The 7 Best Caravan Air Conditioning Units - The Juice (2023)

Besides providing a cool, calming breeze, caravan air conditioning has various benefits – both for the caravan itself and you, the owner.

From improving air quality and reducing your risk of dehydration to repelling mould and insects, installing a good caravan air conditioning system will improve your stay tenfold – especially during warmer weather.

Air conditioning units are available, either fixed or portable. So, whether you own a static or touring caravan, air conditioning is a wise addition. But with so many on the market, it can be difficult to know which ones to invest in.

That’s where we come in. Here are the 7 best caravan air conditioning systems.

Table of contents

1. Pro Breeze 4-in-1 Portable
2. Pro Breeze Tower Fan
3. Inventor Magic Portable
4. Evapolar evaCHILL Portable
5. Dometic FreshWell 3000
6. Dr Greens Ora Air Cooler
7. Olimpia Splendid Dolceclima

1. Pro Breeze 4-in-1 Portable

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Typical price: £300

Weight: 23.9kg

Key features

  • Digital display and remote control
  • Window venting kits included
  • Multi-purpose modes available (auto, air cooling, dehumidifying, fan only, energy saving)

Available in several different specifications, the Pro Breeze 4-in-1 provides strong cooling down to temperatures of 15°c and is perfect for both static and touring caravans.

Its digital screen display coupled with a wireless remote control gives you complete command of the various operating modes, from air cooling down to sleep mode.

The 7000 BTU model (pictured) also comes with two easy-to-install window venting kits to fit either slide or hinged windows.

What’s more – the Pro Breeze 4-in-1 is eco-friendly and energy-efficient, too. Boasting a Class A Energy Efficiency Rating, it also uses an R290 refrigerant, which is 690 times more eco-friendly than some of the more traditional air conditioning gasses.

What’s not to love?

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2. Pro Breeze Tower Fan

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Typical price: £70

Weight: 3.9kg

Key features

  • Built-in 7.5 hour automatic on/off timer
  • 70-degree oscillation coverage
  • Built-in essential oil tray

Another favourite from the Pro Breeze range is the slightly cheaper Tower Fan.

Although visually more compact and lightweight than the 4-in-1 Portable, this model still packs a punch and won’t cost you the Earth, either.

With an impressive 70-degree automatic oscillation coverage, the Tower Fan is perfect for cooling large parts of your caravan. It also comes with a built-in essential oil tray, meaning you can circulate refreshing scents around your holiday home too.

The fan has three speeds and three wind modes, with the ‘sleep mode’, in particular, perfect for making warmer nights more bearable.

Its 7.5 hour automatic on/off timer with 30-minute increments also means you can rest easy.

3. Inventor Magic Portable

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Typical price: £450

Weight: 37.8kg

Key features

  • 5-in-1 multi-functional air conditioning unit
  • Expandable exhaust hose
  • Eco-friendly

Though it doesn’t come particularly cheap, the Inventor Magic Portable is definitely worth checking out.

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With an R290 refrigerant, this eco-friendly air conditioning is good for both your caravan and the planet.

This minimalist-looking 5-in-1 (yes, five) multi-functional air conditioning unit comes with auto, cool, dry, fan, and even heat functions, meaning you can make use of it all year round.

The Magic’s quick-cooling mode provides fast relief on those warm summer days, while during winter, the additional power heating function outputs 1045W to give your existing heating a solid, and often much-needed, boost.

The compact, contemporary design also helps save space. So, if you’re looking for a complete all-rounder, look no further.

4. Evapolar evaCHILL Portable

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Typical price: £100

Weight: 900g

Key features

  • Leakage-proof system
  • Enlarged water tank for up to 9 hours working time
  • Fully biodegradable evaporative pads

If you tend to use your caravan alone or just with your partner, Evapolar’s evaCHILL Portable is the one for you.

This simple, lightweight, reasonably-priced 3-in-1 model cools, humidifies, and cleans dust particles from the air to ensure healthier breathing in your caravan.

With a 15 sq ft cooling reach, it’s ideal for bedrooms and small sitting areas.

