Frequantly Asked Questions

What is a portable air conditioner?
A portable air conditioning unit is designed to cool you or your area down. True Air Conditioners actually reduce the air temperature. There are Various types of systems available on the market place but generally fall into three categories, Refrigerant Air conditioners, Evaporative coolers and Fans.
Where can I use a portable air conditioner?
Mobiles offer an instant solution to true Air Conditioning, having the advantages of a fixed system but portable and ready to use immediately. These are Perfect for domestic or Light commercial use. All of our Portable Air conditioners operate from a standard 13A Plug. Since the Portable system is mobile you do not need a system in every room just wheel the unit into another area when you need to move. For Larger area’s More than one system can be used.
How does it make the room cool?
An Air conditioning unit works by taking heat from an area and expelling to outside.
In the hose systems, the hot air is extracted from the room and expelled through a tube. The tube, similar to a tumble dryer hose has to be vented to the outside ideally through a wall, window door or into a suspended ceiling.
In the more powerful split system portable units heat is discharged by the external (Condenser) unit.
Are there different types of portable ac?
There are three main types of portable – Monobloc (Hose) systems, Split Systems and Evaporative Coolers
What should I consider when deciding which unit I require?
For the equipment to work effectively a number of factors should be taken in to consideration. For a rough guide you will need to provide approx 120W of cooling for each m2 of the area, allowing for a standard 2.44M (8ft) Ceiling height.
Additional consideration should be given to :-
Equipment e.g. Computers being used, Number of windows in the room, especially south facing, Number of people that will be in the room.
All of these contribute to additional provide additional heat gain in the room and the Air Conditioner would need to be more powerful to cope with these factors as well as room size. If you are unsure please feel free to call us on 01543 428104 so we can help you with your selection.
What happens the Air Conditioner is to small?
An Air Conditioner is actually refrigerating the air passing through the unit. It is taking heat from the room, so whatever the heat load, the Environment in the room will be improved.
If the heat load is greater than the units cooling capacity , it will act as a Spot cooler, taking heat out of the room but not necessary greatly effecting the temperature. An additional unit or units may be required.
How much does a portable Air Conditioner cost to run?
Obviously this varies from model to model but is generally between 6-10p per hour.
Do Portable air conditioning units run all the time?
No, there is a thermostat built in which turns off the unit when the required room temperature is reached.
How cold should my room be?
There are limits to how cold the room temperature can be made. When operating in a suitably sized room most Air Conditioners will cool to around 22C. Portable Air Conditioners are designed for comfort cooling between 21-26C
If these questions do not fully answer your queries or you require any further information please do not hesitate to call for further information on 01543 428104 or email on sales@insideair.co.uk 
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