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Portable Air Conditioning Units

The Midlands may not be known for scorching summers, but when the heat does arrive, it can be surprisingly intense. Trapped in a stuffy home can quickly put a damper on the season. That’s where portable air conditioners come in – offering a convenient and flexible solution for keeping cool without the hassle of permanent installations.
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Considerations for Using Portable Air Conditioners

Before you rush out and purchase a portable air conditioner, here are a few crucial factors to consider for using one effectively in your Midlands home:
  • Room Size: Ensure the unit’s cooling capacity is appropriate for the size of the room you plan to cool.
  • Window Access (for Vented Units): Vented units require a window for venting the exhaust hose.
  • Electrical Requirements: Portable air conditioners require a dedicated electrical outlet. Check the unit’s wattage and ensure your outlet can handle the load.
  • Noise Level: Even the quietest portable AC units generate some noise. Consider noise levels when choosing a unit and its placement within your home.
  • Drainage (for Vented Units): Vented units collect condensation during operation. The Carrier 51QPD features an auto shut-off function for the water tank, but you might need to empty it periodically. Evaporative coolers may also require occasional emptying of the water reservoir.

Looking for a short term air conditioning solution to keep your business cool?

Portable home and commercial air conditioning units are ideal for temporarily cooling during heatwaves or as a stand-in whilst your installed system is being repaired. Compact and convenient, portables offer a quick and easy solution; they even dehumidify and provide air purification too!

As a business, you also have the exclusive option to hire as well as purchase from a range of different options we have available.

Installation Tips:

Setting up portable air conditioners is generally straightforward. Here’s a quick guide for the Carrier 51QPD vented unit (consult the user manuals for specific instructions on the Honeywell models):

  • Choose a Location: Select a flat, level surface for the unit, ensuring proper airflow around the air inlet and outlet grilles. Avoid placing it near heat sources or directly in sunlight.
  • Attach the Exhaust Hose: Connect the flexible exhaust hose to the designated outlet on the unit.
  • Window Installation: Attach the window vent kit (usually included) to your window frame to create a seal for the exhaust hose.
  • Fill the Water Tank (for Evaporative Coolers): Fill the water tank of your Honeywell evaporative cooler according to the manufacturer’s instructions.
  • Power Up and Enjoy! Plug the unit into a dedicated electrical outlet and start enjoying cool comfort.

Vented vs. Evaporative Portable Air Conditioners

There are two main types of portable air conditioners: vented and evaporative. Understanding the differences will help you choose the right unit for your needs:

Vented Portable Air Conditioners:

  • Function: These units work similarly to traditional air conditioners. They draw in warm air, cool it down using a refrigerant, and expel the hot air outside through a vent hose.
  • Benefits: Vented units offer the most effective cooling power and can significantly reduce humidity levels.
  • Considerations: They require a window for venting and may generate more noise compared to evaporative units.

Evaporative Portable Air Conditioners:

  • Function: These units utilise the principle of water evaporation to cool the air. Warm air is passed through a water-saturated filter, and the evaporation process cools the air before it’s circulated back into the room.
  • Benefits: Evaporative coolers are generally more affordable and quieter than vented units. They can also be slightly more environmentally friendly.
  • Considerations: Evaporative units work best in drier climates. They may not be as effective in humid environments and can slightly increase indoor humidity levels.
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Portable Air Conditioning: A Boon for Midlands Homes

Here at Midland Air Conditioning (MAC), we understand the need for adaptable cooling solutions. That’s why we proudly recommend a variety of portable air conditioners, perfect for beating the Midlands heat. This comprehensive guide dives into everything you need to know about portable air conditioners, exploring benefits, features, considerations, installation tips, and answering frequently asked questions to help you decide if a portable AC unit is the perfect solution for your Midlands home.

We will specifically focus on three popular models:

  • Carrier 51QPD 12,000 BTU Vented Portable Air Conditioner: A powerful and versatile vented unit ideal for efficient cooling.
  • Honeywell FR48EC Portable Evaporative Conditioner: A cost-effective option that utilizes water evaporation for a cool and refreshing breeze.
  • Honeywell FR60 Portable Evaporative Conditioner: A larger capacity evaporative cooler perfect for bigger spaces in Midlands homes.

Portable Air Conditioning: A Boon for Midlands Homes

Traditional air conditioning systems are undoubtedly effective, but they come with drawbacks. Installation can be expensive and disruptive, and they’re not exactly known for their flexibility. 

Portable air conditioners offer a compelling alternative, particularly for:

  • Renters: If you live in a rented property, installing a permanent AC unit might not be an option. Portable units allow you to enjoy cool comfort without altering the building’s structure.
  • Limited Space: Apartments or smaller homes may not have the space for a dedicated AC unit. Portable units are compact and can be easily moved from room to room as needed.
  • Temporary Cooling Needs: Perhaps you only require cool air during specific times of the year or in designated rooms. Portable units offer a cost-effective solution for targeted cooling.

Benefits of Portable Air Conditioners:

Portable air conditioners, whether vented or evaporative, offer several benefits for Midlands homes:

  • Increased Comfort: Beat the heat and enjoy a cool and refreshing environment during those warm summer days.
  • Flexibility: Portable units can be easily moved from room to room as needed, providing cooling wherever you require it.
  • Easy Installation: No need for professional help! Portable units are generally self-contained and require minimal setup.
  • Cost-Effective: Portable AC units offer a more affordable alternative to traditional air conditioning systems, particularly for temporary cooling needs.

Portable Air Conditioning Units FAQs

While not as efficient as central air conditioning systems, modern portable air conditioners have improved significantly in energy efficiency. Look for units with high Energy Star ratings for optimal energy savings.

Vented portable air conditioners can help reduce humidity levels. However, evaporative coolers may not be as effective in highly humid environments, as they work best in drier climates.

Regularly clean the air filters and empty the water tank (for evaporative coolers) to ensure optimal performance and air quality. Refer to the manufacturer’s instructions for specific cleaning and maintenance procedures.

Generally, portable air conditioners are designed to cool a single room efficiently. For whole-home cooling, a central air conditioning system is a more suitable option. However, some powerful vented units, like the Carrier 51QPD, can effectively cool larger open-plan areas within a Midlands home.
Portable air conditioners can be left running for extended periods. However, to optimise efficiency and energy costs, it’s recommended to turn them off when the room reaches the desired temperature or when you’re not in the room. Utilising the timer function can be helpful for this purpose.
  • Keep windows and doors closed in the room you’re cooling to prevent cool air from escaping and warm air from entering.
  • Use blinds or curtains on windows facing direct sunlight to minimise heat gain in the room.
  • Ensure there’s ample space around the air inlet and outlet grilles of the unit for proper airflow.
  • Regularly clean the air filters to maintain optimal performance.
  • For evaporative coolers, using cool water or even ice in the water tank can enhance the cooling effect.