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Can Using A Portable Or Window Air Conditioner Save On Energy Costs?

by Amy Henry

Nearly everyone enjoys saving a few dollars on their energy bills, but sometimes it is difficult to figure out exactly what you need to do to trim the costs. Using a portable or window air conditioner during the summer, even if you have central air, may be a cost-effective choice for you. Consider these ways you can cut the costs of cooling your home with a portable or window air conditioning unit.

Cooling the Bedroom

Many people find it difficult to sleep well if the bedroom is too warm, but keeping the entire house cooled all night when everyone is sleeping can be a waste of energy. By placing a portable or window air conditioning unit in your bedroom, especially if you live alone or only you and your spouse occupy the home, can make sleeping comfortable without spiking your energy bill. Turn the thermostat to your HVAC system up and run the portable unit with your door closed. Cooling the air in a small room instead of the whole house will let you get some sleep. According to the National Sleep Foundation, the ideal sleeping temperature for most people ranges between 60 and 67 degrees. Temperatures higher or lower than this can cause difficulty falling asleep or may rouse you from your sleep throughout the night, resulting in feeling tired or fatigued in the morning. A portable or window air conditioner can ensure you get the rest you need without breaking the bank in the process.

Cooling Only One Room

If you are a stay-at-home parent or you work from home, you probably don't need to keep the entire house cool all day. Try using a portable or window unit in your home office or in the area where you spend the most of your time during the day, instead of keeping the entire home cooled while everyone else is away. This applies to retirees, too, as they often spend the majority of the day in one area, like the TV or computer room. The great thing about a portable unit, is you don't need to stay put to take advantage of it for cooling one area. Move the unit throughout the day to keep the area you are working or sitting in cool.

Cooling When It's Relatively Cool Outside

If you tend to feel warm, even when it is relatively mild outside, a portable unit can be used to provide cooling whenever needed throughout the day. Place the unit wherever you rest and relax, and turn it on low for a refreshing area to cool down when you feel warm. Turning down the thermostat to your HVAC system and cooling down the whole house doesn't make sense when all you need is a little cool air to make you feel more comfortable. Portable units can be beneficial to those with certain health conditions or those who suffer from hot flashes, as you won't need to worry about the affect on your energy bill.

Other Considerations

Running the HVAC system or a portable unit doesn't always need to be an either/or decision. If you or another family member prefers a cooler temperature, you can run a portable unit for supplemental cooling in selected areas of the home. This may help save energy in the long run, as you can keep the thermostat to the HVAC system set a little higher without causing discomfort to your family.

If you have questions about the most cost-effective ways to cool your home in the summer, talk to your local HVAC dealer. They can help you decide whether using a portable air conditioner makes financial sense for you.