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Window- versus Portable Air Conditioners

It’s the time of year when everyone is starting to realize that the higher temperatures are real and will endure for awhile. That means that you are going to have to do something to cool the air down in your home or office.

If you are not in a home or office that has central air conditioning, you will need to choose between a window unit and the growing number of portable air conditioners that are available.
Which one to choose?

Click here for the Pros and Cons of Window Air Conditioners
Click here for the Pros and Cons of Portable Air Conditioners

Making a Decision

Now, as you consider window air conditioning units versus portable models, you first need to determine what level of BTUs is required to cool your space.
If you have a room that requires a high BTU rating, then most portable units will be out of the question, making your decision easier.

One often-hidden factor in deciding which kind of window unit to choose is the quality of the panels and weather stripping. For portable units, the hidden factor is the size of the hose. Both of these seemingly minor factors can make a big difference in the appearance and efficiency of whichever type of air conditioner you choose to buy.

Bottom Line

In summary, the choice between these two types of units comes down to this: hassle of installation + security factor (window unit) vs. more noise + less efficient (portable unit). If you don’t want window units hanging out of your home or apartment for whatever reason, go with a portable unit. If you are all about cost and efficiency, go with a window unit.