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Summer is coming up fast, which only means one thing: Australia is about to heat up. It’s no secret that Aussie summers can be especially brutal, which is why having an air conditioner is not considered a luxury, but a necessity in some particularly toasty areas. Unfortunately, not all rentals and homes come with AC, but that doesn’t mean you will spend your summer sweating. We have compiled a list of the best portable air conditioners that will keep you cool through the heat.
First, let’s break down the ins and outs of portable air conditioners compared to your standard air conditioning units.
Portable air conditioners work differently depending on which type you choose. Standard portable air conditioners suck in warm air. They then begin the process of cooling that air within the unit itself. Once the air is cooled, the cool air will come out of the front of the portable air conditioner, cooling your room, while any leftover hot air escapes through the vent system that comes with your unit.
Don’t worry, you don’t need to be an engineer to install a portable air conditioner. For many of the best portable air conditioners, all you need is a window and an outlet. Usually, a window kit will come with your portable air conditioner, making installation as simple as fitting the window kit into any standard window and plugging in your unit.
If all you’re looking for is a basic portable air conditioner, we recommend the Dimplex Portable Air Conditioner. This compact little unit packs 2.5KW and stands at less than a metre tall, making it the perfect option for small spaces. It comes with its own window kit and remote control so that everything from installing to using your unit is easy and intuitive.
Do you live in a particularly humid area? Don’t sweat it! This handy Dimplex Portable Air Conditioner and Dehumidifier will keep your home cool and dry. With all the features of the regular air conditioner, this combination air conditioner and dehumidifier uses a self-evaporative system, ensuring that you will not need to install or change a drip tray or drainage hose.
First things first - It's important to note that evaporative air coolers don't work very well in humid climates (this means you Queensland!), you're better off opting for a air-con that vents that sticky-icky moisture outside.
Don’t have a suitable window that allows for a standard portable air conditioner, and live in a dry climate? You can still cool your home with an Evaporative Air Cooler. This compact little system works a bit differently, using water and ice to cool the air that it then pumps back into your home. This means that it doesn’t expel any warm air, making a window exhaust unnecessary. Remember to top up the water and you will stay cool throughout summer.
Looking for an air cooler on a budget? We have just the thing. This Pronti Evaporative Cooler is currently on sale for less than $100. Once again using water to cool the air, this unit also doesn’t need to expel any hot air through a window, meaning you can move it freely anywhere in your home.
Need a portable air conditioner fast? Buy now and pay later! We offer a range of pay later options that let you buy what you need now without going over your budget.
View our complete range of air conditioners here.