It is said, at least according to the World Meteorological Organization (WMO), that the hottest day of the year ever recorded occurred on July 10, 1913, in Furnace Creek, California at 134.1°F (56.7°C). The validity of the record has been questioned over the years, but these days that number may not seem all that surprising.
How hot is too hot? Temperatures above 90˚F quickly affect the body when you are outside for too long. The body experiences heat cramps and exhaustion at 90˚-105˚F (32˚-40˚C). Heat exhaustion is most likely from 105˚ to 130˚F (40˚-54˚C). While you likely limit outdoor activities when temperatures are at this range, you can also feel the effects of dangerous heat indoors.
When it is so hot that you can poach eggs in a pool, it is time to shop for an air conditioner.
What Makes a Portable AC Sale a Good Deal?
You may wonder if you should invest in a portable AC. Isn’t a big box in the middle of the room with a hose pointing out the window a bit of an inconvenience? Portable air conditioners have come a long way in the last few years. They are more energy-efficient, space accommodating, and attractive to the eye. You can even purchase a portable AC without a hose!
What do you look for when buying an air conditioner that is portable? You want the combination of best and cheap when shopping, and during a portable AC sale, that means focusing on the features that will beat the heat, save you space and maintenance, and stretch your hard-earned money the farthest.
Portable AC BTU
One of the first terms you will notice while shopping for a portable AC unit is “BTUs,” or British Thermal Units. That means portable air conditioners are rated for British Thermal Units per hour. Portable AC units with high BTU ratings suit larger rooms best as they pack more cooling power. Portable AC models with low BTU ratings are best for small rooms.
To ensure that you are not wasting money or energy, invest in a portable AC unit that is appropriate for your room size. If you purchase a model with a lower BTU, it will not adequately cool a large room, especially in the middle of a heatwave. A standard room has eight-foot ceilings, and these estimations will best suit those room sizes:
- 8,000 BTUs covers 200 sq. ft. or 1,600 cubic feet
- 10,000 BTUs covers sq. ft. or 2,400 cubic feet
- 12,000 BTUs covers 400 sq. ft. or 3,200 cubic feet
- 13,000 BTUs covers 450 sq. ft. or 3,600 cubic feet
- 14,000 BTUs covers 500 sq. ft. or 4,000 cubic feet
Multiply the room’s length by its width to determine the square footage of the space the portable AC unit will need to cover.
Portable AC Size
Who says that portable ACs have to be a large box that sits in the corner of the room where your recliner used to be? Old portable air conditioners used to bring the size of washer and dryers to mind. No longer are portable ACs eyesores.
You can purchase a compact portable AC, a slim portable AC, and even a mini portable AC. The options abound whether you need a compact or slim portable air conditioner for the corner of a small living room or a mini portable AC for your desk. When shopping for your portable AC unit, keep the space you have available for the unit in mind, also.
Portable AC Price
When investing in a portable AC, you want the best quality for the cheapest price—without placing a “cheap” product in your home. You need to know if it is worth buying.
A portable AC unit can range from $200 to up to $1000, on average. However, you can often catch portable air conditioners on sale on the lower end of the spectrum. The cost, again, often depends on the features you are looking for. A portable AC unit does not replace conventional air conditioning, but it can pack a great deal of cooling power for less.
Portable AC Without a Hose
Most people associate portable air conditioning with an exhaust hose, but what if you are in a room without window access? In this case, you want to consider an auto evaporation system that does not require venting.
An evaporative air cooler offers a ventless portable AC option that does not require outside access. They deliver cool air in a room by natural, auto evaporation. If you live in a humid climate, evaporative portable ACs may not be the best option as they add humidity to the air. Those concerned about their water impact footprint should also be aware that evaporative air coolers also continually use water.
What Is The Best Month To Buy An Air Conditioner?
As you shop around for portable AC sales, consider which models you most want to invest in. You can sign up for newsletters from the manufacturer and other vendors to stay on top of deals.
Many popular retailers have specific deals at certain times of the year, such as Amazon’s Prime Day, for example. Many retailers also launch their best deals around the holidays. However, you don’t have to wait for your dream model to go on sale when Tanga offers year-round exclusive discounts on portable ACs. Availability should also be based on need, and when your need is now, you should still have access to the same deals.
New vs. Refurbished Portable Air Conditioners
Another cost-effective option to consider is a refurbished portable air conditioner, that is one that was refurbished up to standard by the manufacturer or a qualified reseller. The company makes the portable AC unit “like new.”
When purchasing new or refurbished, the product comes with guarantees that a used product does not. Most shoppers will consider a refurbished unit for the cheaper price, but it is still important to ensure that your savings will be worth it. Tanga also offers an extended warranty for a nominal price which will give you peace of mind for the years to come.
Are you dreading sweating out summer at home this year? A portable AC unit plugs right in and is designed to effectively cool rooms that do not receive enough airflow. If your room has no window, then consider an evaporative portable AC unit that does not require venting or an exhaust hose.
When looking for the best deal on portable air conditioners, remember to check BTUs required for room size, unit efficiency, noise levels, and draining/maintenance requirements. Always opt for a warranty, and the only eggs you’ll poach will be for breakfast in your cool kitchen.
Are you looking for some of the best deals on portable air conditioners? If so, be sure to check out the assortment of air conditioners on Tanga today!