Some homeowners may not prefer having a standard air conditioning unit. Some people find that the cooling is inefficient, as it blasts cool air from only a single location in the room, rather than from many vents of central air. Some people are also wary of how the outdoor unit hangs precariously over ledges or out a window, posing risk for passerby below. Some people even have aesthetic and interior design qualms about standard air conditioning units, hating how big and bulky they can be on a living room or bedroom wall.
But with the Singapore weather constantly leaning towards heat and humidity—is there any other choice for getting the temperature inside your home to acceptable levels?
The answer: portable aircons. Portable air conditioners are terrifically handy. They’re usually inexpensive—at least much less expensive than a traditional air conditioner unit. And despite being less common than your standard AC unit, there are a variety of portable aircons to choose from. Multiple brands and aircon manufacturers sell different units that have different functions and features. With so many on the market to choose from, how do you figure out which portable aircon is the best for your home?
We’ve compiled a comprehensive list of the top 10 portable aircons you can find in Singapore, suitable to every type of household and homeowner lifestyle:
This model is an excellent choice for homeowners who value an air conditioner that is both compact and great at dehumidification. Since the Akira Portable Aircon ACP-121M 12000BTU is so small and compact, it can easily be transported from room to room. This model comes with helpful features such as self-diagnosis and auto-protection that guarantees the shelf life of the unit. It also has a great self-evaporating system so that you won’t have to constantly drain the unit. A great choice if you want something small, efficient, and discrete.
The EuropAce Portable Aircon is notable for its ability to rapidly cool a room despite it’s compact size. Don’t let size fool you—this unit comes with a whopping 12,000 BTU output, capable of swiftly cooling a room of up to 400 square feet. Additional features include a powerful rotary compressor and an all-in-one package of air cooling, dehumidification, and fan functions. Not to mention—it’s environmentally-friendly! The EPAC12C makes use of refrigerant that is CFC free.
While not as powerful as the EPAC12C, the EPAC-10P still packs a punch with a 10,000 BTU output. While not as fully-featured as the unit listed above, the EPAC-10P is still capable of rapid cooling large areas, and comes with an auto-evaporation system that allows you to use the unit extensively without having to repeatedly drain it. Other notable features include an electrostatic filter, an LED display, and an automatic shut-off timer. The unit also comes with wheels, making it easier to transfer from room to room.
An especially powerful unit, the EuropAce Portable Aircon EPAC14P has an output of 14,000 BTU. This is great if you have a particularly large room, as the EPAC14P will be able to cool it with no problem. This model is also an excellent choice for environmentalists, as the unit is made from recyclable materials. Basically a standard air conditioning unit in a more convenient, compact form, the model comes with all the usual aircon functions: cooling, dehumidifying, and fan functions.
With it’s 10,000 BTU output, the TAC10RC is great for cooling large to medium rooms. This is another model that comes with a handy self-evaporating feature great for anyone who doesn’t want to spend all that time and effort draining their portable aircon every so often. This particular unit also recycles the water that condenses in the unit, making for great cooling efficiency. Other stand-out features include intuitive, easy-to-use controls and an anti-freezing function.
Another powerhouse of a unit with 14,000 BTU, the Honeywell portable aircon is particularly great at dehumidifying. Great for homeowners who live in areas that get particularly humid, the Honeywell Portable Aircon MM14CCS can remove as much as 94 pints of water in the air—in just a day! The LED controls are light to the touch and the unit comes with adjustable temperatures and a programmable timer, as well as a handy self-evaporation system.
Another great environmentally-friendly option, the EuropAce Portable Aircon is a great dehumidifier made from recyclable materials. Just like it’s 12C sister, this unit has a strong compressor and great cooling power, the only difference being its size. The 12S is bigger with a larger air outlet, making it a little bit less convenient than the pricier 12C. A notable feature is that the 12S has an Ion Generator function, allowing the unit to actually clean the air that circulates through it.
With a 12,000 BTU output, this portable aircon can cool large spaces, has a high energy efficiency rating, and is easy to use with its LED display and feather-light control buttons. The unit also comes with a remote control, meaning you can adjust the cooling without ever having to leave the comfort of your bed or couch. Other features include a self-evaporating system, a wide-angle air outlet, and an automatic swing function.
More for smaller-sized rooms due to its 10,000 BTU output, the Trentios Portable Aircon more than makes up for the lack of horsepower by being the only portable aircon in this list that features FOUR system functions: cooling, dehumidifying, fan, and heating functions. Yes, you read that right: heating. With a high energy efficiency rating and a self-evaporating system, this model is a great choice for staying comfortable no matter what the weather situation may be.
An all-around convenient device, the EuropAce EPAC 14 not only has a self-evaporating system, it also doesn’t require a water tank! With this model, manual draining is a thing of the past. With a 14,000 BTU output, the unit can rapidly cool large rooms and comes with sleep mode, auto-restart, and a built-in timer. Also, features such as the self-diagnostic and auto protection functions, paired with the washable filter, ensure that this portable aircon will last you a long, long while.
Choosing the Best Portable Aircon
These are only a few of the numerous portable aircons you can find in the Singapore market. While this is a list of what we personally recommend, it doesn’t hurt to do your own research! You’ll want a unit that fits both your lifestyle and the aesthetic of your home. Other things to consider are the level of convenience you want from the portable aircon and your budget for the purchase.
Ask yourself, will the portable aircon stay in just one room, or would you like to be able to easily transfer it from one room to another? Do you want your portable aircon to look discrete and compact, or are you alright with a bigger and slightly bulkier unit? How much are you willing to pay for a unit, especially considering how your electricity bill will rise with constant use? The answers to these questions will let you know what you need to look for, whether it be a portable aircon with a strong cooling output or one with the best energy efficiency rating.
It’s also important to remember that, just like a standard air conditioner, even portable air conditioners need to be kept in excellent condition to be able to perform optimally and efficiently. If you need help with deciding on a portable air conditioner, or you need repairs or maintenance performed on your current portable aircon, then don’t hesitate to call us at Oasis Aircon Singapore! Offering premium service for affordable rates, our team of experts will be happy to help with any and all of your aircon needs!