Six Things One Should Think About before Buying a Portable Solar Air Conditioner

Portable solar air conditioners come in various brands meaning they are built differently though their primary job is to cool spaces. Some of these ACs are fitted with timers, digital and remote controls, in-built heaters, fans, dehumidifiers and air purifiers. One can avoid frequent solar air conditioning repairs by choosing a portable air conditioner that suits his/her needs.

Here are six things to be considered.

1. Size of the portable solar air conditioner

The higher the BTU (British Thermal Units) ratings in an AC, the greater its cooling power and the larger its size. One should select an AC that will cool spaces efficiently. Aspects that can be used as a guide include; ceiling heights, room size, the number of heat-producing appliances in the home, room insulation and the number of windows. Alternatively, one can use a guide that shows the recommended number of BTUs/square feet. These guides differ from manufacturer to manufacturer.

2. Energy Efficiency Ratio (EER)

It indicates the amount of energy the solar conditioner uses to cool a room. Portable conditioners with higher numbers are more efficient, and the law requires conditioners to have an EER of at least 10. EER equals BTU divided by wattage.

3. Controls

Newer compact models come with plenty of features with some having remote controls, louvres that adjust automatically, sleep mode and timers that can be programmed. Those with manual controls are much simpler to handle and are preferred by many people.

4. Drainage

. A self-evaporative AC is an excellent choice as no training will be required. Alternatively, the AC should have a bigger tank for holding the water or a continuous drainage hose. The evaporative auto technology used in modern portable ACs lessens the number of times one has to drain the tank.

5. Noise levels

Portable air conditioners come with different levels of decibels, which should be compared, before purchase if noise is an issue. Some models are quieter than others, so shopping around is recommended. Models with 45-50 decibels are quieter.

6. Position/location

Hot air produced by the cooling process must be released. Some ACs come with exhaust pipes, others with window kits while some models require a kit that releases the air through the ceiling or wall to be installed.


Most of these systems come with LCD monitors

The costs of portable air conditioners vary, and so do air conditioning repair rates. Asking experts about prices should help one make good decisions.

• Low Refrigerant levels slow down the air conditioner. Check for leaks in the pipes and have the pipes repaired and the coolant refilled to optimum levels.

• Blocked drainages are also very common especially on days that are hot and humid. Ensure the water is draining properly and if the blockage is severe get a professional to unblock it.

• Check furnace filters and all registers to ensure they are clean and clear as they could be clogged causing the air conditioner to produce little or no cold air. Change the filters if need be and keep registers open and if the problem persists, run the blower for about 30 minutes with the thermostat set at “off” and the fan switch at “on”.

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Asphalt shingles have traditionally been used in American homes because they are economical. However, they have a shortened life span and tend not to be as durable as other types of roofing. Asphalt shingles pit, tear and curl at the edges when they are beginning to wear out. They also tend to stain when subjected to mould or adverse weather conditions.

Modern roofing materials are superior to asphalt in many ways. One of the best that is currently available is slate.

The Advantages Of A Slate Roof

A slate roof is a smart investment, with an average lifespan of between 50 and 100 years. Higher end slate can last even longer, depending on where it was quarried; as long as 200 years. It is one of the most durable roofing materials that can be used today.

It is both waterproof and fire resistant. Available in many colours, it can be matched to most modern house designs, with some appealing architectural effects added as desired.

Slate is a natural stone that is abundant on the earth. Therefore, a slate roof is environmentally friendly. It can be recycled, removed and reused for other projects.

Recycled Slate Is A Valued Resource

slates-installed-on-roofSlate is a material that was used many years ago in historic homes. Some manufacturers are reclaiming the slate from older buildings to be used on newer ones. Recycled slate is highly popular, and can be found in most of the natural colours. Homeowners who utilise recycled slate on their home can see a savings of 30% over the price of the new slate.

Synthetic Slate Is Also Available

If you like the look of slate on a roof, but you find the price too expensive, you may want to consider synthetic slate as an option.

Synthetic slate is made of recycled rubber and plastic. It bears a striking resemblance to real slate but is easier to install and lighter in weight. Efficient and durable in its right, it can last up to 50 years or more. Because synthetic slate is manufactured to a standard size, it can be offered in some interesting colour variations and designs, such as a two-tone or multi-colored design.

It is certainly true that most old things become new again, and slate roofing is no exception. Modern manufacturing methods have improved on this old material, making it more desirable for modern designs.