How to Install a Portable Air Conditioner in a Room without Windows
I remember back when I was a kid, my parents would make us open the windows to each bedroom and install our portable air conditioners. It took about an hour to set each room up, except for the summer we installed an AC in the den.
The den didn’t have any windows present, so you couldn’t just place it in the window and use foam or plastic to seal around it. No, this was a project that required a little strategy.
My dad’s first choice was to try building a ventilation system through the ceiling. You can only imagine those types of struggles. However, today there are kits available consisting of a:
* Ventilation port
* 9ft. hose
You would primarily see this type of innovation used for computer server rooms, even though they can be used in any room with the right ceiling.
There is also an opportunity to use dual hose setups. If you decide to take this route, it’s important to purchase two kits, since only one port is available in each one.
Since ceiling work can time consuming in some rooms, some homeowners install their portable air conditioner with the same approach as the dryer vent in your laundry room. Unfortunately you do have to cut a hole in the wall, but it can be done in an inconspicuous area.
The biggest benefit is not having to be close to a window. In addition, this ventilation system will be easier to maintain and reach whenever necessary.
You must consider all aspects of installing a portable air conditioner before starting the project. Here are a couple things to consider, like:
1. Hose length – Since your hose has to be able to reach the ventilation port, we recommend at least nine feet. You might only need six feet, but purchasing a little more will allow you to save time on your project.
2. Where to place your portable air conditioner – In most cases, a room without windows has the air conditioner built into the ceiling. If you are unable to take this route, look for a place where the ventilation will not be constricted. One of the biggest mishaps is hiding the portable air conditioner where no one can see it. Often times these places don’t allow the air to flow freely into the room.
In the end, it is possible to install a portable air conditioner in a room without windows. All you have to do is plan ahead and purchase the right kit. I’m sure you will have an easier time then my dad.