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There is nothing worse than living in a hot home during a hot Boston summer. You do whatever you can to find relief, but nothing seems good enough. This affects the way you sleep, the way you eat, and your mood as a whole.

Fortunately, even if you don’t have central air conditioning, there are ways to cool your home. Two of the best options include:

  • Ductless AC
  • Portable AC

Over the past few years, portable AC units have grown in popularity. Not only are they efficient in regards to cooling a room, but they’re also relatively affordable.

Here are some of the reasons to consider portable AC:[i]

  • You can purchase a unit for less than $300
  • You can install it yourself, which saves you money
  • Modern units are more energy efficient than ever before

Along with the above, a portable AC is a quick fix. If you’re hot right now, you can drive to your local store, buy a unit, and have it installed within a few hours. You don’t have to wait around to cool down.

However, there are some reasons why a portable AC doesn’t work for many people:

  • It only works to cool a small portion of your home, such as 400 square feet or less
  • You still have to drain it to the outside, which detracts from the curb appeal of your home
  • Even the most energy efficient units will cost you a lot of money in electricity
  • Since the unit sits on your floor, it’ll take up space in your home

Now, let’s take a look at some of the benefits of ductless AC:

  • You can install multiple indoor air handlers to ensure that your entire home is getting cool air
  • The installation process is relatively fast, typically being completed in a full day (or less) by a professional
  • Individual air handlers allow you to set different temperatures for different zones
  • Quiet operation
  • Energy efficient operation, which will save you money over the long run

There’s nothing wrong with comparing the pros and cons of ductless AC and a portable AC unit. However, the deeper you dig, the more you’ll realize that a portable system is nothing more than a stop-gap. It can provide cool air to a single room or small space, but it won’t give you comfort throughout your home.

So, before you go and spend money on one or more portable AC unit, consider the benefits of going all-in with a ductless AC system. It’ll cost you more upfront and professional installation is required, but you’ll make out with more benefits in the future.

If you’re ready to install a ductless AC system or simply have questions, contact us for professional advice and guidance. We’ll make sure that you understand exactly what one of these systems can do for your home.


[i] https://www.sylvane.com/blog/portable-air-conditioners-benefits/