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The Pros and Cons of Standing AC Units

CEO Khai Intela
Without a large central AC system, some parts of your home may become unbearably hot during the summer months. However, there is still a way to achieve adequate cooling for every room. Enter the standing...

NexGen Pros and Cons of a Standing AC Unit

Without a large central AC system, some parts of your home may become unbearably hot during the summer months. However, there is still a way to achieve adequate cooling for every room. Enter the standing AC unit - a convenient option that can make a significant difference. In this article, we will explore the pros and cons of using a portable air conditioner, which functions similarly to a central air conditioner.

How Does a Portable Air Conditioner Work?

A standing AC unit can come to your rescue if you lack central AC or need cooling for a specific room. This compact unit operates on a smaller scale by drawing in air from outside through a window. It then cycles the air through a compressor and releases cool air indoors while exhausting the hot air outside. With all its working components contained within a single housing, including coiled tubes that circulate refrigerant, a standing AC unit is a convenient and efficient cooling solution. A pipe or air duct facilitates the exchange between the outdoor and indoor air.

Pros of a Standing AC Unit

Let's take a look at the advantages of using a standing AC unit:

  • Mobility: One of the significant benefits of a portable AC unit is its mobility. You can easily move it from room to room as needed. For instance, you can place it in your living room or home office during the day and relocate it to the bedroom at night. Some standing AC units even come with casters at the bottom, making them easy to wheel around. Additionally, you can pack them in your car and use them while traveling.

  • Easy Installation: As soon as you bring a standing AC unit home, it is ready to use. The instructions provided will guide you on how to connect and assemble the window hose. Typically, these units come with vent hoses that are five feet long or less, necessitating the installation to be close to windows. Included in the package are window brackets, vent hose adapters, and one or two hoses.

  • Suited for Small Spaces: Standing AC units are best suited for small spaces. If you have a room that falls within the range of 100 to 300 square feet, a standalone portable AC will efficiently cool the area. Spot-cooling in such spaces is highly effective.

  • Preserves Access to Windows: Installing a standing AC unit does not block most of the window, allowing you to retain access to natural light. The intake and exhaust hose require minimal space, making it a convenient option for maintaining the aesthetics of your room.

  • Convenience: Window air conditioners are not always allowed in apartment buildings and homeowners associations. However, a standing AC unit can be used instead without any restrictions. Moreover, many standing models also provide heating capabilities. By connecting a portable unit to a programmable thermostat, you can enhance its convenience. In situations where electrical power access is limited, battery-powered units serve as a viable alternative.

  • Affordability: Portable air conditioners cost less than central AC units, considering both the equipment and labor costs. Their compact size and smaller capacity make them cheaper to operate, which can help you manage your utility bills. By choosing a standing AC unit, you can enjoy the benefits of an air conditioner without breaking the bank.

  • Humidity Control: Excessive humidity in your home can lead to numerous issues, including damage to wooden furnishings, walls, and the spread of mold and bacteria. Many standing AC units come with a built-in dehumidification function that helps control humidity, even when cooling may not be necessary.

Cons of a Standing AC Unit

Despite their many benefits, stand-alone AC units have a few disadvantages worth considering:

  • Less Efficiency: Compared to window ACs, portable air conditioners require a higher number of British Thermal Units (BTUs) to cool the same square footage. Additionally, waste heat may be blown indoors, resulting in increased electricity consumption.

  • Noise Level: As all the parts are working within the portable unit, it can generate more noise while you're eating or trying to watch TV. To mitigate this, you can lower the fan speed or place the unit in a distant corner.

  • Installation Hassle: Setting up and connecting the vent line of a standing AC unit can be time-consuming. While mobility is a plus, having to reinstall and ensure correct installation may not feel like a good investment of your time.

  • Difficult to Repair: If a standing AC unit breaks down, it can be challenging to repair. The tightly sealed compact design makes it quite complicated to access and fix individual components. As a result, damaged or malfunctioning portable ACs are usually replaced rather than repaired.

If you feel that a standing AC unit is the right choice for your cooling needs, reach out to NexGen today. We offer a wide range of high-quality HVAC equipment and can help you determine the best system for your Southern California home or business. Our licensed contractors specialize in traditional, electric, rooftop, and ductless systems, as well as the latest air purification equipment and thermostats. Whether you require installation, repair, or maintenance for your heating and cooling system, our team of licensed and insured technicians is ready to assist you. Book your visit online or call (833) 729-9735.

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