Have you ever had a portable air conditioner placed in a room and not feel any benefit? Just as if the air conditioner doesn’t work? The reason is soon said: every room has its own air conditioner.
In this article, we explain how to choose a portable air conditioner based on the square meters of the room in which it will be active.
The relationship between air conditioner and room size
The choice of portable air conditioner must be careful and accurate. One of the most important points is the size of the rooms in which the device will be placed. In fact, depending on the square meters of the areas, it will be possible to choose an air conditioner that can effectively refresh the whole environment.
Wrong this assessment could have unpleasant consequences especially from the point of view of efficiency, savings and effective use of the device.
Why evaluate the sqm of the room
Choosing a portable air conditioner suitable for the specific size of the rooms in which it will be placed has indisputable advantages, including:
pleasantness: the power of the device allows to refresh the whole room in a balanced and constant way. The environment thus becomes pleasant and fresh;
savings: a small air conditioner positioned in a large room will make the most of its power without achieving the desired results. On the other hand, if the size and characteristics of the device match, the air conditioner will stop earlier when it reaches the cooling target. And in standby mode, you can save money;
efficiency: not only economic savings, but also energy savings. A portable air conditioner that reaches the desired temperature first (because it is compatible with the size of the environment), will first go into standby mode and therefore will not disperse excessive energy. A saving for the pockets but also for the environment.
Important parameters: BTU
Once you have identified the rooms in which the air conditioner will be placed and evaluated the size in square meters, you just have to look for the best model. An important parameter to check is represented by the BTU (British Thermal Unit), which is the energy measurement unit used in Great Britain and the United States.
Simply multiply the square meters of your rooms by 100: the result will show you the BTUs needed to cool that surface.
Obviously, there are other factors to take into account and they concern the characteristics of the rooms:
Sun exposure: are the rooms exposed to the North or South? Is sunlight coming in through the windows?
is there a thermal coat? What is the state of the windows and doors?
How many people does the room accommodate on average?
The range of BTUs needed is therefore indicative, but by combining all the features you can easily understand which type of portable air conditioner is suitable for your needs.
Air conditioner for areas larger than 100 sqm
When talking about large surfaces, the choice of the air conditioner must be carefully considered. For areas larger than 100 square meters the wiser choice is the fixed air conditioner with outdoor unit. In fact, these models can reach 24500 BTU and have the necessary power to refresh the whole environment efficiently.
Usually the fixed air conditioners are equipped with inverter technology and are also heat pumps, ensuring constant use throughout the year.
Portable air conditioner for 100 sqm
For environments that do not exceed 100 sqm you have two possibilities: a fixed air conditioner with outdoor unit, or an extremely powerful portable model. In this case you can orient yourself on models of about 18000 BTU that can refresh the room quickly and maintain an ideal temperature.
Some advice for your choice: evaluate the exposure of the room and the presence of windows. If the room stays in the shade for most of the day, the portable air conditioner may be the right solution.
Portable air conditioner for 80 sqm
When the size of the environment starts to shrink, the BTUs required for optimal cooling are also reduced. For rooms and environments of about 80sqm you can therefore find a wide range of portable air conditioners able to reach a pleasant temperature in a short time.
Also in this case pay attention to the refrigerant gases used and the presence of exhaust pipes. With about 16000 BTU the efficiency is guaranteed.
Portable air conditioner for 70 sqm
We conclude this brief overview with the ideal portable air conditioners for 70 square meters of surface area. In this case you will have to focus your attention on models with a power between 12000 and 14000 BTU.
As already mentioned, if the rooms have certain characteristics, it will be easier to cool them in an optimal way.
Do you have any idea the relationship between square meters and portable air conditioner? In this article we have given you some advice to save money and achieve optimal results.