While overly dry and hot air comes with its problems, too much moisture can also lead to issues with mold and mildew, making homes feel humid and hot. If humidity is affecting you, you may be wondering whether or not your portable AC can act as a humidifier. If you already have a portable AC and want to know if it can be used to humidify, you will get to know all about it here.
Portable AC vs. Dehumidifier
A portable AC is a moveable, free-standing AC unit designed for cooling one or two rooms rather than the whole house. It features a vent tube to release hot air out of the window and it is a good option for people looking for affordable alternatives.
A humidifier, on the other hand, will be a device that will remove moisture from the air. Although you can easily find basic moisture absorbers that make use of desiccants to absorb water, they usually work via a condenser system that will convert the moisture in the air into large water droplets as the air gets pulled through the machine. These units come with built-in water collection tanks that water droplets are filtered into, although some also give you the option to continuously drain the water out of the window or into a sink. So combining the two will only add to your benefit and help you battle the summer heat.
Can portable ACs dehumidify your rooms?
Now coming to the link between a portable AC and humidifiers. Portable AC units make use of a refrigerant to cool air before blowing chilled air back into the room. During the refrigeration process, some moisture will be removed from the air, so all ACs dehumidify the rooms to some degree. However, there are certain portable ACs that are specifically designed to dehumidify as well. Dehumidifying the air will make your room cooler even if the ambient temperature remains the same, so it makes total sense for ACs to dehumidify and get more impressive results.
There are many great portable ACs out there. If you already own one, how to tell if it comes with an in-built dehumidifier? You can look at the control panel for the “mode” button that helps you switch between modes. The dehumidifying mode might be called “dehumidify” but it is often called “dry”. If you’re still unsure, you can check the user manual that came with your AC or look up the AC unit online and you’ll be able to tell whether or not your portable AC can dehumidify.
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