There are many types of portable air conditioner in Singapore but which is ideal for you?
Top 10 Portable Air Conditioners
Portable air conditioning systems are ideal for regulating temperatures in single rooms, as they are self-contained and compact. They sit on the floor and an installation kit in the packaging allows you to set it up yourself with wheels on some models so you can move them to various rooms. They are a better alternative to the traditional mounted aircons, in fact some of the portable aircons offer features like air purification as well. Nowadays, just so you know, you can also rent a portable aircon in case you require it only for a short period of time. With portable aircon, you can also expect to save money on aircon servicing. You can use portable air conditioners in garages, computer rooms, dens, and bedrooms among other places. Below are some of the top portable air conditioner models you can buy for your home or office in Singapore.
How is the list derived and on what basis?
This should be the question in everyone’s mind before going through the top 10. Our audience deserve to know how the top 10 is being derived and on what basis before they can even place their trust on such list. If you noticed, there are a lot of websites these days publishing the top 10 for some products without even being transparent with you on how they derive it. In fact, the top 10 list can even be outdated to the extent where some of the product links is broken as the seller is no longer around! This can really be an unpleasant and frustrating experience.
Pertinent questions that need to be answered:
- What’s the difference between you scouting it yourself and you going through such list?
- What value can this list of top 10 bring you?
You can start trusting such list only after getting the transparency and answers to all these questions. So below is how we actually derive this top 10 list.
We have saved your valuable time to do this research for you based on the following:
- We only recommend you products which have been purchased by other buyers. We scouted across several popular online shopping platforms including Lazada and Qo10. After all, we wouldn’t want our audience to be the scapegoat to be the first the purchase it.
- There are literally tons of brands out there including those unheard off from China. Yes, these may come cheap but the quality is a no-no as such we recommend you only quality products from well known brand.
- There may be occasion where buyers may wonder why there are so many different prices for the same product even though it’s on the same store. This is because there are many different sellers out there who sell the same product. We do careful research to scout only reputable sellers which you may safely buy it from.
- We list out the top 10 with cost ranging from as low as $300 to $1400 to ensure it cater to audience with different budget
- We only recommend portable air conditioners which are at least 10000 BTU. Though anything lower than this may come cheaper, but we want our audience to know that it’s not worth it as the cost difference is only minimal. As such, we omit out those lesser than 10000 BTU.
Most importantly, we derive this list based on putting ourselves in your shoes. We would only list out the items that we would buy it ourselves if we are going to buy a portable aircon someday. The only difference is we will only buy 1 and not all 10, which we believe is the same case for you. We are listing out the top 10 only to give you the choices you need as everyone has a different budget, preference and criteria. Now that we have made this clear for you, feel free to start browsing and purchase with confidence!
The list below is sorted by budget (high to low).
1) EPAC 20S 20,000 BTU Portable Air Conditioner
This is a very powerful portable aircon which has a 20,000 BTU. With this kind of BTU, it is more than sufficient to cool a very large room. It can cover a room size of up to 400 sqft. Meaning to say, it can easily cool up the entire house of 2-room HDB flat! This unit is also CFC free refrigerant, has an adjustable louver and a large screen display. Aside from air conditioning, it also has a fan and dehumidifier mode which pretty much makes your money worth. If you are looking for the most powerful BTU portable aircon, then this is the one for you.
Price: $1400 range
2) Honeywell Mm-14Ccs 14000Btu Portable Aircon
This is another reputable brand in the market and this model has 14,000 BTU. The design of this unit is really sleek especially given the black in colour. It also has a reliable built-in humidifier and a 3 speed fan function. One key highlight of this portable aircon is the auto evaporation system which basically allows you to run the aircon for hours without having to trouble you to empty or drain out any water.
Price: $980 range
3) EuropAce 14000 BTU Portable Aircon with Air-Purifier and Dehumidifier 4-in-1 (EPAC 14T6)
Now what more can you ask for this unit? This model has a 14,000 BTU but it’s also a 4-in-1! If you are ever interested to have an air purifier and dehumidifier, then this portable aircon is all you need. Given the price and compactness, it’s a very popular purchase among many especially given the brand.
