see how J.J. describes the Honeywell MO08CESWK:
“We’ve had a couple unseasonably warm days here and decided we needed an AC sooner than later. We ordered this Honeywell unit because it’s a great price for the square footage it covers (up to 350 square feet).
And it seems great so far for our living/dining room, it’s more streamlined than other units we’ve seen so it doesn’t take up much space. We tested all the settings, even though it’s still cold here, and it got noticeably cooler pretty quickly in our living room.
Set up couldn’t have been easier, even with a nosy dog poking around. The box came with clear instructions for unboxing. All of the necessary set up accessories were included—including batteries for the remote and the right size window venting piece for the sliding style windows we have. The pieces fit easily together. It took only about 10 minutes to fully install.
This is an AC unit so there is going be some noise when it’s running but nothing I’d consider intrusive. It’s much quieter than your standard old fashioned window unit. The fan and dehumidifier functions do appear to be quieter.”
8. Honeywell MN series (MN10CESWW)
Most Convenient to Install
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Maximum Cooling Capacity: 10000BTU/hr | Noise Level: 53dB(A) | Dehumidifier: Yes | Ideal for rooms: up to 32.5 sq. m | Dimensions: 38.61 x 45.97 x 74.42cm
Next up on our list of the best portable air conditioners in NZ New Zealand is another Honeywell — Honeywell’s MN10CESWW. It has an airflow rate of 174 cfm to chill and dehumidify your bedroom for 70 pints every 24 hours.
There is no need to drain the condensed moisture either, owing to its auto-evaporation. It also uses a single and flexible hose and window kit, which makes it easy to install.
If the weather is mild and not too hot, you can just turn on the fan. We like the yellow LED indicator that sits in between the feather-touch buttons.
It can be controlled remotely for convenience. And you don’t have to lift and carry it thanks to the castors.
If you want fuss-free installation that does not involve heavy lifting, then this portable air conditioner in NZ is best for you. Perfect for solo living!
- Fast cooling of bedrooms, pantry, RV, and others
- 174cfm airflow rate
- Simple to install and uninstall
- Extracts 70 pints of moisture per day
- LED display and buttons
- Ground-smooth castors
This is a popular model coming from an even more popular brand. Fast responses from the customer support is noted by users, including Robert Siverling, whos review is as follows:
“…This AC unit works great…..has been now for about 100 hours. Set up is straight-forward and simple for anyone with low to moderate mechanical skills. For all products, I always desire less high-tech features, but I realize that most people like bells and whistles and the need to have controls that are more complex than the dashboard of a Boeing 747. I wish the warranty would last longer, but I think the one-year is pretty standard for any AC/fan/dehumidifier unit. The Honeywell company seems to always rate high for their products of any kind, and this one is no different, to my knowledge. I called customer help twice for basic questions. The phone was answered in less than a minute, the technician I spoke to was knowledgeable, pleasant and considerate. Thank you.”
9. Frigidaire Cool Connect with Wifi control (FGPC1244T1)
Best Overall Performance
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Maximum Cooling Capacity: 12000BTU/hr | Noise Level: 53dB(A) | Dehumidifier: Yes | Ideal for rooms: up to 51.1 sq. m | Dimensions: 32.07 x 32.07 x 93.50 cm
Frigidaire (FGPC1244T1) is a revolutionary portable air conditioner. It’s unique thanks to its lighthouse-inspired shape with mesh vents that makes it so the air flows out of it in a consistent spiralling motion.
That speeds up the cooling process. That’s why it’s so powerful, being capable of taking on a room that’s 51 square metres or 550 square feet in size.
You have a single hose that connects to this thing, alongside the window kit placed under the window for quick setup. To add to that, it has anti-theft features for safety for windows.
It’s controllable by Wifi through your phone. You can also just use your voice to let Alexa turn it on or change the temperature and timer settings by verbal command.
If you are looking for the best portable air conditioners in New Zealand, this model is a sure contender!
- Unique lighthouse-inspired style
- Circulates air in consistent spirals across your room
- Wi-fi and Alexa voice-controllable
- Setup is extremely simple
The Frigidaire FGPC1244T1 averaged 4.1 out of 5 scores from 630 reviews. An issue for some was that the WiFi would occasionally disconnect and the appearance of some leaks.
