Why a Heat & Cool Window A/C Unit Makes a Good Investment

When it comes to the comfort of your home, the temperature is one of the primary factors. Having a system or unit that can adequately and consistently heat and cool your space to a comfortable setting is critical. The options for heating and cooling are diverse. Many systems provide either heating or cooling, and must be purchased and installed separately. There are parts of the country where installing a large central air unit creates a greater expense than the need requires.

Likewise, heating units can be extremely expensive, requiring costly fuel purchases such as oil or propane. In some places the mildness of the temperatures for most of the year makes this type of system excessive. A window A/C unit that provides both heat and cool air can save money and create the comfortable environment you want for your home all year-round.

Small Spaces

Even in a home with a large heating and cooling system, there are frequently rooms, particularly in upstairs spaces, converted garages, and attached guest houses that do not get the full benefit of the system. Installing a window A/C unit in these spaces can keep them from being the rooms you close off or avoid during months with extreme temperatures. Running a window unit during these months may also help to reduce the energy costs of the larger system while making any room more comfortable.
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Our Top 5 Most Reviewed Portable Air Conditioners

If you’re in the market for an alternative cooling solution, you may find yourself reading a multitude of portable air conditioner reviews. As you’ve probably seen, these tend to range from pure bliss to utter dissatisfaction and every reaction in between. With each season, we evaluate our influx of reviews and alter our product line-up accordingly. Over the years, we’ve seen a select 5 of our portable air conditioners receive overwhelmingly positive reviews. They aren’t all positive, of course, but the majority of their over 100 reviews are what have caused us to keep these products around to meet the cooling needs of our customers.

Here are our top 5 reviewed portable air conditioners and what customers are saying about them.

Garage Apartment Cooling

EdgeStar 14,000 BTU Dual-Hose Portable Air Conditioner & Heater (Model: AP14001HS)

When transforming your attic, basement, or garage into a liveable portion of your home, consider using a portable air conditioner as a cooling solution for this space. There’s no need to rework your entire central cooling system; as long as you have proper insulation, a portable air conditioner works perfectly.

Photo from AP14001HS Review

The EdgeStar 14,000 BTU Dual Hose Portable Air Conditioner and Heater, which has over 160 reviews, has been able to meet this need quite successfully:

“We finished our upstairs in the garage and put this unit next to the window. With the insulation we added, it is able to keep the 300s/f area cool. Am happy with the product; Thanks!”

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Why You Should be Using an Antimicrobial Filter in Your Portable Air Conditioner

Portable air conditioners are used in a variety of situations and are designed to make staying cool easy and effortless. Students living in small apartment buildings use portable models so that they can take the units with them as they move from place to place. Established couples and families with larger homes use the devices to spot cool those areas of their home that can be hard to keep cool otherwise. Many buildings don’t have central air, and the portable units offer both convenience and comfort for people at home and at work.

Regardless of the reason, more and more people are turning to portable air conditioners to keep themselves cool. Many people are also turning to the use of Antimicrobial Filters in their cooling units, as well.

Let’s delve into what these filters are and why they might be beneficial to use in conjunction with a portable air conditioner.
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How You Can Get Warm Now & Stay Cool This Summer

As energy costs rise and temperatures become even more extreme in all parts of the country, it becomes more and more expensive to stay comfortable during the cold months of winter and the hot months of summer. Despite the expense, it’s important to find relief from the extreme outdoor temperatures when you enter the comfort of your home or office.

Dangers of Extreme Weather

If you’re fighting the rising costs of energy and attempting to relieve the pressure on your HVAC unit, consider the dangers of both extreme cold and heat before you hit the off button on your system.

Extreme heat can lead to severe discomfort, and also to several serious illnesses:

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  • Heat stroke occurs when the body is no longer able to control its temperature, and is the most serious of illnesses related to extreme heat. An actual stroke can occur is temperature is not controlled, and permanent damage to the organs is common when left untreated.
  • Heat cramps are often triggered in a hot environment, and are characterized by inadequate fluid intake while working in extreme weather.
  • Heat exhaustion is caused by either salt or water depletion and is common in athletes. The body is unable to cool itself down in extremely warm temperatures.
  • Heat rash is common in infants, and occurs when the sweat glands are blocked, and appears in the form of small red bumps on the skin.

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The Next Big Thing in Portable Air Conditioners: InvisiMist Technology

With the never-ending Polar Vortex over staying its welcome across the country this week, it may be tough to think about warmer weather, but (fingers crossed) it’s coming. In years past, extreme winters have led to extreme summers, so you may want to get prepared. Here at Compact Appliance, getting prepared means setting up our portable air conditioners.

