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It’s easy to stay cool indoors during warm weather if you have the right equipment. Ace Hardware carries a range of air conditioning units from top-rated brands, both in-store and online. No matter how hot it is outside, you won’t break a sweat indoors with a portable or wall AC unit from Ace.

What’s the Difference Between a Wall AC Unit and a Portable Unit?

The major difference between a wall and portable indoor air conditioners is that a wall AC unit is installed in a window, whereas a portable unit occupies space on the floor and connects an exhaust vent into an opening outdoors.

Compared to portable air conditioners, wall units are quieter, save space, and tend to be more energy-efficient. However, wall AC units are heavier and not as easy to install, move and store, and may pose a security risk if they’re installed on the ground floor. Portable air conditioners, meanwhile, are lightweight and easily portable, compact in storage, and easy to install. They allow you to move the unit from room to room for greater versatility with little strain.

What Is an Evaporative Cooler?

An evaporative cooler, or swamp cooler, harnesses the natural process of evaporation to remove heat from your home. These units generally use less energy than other types of indoor air coolers, but they tend to be less effective in humid climates. If you live in a hot, dry climate, an evaporative cooler may be the perfect solution for you.

How to Choose the Right Air Conditioner for Your Home

The most important thing you need to know when you’re choosing an evaporative cooler or a wall or portable air conditioning unit is the size of the room you want to cool. Once you know the square footage, you can determine the number of BTUs, or British thermal units, you’ll need. BTUs are a measure of the amount of energy an air conditioner unit requires to cool your room.

The BTU range for residential air conditioning is between 5,000 BTUs for a small room and up to 32,000 BTUs for a small house. The BTUs will be stated on the packaging, along with how many square feet the unit will cool.

Other air conditioner features to consider include:

  • Wi-Fi compatibility
  • Remote control operation
  • Energy saver mode
  • Self-diagnosis alerts
  • Washable window AC filters

How to Maintain Your Indoor Air Cooler

At Ace, you’ll find a selection of AC parts and accessories to help you keep your cooling unit clean and operating efficiently all-season long. Head to Ace for everything from weather stripping, fin tools, and covers for a window unit to replacement capacitors and mounting brackets for indoor air conditioners.

What’s more, you can follow these tips to reduce the cooling load on your AC unit for a lower energy bill and higher comfort level:

  • Use a ceiling or portable fan when you’re in a room to keep cool air circulating.
  • Close the shades when the sun is hitting your windows to reduce heating.
  • Keep the area you’re cooling closed off from larger areas to keep it more comfortable.

Shop Top-Rated Air Conditioning Brands at Ace Hardware

Stay cool during the next heat wave with our selection of AC units from top brands, including Phoenix, Portacool, and Perfect Aire. Ace makes it easy to find, buy and install the right air conditioning system for your home. For more advice on home comfort solutions, talk to an expert at your local Ace Hardware store.