Save Money - Put Your Portable Air Conditioning Unit in the Right Spot
Did you know that heating and cooling can account for more than 50% of a household's utility bills? And during the scorching summer months, you can bet this percentage is going to sky rocket! You don't have to be a slave to your cooling bill - there is something you can do to take back control.
Most money-smart consumers know that portable air conditioning units are a money saving goldmine:
- instant spot-cooling at a fraction of the cost of central cooling systems
- cool only the room(s) you're using
- no permanent installation required
- no need for multiple window or room air conditioners - move it where you need it
What You Don't Know
Most portable air conditioning units are now very energy efficient, but it's crucial to pick the best possible place for your unit to work most effectively. After all, why invest in a money-saving item if you're not going to use it in a way that saves you money?
While portable ACs are mega money savers, they cannot perform at their full capacity if consumers use units without knowing how portable ACs function. Once you understand the basics of the air conditioning cycle, you'll know why it's important to place your portable air conditioning unit where you can properly vent the exhaust through a window or door. All the heat must be blown outdoors for your indoor room to become comfortable.
Saving Money with your Portable AC
Besides making sure your unit is properly vented, there are a few other tricks you can use to save money and maximize cooling.
Chief among these is to keep your portable air conditioning unit away from heat sources! Appliances and devices that radiate heat will confuse your air conditioner's thermostat and make it work harder than it needs to.
- Living Rooms: A common area that needs spot-cooling is the living or family room. Because your family spends more time in this communal area, it makes sense to keep a unit stationed there. However, a common mistake most portable AC users make is keeping their cooling unit next to high-powered television and sound systems, or computers and hard drives. Place your mobile AC a minimum of 10-15 feet away from these energy vacuums.
Lower the ambient temperature by turning off and unplugging devices, appliances, and lights when you're not using them. That why, your AC won't have to work as hard
- Kitchens: If using your portable AC in any type of kitchen setting, keep in mind that stoves, dishwashers, and ovens are heat sources.
Avoid using the stove and oven when temps are high, as these only add to ambient heat. Rely on your microwave our outdoor grill when you need to cook.
- Industrial Setting: If you intend to cool an industrial setting, likely heat sources include large generators or machinery. Be wary of high-powered light bulbs, too, which are also a source of heat. While a 100W light bulb is not a concern, a high wattage industrial lamp is.
At the home or office, replace light bulbs with compact fluorescent bulbs. CFL bulbs use 75% less heat and can help maximize your portable air conditioning unit's overall cooling efficiency.
Direct sunlight: Sunlight can raise the temperature of a room by 10° F to 20° F - which is a lot! Direct sunlight can also hit your cooling unit through a window (even if it is shut) or through an open doorway. Because of this, it's really important to keep your cooling unit out of the sun's reach. If you can't help but place your portable AC near a window facing the sun, cover your window during the day to reduce heat.
For long-term results, plant shade trees outside sun-facing windows to help keep temperatures cool.
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