Mobile air conditioner

There are many types of air conditioners including, home air conditioners, window air conditioners and mobile air conditioners which are also known as portable air conditioners. Mobile air conditioners can be easily transported inside a home or office. They are currently available with capacities of about 5,000–60,000 BTU/h (1,800–18,000 W output) and with or without electric-resistance heaters depending on your preference. Mobile air conditioners are either evaporative or refrigerative. The BTU value is evaluated from the SEER which is the Seasonal energy efficiency ratio. Usually the higher the SEER the more you can save energy while the air conditioner is running. For residential homes in some countries there is a set minimum requirement for energy efficiency. The SEER rating is calculated as the BTU of cooling output during its normal annual usage divided by the total electric energy input in watt hours (W·h) during the same period.

SEER = BTU ÷ (W·h) which is also SEER = (BTU / h) ÷ W

The mobile air conditioner is also referred to as unitary air conditioning as it has all its components tailored to a size that can easily be carried in a compact box. The components are usually made in a smaller size thus making the unit mobile. These are the noisiest types of air conditioner. They release cool air into a room and release the hot air to the outside. It uses refrigerant in the transport of heat from the room to the outside with the refrigerant changing state upon absorbing heat to a hot refrigerant gas and reverts back to liquid upon being cooled. This air conditioner also humidifies air as it cools it. The portable air conditioner will be convenient for rooms that the central air conditioner cannot cool.

These systems which are most commonly used in hotels have two separate units, the evaporative unit on the inside of the room and the condensing unit on the outside with an opening passing through the wall and connecting them. This is so that anyone within their room can adjust the temperature settings. These PTAC systems may be adapted to provide heating in cold weather and this is done using an electric strip or by reversing the flow of refrigerant with the heat going to the interior and basically have the system operate like a heat pump.

The portable air conditioner consists of a mobile self contained air conditioning unit that is placed on the floor inside a room and discharges exhaust heat using a hose vent through an exterior wall. Portable air conditioning units are a bit noisier than other types of units and can typically cool rooms under 500 SF.

Like any other air conditioning unit the mobile air conditioner will require repair from time to time and you should call a qualified technician to come and fix it. The technician will first carry out a diagnosis to determine the problem and he will then provide you with the quotation of how much the job will cost.