Window vs. Portable Air Conditioner Comparison

28 Jul, 2016

window vs portable acIs it time for a new air conditioner to beat the summer heat? Window and portable AC units are perfect for supplemental air conditioning or as an alternative to central AC, but which type is right for you? Check out our air conditioner comparison below to learn the key differences between portable vs. window AC units – and to find out which option is best for your home.

Window Air Conditioners

Window air conditioners are compact units that fit standard-sized windows, sitting halfway outside and inside the room. Many owners prefer this appliance for its affordability and efficiency as well as the reduction of clutter in their living space. As these units run, water is vented through the system internally, so there’s no need to empty a tray of water. When installing, take care to make sure they fit snugly to operate properly without leakage.

Ideal for: Rooms that need a more permanent cooling solution (other than central AC).

Portable Air Conditioners

Portable air conditioners are known for their flexibility, as they can be moved from room to room as needed. Equipped with exhaust hoses that are easy to install, portable AC units can be vented outside through various window types as well as through ceilings, doors or walls. These air conditioners collect water in a tank or tray that must be emptied regularly.

Ideal for: Those who need the flexibility to move the air conditioner throughout the home or office.

Find the perfect air conditioning unit for your home

No matter the type of air conditioner you choose, it’s important to consider your room size before purchasing a new model. Air conditioners are measured in British Thermal Units (BTU), which is the amount of energy used to remove heat from the air. According to Consumer Reports, a rule of thumb when purchasing a new AC unit is that an air conditioner needs 20 BTUs for each square foot of living space. Refer to Haier’s easy guide on selecting your air conditioner based on the size of your space.

Which type will you select for your next purchase: window or portable? Browse hhgregg’s selection of air conditioners online or stop by an hhgregg store near you to make your living space more comfortable all summer long.

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