Portable Air Conditioners vs Portable Evaporative Coolers


After weeks of hot and muggy afternoons, you are probably looking for any way to stay cool. Portable evaporative coolers and portable ACs are two basic options to regulate temperatures and bring you some relief from the heat. We will explain the differences between evaporative air coolers and portable ACs - so you can decide which to choose for the summer months.


Evaporative Cooler

Evaporative cooling systems, which are often called ‘swamp coolers’, use the natural process of water evaporation to suck heat out of the air. In the process, the evaporative cooler uses a fan to draw the warm air inside the unit. Then the water evaporates and turns from liquid to gas, which removes heat energy from the air. Then this unit will produce a humid and cool effect.



Portable AC

You may be more familiar with a portable AC which has the same concept as the central AC system or a window AC. The cooling technology that the air conditioning system requires can be quite complex. To be brief, the AC unit pulls in warm indoor air, uses a refrigerant to absorb the heat out of the air, then releases cool air back into the room and exhausts the hot air to the outside.



Pros & Cons

Pros of evaporative coolers


Pros of portable ACs



Additional Features Available with Portable ACs

If both portable ACs and portable evaporative coolers could meet your needs, you may want to consider the extra features of portable ACs. Some models of them have a heating function for year-round comfort and to take the chill out of the room during the winter months. Other units have WiFi control to allow you to make your home comfortable before you even arrive. You can check out more features on our Portable AC buying guide.


Find The Right Product for You

A portable AC can cool your space very effectively, but it is a little more expensive. An evaporative cooler is quieter and cheaper, but it takes more time to have an impact and will have a humidifying effect, so it may not work the best in places that are already very humid. Choose a unit according to your own situation and enjoy a cool life!


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