Are you trying to add a little more temperature control to your home? Do just a few of the rooms in your home need to be cooler? Whether you already have central air conditioning or not, it might be that only a few rooms or sections of your home need extra AC. If this is the case with your property, you can usually buy a variety of air conditioners from home improvement and retail stores. This article is a basic buying guide to small AC units.
Window units are probably the most common and most affordable option. These are can be mounted in pretty much any window, as long as it rests on the sill. That is, if you have a window that has a glass panel underneath the sliding section, you cannot rest the window unit on this glass. Most window the units will come with a n expandable panel that you use to block the rest of the window so that it creates a seal. This is a cheap but effective way to cool down a property because it disperses hot air through the unit evaporator while pumping cold air into the hole.
Portable AC Units
Portable AC units are different in a few ways. Usually, they are on wheels so they can be moved around the room. That being said, the heat still needs to go somewhere. So, the back of the unit will have a hose connection where the hot air comes out. This hose needs to be snaked and connected to a window. So, you still need to have your unit relatively close to a window. For example, most units will include a hose that it's only 6 to 12 feet long. In many ways, this ends up being less convenient than a window unit. With the window unit mounted in the fixture, it is out of the way and always where you need it to be.
Portable units to take up floor space and have a long hose behind them, which can be annoying. While you are able to change your airflow a little bit by moving the unit around, portable units aren't always worth it for some homeowners.
This is especially true when you consider the fact that they are more expensive. For example, a 10,000 BTU portable unit could cost $300, where a window unit of the same BTU output will probably cost closer to $200. In the end, both portable and window units could be great for your property.
Contact a business like John Legg's Heating & Air Conditioning to learn more.