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How do you set up a portable air conditioner?

A portable air conditioner provides coolness during a hot summer day, but the portable air conditioner can't do it's job if it's not properly set up. In this article, we'll tell you how to set up a portable air conditioner in 5 steps so that it optimally cools your room.

Set up portable air conditioner in 5 steps

Exhaust hose portable air conditioner

You need to keep a couple of things in mind, both before and during the setup of your portable air conditioner. We've divided the setup of the air conditioner into 5 steps.

Step 1. Place the air conditioner near a window or exterior door.

Step 2. Make sure there's a socket nearby.

Step 3. Keep the exhaust hose as straight as possible.

Step 4. Check the surroundings of the air conditioner.

Step 5. Use a window seal kit.

Step 1: place the air conditioner near a window or exterior door

Open window

A portable air conditioner needs to be able to lead the hot air outside via the exhaust hose. That's why you should always place the air conditioner near a window that can open or an exterior door.

Step 2: make sure there's a socket nearby

Connector and socket

Don't use an extension cord to extend the power cable of a portable air conditioner. This can be dangerous. That's why you should always check the length of the cable and see if it's long enough to reach the socket.

Step 3: keep the exhaust hose as straight as possible

Exhaust hose as straight as possible

You should keep the exhaust hose as horizontal as possible. If you position the hose more vertically, the air conditioner becomes less powerful. Is your window high up? A portable air conditioner may not be the best solution to keep your room cool. A split air conditioner might be a better idea.

Step 4: check the surroundings of the air conditioner

Close curtains in a room

Before you turn on the air conditioner, check to see if the curtains are closed and if unnecessary electrical devices like a TV or radio that's not being used are turned off. That way, you know for sure nothing will keep the portable air conditioner from cooling down your room.

Step 5: use a window seal kit

Window seal

You should use a window seal kit to keep the hot air outside from coming inside. This window seal closes off any small cracks around the window. A window seal kit is often included by default with an air conditioner, but the included kit might not be suitable for the type of windows that you have. That's why it's smart to check what type of window seal is included.

What should you not do?

There's a couple of things that you shouldn't do, either because of safety issues or because they make the air conditioner less efficient. Of course, every air conditioner is different. That's why you should carefully read the manual before use and see what you can and can't do. In addition, you should never extend the drain hose and never lead the drain hose to a different room or the hallway. Always lead it outside.

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