Other than that, it was well-received for its low energy output, timer and alarm features, Wifi (ironically, given the critique we just noted), and of course, coolness.
StudioGuy explains it in detail:
“…After comparing it with the other air-conditioners I decided on this one because of it’s efficiency rating and how it runs at lower energy output which is good for the planet but it also looked so cool. I could see that it would fit into tight places because of its shape, which is the situation in my studio so I went out and bought one. I love how the control panel is transparent and only lights up when you are changing settings or just want to look to see the temperature. The remote control which is also round, of course allows you to control the unit from where ever you are in the room. I also love the alarm feature which warns you about various functions. Toward the end of the summer a red light turned on for the filters warning me that they needed cleaning…”
Then he continues, note the quietness of the unit:
“I cleaned the filters as the manual suggested, put them back, held the reset button (for 3 seconds) the red light turned off and I was back in business. This unit is awesome and by the way, is way quieter than other air-conditioners that I have had. I love this thing. Kudos to Frigidaire.”
10. LG Portable Air Conditioner with LCD Remote Control (LP1215GXR)
Best in Design
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Maximum Cooling Capacity: 7000BTU/hr | Dehumidifier: Yes | Ideal for rooms: up to 27.9 sq. m | Dimensions: 35.05 x 42.93 x 83.06cm
If you’re looking for an LG portable air conditioner that delivers reliable coolness with a smart design, then this is for you.
LG usually delivers the goods on user friendliness and performance, and this LG Portable AC LP1215GXR is no exception. You have a strong airflow of 7000 BTU that swings in order to fill your lair with coolness.
It used to be 12000BTU until the 2017 standard test procedures rated it at the current cooling capacity. The dehumidifier adds a bit of warm air so that your home climate is balanced and healthy.
It gathers 1.2 pints per hour or 28.8 pints a day. Not a whopping lot when compared to some others here, but it’s enough to take care of you and your furnishings.
Veering from the grey or white colour standards of rivals, LG employs a brushed and pure black design that oozes attitude. It comes with a remote control too.
And the button panel is very easy to figure out. It’s light in weight and has integrated handles for easy transport.
- Oscillating airflow for 7000BTU
- Extracts moisture (up to 28.8 pints/day)
- Simple controls
- Brushed and black
As with most other models, there were some owners who had issues with this air condition, with some saying that theirs leaked. Here’s a review by Stoney 11 to show what some experienced:
“The first unit is bought was replaced within the first month by Home Depot because it constantly leaked. The filled light never came on. The brand new replacement unit did the same thing. I called customer service and they told me I needed to hook up a drain hose. Thanks for nothing LG.”
In spite of that, the good outweighs the bad where most users of this air conditioner are concerned. The online rating for this model even totalled 4 out of 5 stars.
“I bought this air conditioner this past summer, and it was a life saver. Our house stayed cool, and it didn’t run up out electricity bill despite running 12-8 pm daily. Would definitely recommend to others.”
11. Black+Decker (BPACT08WT)
Best in Value
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Maximum Cooling Capacity: 8000BTU/hr | Noise Level: 53dB(A) | Dehumidifier: Yes | Ideal for rooms: up to 27.9 sq. m | Dimensions: 29.21 x 41.91 x 66.04cm
Black+Decker is all about the small details and you can see that in the BPACT08WT model. This sleek portable AC has a dehumidifier capability that impresses, along with 8000BTU for an affordable price.
Installing it is so simple that you don’t have to call anyone to set it up for you. With 53dB, it works pretty quietly too.
That means you can use it as you sleep through the night. And to save energy, just take the really nice remote and set the timer or thermostat so it doesn’t run any longer or harder than it needs to.
You have a slide out filter that’s easy-to-wash and forever usable with this unit. For the environment’s sake, it uses an environmentally-friendly R410a refrigerant.
Overall, if you want something affordable, eco-friendly, and sleek, then this portable air conditioner in NZ is your match.
- Sleek matte look
- Vertical airflow
- Impressive dehumidifier function
- Operates quietly
That’s all for our list of the best portable air conditioners in NZ New Zealand. With any one of these, you won’t have to suffer the summer heat any longer, no matter what room you’re in!