Made from non-organic materials, the evaCHILL is instead made from new, evaporative material. This means that the cooler doesn’t harbour harmful bacteria or produce Freon-like liquids.

You’ll also find that the evaporative pads fitted with this model are fully biodegradable, and its enlarged water tank also means it can work for up to nine hours.

5. Dometic FreshWell 3000

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Typical price: £1,700

Weight: 21kg

Key features

  • Dimmable LED lights
  • Soft-start operation
  • Up to three air outlets

The Domestic FreshWell 3000 is a highly-efficient, space-saving aircon for caravans up to 8m in length.

Though, again, not cheap (and by far the most expensive on our list), there are numerous reasons why this model deserves a look-in.

Fitting perfectly in your caravan’s under-bench storage space, the FreshWell 3000 makes for zero roof load and leaves your caravan’s centre of gravity and outside dimensions completely unaffected. This means that if you also own a carport, your caravan will still fit beneath it.

The FreshWell 3000 is extremely quiet in operation, with its pleasant air stream distributed evenly across three outlets, which can be positioned in different rooms with varying concentration levels.

6. Dr Greens Ora Air Cooler

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Typical price: £280

Weight: 6kg

Key features

  • Manual filling or continuous filling settings
  • Covers up to 30m²
  • Three speed settings

The Ora Air Cooler from Dr Greens is one of the newest and most easy-to-use, lightweight air conditioning units on the market.

Designed to cover large areas up to 30m², the Ora Air Cooler is a simple ‘plug and play’ model, which works by circulating a firm stream of cool air around your caravan.

The unit draws warm air from your caravan into its internal cooler, where it then passes through several filters. Meanwhile, water is pumped from the tank and dispersed over the filters.

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As the warm air passes through the filters, this water absorbs the heat, which naturally cools and humifies the air. The unit’s fan then sends out this soothing stream of cooled air to its surroundings – a perhaps rather complex operation for such a simplistic, lightweight model.

7. Olimpia Splendid Dolceclima

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Typical price: £220

Weight: 1kg

Key features

This corded electric air conditioning unit from Olimpia Splendid is the most powerful of its silent range, with super-cooling power of up to 2.7kW.

Like many other air conditioning units, this one also uses an R290 refrigerant for the lowest impact on the environment and global warming. Its Blue Air technology means it provides faster, more uniform cooling for your caravan, too, so it’s perfect for a quick cool-down.

If all that wasn’t enough, the Dolceclima also comes with integrated WiFi technology as standard. This innovative feature gives you access to remote monitoring and control – both at home and elsewhere – of either portable or fixed air conditioning.

Now, that’s pretty handy.

*Please note all prices detailed in this blog are approximates. Exact prices may vary by model and retailer.

Specialist static and tourer caravan insurance from Ripe Caravans

Whether you own a static or touring caravan, you also need to make sure you have the right insurance in place to protect it.

At Ripe Caravans, our specialist caravan insurance covers statics up to £175,000 and tourers up to the value of £75,000. You can also choose to include additional coverage to protect things like your contents, such as air conditioning, and awnings.

We also offer public liability and free accidental death cover up to £10,000 (for touring caravans). What’s more – with our Ripe Guarantee, you won’t find a better price for your cover anywhere else on the market.

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FAQs

What is the top three air conditioning units? ›

The best central air conditioner brands 2022 (based on many factors) include Trane, Rheem, Carrier, and Lennox.

How much does it cost to run a 2.5 KW air conditioner UK? ›

How much air conditioning costs to run: guide prices
Air conditioning unit outputRoom sizeCost to run per hour
2.5kWSmall10p
3.5kWMedium14p
5kWLarge20p
29 Nov 2019

What AC units last the longest? ›

How long do AC units last?
  • Window Unit AC — 10 years.
  • 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)
  • Ductless mini-split AC systems (heat pumps) — 20 years.

What is the best way to cool a caravan? ›

How to Beat the Heat and Keep Your Caravan Cool During Summer
  1. Encourage Air Flow. ...
  2. Keep Blinds and Curtains Down. ...
  3. Insulation is Your Best Friend. ...
  4. Cook Outside (if possible) ...
  5. Switch Lighting. ...
  6. Camp Near Large, Shady Trees. ...
  7. Bring Out the Big (Cooling) Guns.

