Evaporative Air Cooler

  • What is a portable evaporative cooler?

    A portable evaporative cooler is a cooling unit that works to “spot cool.” Depending on whether the unit is designed as an indoor/outdoor cooler or strictly as an indoor one, the unit sits nicely on sturdy wheels, which makes the unit convenient and portable. An outdoor evaporative cooler is ideal for patios, balconies, or backyards, and an indoor unit is great for any room that has a window for proper ventilation.

  • How does a portable evaporative cooler work?

    An evaporative cooler uses the natural method of water evaporation. As hot outdoor air is pulled into the unit, it is cooled as it passes over wet honeycomb pads. The cool air is then blasted out into the immediate vicinity by the unit’s powerful fan.

  • What kind of setup is involved?

    Portable evaporative coolers are extremely easy to set up. All you need to do is fill up the water tank, place the unit near you and plug it in. Remember to open  windows and doors when operating the cooler to allow for cross ventilation. Operating an air cooler in a closed room will cause the moist air to be trapped inside, increasing room humidity and disabling the cooling effect of the cooler.

  • Why is it important to leave a window open?

    The main requirement of an evaporative cooler is proper ventilation. It relies on a continuous flow of fresh air in order to work as required (which is why there are outdoor units available too). If you try to run a cooler in an enclosed space, it will become extremely humid in the room and not provide any cooling. Proper ventilation is a critical part the evaporative cooler’s operating requirements.

  • What maintenance is recommended?

    It is important to clean the filter regularly. In addition to that, make sure to clean and empty the water tank and refill it with clean water once a week. The honeycomb pads are also important to maintain and keep clean. Wash them every few weeks, but allow them to dry first before placing them back inside the cooler.

  • What added benefits does my air cooler offer?

    Portable evaporative coolers are easy-to-use handy devices that can be moved around from one place to the other with ease. A portable evaporative air cooler will spot cool your  patio, balcony, or backyard, if it is an outdoor unit. An indoor unit is great for any room that has a window for proper ventilation.


Portable Air Coolers

  • What is a Portable Air Conditioner?

    A Portable Air Conditioner is an air conditioner  that is designed to cool a dedicated area, as opposed to an entire building (such as central air conditioners do). They are ideal for cooling a single room such as a bedroom, living room, office or even a studio apartment. Portable air conditioners sit nicely on wheels for ease of movement and portability. Portable air conditioners come with an easy-to-install window kit and exhaust hose that can be quickly installed in your window or door (door may need extra door extension kit).

  • What’s the difference between a portable air conditioner and other types of air conditioners?

    The basic difference between a portable air conditioner and other types of air conditioners is that Portable air conditioners do not require permanent installation and they can be moved from one room to the other. Portable air conditioners can be a less costly investment compared with window air conditioners when you can purchase one instead of multiple units for each room. Window air conditioners are also fixed and cannot be moved so there is no flexibility in using them to cool different rooms.When comparing with central air conditioning, portable air conditioners help save energy as you can cool only the rooms you need, whereas central air conditioning is set up to cool an entire home or building. Central air conditioning is also a much more costly investment to purchase and install compared to portable air conditioners.

  • What kind of setup is involved?

    Setting up the unit is fairly easy since it comes with a window kit that is designed for easy installation. The unit’s exhaust hose is designed to fit in most windows and expel hot, humid air outside. The exhaust hose funnels warm air outside in cooling mode and cool air outside in heating mode (for those units that are equipped with heat pumps). Some units have two exhaust hoses, one brings in fresh air from outside, while the other funnels hot air back outside.Follow the instructions in the user manual for the exact steps on how to install the unit. The exhaust hose that funnels warm air outside in cooling mode and cool air outside in heating* mode.

  • What is the purpose of the exhaust hose for a Portable Air Conditioner?

    The included exhaust hose attaches to the back of the portable air conditioner, allowing the condensed hot air in cooling mode (or cool air in heating mode in units that are equipped with heat pumps) from inside the air conditioner to be vented outside. It is important to ensure that any gaps or holes between the hose and the unit or the hose and the window are covered securely to ensure no warm air (in cooling mode, or cool air in heating mode) leaks into the room.

  • What about ventilation?

    Portable air conditioners use either a single hose or dual hose design. In cooling mode, single hose portable air conditioners remove hot air from the room, and then expel the hot air out the one hose. In cooling mode, dual hose portable air conditioners bring in air from outside through one hose, and expels warm air outside through the second hose. In both cases cold air in cooling mode flows through the unit’s vents into the room.

  • How long is the exhaust hose? Can I extend the exhaust hose?

    The exhaust hose can stretch to a maximum of about 4 feet (120 cm) in length. You need to make the necessary arrangements by freeing up at least 20 inches (50 cm) near the window in order to install the air conditioner properly. The length of the exhaust hose is determined by the product specifications. Extending the hose can cause the unit to overheat and malfunction.

    Any warranties included with the portable air conditioner may be voided if an extra extension hose or other connection part is added to the originally provided installation kit or if the installation is performed differently than the manufacturer’s instructions.

