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Which Air Conditioner is Right for Me?
From evaporative coolers to portable air conditioning units, there are many options to choose from when you need to cool your home during warmer months.
Portable Air Conditioner
Portable air conditioners are freestanding units that don’t require permanent installation. They utilize a simple exhaust hose for venting purposes, and can be placed nearly anywhere. These systems are best for cooling small rooms, but the unit itself typically has to be placed on the floor, which some consumers might find bothersome. Portable air conditioners remove moisture from the air as it is cooled, so you will also need to periodically empty the water that is stored within the unit.
Window Air Conditioner
Using compressor cooling coil technology, window air conditioners are always a great option for apartment dwellers or home owners who need a semi-permanent solution to seasonal temperatures. These units are installed into an open window and can be removed at the end of the warmer seasons. Window air conditioners are excellent at cooling smaller rooms, and when strategically placed, can cool several rooms at once.
Through-the-Wall Air Conditioner
Through-the-wall air conditioning units are very effective at cooling rooms of most sizes, but they must be permanently installed into your wall and you will typically have to install a sleeve in your wall to support the weight of the air conditioning unit. They function similarly to window air conditioners by using compressor cooling coil technology, but the benefit is that they can be used to cool rooms where windows are not present.
Evaporative coolers, also known as “swamp coolers,” use water instead of refrigerant to cool the air and must be refilled with water on a regular basis. They do not require a windowsill and can efficiently cool single rooms and small homes. Home owners who live in low-humidity areas will find that evaporative coolers are the perfect solution to home cooling on a budget, but they are not as effective in high-humidity environments.