Do caravans get cold at night? ›

Night is when static caravans will be the most cold so make sure that as the season changes, so too does your bedding. Duvets come with tog ratings and the higher the rating, the thicker the duvet. Swap our low tog summer duvets for thicker winter ones and make sure you're comfortable for a good night's sleep.

How do I stop condensation in my caravan overnight? ›

15 easy tips to Stop Condensation in your Motorhome, Campervan or...
  1. 1- Keep your motorhome warm.
  2. 2- Open a window.
  3. 3- Use an extractor fan/ vent in your RV motorhome.
  4. 4- Get a Handheld Window Vacuum cleaner.
  5. 5- Use Campsite facilities if available.
  6. 6- Don't hang up wet clothes/ towels to dry.

How can I make my van AC colder? ›

How to make your A/C colder
  1. Replace the cabin air filter. The cabin air filter prevents dust, pollen, dirt and other pollutants from entering your car through the A/C and heat vents. ...
  2. Park in the shade whenever possible. ...
  3. Supercharge your A/C system. ...
  4. Don't switch to max A/C right away. ...
  5. Source: Firestone Complete Auto Care.
30 Mar 2020

What size air conditioner do I need for a caravan? ›

As a general rule of thumb, buy a 2 to 2.5 kW air conditioner for caravans that are up to 5 metres in length and 3 kW+ for caravans that are up to 7 metres in length.

How much does it cost to replace AC in a van? ›

Typically, depending on the severity of the issue, it can cost anywhere from $100 to $900 to fix a car's air conditioner.

What size room will a 2.5 kW air conditioner cool? ›

A 2.5 kW air conditioner is usually powerful enough to cool a standard size bedroom approximately 4 metres by 4 metres.

What size room will a 2.0 kW air conditioner cool? ›

If your room is 20 square meters or smaller, we recommend small-capacity air conditioners with a cooling capacity between 2kW and 3.5kW. If your room is 20 square meters or smaller, we recommend small-capacity air conditioners with a cooling capacity between 2kW and 3.5kW.

Does air conditioning use a lot of electricity? ›

Conclusion. While air conditioners are fairly energy-intensive, their exact energy usage depends on several factors. Generally speaking, however, you can expect a central air conditioner to use between 3000 and 3500 watts per hour.

What is the number 1 aircon brand? ›

1. Samsung. These qualities have helped them to produce the best Ac in the world.

Which brand is No 1 in AC? ›

Summary Of The 10 Best AC Brands in India
S No.Product NamePrice (in Rs.)
1LG 1.5 Ton 5 Star Inverter Split AC₹66,990
2Daikin 0.8 Ton 3 Star, Fixed Speed Split AC₹25,999
3Blue Star 1.2 Ton 3 Star Inverter Split AC₹29,990
4Lloyd 1.5 Ton 5 Star Inverter Split AC₹38,490
8 more rows

How many years should a AC last? ›

While every unit is different, and every homeowner has a different understanding of when their central air conditioner is broken beyond repair, it's fair to say that, with proper maintenance and care, you can expect a good 15 to 20 years of cooling from a new high efficiency air conditioning system.

Can an air conditioner last 30 years? ›

Air conditioners can last 10-15 years depending on various factors, while HVAC systems can even go up to 30 years before needing to be replaced.

Can an AC unit last 40 years? ›

Modern air conditioners can last between 15-20 years, and older air conditioners last around 10-12 years. The health and efficiency of your A/C depends on a number of factors, including whether or not you properly maintained the unit throughout its lifetime.

What temperature should a caravan fridge run at? ›

Fridges need to be +4° C, freezers -18° C (or settle for -14° to save energy). Cool food before placing it in the fridge. Keep bought frozen goods cold in a heat-insulating bag, and put in the fridge as soon as possible.

What is the cheapest way to heat a caravan? ›

Electric heaters for caravans are probably the easiest and cheapest option for heating your touring vehicle. Of course, they require a socket and a source of energy, but once you're hooked up, they can quickly heat up the space as and when you please.