Price: $800 range
4) EuropAce 12000 Btu 4-in-1 Portable Aircon with Air purifier and Dehumidifer (EPAC 12T6)
This is another popular model from Europace in Singapore due to its 4-in-1 feature. Purchase this portable aircon and you would have an air purifier and humidifier instantly. Some people would not prefer to purchase these separately, thus if you are one of those, then this unit is surely for you. This portable aircon comes with a 12,000 BTU which is sufficient to cool most of the room size. Given its reputable brand and price, little wonder it has a 5 star rating among buyers.
Price: $700 range
5) Honeywell Mn-10Ces 10000BTU Portable Aircon
If you don’t really need to cool a very large room, in fact if it’s only for a small room, then this portable aircon is ideal for you. This model has a 10,000 BTU but yet with a powerful air flow and an auto-evaporative system. If you have a tight budget and all you need is to cool a small room size plus not wanting to pay for high electricity bill, then a unit with this BTU is sufficient for you.
Price: $670 range
6) EuropAce 12000 btu PORTABLE AIRCON (EPAC 12T8)
This model comes with a 12,000 BTU and it’s well known for its modern and sleek design. The LCD display is unlike the typical unit, it is actually well hidden! It has a 3-in-1 feature namely the cooling, fan and dehumidifier. One thing you should know about this model is that it is equipped with a dual motor for fast cooling and better performance. One of EuropAce latest launch!
Price: $500 range
7) TCL TAC-12CPA/HNG 12,000BTU Portable Aircon
A value for money portable aircon. It still gives you the sufficient BTU of 12,000, 3-in-1 functionality (cooling, fan & dehumidifier) but yet at a very good price. This is in fact also one of the newer models from TCL. You will also be able to cool a lot faster, enjoy a unit with better durability thanks to their patented titanium gold condenser with nano technology.
Price: $460 range
8) EuropAce 12000 Btu 3-in-1 Portable Aircon with Dehumidifer (EPAC12T2)
Another model from a reputable brand which gives a whooping 12,000 BTU, sufficient to cool most of the room size in Singapore. If you are looking for some well known brand but yet with a decent amount of BTU and one that comes with a 3-in-1 feature, then this is just for you. At this price, it’s really a steal! Many have purchased this without regret.
Price: $450 range
9) STAR AIR portable aircon 10000Btu
Though the brand is uncommon, it’s getting very popular in Singapore thanks to the very affordable price. If all you need is to cool a small room size, then your objective is already met with just as small budget as this comes with a 10,000 BTU. Even with this amount, you are still getting a 3-in-1 feature with the dehumidifier!
Price: $400 range
10) TCL 10.000 BTU Portable Aircon TAC-10CPA/HNG
This is one of the lower end range from TCL offering a decent 10,000 BTU for such a very low price. If you have an extremely low budget but only require cooling down a small room size, then this is ideal for you. This is another very popular purchase among many due to its price and the fact that it also has a 3-in-1 feature, cooling, fan and a dehumidifier! There’s really nothing more to ask for at this amazing price. Due to this, it is often out of stock but it’s worth the wait!
Price: $370 range
Top 10 Portable Air Conditioners Price List
|TOP 10 Portable Aircon||Est Price||BTU|
|EuropAce EPAC 20S||S$ 1400||20K|
|Honeywell Mm-14Ccs||S$ 980||14K|
|EuropAce EPAC 14T6||S$ 800||14K|
|EuropAce EPAC 12T6||S$ 700||12K|
|Honeywell Mn-10Ces||S$ 670||10K|
|EuropAce EPAC 12T8||S$ 500||12K|
|TCL TAC-12CPA/HNG||S$ 460||12K|
|EuropAce EPAC 12T2||S$ 450||12K|
|STAR AIR||S$ 400||10K|
|TCL TAC-10CPA/HNG||S$ 370||10K|
Very important tip:
For your portable aircon, ensure you keep the exhaust hose straight and not bent. This is particularly important because you do not want to have your hose end up with moisture as these particles may end up flowing back to the aircon unit. You do not want this to happen because it may damage or shorten the life span of your portable aircon unit. Hope this helps! Before you go, If you have some time, do have a read below how portable aircon can be greener than central aircon, courtesy of Ben & Nick from the Guide to Portable AC repair.
