Air Conditioners

Your air conditioner shopping guide

A portable air conditioner is a great way to beat the summer heat, and properly maintained room air conditioners can last for years at a time with very few signs of wear and tear. Recently, there have been some advances in portable air conditioner technology, which mean that you no longer need a window to keep a room icy cold, even on the most miserable summer days.

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Location

Traditionally, when you think of a window air conditioner, you might imagine a big bulky box hanging out of a window frame. This is no longer the case because of some great advances in air conditioner technology. Window air conditioners are now much more compact and way easier to install. If you're looking to cool off a space that has no windows, it's possible to find a room air conditioner that is wall mounted, or even a portable one that can be easily moved from place to place. The best portable air conditioner on the market works just as well as something that you have to install. And, in the event that you have to move, a portable air conditioner can be easily packed and taken with you, saving a lengthy uninstallation process.

Maintenance

The maintenance demands of an air conditioner can vary from model to model, but all air conditioners should come with some sort of manual that outlines how they are to be maintained. Conditioner air can include all the pollutants of the air in your home, and over time, these can start to build up. Some models of air conditioner are outfitted with an air conditioner filter, which could require cleaning or replacement. An air conditioner portable unit or a split air conditioner may require other types of cleaning. Make sure you know what is required. A properly maintained unit can last years longer than a neglected air conditioner, so proper maintenance will save you money in the long run.

Energy Efficiency

It doesn't matter whether you're looking for a portable air conditioner or a central air system, it's still important to look for one that is as energy efficient as possible. Appliances used to moderate temperature typically use a great deal of energy, so you'll save a lot of money by finding something that needs less power to keep you cool. Most air conditioners on the market should provide some sort of indicator about their level of energy consumption. If in doubt, it's worth checking consumer guides to find out about the efficiency of certain models.