Is it OK to leave bedding in a caravan? ›

Remove all cushions and upholstery and store somewhere dry or stand all the cushions on-end ,away from caravan walls where air can circulate all around them and prevent mildew occurring. Bedding and pillows should be removed for the winter.

How cold is too cold to sleep in a van? ›

Cargo Vans

A well-insulated van without a heater is generally comfortable down to around 0°F with a good mattress, a large down comforter, and one person. With two people (twice the body heat) it's usually comfortable to around -10°F.

What is the best insulation for caravans? ›

A popular choice is dense polystyrene foam which is relatively cost-effective and can be cut to fit snugly inside the caravan's panels. While many owners only consider the walls, there is a lot of benefit in making sure that the roof, floors and windows are adequately insulated too.

What can I put in my caravan to prevent damp? ›

With any luck, this will help reduce your moisture problems and keep your caravan in perfect condition.
  1. Use an Extractor Fan or Open the Windows When Cooking. ...
  2. Dry Your Clothes Outside. ...
  3. Open the Windows When Showering. ...
  4. Invest in Ventilation. ...
  5. Purchase a Dehumidifier. ...
  6. Block Up Drafts with Insulation.
7 Sept 2020

What to put in a caravan to stop damp? ›

Placing a few bowls of salt around the caravan will soak up moisture in the air and help to reduce damp. Remove all food stuffs from the caravan and wipe clean all the cupboards, ensuring no crumbs or dirt are left behind to attract vermin. A thorough clean will also prevent any musty smells developing.

Will a dehumidifier get rid of damp in a caravan? ›

A small electric dehumidifier can pull moisture out of the air in your caravan or motorhome and reduce condensation. Consequently, consider purchasing an electric dehumidifier as an easy solution to prevent all the issues associated with moisture damage in caravans.

What liquid makes car AC cold? ›

Freon is the chemical refrigerant that cools the warm air before it is blown back into your car. Since today's air conditioning systems can be very delicate and need a specific amount of freon to operate, a leak in the system can be a big issue.

How can I get colder without AC? ›

Here are 14 methods for doing so.
  1. Stay hydrated. ...
  2. Take a cold shower or bath. ...
  3. Use cold washrags on your neck or wrists. ...
  4. Use box fans. ...
  5. Close your curtains or blinds. ...
  6. Sleep in breathable linens. ...
  7. Install energy-efficient light bulbs. ...
  8. Cook in the morning, with a slow cooker or outside.
19 Jul 2022

Why is my van AC not cold? ›

The most common cause of a vehicle's air conditioner not getting cold enough is that it needs to be recharged. You can recharge your refrigerant by yourself, but to save time and make sure the job is done correctly you should make an appointment with your local professional auto shop.

How many 12V batteries does it take to run an air conditioner? ›

Four 12 volt batteries is the very minimum needed to run a rooftop RV air conditioner. But then, that will only run an air conditioner for about 1 hour maximum. Of course, it depends upon the type of battery.

How long do caravan air conditioners last? ›

Problems with the PCBs, fans, capacitors, and thermostat are some of the most common problems with decreased cooling performance. Like with most equipment, air conditioners do have a lifespan of around 7-10 years.

Can I run my caravan air conditioner on battery power? ›

One of the many questions caravanners have regarding their A/C unit is whether or not they can run it using battery power. The short answer is no because a typical caravan air conditioner requires a lot of electricity to start up.

Can I replace AC compressor myself? ›

Typically, replacing a compressor should be done by a professional, but you can perform this task at home if you are competent working with your hands. Doing the job yourself can also save you a decent amount of money.

Is it worth replacing compressor on AC unit? ›

The compressor is an expensive item to replace. Because dead compressors usually happen in old air conditioners, it's more cost-effective to start over with a new AC rather than pay to put a new compressor into a system that's already wasting power and a few years from the junk heap.

What size room will a 7kw air conditioner cool? ›

For a room 45m2 to 65m2, a 7-8kW unit should cool the room.

How much does it cost to run a 2.5 kW air conditioner? ›

Split System Running Costs Calculations

A 2.5 kW system running for 4 hours a day would costs approx. $40.11 per year to run or 47.75 cents a day or 11.9c per hour. 2. A 3.5 kW system running for 8 hours a day for 12 weeks (84 days) of the year at 24 degrees will cost appox.