These versatile cooling products are a great solution for those who need an alternative to central or window air cooling systems or need to supplement their existing cooling system. For those who live in apartments that don’t have central air or have strict HOAs preventing the use of window units, portable ACs have been the perfect way to meet their needs. For home owners tired of paying outrageous energy bills during the summer months, portable air conditioners offer a way to spot cool only the areas they’re occupying at that time.
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4 Ways to Save Money with a Mini-Split

Whether you are building a new home and looking for a cost saving efficient way to heat and cool your home, or adding on to your current home with the same idea of heating and cooling in a way that will not cost an arm and a leg, you may be asking yourself “what are mini-splits?” An easy way to describe them would be to say that they are a cross between an older window A/C unit and a central air system.

Mini Split Unit in Living Room

Here are some ways that the mini-split heat pump can save you time, money, and even sanity when installed in your home!

1. Save by Installing Separate Units

A mini-split heat pump unit has many benefits. One of these is the ability to install up to eight interior units for each exterior unit. This means that rooms or living spaces can have their own heat and cooling source that is not dependent on the rest of the house.

Installing one huge HVAC unit with the intent of heating an entire home tends to leave hot rooms, cold corners, and a furnace or A/C unit that must be run much too often simply to cover those areas that are never quite a comfortable temperature. Mini-splits are a great way to get supplemental heat, so you can stay warm without wasting money to heat or cool unused rooms.
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3 Space-Saving Cooling Solutions for Small Homes and Apartments

Summer heat is miserable without the proper appliances to keep you cool. Compact living quarters often make it hard to find the right appliances for your cooling needs. Unfortunately, if you are renting, you oftentimes do not have the option of installing permanent air-conditioning units. If that’s the case, don’t worry. Here’s a few space-saving cooling solutions that will help keep you comfortable in your apartment all summer long.

Portable Air Conditioners

Portable Air Conditioner

Portable air conditioners are designed to move easily, allowing you to place them wherever they are needed. These air conditioners sit on the floor and they come with a window kit that is placed in the window. The window kit is easy to install and takes up little space in the window. The instructions for the window kit are simple to follow, and the initial installation process takes only minutes.

Consisting of four basic components, portable air conditioners are designed to sit on the floor and be moved rather easily. The window vent fits directly into the window. The exhaust hose attaches to an exhaust hose coupling and allows hot exhaust air to escape outside. To get your air conditioner set up, connect the exhaust hose to the back of the unit, install the window vent and connect the exhaust hose to the window vent. Your air conditioner is then ready to cool.

Portable air conditioners come in different sizes to cool large or small rooms. It’s important to know the differences in BTU ranges. 7,000 BTU air conditioners cool areas up to 250 square feet. 12,000 BTU air conditioners keep a room that is 450 square feet comfortable. A 14,000 BTU air conditioner is the largest one offered and is designed to cool a room that is 600 square feet. Knowing how big your room is will help determine which portable A/C unit is right for you.

Window Air Conditioners

Window Air Conditioner

Another great way to beat the summer heat, is to install a Window air conditioner in your apartment. Unlike the portable units mentioned above, these air conditioners are installed right in your window. Living in an apartment usually means you are limited to air conditioning units that are not permanently attached to the building structure, which is precisely why a window cooling unit is a great solution.

Not only are window air conditioners easy to install, but they fit most types and sizes of windows. To ensure compatibility, be sure to measure the dimensions of both the unit and the window prior. Additionally, window units can be uninstalled just as easily as they were installed. So, whenever your lease is up, you just simply take the unit out and take it with you.

There are plenty of brands to choose from, but Frigidaire and LG are two of the most popular. You can’t go wrong with either brand.

Personal Fans & Air Circulators

Air Circulator

Another popular option to help keep you cool in the summer are air circulators and fans. Just as the name implies, these devices will help cool down your living area by providing better air circulation.

The main benefits of using a fan is the ease of moving it around at your leisure and the lower cost of obtaining it. The downside, however, is that an air circulator is not going to cool you off nearly as fast as a window or portable unit.

Things To Keep In Mind

Portability and ease of installation are important characteristics when it comes to purchasing an air conditioning unit. Whether you’re wanting to cool an extra large room, cut energy costs or other limiting circumstances keep you from installing a window unit, portable air conditioners are practical and simple to use. Instructions booklets, user manuals and help numbers are all included with your portable air conditioning unit to make installing and using your unit as easy as possible.

