We all know that there are loads and loads of portable air conditioner units available in either online shops or brick-and-mortar businesses. We also know that some of these machines can become so specialized that the price tag is flashing the dollar sign right into the thousand dollar category. We also know that some of these portable air conditioner units are marketed as energy savers. However, this marketing information does not even scratch the surface when it comes to vital data about this product. If you really want to know more about what marketers are not saying, then read on.
Marketer says This portable air conditioner is a space saving device. In normal language, this simply means that the unit is small. What the marketer is not saying are the technical specs that matter. Almost all portable air conditioner units are small. That’s why they are portable in the first place. They can easily be carried from one place to the other with relative ease. The larger models are not really suitable for home use since they do tend to occupy a greater space. However, these larger models are usually built on wheels or platforms with wheels to make transport easier. So when a marketer has nothing more to offer about his product, other than being a “space saving device,” you may want to actually research or demand technical specifications like how much power does the machine consume, how much does it take for it to cool a small room, and what additional functions it has (like dehumidifying or heating functions.)
You also have to take note that not all space saving devices come with matching small(ish) price tags. Sometimes, the smaller the machine is, the larger its charges are. One more thing about small portable air conditioner units since manufacturers are trying to make the model as compact as possible, the mechanism within might be geared for all outage usage. These may not be energy saving devices at all. Saying thus, we now go to when the …
Marketer says This portable air conditioner is an energy saving device. In normal language, this simply means that it eats up lesser kilowatt usage of electricity. What the marketer is not saying is that this device will inadvertently increase your utility bills, whether you like it or not. Any air conditioner unit, whether it’s portable or otherwise will most certainly spike your electricity usage by leaps and bounds. When the marketer says that it can help you save money when you use this product, ask specifically how the machine can do so.
The functions vary for one machine to the other. For example, a portable air conditioner unit with a dehumidifier is supposed to help you save money during the most humid and condensation-filled days. You can turn on the dehumidifier instead of blasting on the air conditioner. Although this may sound rational since theoretically, you can lower your electric usage by not turning on the air conditioner, it’s actually not viable. For one thing, how many days of the year would you need the dehumidifier more than the air conditioner unit Secondly, even with just the dehumidifying functions on, the machine still uses energy. If you want the real score behind the tag line, it does not hurt to ask for details.