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The Best Portable Air Conditioners

Do you want to cool off with a new air conditioner? If you’re not quite sure what to look for or how much to spend our experts at Compbrella made it easy for you by reviewing and picking the best air... Show More conditioners on the market.  Show Less
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Product Highlights
  • PORTABLE, QUIET ENERGY-EFFICIENT AIR CONDITIONER – Experience a cool and relaxing day at home with the hOmelabs portable air conditioner. It cools quietly and is perfect for 450 to 600 square feet room with horizontal window opening. Equipped with an automatic vertical swing function that evenly distributes airflow throughout the room
  • EASY TO INSTALL, NO HEAVY WINDOW UNIT TO LIFT – Our portable AC measures 17.9 x 15 x 30.7 inches and has wheels so it can be easily moved to any room that has a window accessible. Simply attach the hose and the window slide adapter, plug in the power supply and you’re good to go. Most customers are able to install in 8 minutes or less. At the end of a season or when you don’t need it, simply unhook the unit and store in your closet, basement or garage
  • WASHABLE AIR FILTER AND REMOTE CONTROL – Keep your air clean and your portable AC running efficiently with the included washable filter. The filter indicator light will illuminate to remind you when to clean the air filter. We recommend you clean the filter approximately once every two weeks. The unit also comes with a remote control to quickly set your desired temperature, fan speed, change cooling modes or activate the sleep feature
  • YOUR SATISFACTION IS OUR PRIORITY – hOmelabs offers a 2-year warranty and free return or exchange within 30 days of order receipt. We want you to be completely satisfied with your purchase. If you experience any issues, please contact us or any of our authorized sellers directly, and we will do everything we can to make things right!

Compbrella Guide to The Air Conditioners

When temperatures rise, tempers flare and sleep is rare. If you’re like me and live in a hot climate, a good, dependable, efficient air conditioner is a must-have for living. Some of us are used to living with an AC, but with climate change creating longer, hotter summers, many people in cooler areas are investing air conditioners to keep cool.

What type of Air Conditioners is right for you?

When shopping for an air conditioner, you discover that there are quite a few options to consider, so choosing the right size for your home requires some thinking.

  • Window Air Conditioner: Window air conditioners are placed within the window frames themselves, with half inside your home blowing out cold air and the other half out the window, exhausting hot air. They require a little installation where you secure the AC unit to the window frame. Despite that, they are technically portable, as you can move them to another window.
  • Portable Air Conditioner: Portable air conditioners are meant for homes where you can’t install a window unit or these. They have dual exhaust ports, one for releasing cool air and one for exhausting it, which means you’ll have to locate it in a place you can let the hot air out, like near a window. These are floor models that are mobile, usually on wheels, and are very useful in older buildings or in colder climates where you don’t usually need an air conditioner.
  • Split Air Conditioner: Also known as “ductless” models, these are the most popular air conditioning for the home. It works by having a main outdoor hub sending cool air to multiple mini stations placed throughout your home. Split models are more expensive than portable or window units but they are much quieter and will cool a greater area and rooms in your home.

Are Portable Air Conditioners worth the money?

Portable air conditioners may appear to be a good solution if you’re looking to cool down a room for the summer and otherwise wouldn’t use an air conditioner but we found that they’re just not as good as window units. Portable units can range between $300-$700, but that’s a price you would pay for the largest window unit available, and it still won’t perform as well.

The portables won’t cool down a living room as efficiently as a medium-size window unit. They also use more energy and are much louder than the other options because the mechanical parts are sitting there with you in the room.

What to look for when shopping for Air Conditioners

Air conditioners can come in many different sizes, shapes, and operating methods. Before you hop over to the store and buy one take into consideration where and why you need it.

  • How much space do you need to be cooled: A small AC isn’t going to give you the coverage you need if your space is too big or you have multiple rooms to cool. Small units cool between 100-300 square feet, the medium is for 250-400, and large is for 350-650 square feet. In addition, window units will only cool one room, so if you have several rooms to cool, look into investing in a split air conditioner for the home.
  • How is your home constructed: Certain building materials affect which AC will be right for you. For example, if your home is mostly brick you may have to look for a more powerful model than if you lived in a newer building because brick retains heat and keeps your home warmer. And remember, if you only have one window in a room, that window is going to be unusable if it’s occupied by a window unit air conditioner or if the exhaust from the portable unit is coming out there.
  • Check for noise levels: Nobody wants to sleep in a bedroom with a clanging AC all night. Look for models that have good noise scores. Portable air conditioners, in particular, are loud so if you’re a light sleeper best to skip that one.
  • Financial cost: You know how much money you’re willing to spend on the best air conditioner for your home, but have you factored in the later costs? Bigger units need more electricity to run and if you live in a hot climate where you’ll run the AC for long periods, your electricity bill will reflect that. Look for units that have good reviews for energy efficiency and budget accordingly.
  • Warranty: I cannot stress this enough, make sure you have a good warranty. Air conditioners break down, particularly if they are used a lot. Getting it repaired or even having to buy a new one will blow a hole in your expenses, so make sure you are covered by the manufacturer.

Compbrella Pick for Top 3 Best Air Conditioners

Best Overall: hOmeLabs 14,000 BTU Portable Air Conditioner

2nd Best: SereneLife 12,000 BTU Portable Air Conditioner

Best Value: LG LP0818WNR Portable, White 115V Air Conditioner