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Portable Air Conditioner BTU Changes: What You Need to Know

Portable AC UnitAre you trying to find the best portable air conditioner for your home? Your timing is impeccable! Starting in spring of 2018, portable air conditioning units of all brands will benefit from a newly-improved BTU rating system. This update provides a more accurate BTU, meaning your portable unit will be supremely efficient in keeping your room cool. Here's everything you need to know about this new rating:

What is a BTU rating, and what does it stand for?

BTU stands for British Thermal Unit. A BTU is an expression of the amount of energy needed to raise 1 pound of water by 1 degree Fahrenheit while at sea level. For air conditioners, this rating tells you how many BTUs per hour the machine can remove from the air. The higher the rating, the more high-intensity the cooling.  

Why did the BTU rating for portable A/Cs need an upgrade?

Portable air conditioners were originally labeled with the same BTU rating system as window and through-the-wall air conditioners, and it wasn't until recently that manufacturers realized this led to an inaccurate assessment of the unit's cooling capabilities. When an air conditioner is cooling a room, the unit's cooling mechanism ends up emitting some heat. Unlike a window or wall unit, a portable air conditioner sits entirely inside a room, and the emitted heat ends up dissipating into the very space it's trying to cool. This means the room isn't getting as cool as the portable unit's BTU rating indicates. With the new BTU system, you'll get a portable A/C unit that's more accurately rated, which means better cooling and greater efficiency.

What are the new BTU ratings?

BTU ratings will be slightly lower than they were for a unit of comparable size before the update. For example, a portable air conditioner with an old rating of 8000 BTUs would have a new rating of 5150 BTUs. Now when you measure your room's square footage to figure out the best BTU rating, you'll be getting a more accurately-rated unit to create a cooler room!

How will I know a portable AC unit’s new rating?

All portable air conditioners will have both the old and new BTU rating included on the packaging for 2018. If a unit was manufactured before 2018, a sticker will be placed on the packaging indicating the new BTU rating. Ratings will be updated on the P.C. Richard & Son website in late spring of 2018.

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Does this change impact all styles of air conditioners?

This change only applies to portable models. Other styles of air conditioners will not be affected by this BTU labelling update.

If you have any other questions about this BTU rating update, we are here to help! Call us at 877-727-1909 for any further information about the 2018 portable air conditioner BTU change.


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