Is Your Portable AC Self Evaporating?

So you just bought a new portable cooler and it was the latest model in the store. But is your portable AC self evaporating or does it still need to be drained periodically?

You might not know about this yet, but draining a portable air conditioner is a thankless task. It can be fiddly, troublesome and sometimes even hard work if you have to lift yours up onto a coffee table to get it to drain into a bucket on the floor.

However, there is a way of avoiding this irritating chore, especially if you’re considering buying a new portable AC unit to replace an aging or unreliable one. Or if you just decided you want one for your bedroom or something.

What is a Self Evaporating Portable AC?

As already mentioned, most portable AC devices require that you drain them every now and again. That’s because when they condense the moisture in the air as part of the cooling process, much of it drips into a water-catching vessel inside the unit and as it fills up over time, it needs to be emptied.

Self Evaporating Portable Air ConditionerMost models have a kind of water tank full alarm and shut-off to prevent the reservoir overflowing, but what if you could do away with that water tank? Well, there is a kind of AC that does exactly that!

It’s called a self-evaporating air conditioner and it literally re-evaporates the condensing moisture inside itself and exhausts it out of the vent hose to the outside. No more draining, yay!

Sensible and Economical

This great innovation is really helpful and labor-saving because it does away for the need to catch condensing drips of water. Many models even make use of the re-evaporating moisture to assist the chilling process and thereby reducing the amount of energy it uses to create that nice cool air!

The most efficient models have a dual-hose setup to further increase the heat exchange efficiency and reduce energy consumption, but you can also get single hose models if you don’t like the idea of two hoses hanging onto a window fixing where one will do.

It can also save a lot of people’s backs. If you have ever had to life a portable AC unit off the floor up onto a table, you’ll know what I mean there.

They are heavy beasts and I’ve thrown my own back out before now lifting one up onto a coffee table. So you can imagine how grateful I am for the self-evaporative technology that has been developed in portable AC’s to save my poor back any further strain!

Where Do You Buy a Self Evaporative AC?

Most models from well known manufacturers are on sale at most big hardware stores and electrical appliance stores that stock air conditioners. You can pick one up from your local store or even order one online and have it delivered to your home.

For the present time, they do cost a little more than their non-evaporating cousins, but I can tell you from personal experience the extra dollars was worth it! They’re great for cooling a hot kitchen, study or bedroom or anywhere else you need spot cooling.

One thing I should point out here is that these coolers also act as dehumidifiers with a dehumidify setting.

If you use it as a dehumidifier, it will catch the water it evaporates in a tank, because of the high level of moisture these units can strip out of the air in a room, especially when it’s very humid.

That means there is a tank that you will have to empty, but this is different from draining a condensate-catching tray. The water bucket is fairly easily removable on most models and you don’t need to lift them off the floor to do that job.

Just so you know!

Is Your Home Heat Proof?

How well does your home stand up during extreme weather outside? Is it heat proof in summer and cold proof in winter? If it isn’t, maybe you should insulate it better!

A building that has poor or even no form of insulation can be a leaky one indeed when the weather turns itself from calm and temperate to freezing cold and windy or searing hot and/or humid.

It’s no fun trying to regulate the interior temperature when outside, thing are going a little crazy. Not only will the heating and air conditioning systems be heavily burdened to keep things on an even keel inside, it is going to cost you a lot more in energy usage to keep that valiant machine powered up!

How to Insulate Most Effectively

The best kind of insulation starts with plugging any obvious holes in the building’s outer shell. Namely the walls, roof and the frames of any openings such as windows and doors. Holes let in air from outside and also let out air from inside.

So if you’re trying to get warm during cold weather, all your expensive heat will just escape through any large cracks and gaping holes and your heating system will be working overtime to make up the loss. Same goes in summer, when it’s really hot out there and your air conditioning system is running full tilt just to keep the internal temperature to a barely habitable level!

The first job is to walk around the place and plug those holes and cracks when you find them.

Of course, this is unlikely to be a problem in new buildings that are probably ready-insulated and weather tight anyway. But for older buildings, cement and moldings may have shifted or woodwork rotted over the years and those holes will have appeared.

The next job is on the roof, to make sure there are no gaps in the shingles or roof tiles. When you’re satisfied the roof is tight, it’s time to up in the attic. If there is no insulation up there, you’ll need to get some installed. It pays for itself in the long term in lower electricity bills.

Good Reasons to Install Radiant Barrier Insulation

There are several houses in our street and you can usually tell which ones have some kind of insulation fitted in their attics in winter when it snows. The houses with snow on their roofs are the ones with insulation and the houses with clear roofs are the ones without.

This is a pretty good advertisement for its benefits, because having radiant barrier insulation installed in your attic will prevent all that heat loss through your attic in winter. OK, that means you will have to get up on your roof and clear the snow yourself, but it is a darn sight cheaper than spending all that extra in power bills to have your home’s heating system melt it for you, which in effect is what is happening.

All that heat that you are paying for is escaping through your roof and without insulation it is literally money going up in smoke! But it is not just in winter that you save money with attic insulation.

In summer when it gets real hot outside and you are running your air conditioning, it runs more efficiently when it doesn’t have to deal with the heat that is sneaking in through your attic by convection, which an insulated attic would keep out. That means you get to stay cool indoors for less energy usage and lower electricity bills!