Guide for Buying the Right Portable Air Conditioner
Consider a portable AC if one of the following applies to your circumstances:
- You are supplementing central cooling
- You are not allowed to use a window unit in your residence
- You are looking for an alternative to a wall or window AC unit
- Your home does not have central air conditioning
If you buy the wrong size or type of AC unit, you may not find the convenience and efficiency for which you are looking. A portable AC unit is just what its name suggests: portable. You do not have to place it in a wall. Portable air conditioners are small enough to move from one room to another and are great choices for those who want to save money.
People who live in an area with high humidity can appreciate portable air conditioners for their ability to not only lower temperature, but also lower the humidity levels as well.
Portable Air Conditioners and BTUs
It is important to pay attention to the BTU rating assigned to your portable unit. British Thermal Units (BTUs) are energy units that are used to power, generate steam, and produce air conditioning or heat as the appliance requires. The BTU rating determines the amount of power and cooling used by the portable unit. When the BTU rating is high, the air conditioner is stronger.
The capacity for cooling is usually between 5,000 BTUS and 30,000 BTUs. The size of the room determines the amount of BTUs you need. Cooling efficiency is connected to the BTUs and if you buy the wrong unit, the efficiency will not match with your room size and will not work in the way it should.
A portable air conditioner with a BTU rating that is too high should not be used in a small room because the unit will cycle to off faster and will not take enough humidity out of the air. A portable unit with too low of a BTU rating for the size of the room will not cool the room the way it is meant to do.
To calculate the BTU rating you need, just follow the instructions below:
Measure the room height and width and multiply the two together to get the square footage. Measure the size of the window. Find out requirements for plugs and electric for each room in which you plan to use the portable unit. Use the chart below to find the BTU rating you will need. As an example, if a room’s measurements are 18 by 25 feet, you would calculate the necessary BTU rating like this:
- Multiply 18 by 25 to get an answer of 450 in square footage.
- Square footage of 450 needs a portable AC with 10,000 BTUs.
|Room Size (square footage)||BTU Recommendations|
If you do not want to use the chart or your room size does not match the above chart, you can do your own calculation by multiplying the room’s square footage by 35.
Whether you use the chart or your own calculation, the estimate will be based on the average climate. Use the exceptions that follow to obtain more accurate results:
For areas with full sun and multiple levels, add 10 percent of the calculated BTUs to the figure.
For areas that have more shade, subtract 10 percent.
For areas containing more than two people, add 600 BTUs to the estimated BTU requirements.
If you are cooling a kitchen, add 4,000 BTUs to the estimate. When you know the requirements for BTUs, go here to see our portable air conditioners and choose the model you will need. If you need some help to calculate the size of your room, you can call our professionals for advice. We make it a point to help our customers.
What BTU Ratings have to do with Portable Air Conditioners?
The cooling capacity of all ACs range from 5,000 – 30,000 BTUs. In this case, a conditioner with 30,000 BTUs would be the strongest air conditioner available. When you buy an AC that does not match the BTU rating for the room in which you are placing it, problems will arise.
When a portable air conditioner has too high of a BTU rating for the space, it will switch off and on too soon. When this happens, it will not be able to pull enough moisture from the air. If the BTU rating is too low, it will run for long periods in the attempt to cool the room, but it will not be enough to keep the room cool, which is uncomfortable and a waste of money.
1) Is portable unit different than one that is made for windows?
Portable air conditioners are moveable and do not have to be set in a window. Because of the sizes of our units, which range from 29 to 34 inches in height and are 65 to 80 pounds, they are perfectly portable. Those who live in rentals or communities that do not allow window air conditioners will be satisfied with our portable air conditioner options.
2) What is the difference between a portable air conditioner and a portable air cooler?
The portable cooler is like a mini version of a swamp cooler. They take in air and cool it by adding humidity to it. Coolers send out a direct air stream that lowers temps 10 to 15 degrees. The temps around the stream are not as cool. In contrast, the portable air conditioner takes water out of the air, cools the air, and sends out cooler, dryer air that circulates through the room. A portable AC cools with a compressor and with Freon. It lowers humidity levels and cools rooms better than a cooler.
