Why You Should Invest in a Portable Air Conditioner this Summer

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Amid soaring summer temperatures in Australia, air conditioning has become a must-have, rather than a luxury. But for many people, installing a fixed, wall-mounted air conditioning unit in their home may not be feasible, particularly if you’re:

  • Concerned about the budget for a fixed unit
  • Renting or in a temporary living situation
  • In a portable home, office or caravan
  • In a house that is awkwardly designed, so the cool air won’t reach all parts of it

If a wall-mounted air conditioning unit isn’t practical for your living situation, a portable air conditioner is a great solution.

Three Good Reasons to Invest in a Portable Air Conditioner

1. Lower Cost

Buying and installing a fixed, wall mounted air conditioning unit will cost you upwards of $1000; plus, if you can’t get the external unit installed close enough to it on the outside of your house, this will add extra cost. 

Portable air conditioners are much cheaper, costing just a few hundred dollars (brand dependent) and there’s no installation costs.

2. No installation needed

With wall mounted air conditioning units, not only do you need to find the best place to install it (so it will cool as much of the room and house as possible) but you also need to drill through walls and have room for the external unit outside. 

One of the key benefits of investing in a portable air conditioner is that there’s no installation needed. Simply unpack the box, position the unit where you want it, plug it in to the wall socket, and turn it on. Easy!

3. Move it where you need it

Wall mounted, fixed air conditioning units are great at cooling the room they’re in, and maybe the hallway if you position it right. But without ducting, you’ll generally only get cool air in the room its mounted in. 

The biggest benefit of investing in a portable air conditioner is its mobility. You can move it where you need it, for cool air in summer and warmth in winter. Kids’ rooms overheating and they can’t sleep at night? Pop the unit in there. Need some extra cooling for the kitchen while you’re whipping up lunch or dinner? Your portable air conditioner is there for you. 

Things to consider

There are a couple of things to be aware of when buying a portable air conditioner, and we’d be remiss if we didn’t mention them.


Portable air conditioners do generally make more noise than a fixed unit, although this is more likely if you’re using an older model. However, if your unit needs repair or service, it may also start getting noisier. 

Power use

Like an electric heater, a portable air conditioner will use power, so you need to keep in mind that your power bill will be a bit higher when you’re using it. If you think your portable unit is using more power than it should then it could need a service, or there may be parts that are loose or in need of replacement.

Condensation and drainage

Portable air conditioners create condensation indoors, and will either have a small tank to collect the water output, or a hose to release the condensation. If it has a tank, you’ll need to empty it regularly, and if it has a hose then you’ll need to position the unit near a window or door for it to release. 

If you notice your portable air conditioner is leaking even though the tank is empty, there may be a fault with the water tray and it may need replacement.

Need spare parts for your portable air conditioner?

Portable air conditioners are a great solution when you need to cool down different parts of the house at different times, or if you want the freedom of mobility. For a fraction of the cost of a fixed, wall mounted air conditioner, you can have cooling whenever and wherever you need it.

Over time, your unit will need servicing, and parts will wear out, just like any machine. Here at Wayne's Wholesale Spares, we specialise in spare parts for domestic appliances of all types, including portable air conditioners. We stock most main brands as well as generic parts, and pride ourselves on our range. If you can’t locate your spare on our website, then give us a call and we’ll do our very best to help you find it! 

About Wayne Butterworth

Meet Wayne Butterworth, an expert in appliance spare parts and an informative blog writer. With in-depth knowledge and a dedication to helping others, Wayne’s blog provides practical tips and industry insights for appliance repair. Follow his blog for up-to-date information and expert advice.