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    Quality Portable Air Conditioners for Sale Online

    Shop our range of portable air conditioners for sale at MHC World. Buy online and receive free delivery over R3500 & within a 30km radius from our store.

    Apart from our portable air conditioners for sale, we also offer split unit air conditioners, fans and humidifiers.

    What Is a Portable Air Conditioner

    A portable air conditioner is a self-contained appliance used for cooling a room but can be moved from one room to another easily when needed.

    How Does Portable Air Conditioners Work

    A portable air conditioner works by using a compressor to circulate a refrigerant through the unit. The refrigerant absorbs heat from the air in the room, which cools the air down. The cooled air is then blown back into the room.

    The compressor is the heart of the portable air conditioner. It is a type of electric motor that pumps the refrigerant around the unit. The refrigerant is a special type of gas that can change state from a liquid to a gas and back again. When the refrigerant is a liquid, it absorbs heat. When the refrigerant is a gas, it releases heat.

    The refrigerant is circulated through the portable air conditioner by a series of pipes. These pipes are located in the walls and compartments of the unit. As the refrigerant flows through the pipes, it absorbs heat from the air in the room and release it outside.


    Benefits of Portable Air Conditioners

    There are many benefits to owning a portable air conditioner. Some of the key benefits include:

    • Their portability – Since portable air conditioners are self-contained units that can be moved from room to room, it makes them a great option for people who rent or who need to cool a variety of rooms in their home at different times.
    • They are convenient to use. Portable air conditioners need not be installed by technicians and are relatively easy to install and use.
    • Portable air conditioners typically have a remote control, so you can operate them from anywhere in the room they are used.
    • Portable air conditioners are typically more energy efficient than window or mounted air conditioners, because they do not have to vent hot air outside of the building.
    • There are a variety of portable air conditioners available, so you can find one that fits your specific needs as well as your available budget. Some more expensive models have extra features such as dehumidifiers, fans, and timers.



    Disadvantages of Portable Air Conditioners

    Portable air conditioners do have some disadvantages, though, including the following:

           Cost: Compared to window air conditioners, portable air conditioners can be significantly more expensive.

           Noise is a common complaint regarding portable air conditioners, particularly when the unit is compressor is operating.

           Drain hose: Portable air conditioners necessitate the use of a drain hose in order to drain condensation. This may not only be inconvenient but also unattractive.

           Efficiency: compared to central air conditioners, portable air conditioners may have a lower energy efficiency rating. This is due to the fact that they have to put in significantly more effort to cool down a single room.


    Different Types/Styles of Portable Air Conditioners

    Single-hose and dual-hose portable air conditioners are the two most common variations available. Portable air conditioners with a single hose pull in air from the space they are cooling and exhaust it outside of the building.

    Portable air conditioners with two hoses extract air from the space they are cooling, filter and chill the air, and then blow it back into the space. In addition to that, they use a separate pipe to vent the hot air outdoors.

    It is possible to save money by purchasing a portable air conditioner with a single hose as opposed to one with two hoses. On the other hand, they are significantly less effective. Portable air conditioners with two hoses are more effective, but the cost to purchase and operate them is higher.


    Is it healthy to use a portable air conditioner in your house?

    It is generally healthy to use a portable air conditioner in your house. However, there are a few things to keep in mind to ensure that it is safe and healthy for you and your family.

    Here are some tips for using a portable air conditioner safely and healthfully:

    Choose the right size air conditioner for the room as an air conditioner that is too small will not be able to cool the room effectively, and an air conditioner that is too large can make the room too cold and dry.

    The air conditioner should be installed so that the exhaust hose is properly sealed and routed to the outside. This will prevent backflow of air into the room and reduce the risk of mould growth.

    Even when you are using the air conditioner, it is important to open the windows occasionally to ventilate the room and prevent the air from becoming too stale.

    Portable air conditioners can dehumidify the air, which can help to relieve allergies and asthma. However, they can also dry out the air, so it is important to use a humidifier in conjunction with the air conditioner if necessary.

    Portable air conditioners can circulate the air in the room, which can help to distribute pollutants and allergens evenly. This can be a problem for people with allergies or asthma.

    Don't use the air conditioner to dry clothes. Using the air conditioner to dry clothes can create a humid environment that is conducive to mould growth.


    How to care for your portable air conditioner to prolong its life

    Clean the filters on a regular basis to extend the life of your portable air conditioner. The filters help to remove dust and grime from the air, which can improve the air conditioner's effectiveness.

    Drain the condensate on a regular basis. Condensation can accumulate inside the air conditioner and cause it to fail.

    Have the air conditioner serviced on a regular basis. A competent expert can inspect the air conditioner and ensure that it is operating correctly.


    How to Choose a Portable Air Conditioner

    When choosing a portable air conditioner, there are a few factors you need to consider, such as:

    Select the appropriate size air conditioner for the room you want to cool.

    Consider the BTU rating: The BTU rating is a measure of an air conditioner's cooling power. Choose an air conditioner with the right BTU rating for the size of the room you want to cool.

    The energy efficiency of portable air conditioners varies. Choose an air conditioner with a decent or better energy efficiency rating.

    Best Brands of Portable Air Conditioners (available on MHC)

    At MHC World you will find most reputable brands of portable air conditioners, including Defy, Alliance, Salton, and Russell Hobbs. 

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