  • What is the best place in my house for a portable air conditioner?

    The best part about choosing a portable air conditioner is that they can be used nearly anywhere in your home. All you need is a power outlet and a nearby window to expel warm air in cooling mode (or cool air in heating mode) outside the house. Just follow the instructions to install the window kit and you will be set in no time. Keep in mind that the adjustable temperature range for the cooling mode is between 61°F and  89°F (16°C and 32°C).

  • What electrical requirements should I be aware of ahead of time?

    Before plugging in the portable air conditioner, it is important to check that the electrical specifications of your portable air conditioner unit matches the electrical specifications of your country. You should be able to find these in the technical specification sheet that comes with the user manual of the model, as well as on the rating label located on the unit. Never use an extension cord or power adapter to power a portable air conditioner.

  • What kind of maintenance is required?

    It is recommended to clean the filter every two weeks. You can wash the filter with water or diluted dish soap, but it is important to allow the filter to dry before placing it back inside the air conditioner. At the end of the summer, make sure to empty any water that has been collected in the base pan. Make sure that you store the unit in a cool place, and away from sunlight.

  • How do I know the number of BTU’s required for my room?

    BTU’s measure the amount of heat per hour that an air conditioner can remove. The larger the room, the higher the BTU rating required. On average, a small room up to 300 sq. ft. would best suit an air conditioner with 7,000 – 10,000 BTU’s, and a larger room, up to 700 sq. ft. would require BTU’s between 11,000 and 14,000.

  • How is water removed from the unit?

    There are different types of portable air conditioners that behave differently regarding water removal.

    • There are units that require manual removal, so when the water bin reaches capacity it will cause the unit to shut off until the bin is emptied. This can happen after one day, or just a few hours, depending on the size of the bin, and the amount of humidity in the air.
    • There are self-evaporative models that automatically cause the water to evaporate as it cools
    • You can attach a special drain hose or pump accessory and redirect the water to a specific bin, or direct it outside to let it operate unattended for a longer period.
  • Can a portable air conditioner cool more than one room?

    A portable air conditioner is designed to cool one room efficiently and the room size depends on the BTU cooling capacity. If you need cooling in another room you can try adding a fan to help circulate the air into other rooms. However, this may reduce the cooling effect of the original room as the cooled air must be spread across a larger area that may be bigger than it was designed for.

  • Will my air conditioner work in all seasons? Is there an option of a heating mode?

    Yes, some models are equipped with a heat pump allowing you to use your air conditioner all year round — even during the winter. The heat pump reverses the cycle of air so that cold air is expelled outside through the window exhaust hose while warm air is pumped into your room. The adjustable temperature range for the heating mode is between 61°F and 77°F (16°C and 25°C).

    It is important to note that a heat pump is different from an electric heater. Heat pumps become less effective as the ambient  temperature becomes colder. Portable air conditioners that have heat pump function are recommended for use as a heater only when ambient  room temperatures are 50°F (10°C) or warmer. Therefore, they are not recommended as the main heating unit in rooms located in colder, more northern cities. However, in rooms with less extreme cold temperatures, they make a great heating companion and consume less electricity than conventional electric heaters.

  • What added benefits does my portable air conditioner offer?

    Portable Air Conditioners are easy-to-use handy devices that can be moved around from one place to the other with ease. A portable air conditioner will naturally reduce humidity indoors, which is perfect for hot, humid summer weather. An additional fan mode can help circulate air throughout the room even when you have turned off air conditioning cooling.


Portable Dehumidifiers

  • What is a portable dehumidifier?

    As the name suggests, a dehumidifier removes humidity. It is popular for musty basements or homes located in areas of high humidity. The portable dehumidifier sits nicely on sturdy wheels and can be easily moved from room to room. It is designed to work in temperatures between 41°F (5°C) and 89°F (32°C).

  • What kind of setup is required?

    The portable dehumidifier is easy to setup and does not require any installation. Just remember to close all windows and doors in order for the unit to successfully work as required. It is important that it is in an enclosed area at all times while it’s operational.

  • How is the water removed?

    When the water tank reaches capacity it will cause the unit to shut off until the bin is emptied. There is also the option to attach a garden hose to redirect the drainage and allow it to run without interruption. If you choose to attach a hose, you will need to ensure that the garden hose is free of kinks and that it drains into a reliable receptor, like a sink, Please read the manual for specific instructions.

  • What maintenance is required?

    It is recommended to clean the filter every two weeks. You can wash the filter with water, but it is important to allow the filter to dry before placing it back inside the unit. You can also use a vacuum as an alternate cleaning method for the filter. When you are finished with the dehumidifier for the season, be sure to empty any water that has been collected in the water bin. Disconnect the hose if you used one, and make sure you replace the drain cap and rubber stopper back into the drain outlet. Make sure that you store the unit in a cool place, and away from sunlight.

  • What added benefits does my dehumidifier offer?

    Portable dehumidifiers are easy-to-use handy devices that can be moved around from one place to the other with ease. A portable dehumidifier works to reduce and eliminate humidity from musty basements, or from any part of your home in an area with high humidity.