Summer calls for a lot of fun: long days at the beach, backyard BBQs, county fairs, festivals, camping and more. But with all that fun comes one downside: the heat! While cooling off with a water gun fight or a dip in the pool is ideal, at some point you’re going to have to go inside and wind down. Air conditioning can bring major comfort during the hottest and most humid of days, and while central AC is awesome, it’s just not an option for everyone. That’s why you should consider a window AC unit.
The two most common alternatives are window units and portable units. Choosing between the two comes down to understanding how they work. Both options convert a gas to liquid and back again. A window unit uses chemicals called refrigerants that absorb the heat from the air when it passes over a set of coils, resulting in chilled indoor air. A portable unit, on the other hand, utilizes an exhaust pipe, which funnels the air out of your window.
When you’re in the heat of the moment (pun intended), you may be hasty to get your hands on whatever you see first. A shortcut would be to weed out the portable option altogether. Portable ACs may provide you access to your windows and require no installation, but they come with some issues. For starters, they’re bulky and a bit of an eyesore for your space. The biggest drawback, however, is surely the energy rating. While some portable ACs meet or exceed the governmental minimum requirement for AC energy usage to be 10 SEER (seasonal energy efficiency ratio), many don’t. And for the ones that do, you can expect to pay more.
Condensation is another issues associated with portable air conditioners. While some of the newer and/or pricier models remove the condensation through the vent exhaust, many still rely on a drip pan, which quickly fills up and must be manually emptied. They’re also noisy machines that create a noticeable racket in comparison to other AC systems.
Window AC units are tucked away in a window, making them less noticeable and freeing up morel living space. They also use energy more efficiently, so you can get more cooling power per BTU. The higher the number of BTUs, the bigger the room it can cool.
LG is a good brand to consider, with its inverter technology producing more energy savings than non-inverter options. The technology works by adjusting compressor motor speed to regulate temperature, whereas non-inverter units turn the compressor either on or off. If noise control is of the utmost importance, LG is a great brand to try thanks to its dual-inverter compressor, which eliminates that unwanted noise, so you can sleep soundly and cool.
There are also some conveniences that should be considered as well. Today, many brands have implemented smart attributes, like the ability to access your air conditioner on any WiFi-enabled device for convenience and energy savings.
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