Portable Air Conditioners

Image Credit: Dimplex (www.dimplex.com.au)

Image Credit: Dimplex (www.dimplex.com.au)

argon Busters: Portable Air Conditioners

Automatic de-icing: Automatically defrosts built-up ice on the heating coils of air conditioners.

BTU: Occasionally, portable air conditioners will provide a British Thermal Unit (BTU) rating instead of a kW rating on the box. This is a unit of energy used in the British and US air conditioner industries. One watt equals approximately 3.41 BTUs. (As with kWs, the more BTUs the air conditioner has, the bigger and more powerful it will be.)

Drip tray: Collects condensation or excess moisture from the AC system.

Ducted condenser: Expels hot air from the air conditioner out of a series of ducts.

EER: The Energy Efficiency Rating (EER) indicates how good an air conditioner is at turning electricity into cooling. Reverse-cycle air conditioners have two separate efficiency ratings for heating and cooling (heating in red, cooling in blue). Naturally, the more stars an air conditioner receives, the more energy efficient it will be.

Filter: Removes solid particles, such as dust and pollen, from the air.

Inverter: A specialised fan and motor system that cools and heats rooms at varying speeds for more efficient energy consumption.

kW: An air conditioner's output capacity is measured in kilowatts (kW). Kilowatts measure the amount of heat that will be removed (cooling) or added (heating) to the room/s in your house. As the kW rating increases, the size, weight and cost of the air conditioner generally increase as well.

Remote condenser: Expels hot air through a tube or hose, usually through a window.

Restart delay: Air conditioners are not designed to be turned off and immediately back on. So if the power is accidentally shut off, the restart delay function will safely start the air conditioner after a couple minutes.

Reverse-cycle: A function that lets air conditioners both heat and cool rooms.

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