What is an Outdoor Air Conditioner?

Outdoor Portable Air Conditioner

Wouldn’t it be great to have a way to cool off during the hot summer while you’re outside? Well, with portable outdoor air conditioners, you can do just that. These units provide the relief that many of us are looking for. Below, we talk about how these units work, show some examples of current models, and some tips about about outdoor ACs.

Why an Outdoor AC?

You may be wondering why spend the money on an outdoor air conditioner in the first place. Well, for those of us to like to be outside this is a great option to keep cool. These ACs come in handy during sporting events, outdoor gatherings, mechanic bays and other types of events where people spend a long time outdoors and want to be kept cool.

How They Work

Outdoor ACs use an “evaporative” method of cooling the air. While traditional air conditioners use refrigerant, these units use water and a special filter to extract heat from the surrounding air and blow out cold air. Because of this, they are also called evaporative coolers. For more information on Outdoor Air Conditioners, and to see the top models on the market, please see this article.

Outdoor air conditioners come in different sizes and capacities. Some are the size of indoor portable air conditioners  and can be used inside or outside, while others are larger and are built just for the outside.

Outdoor Air Conditioner Models

Here are some examples of outdoor units:

  • Honeywell CO25AE 52 Pt. Indoor/Outdoor Portable Evaporative Air Cooler

Honeywell Indoor-Outdoor Portable AC

This Honeywell unit can be used in a bedroom, living room or in the garage or back porch. For more information or to purchase, please visit this page.

  • Port-A-Cool Unit with 700 sq foot capacity Outdoor Portable Air Conditioner with 700 sq ft capacity

This evaporative AC will cool a pretty good-sized area. For more information or to purchase, please visit this page.

  • Port-A-Cool unit with 900 sq. foot capacityOutdoor Air Conditioner 900 sq. ft.

This unit will lower the temperature 15-25 degrees. For more information or to purchase, visit this page.

  • Islander Outdoor Portable Air Conditioner

Portable Outdoor Air Conditioner Islander

This outdoor air conditioner is built for patios and other home settings. This video gives more details:

You can get more information from the manufacturer here and to purchase, please visit this page.

Other Things to Consider

These units will cost less to operate than traditional air conditioners. Some people have even replaced their central AC and replaced it with an evaporative system. These systems work best in dry climate conditions, though. They are more expensive to purchase and install, but will save money in the long run.

Since outdoor ACs use water, they will need to be refilled daily. The larger units allow for a traditional garden hose to be attached to them, while the smaller units will need to be refilled manually.

When used indoors, the evaporative coolers will tend to create humidity. If you live in a dry climate, this will not be an issue. For those who live in a more humid climate, opening a window will definitely help.

Whether you are working on your car in the garage, hosting an outdoor party or working on that remodeling project, portable air conditioners provide a viable solution for those of us who like to keep cool while outside.

For more information on DIY air conditioning, you can check out our friends at The Air Conditioner Home Guide.