3) Why do portable conditioners have to be vented and how is this done?
In order to properly cool an area, portable ACs pull hot air in and then vent it outside. We provide a window venting kit with every portable air conditioner we sell and do not charge extra for it. Portable ACs can vent through walls, windows, doors, attics, or drop ceilings. To vent through a window, just measure and cut the Plexiglas to fit the window size, measure and cut a 5 inch circle in it for the venting hose to go through, and install the AC over the open window. This way, the air conditioner can be vented and light can still come through the window. For more information on venting a portable air conditioner, see our instructional guide.
4) How long are exhaust hoses?
The standard length for exhaust hoses is between 5 and 7 feet. These are well-made, flexible hoses that fit through a 5-inch opening for venting.
5) How are window kits used?
Our window kits come with foam that is cut to fit the measurements of standard window sizes. These windows include windows that slide or windows that open and close from up to down up to four feet in size. If a window is larger, you can easily find more foam at a local hardware. The window closes against the foam to keep it sealed and the venting hose fits through the 5-inch hole in the foam. You can move this from one window to another in just a few minutes.
6) Is it possible to make the hose longer?
The included hose is cut to a standard of 5 to 7 feet. If you need a longer hose, these are easily purchased at the hardware store. It is not recommended to extend the hose to more than 12 feet or have more than a 90-degree bend in those. If the hose fits into the dryer’s exhaust hose, you can vent through that as long as the venting flap that goes outside is taken out.
7) Will my portable air conditioner collect water?
Portable units commonly collect water because of the way in which they cool. The water goes into a reservoir that is part of the air conditioner. Our portable air conditioners help to prevent leaks with a feature that turns it off to keep water from overflowing the reservoir. When this happens, you can empty the water into a drip pan or connect a hose to the reservoir to drain it. Newer portables often come with a special feature that allows the conditioner to evaporate the water and uses it to cool the coil. These portable ACs produce very little water to collect from the reservoir and do not often need emptied unless the air around it is especially humid.
8) What about energy efficiency?
The EER (energy efficiency ratio) describes efficiency by comparison to other unit costs of operation. A higher EER rating means more energy efficiency. All EER ratings of 10 or more are considered to be excellent ratings. All portable ACs can save money on electricity because they are made to cool just the room you are using rather than the entire home. Our portable air conditioners have the average household standard of 115 volts to 60 hertz. These usually use about 7 to 10 amps and have a 3 pronged plug that fits outlets installed in all houses and apartments.
9) Will a portable air conditioner cool a computer server room?
Computer server rooms are cooled with portable ACs quite often. Because of the heat that is produced by computers, even small rooms should have a 12,000 BTU air conditioning unit. Portable air conditioners will keep the air cool and dry, which is important for computers.
10) Why is a portable air conditioner preferable to central air or a swamp cooler?
Portable ACs are recommended when a central air conditioner is:
- Too expensive
- Not practical
- Not possible
Two important advantages of using a portable unit include portability and the ease of installing it. While a portable air conditioner must be vented, it does not have to be permanently installed. The majority of portables have caster wheels to let you move the unit from one room to another. Because they can be used to cool one area at a time, they use less electricity than central air, which cools the whole home even when it is not necessary to do so.
11) How do portable air conditioners work?
Portable AC units have simple construction and operation. A box contains both the cold and hot areas in one area and the venting hose blows the hot air outside. The unit takes humidity from the air and the extra water is collected in a reservoir or drain hose. Some units contain evaporation technology that evaporates all of the water or leaves very little of it in the case of high humidity. There are many portable ACs that perform more than one function. Various air conditioners function as air purifiers, dehumidifiers, and heaters. This means that portable ACs can be used for more than just cooling and are functional throughout the year.
12) Portable Aircon Greener than Central Aircon?
