The best portable air conditioners

Summer is finally here, and for some parts of the country, it’s going to be scorching. For those looking to beat the heat, a plethora of air conditioning options are available for your home. While central air is king of all, not all of us can afford the luxury of room-to-room cooling, and sometimes you may need extra cooling even if you look central. Fortunately, there are window air conditioners, or the center of our list today, portable air conditioning units. Both are solid options, but a portable air conditioner has several advantages.

First of all, they’re useful in damp areas where you really don’t want to open the windows for fear of making the heat worse, even with a traditional air conditioner. Second, portable units are handy additions to rooms like classrooms and offices where you can’t open windows and air conditioning systems may not be up to the task.

Based on our long experience with smart home products, we have chosen the best portable AC units for your needs. Check out all of our choices below.

Black and Decker AC / heater

Versatile and powerful, the Black and Decker AC / heater can cool an area up to 350 square feet with a vertical flow of cool air. You can also switch to heating mode in the winter, with options up to 14,000 BTUs to make sure things stay toasty and toasty. There’s also air purification with an included filter and a dehumidifier to help extract water from the air to keep rooms cool and dry – but note that the dehumidification feature requires a non-permanent window vent. , so it will not work in a fully sealed room. There are no smart features with this model, but it does come with a handy remote that tells you the current temperature and allows programming, fan settings, etc.

Evapolar EV-1500

If you are looking for personal comfort, the Evapolar EV-1500 is the perfect office companion. Capable of cooling, humidifying and filtering the air, the cube-shaped hardware can handle a workspace of up to 45 square feet, perfect for a desk, nightstand, dorm or any other space confined. Power options include direct electrical outlet as well as USB power. If you run out of outlets in your cabin, simply connect the EV-1500 to your laptop or other hardware.

If you’re tired of breathing the stuffy office air, the Evapolar’s premium purification will come in handy. The internal filter cartridge captures harmful airborne bacteria and other toxins, keeping the air near you free of pollutants and other unseen problems. This is a tiny device, so expect to empty it frequently, especially during the summer months. All in all, if you need something to cool off at your desk, look no further than the Evapolar EV-1500.

Honeywell CS071AE

We’re sure you’ve noticed that many of the best portable air conditioners tend to hover around $ 500. If that’s costing you too much, take a look at this cooler and humidifier that includes a sturdy dust filter and a useful remote control. The Honeywell CS071AE is particularly affordable, but it is also designed for small spaces. Make sure you place it right next to a desk or sofa so you can feel the effects.

Whirlpool WHAP141AW

Whirlpool WHAP141AW

For those spaces in your home that never get the cool treatment in the summer, it’s time to use the 14,000 BTU Whirlpool WHAP141AW. Capable of cooling, ventilating and dehumidifying for spaces up to 550 square feet, three distinct cooling modes and fan speeds let you optimize the unit for the room you place it in. run the WHAP141AW in cooling mode, as all the air that the unit collects is automatically evaporated. We also like the front-facing Mirage display which shows the temperature settings from almost any vantage point. A window vent kit and exhaust tail come standard with the unit. While not as economical or feature packed as some of the other air conditioners on our list, the Whirlpool WHAP141AW has a lot to offer, especially for homes with larger floor plans.

LG LP1419IVSM Smart Wi-Fi

LG LP1419IVSM Smart Wi-Fi Portable Air Conditioner Image Release on White Background.

For those of us who want to get the most out of our home appliances, the LG LP1419IVSM is one of the more tech ACs in our roundup. Right off the bat, the 14,000 BTU AC can interface with Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant. Nothing beats walking into the living room and saying “Alexa, turn on the air conditioning”. Then additional smart home controls are available through the LG ThinQ app. Once the AC is connected to Wi-Fi, you can use the app to set the temperature and timers and turn your AC on / off from the comfort of your home and on the go. It’s great to be able to cool a room in advance! It’s also one of the quietest air conditioners in our roundup, operating at a low level of 44 decibels, making it perfect for bedrooms. Cooling (three speeds of cooling and automatic cooling), fan and dehumidifier are your primary control modes. Best of all, the unit’s built-in dual inverter keeps AC power running, helping you reduce your monthly utility bill by up to 40%.

Why ARC-101

Whynter air conditioner

Whynter’s powerful model can cool a 300 square foot room and switch between AC, Single Fan, and Dehumidifier modes as needed (as usual, Dehumidify Mode is designed for use with a window vent and can eliminate up to 70 pints per day). It also does a pretty good job of purifying with a pre-filter and a carbon filter. The controls allow you to program a daily schedule with specific temperatures for the room. Overall, the Why ARC-101 can be a large house or a commercial unit, but it is a bit bigger and noisier than many home air conditioning units.

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Karl M. Bailey

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