As technology continues to improve, air conditioners continue to get smaller and more efficient. There are several models now available ranging from portable units, ductless mini units for placement anywhere on walls, mini splits that provide comfort for dual rooms and package terminal air conditioners that fit low to the ground without obstructing your window. These air conditioning units are perfect for home, hotel and office applications where space can be a problem but cool air is a must.
Portable air conditioners are free standing units and are easy to move from room to room with coasters on the bottom. They come equipped with a hose that is fed to the outdoors by way of a window or another room for venting. Some models also offer a heater to give you a dual purpose and eliminate the need for two separate machines. An average 10,000 BTU portable air conditioning units will typically measure around 2.4 feet tall and 1.9 feet deep. In addition to keeping a 300 square foot room cool, dehumidification is capable. Some have 2 or 3 speeds for comfort control or a remote control for regulating.
The split mini air conditioning unit is the same as the mini except that it can service more than one room at a time. However, the individual air-handling unit that is attached in each room gives you the ability to have a different temperature in separate rooms. Perhaps your husband likes a constant 72 degrees but you prefer 68 degrees. This is possible with the mini air conditioning unit that lets you regulate the temperature in individual areas.
Package terminal air conditioners or PTACs are small air conditioning units that are attached to a wall and rest close to the floor, usually right beneath a window. Most units are thin, durable, quiet and easily maintained. A standard unit measures 24 x 42, fitting a wall sleeve perfectly. Designed for comfort and perfect for dormitories, nursing homes or residential areas, PTACs are energy efficient and range from 7,000 to 20,000 BTU, depending on the size of the area needing cooled.
The window air conditioner is becoming a dinosaur with new and innovative smaller and more efficient designs now available. The upkeep of a whole house central air conditioning unit can be costly, especially when you do not need the entire house cooled. Discover your options with small air conditioning units that deliver just as much as window units or central units, saving you money at the same time.