Window Air Conditioner Basics

A window air conditioner also called an evaporative cooler, is the easiest AC unit to operate. It employs the same concepts like other kind of air conditioner, namely, evaporation. However, it utilizes refrigeration properties to eliminate humidity and excess heat from space while regulating the amount of outside air entering the space. It is usually installed in the attic or basement of a building.

The window air conditioner has two main parts: the front panel and the back panel. The front panel (also known as the evaporator) contains the refrigerant gas, the compressor, and the condenser. The compressor is located on the front side of the air conditioner, while the condenser is at the backside. A series of tubing or wires connect the compressor and condenser. The evaporator is located on top of the indoor evaporator and houses the electrical connections.

Window air conditioner is designed to maintain a specific indoor temperature. It achieves this by removing heat and humidity from the surrounding air. As soon as the desired indoor temperature is achieved, the fan kicks on and brings the indoor temperature closer to the one set by the control switch. When the desired indoor temperature is again achieved, the fan shuts off, and the process begins all over again. This continual cycle keeps the window air conditioner working to cool a space.

window-air-conditionerSingle unit operation is the most common type used in single room air conditioning systems. A central air conditioning system can provide better temperature control in a smaller area than a window air conditioner can. However, if the room to be cooled is too small to accommodate a single unit air conditioning unit, a two or three-unit cooling system may be used. These systems can also cool multiple rooms at once if multiple units are installed on the same premises.

Portable air conditioners, sometimes called RVs, are more expensive to run and maintain than window air conditioners. However, they are designed to be used in places where AC systems are not available. In these cases, an RV is a good investment for people who want the convenience of an air conditioner but do not need it constantly. They can spend their days driving and relaxing in their RV, and when the weather in the area is less than perfect, simply turn on their portable coolers and enjoy the warmth that comes with outdoor air temperature.

While more expensive to purchase, a Window air conditioner is much more energy-efficient than its portable counterpart. The window unit needs a bigger space to house the compressor and condenser, and these units have a smaller life span. Portable air conditioning units are effortless to use and maintain. In addition, window air conditioners need to be professionally installed, and their life expectancy is typically three to five years. Portable window units are great for temporary camping trips or beach trips where electricity may not be available. Most portable camping units are adequately equipped to meet the needs of the individual.