Previously, we have already talked about different types of air conditioners. All of them differ from each other not only in appearance, but also in weight, functionality and other characteristics. Many consumers choose split systems, but not everyone has the opportunity to install such an air conditioner in their apartment or office. In this case, partable mobile air conditioners come to the rescue.
In this article, we will briefly describe how to choose a mobile unit, as well as make an overview of three popular air conditioners, so that you can quickly decide on a purchase.
What should I pay attention to?
Outdoor mobile air conditioners look very similar to each other, but this impression is deceptive. To choose the right device, pay attention to the following criteria.
The power can be calculated independently. The unit with a capacity of 1 kW is able to cool up to 10 sq. m. Accordingly, for a room with an area of 20 sq. m. a device with a power of 2 kW is required.
However, we recommend buying an air conditioner with a power reserve, so as not to turn it on at maximum on particularly hot days. When working on wear and tear, the device may fail, especially if you make an incorrect installation of the air duct pipe.
How to choose mobile air conditioners taking into account the room? Measure the area of the room (it can also be found out from the property documents). Convert the area to kW according to the «formula» we discussed above. Then add another 30% of the resulting figure. This will be the optimal power.
Some stores offer a free power calculation. Do not neglect this opportunity. Experts take into account the nuances that you do not even guess. With their help, you will be able to choose the optimal power air conditioner.
Mobile air conditioners by default make more noise than split systems. You need to be ready for this even before buying the device. The average noise level of the outdoor mobile device is 45 dB. We do not recommend buying devices with a noise level of more than 50 dB. For bedrooms and offices, it is better to choose an air conditioner that produces no more than 30 dB of noise.
All outdoor air conditioners are equipped with a cooling function by default. We recommend that you purchase a device that also has an air heating function. This is very convenient when the heating is not yet turned on, but the apartment is already cool.
Air conditioners can also be equipped with a dehumidifier and a humidifier. In our experience, it is better to buy a humidifier separately. But the function of air purification can be useful for allergy sufferers, pet lovers and those who live on a busy street.
Some manufacturers add special functions, such as cleaning the air from dust, multi- colored lighting, etc. Often, customers use these features once or twice, and then safely forget about them. At the same time, they pay up to 50% for the «special» functionality.
Do not get attached to any brand. Long gone are the days when a particular brand meant uncompromising quality, modern design or rich functionality.
Now the competition is as high as ever, and even long-known brands use marketing tricks to sell you your products. Focus only on the technical specifications and reviews of other customers.
Pay attention to the size of the model you selected. Most mobile air conditioners are quite compact, but they still take up some space on the floor. And if you have a very small room, then you should look at ultra-compact devices.
If you do not want to spoil the interior, pay attention to the appearance of the device. Now laconic shapes and white color are in fashion. In principle, this is a win-win option for most apartments or offices. But if you want the case to have metal inserts or other decor, you will have to pay extra. Also note that often budget models do not differ in modern design.
Three best air conditioners
We have selected three mobile air conditioners that have earned high praise from customers. Of course, you can buy any other device you like, but these three models are they were able to win the love and respect of consumers, which means that you should definitely consider them for purchase.
This outdoor air conditioner is one of the most popular on the market. It looks laconic and modern, so it will fit into any interior. It boasts not only the ability to cool, but also to heat the air.
This device will save you in the heat, and in the first autumn days. This model is equipped with a night mode operation, which reduces the overall noise level during the operation of the device. And you do not have to monitor the condensate, because here it is removed without human intervention.
The air conditioner from the well-known brand Electrolux, which was able to win respect among customers due to its reliability and reasonable cost. It is equipped with the functions of cooling and ventilation of the room, is able to maintain the temperature. Of the disadvantages note the increased noise level, so for the bedroom or study, we recommend looking for another model.
DeLonghi RAS AN110
This device was also liked by many customers. They praise the modern design, the presence of a night mode (thanks to it, the device works quieter than in normal mode), the ability to maintain temperature, a convenient remote control, as well as a built-in timer and a built-in ventilation mode.
The market for mobile air conditioners for apartments is not as small as it may seem at first glance. Despite the widespread popularity of split systems, mobile devices are still in demand. Largely due to their affordable price and ease of installation. What do you think about outdoor air conditioners? Share your opinion in the comments below. Good luck!