Yes, air conditioning can and does affect the environment. During the summer, when ACs are used on a consistent basis, they can run to excess, using more energy and producing gasses that can be bad for the world around us. However, for most of us, the idea of living in discomfort is not a reasonable one. Hot weather calls for air conditioning. You can lessen the production of greenhouse gasses and say cool at the same time. Study the following tips for keeping your air conditioning use as green as possible:
- Forgo Central Air for a Portable Air Conditioner
Instead of trying to cool the entire house, a room AC unit cools the area in which it is placed. When you are spending time in one room, there is no need to cool the ones that are empty. Portable units can be moved from one room to another. The set-up is easy and you will be doing your part to use as little energy as possible.
- Learn and Understand the Energy Efficiency Ratio
When the EER is high, your unit is as efficient as possible. In fact, there is a law that states all portable units must have a rating of 10. If the product information does not discuss the EER, figure it out for yourself by dividing the British Thermal Units by the amount of watts that are used.
- Look for the Energy Star Logo
Energy Star is a program set up and run by the U.S. EPA and the energy department. So for, the program has reduced the cost of energy by more than 800 million dollars. It has saved over 6 billion in kilowatt-hours by putting its stamp on products that are energy efficient. Portable air conditioning units that have been approved by Energy Star use less energy, which reduces the impact on the environment and keeps your energy costs down.
- Make Sure You Use R-410A as Your Refrigerant
Older refrigerants, such as the R-22 contain chlorine, which actively harms the ozone. This and other refrigerants based in hydro chlorofluorocarbon are the refrigerants that have been in use for decades. R-22 has been banned from AC manufacturing in both the United States and the European Union. R-410A was developed in 1991 and is your best choice for remaining earth-friendly.
- Make Sure Your Portable Air Conditioner is the Correct Size
A portable unit that is too small works harder and uses more electricity just to keep the room as cool as it can. One that is too large cannot capture humidity and dry the air as well as a conditioner that is the right size. Units that are too large will cycle off and on and this is not energy efficient or satisfactory for comfort. To get the size right, your AC unit should have 35 BTUs per square foot of the room. This can vary according to whether the room is well lit with sunlight or is more shaded; there are few or many people in the room, and how efficiently the room is insulated. You can go here to learn more about choosing the correct size unit for your needs.
- Be Sure to Install and Vent the Portable Air Conditioner as Directed
When a portable AC pulls warm air in, cools the air, and then pushes the cooler air back into the area, the heat taken from the air has to be vented. Accessories for proper venting are included with many portable air conditioners. These consist of a hose and a kit for windows that will push the warm air outside. To install and vent your AC correctly, read and follow the instructions provided by the manufacturer. If it is not venting as it is supposed to do, you will end up using more energy and spending more money to continuously cool the warm air that keeps coming back into the room. Here is our guide for venting your portable unit.
- Make Sure Your Portable Air Conditioner Stays Clean
When a portable AC collects dust and other particles, it does not operate at its best. Check and clean your AC’s vents and filters to keep your portable conditioner working at top efficiency.
- Use the Timer
Make a point of buying a portable air conditioner with special features such as a thermostat that comes on when the room hits a particular temperature and turns off when it has done its job. Many also come with timers so you can set the AC to stop running when there are not any people in the room. You can also set these to slow down or use the fan to keep the air circulating without using extra power to cool the room.
- Keep the Room Nice and Cool
Your portable air conditioner will not have to run and use as much energy if you do your best to cut down on heat in the room in other ways. Some of these methods include shutting doors and windows, and closing curtains to block the sunlight. When certain lights and electronic equipment are not needed, turn them off. These are another source of heat. Plant shade trees around your home to keep it cooler and reduce your air conditioning usage.
- Make Sure You Are as Cool as Possible
You can stay a little cooler by wearing lighter fabrics that flow loosely around your body, drinking more water to keep yourself hydrated, dining on cold foods and avoiding foods that stimulate heat. Use ice packs on your neck or soak a bandana in water and tie it on your head. You can cool off by placing your wrists under cold, running water for 10 seconds or placing your feet in ice water for a few seconds. This can help keep you cool for up to an hour. Eat cold desserts, such as ice cream and frozen juices or other sweetened drinks. By doing some of these things, you can reduce your dependence on the AC unit and save even more in energy and money.
While many of us do our best to protect the environment, there is no reason to be uncomfortable or even sick from the heat. Your portable air conditioner does not have to be a problem for the environment.
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