So what do you think of our list in this article? If we missed anything or if you have any questions or opinions, feel free to let us know!
And if you’d rather get a fan than an air conditioner, check out our picks for the best cooling fans in New Zealand.
Whynter Elite ARC-122DS (Quietest Portable Air Conditioner In 2022) It's a no-brainer why Whynter Elite ARC-122DS is the quietest portable air conditioner. It's the only dual-hose portable AC unit currently on the market that generates less than 53 dB while operating at 10.0 EER energy efficiency.What is the best portable 12000 BTU air conditioner? ›
Best high-end portable AC unit
Those 12,000 Btu come in handy for cooling larger spaces up to 550 square feet and it showed in the performance. The Midea model beat out the two other larger AC units in this list, the Haier QPWA14YZMW and the LG LP1419IVSM, in both of our performance tests.
1. Samsung. These qualities have helped them to produce the best Ac in the world.Which AC brand is best in 2022? ›
- Voltas 1.5 Ton Split Inverter AC (4503224-185V DAZJ) ...
- Panasonic 1 Ton Split Inverter AC (CS/CU-NU12XKYWA) ...
- Daikin 1.5 Ton Split Inverter AC (FTKZ50UV16U4/RKZ50UV16U4) ...
- LG 1 Ton Split (PS-Q13ENZE) ...
- IFB 1.5 Ton 5 Star Split AC (CI1853F323G2)
Portable air conditioners aren't cheap. Small, personal models can cost around $50, but for a unit that will cool an entire room, you're likely to spend at least $200. The large and more powerful the unit, the more you'll pay. Many models available online range from $250-$499 for rooms between 200-650 square feet.Are there any portable AC that actually work? ›
At its price and Btu rating, the LG LP0621WSR Portable Air Conditioner did a great job of cooling in our tests. It's designed to cool rooms of about 250 square feet, but it cooled our 550-square-foot testing room by more than 2 degrees in the two-hour testing period. That's pretty good.How do I choose a portable air conditioner? ›
Choosing the Right Portable A/C
To find the proper A/C for your space, determine the square footage of the room you want to cool by multiplying the room's length by its width. You also need to know the British Thermal Unit (BTU) rating of the A/C, which indicates the amount of heat it can remove from a room.
The quietest AC units
Carrier Infinity® 26 Air Conditioner with Greenspeed intelligence: As low as 51 db. YXV 21 SEER Variable Capacity Air Conditioner: As low as 53 db. Trane XV18 TruComfort™ Variable Speed: As low as 57 db. Lennox XC25 Variable-Capacity Air Conditioner: As low as 59 db.
Portable air conditioners can be remarkably convenient for many homeowners and renters, and they are an affordable way to bring a little cool air into your living space. They can also be a lifesaver if your regular air conditioner is broken — you can get them up and running quickly while you wait for repairs.Do all portable air conditioners have to be vented out a window? ›
Do all portable air conditioners have to be vented out a window? No. With a ventless portable AC system, you don't need to vent anything out the window—but it will be harder to circulate the hot air from the room without one, so you'll need to come up with another solution (like a fan).
- Best for Humidity. Whynter Elite ARC-122DS 12,000 BTU Dual Hose Portable.
- Best Overall. Whynter 14,000 BTU Dual Hose Portable Air Conditioner.
- Runner-Up. hOmelabs 14000 BTU Portable Air Conditioner.
- Best Bang for the Buck. ...
- Best for Small Rooms. ...
- Best Smart. ...
- Best for Small Rooms. ...
- Best Quiet.
In our experience, a 12,000 BTU portable can work well in a bedroom up to about 200 square feet, and a 14,000 BTU unit will make some difference up to 400 square feet if you can tolerate the noise.How much does it cost to run a 12000 BTU portable air conditioner? ›
A 12,000 BTU portable air conditioner costs an average of $0.16 per hour to run. If the portable AC is used for 8 hours per day, then it costs $1.28 per day. Running the portable air conditioner for one month will cost around $38.40.Which is worlds No 1 AC brand? ›
1 Manufacturer for a Reason. The added advantage and features of our products and services have made Daikin the worldwide air conditioning leader.Which brand in AC gives best cooling? ›
LG, Samsung, Blue Star, Voltas, Hitachi, Daikin, and Panasonic, are some of the best brands in the top 10 AC brands in India.Which inverter AC is best in 2022? ›
- Midea 1.5 Ton Inverter AC Extreme Series.