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Beat the Heat: Choosing the Right Portable Air Conditioner For You

If you’re struggling to stay cool through the summer heat, there are plenty of air conditioning options that can meet your individual needs. If you’re sweating it out in a small enclosed space, portable air conditioners are going to be your best option.

Developed to make the small areas you inhabit cool and comfortable, portable air coolers are designed with either a single hose or a dual hose system. Let’s take a look at the differences between the two types of cooling systems.

Single-Hose Systems

Single-Hose Portable Air Conditioners

The single hose air conditioning system is the most fundamental option available to you. It works by using a compressor to suck air in, and then expels hot air and moisture out of the room. Because the warm air continually tries to seep back into the room to replace the negative air pressure, the single-hose air conditioners have to work harder to keep the room cool.

Depending on your living situation, the single-hose air conditioners are sufficient enough for cooling a small area and may the best option for you. However, the dual-hose system is usually the most efficient cooling system, thus it’s preferred by most people.

Dual-Hose Systems

Dual-Hose Portable Air Conditioners

As suggested by the name, the dual-hose air conditioning system implements two hoses. One hose pulls the hot air from the room, cools it within the unit, and then expels it back into the immediate area. Just like the single-hose design, a dual-hose portable air conditioner labors to perform its cooling function, creating heat inside the cooler. However, the difference with this type of system, the second hose pulls the cooled air from the room and uses it to cool the compressor and condenser coils. This allows your air conditioner to work more efficiently, providing better cooling in your small living or working space. While the price may be slightly higher than a single-hose cooling unit, the efficiency it provides is well worth the money.

Tips For Using Your Portable Air Conditioner

No matter which type of portable air conditioner you choose, here’s a few tips to get the most use out of your cooling system. Whether you’re cooling a bedroom or apartment, your air conditioner will work more effectively when you close all your doors and windows to the area you are cooling. It’s also a good idea to limit the overall amount of heat-producing sources, like electronic equipment and lights.

For optimal performance, turn your portable air cooler on early in the day when it’s still relatively cool. It’s far easier for your air conditioner to maintain a comfortable temperature, than to cool down a room that’s already reached high temperatures. Turning on a ceiling or rotating fan will also help boost the overall effectiveness of your air conditioner.

If you’re looking for a way to keep a small living or working area cool, a portable air cooler is an effective and economical way to do so. Review the pros and cons of the single-hose and dual-hose systems to select the unit that best meets your needs and budget. Follow the tips and recommendations to keep your unit operating at peak efficiency. You’ll soon see that portable air coolers are a great way to stay cool, even in small spaces.

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Summer Road Trips: Keeping Your RV Cool

Summer travel in your RV is a fun way to vacation. When taking to the road, stay cool and comfortable to ensure your overall enjoyment from start to finish. While using window air conditioners make for an efficient, quiet and cost-effective solution, there are still other things you can do to beat the heat.

From window air conditioners to tarps, here’s our favorite tricks for keeping your RV cool, giving you the relief you need on a hot summer day.

Know Where The Sun Is

Knowing exactly when the sun is at its hottest and making decisions based on these facts is your first line of defense to beat the heat. The sun rises in the east, so parking your RV to avoid the early morning light is a great way to keep you cool during breakfast. The ideal combination of avoiding direct sunlight and finding adequate shade is a great defense against heat in your RV.

Create Your Own Shade

When adequate shade is at a minimum, you can always create your own shade with a simple addition of a tarp. Available at a very cheap price, tarps can stretch between your RV and the ground to provide much needed shade. Tarps are also easy to clean and store rather easily, making them a great solution for that much-desired shade on a summer day.

Open Your Awnings

In addition to shade, be sure to open up all of your awnings when you park your RV. While the open awnings provide a bit of shade, they also give air circulation and encourage cooler air to pass through your RV. For the best cooling effects, make sure your largest awning is in the direction that avoids the sun. This will ensure that the coolest air makes it way through your RV.

Tips for Buying the Right Window AC

Window Air Conditioner

Unfortunately, you cannot avoid sunlight completely in your RV. Which is precisely why window air conditioners are one of the most effective solutions to keeping your vehicle cool. When shopping for a window AC, know the dimensions of your space to ensure you get the correct amount of cooling action. There are many brands, sizes and BTU differences in window air conditioners. The big box stores carry a wide variety and often run specials throughout the summer months. They are priced competitively so shop around to get the best deal. Aside from the price, it would be wise to consider its noise, ease of installation, weight and settings.

With summer underway, the success of your RV road trip is dependent on how you handle the boiling temperatures outside. With a little bit of research and some good features on your air conditioner, you will be ready to hit the open road in cool comfort.