Does a 2.5 kW air conditioner need its own circuit? ›

All new air conditioning units no matter the KW's must be on a dedicated circuit back to the switchboard with its own RCD/RCBO breaker by law or on a suitable electrical circuit that is protected by an RCD/RCBO.

What size air conditioner 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.

How many hours should an AC run per day? ›

Example: If the temperature day highs are in the 90s and the lows in the high 70s, you should run an AC for about 8 hours per day. The daily temperature should be about 75°F during the day and about 72°F during the night.

How many solar panels does it take to run an air conditioner? ›

An average estimate would be to divide your AC wattage by the solar panel wattage you intend to use. Using the average household AC wattage of 3,500 watts, and a standard solar panel wattage, this formula would look something like 3,500 (w) / 250 w (panels) = 14 panels.

Which is No 1 AC brand in world? ›

1. Samsung. These qualities have helped them to produce the best Ac in the world.

Who is the largest air conditioning manufacturer in the world? ›

Daikin Industries Ltd., the world's largest manufacturer of air conditioners, is betting that sales and production in India will eventually make up a bigger part of the company as the nation outpaces global growth.

What is the most popular HVAC system? ›

Split System

Heating and cooling split systems are the most common types of HVAC systems used in residential buildings. They consist of two separate components — one for heating and one for cooling — and use a traditional thermostat to control the temperature for the entire structure.

What should I look for when buying an air conditioner? ›

5 Things to Consider When Buying an Air Conditioner
  • Window Unit or Central Air: How many rooms are you looking to cool? ...
  • Cooling Capacity: This is measured in British Thermal Units (BTUs). ...
  • Energy Efficiency: While you're shopping, search for a unit with an Energy Star certification.
11 May 2019

What makes a good air conditioner? ›

Higher the number of stars, the better the efficiency of the air conditioner. An AC with higher energy efficiency uses less power and thus helps in lowering the energy bills. Lower energy bills mean cost-saving, therefore it is advised to always buy an AC with a higher star rating or higher energy efficiency.

What are the five types of AC? ›

The Different Types of Air Conditioning Systems
  • Window Air Conditioners.
  • Portable Air Conditioners.
  • Wall Hung Split or Multi Head Split Air Conditioners.
  • Ducted Air Conditioning.
  • Air Conditioners For a Diverse Range of Situations.
27 Nov 2020

What are six types of air conditioning system? ›

Below are six types of air conditioning systems for which you can choose if you need to replace your HVAC system.
  • Window Air Conditioner. ...
  • Portable Air Conditioner. ...
  • Central Air Conditioning. ...
  • Mini-Split, Ductless, Air Conditioners. ...
  • Hybrid Air Conditioners. ...
  • Geothermal Heating and Cooling.
2 Apr 2020

Which AC brand has best cooling capacity? ›

  • LG 1.5 Ton 5 Star Inverter Split AC. ...
  • Whirlpool 1.5 Ton 5 Star, Inverter Split AC. ...
  • Panasonic 1.5 Ton 5 Star Wi-Fi Twin-Cool Inverter Split Air Conditioner. ...
  • Voltas 1.5 Ton 5 Star Inverter Split AC. ...
  • Godrej 1 Ton 5 Star Inverter Split AC. ...
  • Hitachi 1.5 Ton 5 Star Inverter Split AC. ...
  • Samsung 1.5 Ton 5 Star Inverter Split AC.
12 Oct 2022

Which AC brand is best in 2022? ›

Best 5 Star AC in India
  1. Voltas 1.5 Ton Split Inverter AC (4503224-185V DAZJ) ...
  2. Panasonic 1 Ton Split Inverter AC (CS/CU-NU12XKYWA) ...
  3. Daikin 1.5 Ton Split Inverter AC (FTKZ50UV16U4/RKZ50UV16U4) ...
  4. LG 1 Ton Split (PS-Q13ENZE) ...
  5. IFB 1.5 Ton 5 Star Split AC (CI1853F323G2)
1 Nov 2022

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