- Panasonic 1.5 Ton Inverter AC.
- Pel Jumbo Prime T3 1.5 Ton Inverter AC.
- O General 1.5 Ton Inverter AC ASGG-18LFCD.
The inverter air conditioner is by far the most energy efficient. It is more economical and smooth in operation than the fixed speed air conditioner. It consumes less electricity due to its variable speed compressor, and is also good for the environment.What is the disadvantage of inverter AC? ›
In case the insulation in the room is not up to the notch, the power consumption will be high, and as such, your electricity bill will also increase proportionately. Expensive Repair & Maintenance – The components that make an inverter AC are expensive. Therefore, its repair and maintenance is a costly service.Is it cheaper to leave portable AC on all day? ›
First things first, yes, it is more efficient to leave your air conditioning on. This doesn't mean what many people assume, though. You shouldn't be leaving your air conditioner on full blast 24/7 by any means. There's a right way and a wrong way to do this, which we'll explore shortly.Does portable AC use a lot of electricity? ›
How Much Electricity Does A Portable Air Conditioner Use? Mid-sized portable air conditioners use an average of 2900 watts per hour. Particularly large units can exceed the electricity usage of even central air conditioners, expending about 4100 watts per hour.
Fans are cheaper to run than air conditioners, and can be used in place of air conditioners or along with them to save money. If you have a ceiling fan, run it at the same time as the AC.Can a portable AC cool a whole room? ›
The device plugs into any wall outlet and provides cooling to the space. Because it is portable, you can move it from room to room as needed. Portable AC units usually have less than 1 Ton or 12,000 BTUs of capacity, which is enough for a single space.Do portable air conditioners actually cool the room? ›
Think of portable air conditioners as the cooling choice of last resort. They're better than a fan but far less effective than a window AC. That's what Consumer Reports' experts consistently see in our tests of portable air conditioners.Can portable AC cool entire house? ›
Yes, you heard it right that portable air conditioners can cool multiple rooms. The portable air conditioners are a flexible cooling application that gives you movement and more control over your air conditioner. But this is also a fact that you also need to vent these.How many BTU do I need for a 12x12 room? ›
Obviously, the problem arises when you have a tiny 12×12 room, for example. According to the US Department of Energy directive, an air conditioner's most appropriate size would be 2,880 BTU unit.Where should I put my portable air conditioner in my house? ›
Location is important—make sure to place your portable A/C near both a window and a power outlet, out of direct sunlight. Make sure it's accessible, so you can easily empty its water reservoir.What is the difference between 10000 BTU and 12000 BTU? ›
10,000 BTUs will cover 300 sq. ft. (2,400 cubic feet) 12,000 BTUs will cover 400 sq.What is the best month to buy an air conditioner? ›
If you're looking to buy an air conditioner for the summer, the best time to shop is now! It may seem counterintuitive, but the truth is this: buyers can find the best deals on new air conditioners (and HVAC services) from late February into late March.Why is my portable air conditioner so loud? ›
Some of the causes might include a problem with the compressor - perhaps it has seized up and locked. Another cause of AC noise could be less than necessary electrical voltage either from the service provider, the electrical panel or bad electrical connections.What are the disadvantages of a portable air conditioner? ›
The cons of mobile air conditioning are:
Noise levels are quite high; Not energy efficient; Not a good choice for large rooms; Once the air conditioner cooling pipe is brought out the window, it is quite likely that you do not want to move it, so as not to spoil the installation.
