How to Vent Your Portable Air Conditioner

AC-14100H-Image9What is the definition of a portable air conditioner?

Portable air conditioners are units that can be transported from room to room to cool different areas. They are self-contained systems that do not require any permanent installation. However portable ACs do require venting via a window or wall. When you are choosing The only requirement is to set up an exhaust hose that can vent outside once you decide where you would like to place the portable air conditioning unit.

What will happen if a portable air conditioner is not vented?

A portable AC works by extracting heat from the surrounding area, but it has to send that heat somewhere. Without a vent, all the hot air would be released back into the room you are trying to cool.

What are the steps involved in venting a portable air conditioner?

When you purchase a portable air conditioner, a window venting kit is included at no extra cost. Mobile air conditioners can be vented through a variety of locations within your home including: a window, wall, ceiling or door. You must install the venting kit in order for the unit to work correctly in air conditioning mode. The venting kit should not be used while the unit is heating or when a fan mode is on.

vent_install_A-sThe venting kit includes four basic pieces:

  • Exhaust hose (carries air between the AC unit and the outdoors)

  • Exhaust connector (connects exhaust hose to air conditioning unit)

  • Window kit adaptor (connects exhaust hose to window kit)

  • Window kit (inserted into the window opening)

A dual hose portable AC will have two of each piece, except the window kit, which will have two openings, one for each hose.

Here are the basic steps for installing the venting kit

  1. Slide the exhaust connector over the discharge opening and onto the back of the unit.

  2. Connect the exhaust hose to the exhaust connector.
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  3. Adjust the length of the window kit to fit the width of the window opening. If necessary, you can cut the window kit down to fit.
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  4. Connect the venting window kit adapter to the window kit.
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  5. Set the window venting kit into the window and connect the exhaust hose to the kit adapter. Shut the window.
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You are now ready to use your portable air conditioner!

Try and keep the exhaust hose as straight as possible, as bends and kinks will make it harder to vent air properly. Also, try and keep the length of the exhaust hose as short as possible - the further the air has to travel, the less efficient your AC unit will be.

Exact venting methods might vary depending on your model. Just remember to follow the instructions provided by the manufacturer. By venting the unit properly and following these directions, your mobile air conditioner will last you for many years.

What if the window kit won't fit in my window?

Standard window kits won't work with casement (or hinged) windows. You can use Plexiglas for venting your portable AC if you have this kind of window. First, cut the Plexiglas to the size of the window, then cut a hole to fit the exhaust hose.Set this over the open window. This will allow the air conditioner to vent to the outside, while allowing the same amount of light to pass through the window as the glass does.

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