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.
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.
. 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.
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.
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”.