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Unless you are an industry expert, you need to learn a lot about portable air conditioners if you’re planning to get one. While it will take you years to be an expert, it won’t take too long for you to get the basics down. It’s all about asking the right questions, and well, getting your answers from a reputable source. 

As a trusted portable air conditioner and temporary boiler hire company, London Climate Hire has the expertise and knowledge to answer your questions about portable ACs. To help you out, we’re addressing some of the most common questions we get from people who want to know more about portable air conditioners:

What Is a Portable Air Conditioner?

A portable air conditioner, in a nutshell, is an air conditioning unit that is mobile and does not need permanent installation. Typically, these units have caster wheels under so they can be moved easily. They’re also relatively lightweight. 

Is a Portable Air Conditioner Noisy?

Well, because a portable air conditioner has a compressor and a fan, you can expect them to sound similar to a window AC. If you are concerned about the level of noise, you should check the portable air conditioner’s decibel rating or dB level found on the product description page of the unit you’re eyeing. To give you a general idea, most units make a noise between 48 dB and 60 dB, comparable to the noise level of falling rain or a normal conversation.

What Factors Do I Need to Consider When Choosing a Portable Air Conditioner?

There are several things you need to consider when selecting a portable air conditioner. One is the BTUs/Room Size. The AC’s BTUs will tell you how powerful that particular unit is. This is directly related to the room size and how fast it can cool the space. The higher the BTU, the larger the space it can efficiently cool. 

Then, of course, there’s the size of the unit, though most of them come at 28” to 34” tall. You should also consider the brand. Research on the brand you’re considering and see what people are saying about them. 

Do All Portable Air Conditioners Need to Vent?

Yes. Just like any other air conditioning systems, portable air conditioners also need to vent in some way. The way they work is that portable air conditioners pull in the warm air in and expel cooled air out of the front part of the unit. It is the remaining warm air and moisture that need to be vented out from the room. The most typical way to vent a portable PC is through a nearby window.

Are Portable Air Conditioners Energy Efficient?

You should always check the Energy Efficiency Rating of an air conditioning unit you’re considering buying. It’s a smart thing to do whether you’re buying a window-type, split-type or portable air conditioner.  The higher the Energy Efficiency Rating, the better. 


Hopefully, these questions and the answers given by your trusted portable air conditioner and boiler hire company in London have provided you with the information that you need to decide on the portable AC that you’ll get. While you’re still looking for the right unit for your needs, consider hiring a portable air conditioner from a reliable company like London Climate Hire.

London Climate Hire is one of the reputable portable air conditioner hire and chiller hire companies in London that offers reliable services and high quality units at fair prices. Get a quote today for our portable AC rental!