Portable air conditioners work a little differently than their window-mounted counterparts. Unlike window units that typically require a standard-sized opening for a really good fit, a portable unit requires only a small gap for venting filtered air. Built-in handles and heavy-duty casters also make is easy to use these types of A/C units wherever needed.
In addition to providing a helpful solution to older construction that lacks ductwork, modern portable units can take the pressure off whole-house systems by using less energy overall. While portable units may not be the best option for everyone, they are quickly gaining popularity in some places you might not expect.
Take a look at the unique ways that portable air conditioning units are keeping people cool around the states.
1. New York, New York
Very few apartment buildings in New York have central air, and many buildings even have restrictions against the use of window-installed air conditioning units. The high density of living in the city also means that many residents live in tiny spaces with few open windows to spare. Portable units make it easy to keep cool without blocking the view of the city lights.