Even if you have an HVAC system, portable air conditioners are a great way to save on your electricity bill without compromising comfort—especially if you tend to spend most of your days or nights in one room. Also, they're easy to install, move from room to room, and to maintain. But, did you know you can increase the effectiveness of your AC with just a few simple steps in your home?
To help you get the most out of your portable room AC, we've compiled our top five tips to ensure a long-lasting appliance that keeps your home comfortable for years to come.
Cover windows in rooms that get direct sunlight
You've likely noticed how sunlight quickly turns a room toasty. The Department of Energy (DOE) found that 76% of the sunlight that hits your windows turns to heat! Covering your windows with curtains or blinds is an easy fix to keep the ambient temperature lower. It'll save your portable AC from doing extra work, and your space will get to that perfect temperature even quicker!
Tip: If you're shopping for curtains, insulated blackout curtains that completely block out the sun are best. To reduce heat, draperies should be hung as close to windows as possible and fall onto a window sill or floor.
Weatherstrip windows and doors
Poorly sealed windows and doors will leak in hot air into your home all summer long. No worries! It's easy to plug gaps, holes or cracks with weatherstripping like an insulating foam tape. For more info on different types of weatherstripping and installation info, check out the DOE's guide. Also, If you find gaps in any stationary, non-movable component, caulk is the appropriate material to plug this. See this guide for more.
Keep doors and windows closed
Portable ACs cool down the immediate area around the unit, so you want to prevent that cold air from escaping via any open doors or windows.
Additionally, as a general tip, if there are warmer rooms in your home that you don't use, such e.g., a guest bedroom that gets direct sun, keep the door closed, so the heat doesn't leak into the rest of your home.
Soundproof Your Portable AC
While portable ACs are not loud by any means, they're not whisper-quiet either. Compressors tend to get a touch noisier with age, but there's an easy fix for this! To dampen any sound from the compressor, absorb the vibrations by placing the unit on a thick foam pad from the hardware store. A rug or old blanket could also work.
Strategically use your portable AC to save energy and money
With a tiny bit of planning, portable ACs can help you save big on your electricity bill. If you're working all day in your home office or sleeping all night in your bedroom, there's no need to waste money cooling down the entire house. Instead, set your thermostat to a warmer temperature and use your portable AC instead.
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