Tips to Install a Portable Air Conditioner Hose

Tips to Install a Portable Air Conditioner Hose

Many people have already considered using portable air conditioning to introduce cool air to certain areas of the home. But there is no such thing as a ventless portable air conditioner. All portable ac units must be vented by a hose, which exhausts the hot air.

Homeowners who are thinking about installing this kind of unit could consider putting it in themselves. While some people fear it may be complicated and require the help of a specialized HVAC engineer, the reality is that they are pretty easy to install.

If you want to set up your own portable ac, here are some factors to be taken into account.

How to Vent a Portable AC

These units need a hose, already though they may be easy to move from place to place. This helps to stop the hot air sucked into the unit from escaping out of the rear of the unit while the colder air is blowing out from the front.

If the hot air is unable to escape from the room the air temperature won’t fall already though the front of the unit feels cold. The hose must be routed correctly.

The hot air needs to be channelled out and the best way to do this is to remove a ceiling panel or to exhaust it by a window.

If you choose to run the hose by the ceiling, simply slide one ceiling panel away and create a circular hole in it, this opening will adjust to the portable air conditioner hose and fittings. The panel can be replaced when the job is done.

Of course, you could drill an external or internal wall to create a vent space if you can’t channel the hose by the ceiling. Nothing should obstruct the intake or outtake vents or the unit will fail to work properly.

The easiest way to vent it, however, is to run the house out by a window.

The Electricity Needed for a Portable AC

Many large portable air conditioner units require special wiring. These particularly large units need strength and that strength will not come from a standard plug. Rather, they need a 220 volt plug.

Most smaller units (under 12000 BTUs), however, will work with a standard 110 volt plug. Avoid using extension cords on portable ac devices because they are considered a fire danger.

Maintaining the Unit

Use a damp cloth to clean a dusty unit and change the air filters twice yearly. Check the portable air conditioner hose is clean and straight.

If your air conditioning unit is not working efficiently call, an HVAC engineer or an air conditioning specialist. A well-maintained unit will effectively cool your home and many movable air con systems are highly energy-efficient.

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