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Tuesday, 16 August 2011

Portable Air Conditioners

Portable Air Conditioners are one of our most popular sellers, however we only really specialise in the big, industrial and commercial portable air conditioners.  Currently we get a lot of non-converting traffic on people searching for portable air conditioners, but why?

One theory is that the people searching are actually looking for the smaller, cheaper plastic portable ac units which are imported from China and sold in the likes of B & Q and Focus.

These units can retail for as little as £150 or less, and they do work, we used to carry a stock of these units and sell and hire them - however the market appears to have died.  The question is why?  The answer I'm guessing is the massive influx of cheap foreign units which are sold with very little margin making it a market not worth being in.

Are these units worth having?  Surely they're no good if that's the price?

Well, yes and no.  If you want some cheap cooling in a bedroom or living room then they're not bad and they're definately cheap - but a twin duct would be far better, because it draws fresh air in, and cools it  as well.  Cost wise we're going to be looking at closer to £1000 but it will perform far better.  For shops, offices and commercial environments it's all down to capacity.  If you run any AC unit in a room too big for it to cool or with too much heat gain for it to cool - it is only ever going to spot cool and never lower the temperature.  It may even damage the machine. 

In these instances, an MCM or an MCWCS unit is a better option.  Of course if it's a 6' x 6' office with a desk and and a single worker - then the £150 plastic, chinese option is probably going to be perfectly effective and should perform adequately.


  1. I think it’s nice to have portable air conditioners at home, especially at the smaller rooms. They’re also good for small apartments and dormitories. They are easy to maintain and some even have very cute designs. These ones are the bigger portables that come with power close to regular sized air conditioners.

    Wiley Rydberg

    1. Good insights Wiley! And the good thing about these ACs is that aside from being close to the capability of regular ones, you can use it in any part of the house. You can actually purchase 3 Portable ACs in a 3 bedroom house compared to buying 4 or more traditional ACs to use for ventilation in the other rooms such as the dining and living room.

      Mignon Her

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