If you have decided to hire an air conditioning unit during the summer months, you will want to know that the device is working as best it can. Making sure it is located in the optimum position in a room is an important thing to get right from the start. You may imagine that you need to put little thought into where you position your air conditioner, but this could not be further from the truth. Here are some tips to help ensure you get the most out of your cooling gadget.
Air conditioners work by pumping warm air out of a room and replacing it with cool, filtered air. This means you will always need to have an outlet valve that preferably takes the hot air not only out of the room, but also out of the building.
As a result, the best place to situate a portable air conditioner is near a window, so that the outlet tube can be fed through the opening and thereby pump the hot air outside, rather than back into the room it is trying to cool.
Of course, it is not ideal to run an air conditioning unit with a window open either, so try to make the gap for the hose as small as possible to minimise the amount of warm air that can get back inside.
If you don’t have a window you can position your air conditioner near, the next best thing is a door. This isn’t ideal, but it is still preferable to the warm air being recirculated in your cooled environment.
The next thing to consider is power, as your unit will undoubtedly need to be plugged into the mains in order to function. Ideally, you should avoid leaving a long, trailing lead across the room, particularly if you are in an office or another workspace, so do your best to choose somewhere close enough to a power point that extension cables won’t be required.
Away from moisture
Air conditioners work by removing the moisture from the air, so if you position your gadget near something that constantly produces water vapor in the air, your machine will have to work much harder to cool the room down and won’t be able to do so effectively.
Similarly, air conditioners can produce moisture as they operate, because the cooling process condenses the water droplets in the air. It is therefore sensible to ensure your air conditioner is not too close to other electrical equipment, in case any of this excess water leaks out.
What are you cooling?
Once you’ve taken all these practical factors into consideration, you need to think about why you’ve got an air conditioner in the first place. For example, is there just one part of a larger space that you want to cool, or would you prefer to lower the temperature of an entire room?
If you have a specific area to chill, make sure the air conditioner is facing in this direction (as obvious as this may sound), while you may find it is better to hire two units if you want to get an even temperature within a bigger space.
Elevating the air conditioning unit so it is off the ground should also mean the cooled air will circulate more effectively. You may find putting the device on a table or something similar makes it easier to put the outlet pipe out of the window as well.