When buying a portable air conditioner, you will notice that there are many accessories that are either available for additional purchase or come standard with your unit. We don’t think you should be in the dark about what you’ll receive. Here is a breakdown of the most common accessories and whether or not you should expect them to come with your portable air conditioner purchase.
1. Window Vent Kit
All portable air conditioners need to vent. The most popular form of venting is through a nearby window. Easy to use window vent kits come standard with each portable air conditioner you purchase from us. The kit includes everything you need to vent your unit out of a standard window. You can expect at the very least to receive an exhaust hose, a window filler, and an exhaust hose coupler.
2. Drop Ceiling Vent Kit
The second most popular form of venting is through the ceiling. A drop ceiling vent kit does not come standard with each unit, but it is available for additional purchase. Ceiling vent kits are specifically designed to vent the unit through a ceiling tile. These are perfect for portable air conditioner applications in which a window is not available for venting, such as in an office. The most popular usage of a drop ceiling vent kit is when a portable air conditioner is being used for server room cooling.
3. Large Window/Sliding Door Vent Kit
Although it does not come standard with your unit, a large window/sliding door vent kit is an accessory available for separate purchase. This kit is perfect for venting your portable air conditioner through a sliding glass door or a window larger than the standard size. The window/door filler expands to an impressive length of 83 inches.
It is recommended to use filters for added air purification benefits and to increase the longevity of your unit. Some portable air conditioner filters come standard with the units, such as the Anti-Microbial Filter that comes with the EdgeStar 12,000 BTU Portable Air Conditioner, while others are available for separate purchase. Even if a filter already comes with your unit, additional filters are available for replacement purposes. At the very least, almost all portable air conditioners arrive with a washable pre-filter. These capture larger particles from the air, such as dust and hair. Additional filters available for purchase are:
These filters work to remove impurities from the air. In addition to having cool air in the room, anti-microbial filters also help cleanse your indoor air from dust, link, smoke, pollen, and mold spores. Removing these impurities from the air can also help diminish the wear and tear of the portable air conditioner itself.
Carbon filters work to remove smoke and odors from the air. If you are sensitive to smells or live with a smoker, you will greatly benefit from using a carbon filter.
For optimal effectiveness, it is strongly suggested that you change your filter every three (3) months.
5. Remote Controls
Remote controls come standard with most portable air conditioners. Replacement remote controls are also available for purchase. This handy accessory allows you to change settings, most notably fan speed and on/off power, without leaving the comfort of your seat.
6. Window Locks
Window locks are sold separately and are great for securing your window while using a window vent kit. Most window vent kits are secured using screws, so you are already safe from intruders, but the added security offered by a window lock is a great mind-easing bonus. This helps ensure that the safety of you, your loved ones and your belongings is not compromised by the use of a portable air conditioner.
Whether you’re just now shopping for a portable air conditioner of if you’ve owned one for years, it’s worth considering that adding accessories can increase the effectiveness and add to the convenience of your unit. From replacement filters to remote controls, there’s most likely a useful accessory out there that you could benefit from. If you have any questions about the accessories we offer, please give our product experts a call at 800.297.6076.