Portable Cooling Guide

man with fanSweltering in the summer heat can be extremely uncomfortable. During a heat wave, the body has to work extra hard to maintain a normal temperature. Excessive heat can also result in serious health threats by pushing the human body beyond its limits, especially for young children, the elderly, and those who are ill or overweight.

Why Choose a Portable Cooler?

While electric fans can oftentimes bring some relief from hot temperatures, they may not be sufficient in especially hot climates. Central cooling is such an important part of every summer, but some buildings such as apartment complexes and warehouses make installing standard air conditioning units cost prohibitive or even impossible. In these situations, portable cooling units can be the answer.

Portable Air Conditioners & Evaporative Coolers

Most portable air conditioners and evaporative/swamp coolers are truly portable in that they usually don't require permanent installation, they have casters built in, and they can easily be moved from room to room.

Portable ACs use the same heat exchange principles as central or window air conditioners. Swamp coolers use simple evaporation to provide a low-cost, low-technology alternative to refrigerated air conditioning.

Each is best suited for a different type of climate. Because portable air conditioners also act as dehumidifiers and whisk moisture out of the air, they're best suited for humid areas. On the other hand, dry, arid areas such as the American Southwest fare better with swamp coolers, as these add moisture to the air.

In order to decide which type of portable cooler is best for your cooling situation, consider important factors such as:

  • the method of cooling you wish to employ
  • the size of the room or area you wish to cool
  • energy efficiency ratings

This Portable Cooling Guide will help take the guesswork out of choosing a portable air conditioner or swamp cooler.