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Living in an apartment without air conditioning can be stifling. In the past, many renters have opted for window units – but these systems come with drawbacks: they take up an entire window and don’t cool the space that effectively. Now, renters have the option to purchase portable AC units. But do these systems have the power to sufficiently cool a sweltering apartment?

 

Whether a portable air conditioning unit can cool your entire apartment depends on two factors: the size of your space, and the power of the model. Consider the square footage of your space, and the BTUs (British Thermal Units) of the system to see how powerful of a model would be needed. For apartments that are 1000 square feet or 93 square metres, at least 18,000 BTUs are required. Units of this calibre will start at roughly $700 for a basic model. To cool an entire apartment, you will need to spend a pretty penny on a higher-end machine.

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To remove the hot air, a window vent is installed. Then, the portable unit is attached with a hose so it can expel warm air outside of your apartment. This means that even though the unit is moveable, it must remain within a few feet of the vent. Portable air conditioners are more powerful than window units, but they’re also more expensive. These systems will also block a portion of your windows – for apartments with limited light sources, this can be a deciding factor for many.

 

Portable air conditioners come fitted with wheels so they can be moved around, but options are limited; they must attach to a window with an exhaust vent. The short hose makes them immobile, since their cooling capabilities are confined to rooms with window vents installed.

 

Moist, muggy air will make your space clammy in no time. A portable air conditioner removes moisture from the air using water reservoirs that dehumidify your apartment. The downside of these reserves is that they fill up fast on humid days, and need to be emptied often. Neglecting to do so will cause damage to the system, and potentially a water leak.

 

Your landlord may forbid you from installing an unsightly window unit; in this case, you might be considering a portable AC unit. These units will require a window vent, so your landlord may be unimpressed if you have one installed. They also make your windows unopenable. Furthermore, some find the appearance of the exhaust hose to be unattractive.

 

Will a portable AC unit be enough to cool an apartment? Unless you are willing to invest several hundreds of dollars into this system, the answer to that question is: probably not. Despite the “portable” aspect of this product, it still needs to attach to an exhaust hose, meaning it must be within a few feet of the vent. The AC properties of this product are limited to rooms with windows, and only the higher-end models have the power to cool large spaces. At that price point, it may be worth it to invest in a proper HVAC system. Do you have questions about how to cool your apartment? Classic Air Conditioning and Heating can help; our certified technicians can help you reduce the heat in your rented space.

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Karrie Mikle
Karrie Mikle
2022-05-06
Everyone I have dealt with at Classic over the last several years always go the extra mile with customer service. Reliable, pleasant and knowledgeable team - especially JOEY SCALA!
Sarah Rogers
Sarah Rogers
2022-05-03
Eddie, Isaac and saul did amazing work, talked to me about everything, and made sure they installed my new ac properly. Thank yall so much!
CHERYL SCHILLINGS
CHERYL SCHILLINGS
2022-04-18
William Bragg
William Bragg
2022-04-08
We've been using Classic Air Conditioning & Heating Services for the past five years to include Installation of new units (flawless by the way), bi-annual check-ups that are scheduled and carried out without a second thought on my part, and in emergencies (backed up drain in the bathroom with a response time in under 24 hours to troubleshoot the problem). Their technicians are master's at their craft, personable, and cut to the chase on his service calls. I never feel like I'm being given the run around or a sales pitch with this company. Today, Mitchell Wesch went above and beyond walking us through what was happening and provided a multitude of options and expected timelines for future repairs. Once again, a great example of exemplary customer service. He was able to troubleshoot the problem with zero delay. We're ready for the Texas summer, and are already looking forward to the next scheduled service call. Thank you Classic Services for keeping our home healthy and happy.
Sondra Von Gyllenband
Sondra Von Gyllenband
2022-04-08
These folks are kind and helpful. They will above and beyond to assist. They make sure what needs to be done is done. Sondra
Lexie Gillotti
Lexie Gillotti
2022-04-06
Theresa did an amazing job! She informed me about everything she was doing and took extra pictures so I could have them for my record. She was quick but still answered all my questions. She definitely saved the day when my condensor froze over on the coldest day of the year, leaving my family in the cold. She was out at my house within the hour and had everything fixed in minutes.
MARIE ORTEGA
MARIE ORTEGA
2022-03-29
Very professional presentation and very very quick arrival day Same Day to our needs much better than anyone in San Antonio, very disappointed with services from San Antonio. Importantly corrected our problem in same day. Took their time and gave advice and great great pricing. Won’t go anywhere else. Will always consider local businesses instead.
Jeffrey Fields
Jeffrey Fields
2022-03-26
Jan Smith
Jan Smith
2022-03-10
Stephanie Corona
Stephanie Corona
2022-02-23
Well, once again, Classic comes to the rescue. I am on their yearly maintenance plan and yesterday Nate showed up for a late afternoon service call. Nate was professional, friendly and knowledgeable. This company never ceases to impress me. From the person that answers the phone to the people that come out to help. ALWAYS on time, responsive and caring. GREAT JOB NATE!!!
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