Portable AC — 5-10 years. Residential single whole-home AC unit — 15 years. Central air-source heat pumps — 15 years (and up to 20–25 years if well-maintained and in a well-insulated home)How long should you keep a portable air conditioner? ›
Portable air conditioners last from 5 to 10 years. Portable AC units can be moved from room to room and can generate anywhere from 8,000 BTU to 15,000 BTU of cooling output. Portable AC units have the lowest lifespan of all AC types because: They get moved around a lot.Can you run a portable air conditioner without venting it outside? ›
The short answer to this is that you can safely run a portable air conditioner without a vent hose, but you should only do it in dehumidifier mode, and it will actually heat up your room.Is there a portable air conditioner without a hose? ›
You can't get a portable AC unit without a hose. It's just not physically possible (a hoseless portable AC would break the 2nd Law of Thermodynamics). That, however, doesn't mean you won't be able to provide cooling for your room/s. Portable AC units without a hose don't exist.Can you leave the screen in the window with a portable air conditioner? ›
Portable air conditioner models should be placed on the floor, not installed through the window, so there is no need to remove your screen.How can I lower the humidity in my indoors without AC? ›
- Ventilate Humid Areas. The kitchen and the bathroom create lots of humidity that finds its way into the rest of your house. ...
- Move the Indoor Air. Turn on your ceiling fans when you're feeling humid. ...
- Invest in a Dehumidifier. ...
- Get HVAC Maintenance. ...
- Nix Dryer Use.
This process is slightly different if your portable air conditioner has a dry or dehumidifier mode. With the dry setting on, your portable air conditioner makes dehumidification its primary goal instead of cooling down the air it takes in. Your portable AC will do this by slowing down the fan significantly.How can I cool down a room with high humidity? ›
- Use Your Air Conditioner. ...
- Actively Use Your Exhaust/Ventilation Fans. ...
- Take Cooler Showers. ...
- Fix Any Leaking Pipes. ...
- Keep Your Gutters Clean. ...
- Dry Your Laundry Outside. ...
- Get a Dehumidifier. ...
- Move Your House Plants.
If your air conditioner has a bigger BTU rating than the room size needs, it will cycle off too quickly, waste energy, and will not adequately dehumidify the space. So a higher BTU than needed is definitely not recommended.What is the difference between 12000 BTU and 18000 BTU? ›
For a room of 35-60 square meters – you need air conditioning capacity of 12000 BTU. Those who have a home area of 60 to 80 square meters – require an air conditioner with a capacity of 18000 BTU.
Those in the 12,000- to 15,000-Btu range cost from $450 to $600, while large units go up to $1,200. Air conditioners rated at 15,000 Btu should be enough to cool most rooms up to about 875 sq. ft.How many rooms can a portable air conditioner cool? ›
As stated, cooling capacity can be affected by many things, but in general, an 8,000 BTU unit will cool a room up to 350 square feet, one with 10,000 BTUs will cover up to 450 square feet, and an air conditioning (AC) unit with 14,000 BTUs will accommodate 700 square feet.What is the best BTU for a portable AC? ›
A small 8,000 BTU will cool down a small 150 sq ft room. The bigger 14,000 BTU ones will generate enough cooling output to cool down larger rooms. The biggest 14,000 BTU will cool down a combined area of 350 sq ft to 700 sq ft (you can check the 'Cooling Area' specification in the table below).Is there a portable air conditioner that doesn't need venting? ›
Is there a portable air conditioner that doesn't need a window? Yes. The truly ventless cooling devices are called evaporative coolers or 'swamp coolers'.How can I keep my room cool without AC? ›
- Cover Windows. Leaving your windows uncovered during the sunniest hours of the day lets in a considerable amount of heat. ...
- Optimize the Use of Fans. ...
- Turn on Exhaust Fans. ...
- Turn Off Lights. ...
- Skip Heat-Producing Appliances. ...
- Open Windows at Night. ...
- Heat-Proof Your Bed. ...
- Get Low and Sleep Low.
Yes. All portable AC units accumulate moisture and need to be drained regularly. AC units both cool and reduce humidity. Gathered water needs to be drained.Do portable air conditioners use a lot of electricity? ›
How Much Electricity Does A Portable Air Conditioner Use? Mid-sized portable air conditioners use an average of 2900 watts per hour. Particularly large units can exceed the electricity usage of even central air conditioners, expending about 4100 watts per hour.Where is the best place to put a portable air conditioner? ›
Ideally, the portable air conditioner should be placed near an electrical outlet and an outside window for venting and draining. The exhaust hose can vary in length, and we advise you to keep it as short and straight as possible.Are any portable air conditioners Energy Star rated? ›
Are there ENERGY STAR certified portable room air conditioners? At this time, portable room air conditioners are not ENERGY STAR certified products.