Are you hoping to make your home or apartment a bit more comfortable this summer? If so, you may want to consider purchasing a portable air conditioner. When many of us think of cooling our home or apartment, your first thought is likely the old window units you used to see everywhere in the 80’s and early 90’s (or in old movies, if you aren’t at least 30). While central air is becoming quite common through much of the United States, you can still find older apartments or homes that still don’t have units, making it important to have affordable, easy to use options to keep your home cooler. What many people don’t realize, however, is that many home owners likely need a portable air conditioner, even if they have central air in your home. You may even be surprised why you would benefit from a portable conditioner in your own home!
HOA & Apartment Friendly
To the surprise of many people who are in apartments or renting a home without air conditioning, most apartment buildings or HOAs do not allow window air conditioning units. One of the main reasons is because traditional window units look horrible. Not only are they banned from looking unsightly in many apartment in homeowners association neighborhoods, but some cities ban them as well for safety concerns if they are not installed properly (can you imagine a window unit falling on someone from a 4th or 5th story apartment?). Since portable air conditioners do not protrude from windows, they are perfectly fine in areas that have restrictions against window units. Best of all, many units (especially Honeywell units) are designed to look sleek and stylish in just about any room décor, allowing you to have a stylish room while still feeling comfortable throughout the summer!
Lower Utility Bills & Spot Cooling
Do you have issues with one spot in your home being much hotter than others? In all honesty, this is the number one reason we use a portable air conditioner in our home. With both my husband and myself working from home, we spend quite a bit of time in our office. This doesn’t seem like a huge deal until you realize we are running 4-5 computers and 8-10 monitors in our work setup. This leads to our office being about 12 – 15 degrees hotter than the rest of our home. Honestly, it was miserable until we got a portable AC unit for our office. Not only did it lower the temperature in our office, but created much better air circulation for us and the electronics. When we got our new home AC unit installed though, we thought we would likely be removing our unit from the office – wrong!
To our surprise, the technician installing our new central air system, told us that even though we upgraded to a larger unit for our home, it wouldn’t solve the problem in our office. He said that while modern units can keep a house generally at one temperature, it isn’t able to handle areas with lots of electronics or abnormally large groups of people for a space. His recommendation was that we keep our air conditioner in the office, but expect we would likely not have to work it so hard. As well, he said using a portable air conditioner unit in hot spots can also dramatically lower your bills since you are only trying to cool one area, and not relying as much on something meant to cool your entire home!
More Efficient Than Fans
Have you ever tried cooling a very hot room during the summer? During the summer, it is very common here in Kentucky. When it gets up into the high 80s – lower 100s, we were miserable with the heat and high humidity, especially when our old home AC unit just couldn’t keep up. Like most people, our first reaction was to get out the portable fans and turn on all the ceiling fans. While using the fans did improve air circulation, it really didn’t do much for cooling the room, especially when we were having dangerous temperatures outside. Not only will a portable air conditioner make the room much cooler faster with a refrigeration unit, but will actually make the room chilly in almost no time without the constant, added noise.
Do you live in an area with lots of humidity? One of the worst parts of summer here in Kentucky is the humidity since it makes it everything feel not just sticky, but much hotter. Honestly, a very humid building or home not only makes you feel terrible, but overworks your central air system. For this reason, many technicians recommend using dehumidifiers in your home during the summer. One of the best part of us a portable air conditioner in your home is that they can also run as a dehumidifier (or at least all the Honeywell units I have used have that feature). When they are working as a dehumidifier, they help circulate air and help cool your home by removing access moisture from the air. Best of all, they can do this without having to move heavy buckets of water by having the excess moisture vent out your window.
Want to know one of our favorite added benefits of using a portable air conditioner? Cleaner air! By using a unit with a filter, you can keep bacteria, dust particles, and other contaminates out of your air. We were amazed just how much the filter in our unit traps from the air, especially in our pet friendly home.
Our Portable Air Conditioner Recommendation
After using a portable AC unit in our home for years, I have to say I heavily recommend Honeywell Portable Air Conditioners. Part of the reason we love our units is that they are sleek, look amazing, and are so easy to set up. As well, every unit after our first has had washable filters, keeping the unit running smoothly and air in our preferred rooms cool and clean. While we love our unit in the office, we recently got a second portable air conditioner in our home – the Honeywell Portable AC model HL12CESAWB. While our upstairs unit works great, my husband wasn’t a fan of carrying the unit down to our living room every time we were entertaining a lot of people, especially with it being common to have 8 – 15 people sitting in one room for holidays or gaming days – and it was especially important if everyone brings laptops! With an extra unit that moves around the second floor, we are able to easily manage the temperature of our home, without overworking our central air system. If you are looking for a beautiful way to keep your home feeling amazing without raising your utility bills, I highly recommend getting a Honeywell portable air conditioner for your home or apartment today!