Portable air conditioners are suitable for small houses, congested rooms, and even greenhouses. They are simple and easy to install without any need to call for a technician. They are effective in cooling and warming a room as well as in energy efficiency when compared with the central a/c systems.
How Can You Set Up a Portable Air Conditioner?
Setting up a portable air conditioner is a simple task that you can easily do alone in your house. However, there are several steps that you should follow in order to make the installation successful. These include:
1) Check the Size of the Room
Air conditioners vary in size. At the same time, different rooms require different sizes of air conditioners for air regulation. You may use the air-conditioning calculator in order to understand the size of a/c that you need to install in your room.
The climate of the room also determines the type of air conditioner that is needed in a room. An air conditioner with around 4,000 BTU power is enough for a room with two people. You may also check the type of window in your house such as casement, slider, or double-hung.
2) Have a Handy Friend
Air conditioner units are clumsy and easy-to-spoil. Therefore, it is important to ensure that you care for the system while installing it. During installation, your friend will help you to support the unit and prevent it from falling.
3) Assemble all Materials and Check the Manual
Different portable a/c units are installed differently. Therefore, you may need to check the manufacturer’s menu in order to do the correct installation. Make sure that all the materials such as tools and accessories are in place during installation process.
4) Prepare the Window on which to Set up the Unit
This depends on the type of the window in your house. If you are using a double-hung window, push the panes and have your helper place the unit right on the window. After placement, lower the window’s extension in order to close down the window.
By lowering the panes down or fastening the unit’s brackets, you will enable the stability and safety of the a/c. You may also check the upper window pane to ensure that the unit is free from any possible movements.
5) Seal the Air Conditioner
With the weather-stripping provided along with the a/c system by dealers, you can now wrap around the entire system in order to fix it in its position. This retains the unit in its position while also enhancing its efficiency to serve the room from the interior and the exterior.
6) Plug-in the Air Conditioner
Normally, it is advisable to consider installing an a/c system on a window which has a socket by its side. Also, ensure that the socket is not utilized by other appliances such as refrigerators, vacuum cleaners, or dryers. This reserves enough power for the a/c system. With the cables provided along with the system, connect the system to the power source and check its operation.
7) Storage Purposes
Always make sure that the window used is not extremely above in height. This will enable you to easily remove the system and store it if you do not need to use it or if you want to vacate for another place.
A portable air conditioner unit has gained interest among many individuals especially due to its portability and energy efficiency. However, some of these units require a lot of power to operate. Thus, you may need to check the energy efficiency feature before purchasing your portable a/c unit.