What to look for when buying a portable air conditioner

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Air quality has become a concern for many of us and, as such, you too must ensure that the air in your home is as clean as possible. Otherwise, you and your loved ones are likely to be exposing yourselves to a series of hazardous factors. There is nothing better than clean air!

As a matter of fact, it is not that difficult to keep the air in your home clean and fresh at all times. A portable air conditioner does much more than just cool the air in a room. It also filters the air and retains fine dust particles that can cause asthmatic seizures and numerous respiratory allergic reactions.

What size portable air conditioner do I need?

All portable air conditioners, are rated in British Thermal Units (BTU’s). The higher the BTU ratings, the more cooling power. When searching to make a purchase, you want to check if the portable air conditioner you select has a sufficient BTU rating for your room. Otherwise, it will not be able to meet your cooling demands for your room.

In a standard room with 8-foot ceilings.

British Thermal Units

Square Footage

Cubic Feet

7,500 BTU’s

150 sq. ft

1,200 cubic feet

9,000 BTU’s

200 sq. ft

1,600 cubic feet

10,000 BTU’s

300 sq. ft

2,400 cubic feet

12,000 BTU’s

400 sq. ft

3,200 cubic feet

13,000 BTU’s

450 sq. ft

3,600 cubic feet

14,000 BTU’s

500 sq. ft

4,000 cubic feet

Keep in mind that the above guidelines are not exact. Some factors may decrease or increase the number of BTU’s required. For example, living in a hot and humid state like Florida, having ceilings are taller than 8 feet or if you have a poor insulated room will cause it to be much more difficult to cool. You will simply need to increase the BTU’s accordingly.

At NewAir you can find a range of portable air conditioning devices that will turn the air in your home into clean, cool and fresh air, just like you would get in the mountains. With a high BTU cooling capacity, it is powerful enough to cool down large rooms from 300-525 square feet. However, you should also think of room temperature. With a NewAir portable air conditioner you can take care of both aspects. In addition to that, portable air conditioners have a series of advantages that window units lack.

NewAir-Portable-Air-ConditionerPrice is important to every buyer but you don’t want to buy a cheaper unit that breaks down months later or doesn’t hold up to your stands. Luckily NewAir’s portable air conditioners are cheaper than other brands. However, that does not mean that it lacks performance. Another benefit of a portable air conditioner is that no installation is required. You don’t have to call a professional or break a sweat to set up a portable air conditioner. Just find an outlet and an exit for the exhaust hose, and you’re done. Most PAC’s (portable air conditioners) come with additional pieces like a window kit that will allow you to set it up with any standard window.

Then there is the matter of portability, which does not even exist in the case of a window unit. NewAir portable air conditioner units can be easily transported around your place, so you can enjoy fresh, clean and cool air at all times. Thanks to the built-in casters, you can roll your portable air conditioner from room to room – wherever you need cool air. Most of them are also lightweight and easy to carry. This factor is what makes NewAir’s portable Air conditioners such a great addition to every home or office.

How sound sensitive are you?

If you are worried about sound. There is simply no getting around it. Any machine that generates airflow is going to produce some level of noise. While some are louder than others, NewAir does a great job on keeping theirs quieter than others out there on the market. You can also compare the decibel (dB) levels produced by different units. A good decibel range is anywhere below 20-30 decibels on a basic setting and 45 decibels on the highest setting.

Yet another benefit of a portable air conditioner is that it is very energy efficient. If you are concerned about energy efficiency, you should take a look at the PAC’s Energy Efficiency Ratio (EER). This will tell you how many BTU’s are used for each watt of power. The higher the EER, the more energy efficient it is. A NewAir portable air conditioner is a lot smaller and incurs lower operational costs. In addition to that, with a portable air conditioner, you can focus on specific areas that need to be cooled. With a high EER it is a great way to cut down those monthly energy bills and save it to retire earlier or take a vacation.

A NewAir portable air conditioner not only cools and filters the air in a room, but it also dehumidifies it, thus decreasing the risk of respiratory problems. If you suffer from allergies, you know that it’s important to keep indoor humidity levels low, due to the fact that increased humidity levels encourage the growth of allergens like mold and dust mites.

All NewAir portable air conditioner units are environmentally friendly and very energy efficient. It does not release any CFC’s into the ozone. They have adjustable electronic controls, which means that you can program your unit to function as you see fit. The speed options are custom controlled.

How much maintenance will I have to perform?

Most PAC’s (portable air conditioners) require little maintenance. At most you will have to empty a drain bucket that collects the water. PAC’s like the NewAir portable air conditioners, evaporate all or most of the water they collect.

Whether it is your home that we are talking about or your office, a NewAir portable air conditioner is an excellent choice. Installing a window unit is an expensive job and it ends up turning that particular room into a huge mess. Because of their compact size, NewAir portable air conditioners are recommended for households with less space. Such a unit can easily be moved around the home and re-installed in any other room, at any time.

What other features should I look for?

NewAir AF-351 portable evaporative coolerWhen making a final decision you will want to check for additional properties like a remote control to the PAC. You will want to make sure it has full function programmability on the handset which will allow you to control all functions of the unit from the comfort-ability of you couch or anywhere in the room where it is placed.

Multiple fan speeds are just as important. There will be hotter days than others and you’ll want to make sure you can handle those warmer days. It should at least have a low speed for nights, conference rooms; medium for normal operation and high for those hot days that you just can’t stand.

A portable air conditioner is a simple, yet highly efficient way of cooling your home. The flexibility of a portable system makes it a convenient and cost-efficient way of cooling whichever room of the house or apartment you are occupying, without all the hassle and fuss of installing a full and permanent air conditioning unit.

To sum it all up, keep in mind that when discussing the advantages of a NewAir portable air conditioner, you are also thinking about the air quality in your home or office. By relying on a portable air conditioner from NewAir, you are making sure that not only will the temperature in your rooms be a pleasant one, but also that the air you breathe is fresh, clean and without moisture in excess.

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