Let’s take a look at the most popular types of air conditioners.
Models like Frigidaire FFRA051WAE – they are not portable at all because you have to install them in your window.
You can choose between less powerful mini AC units and more powerful full-size models for larger rooms.
The cheaper units like the one above have mechanical controls built in the unit and no remote. The more feature-rich models have full-size remote controllers, wifi connectivity, voice control, and many other features.
Through-the-Wall Air Conditioners
The through-the-wall air conditioners are similar to the window ACs with few differences. The most noticeable difference is that window AC vents through the back and sides, but wall AC only thru the back.
Select AC models can be mounted both through the window and the wall.
Split-System Air Conditioners
Split-System Air Conditioner consists of a compressor (‘the box’) that is placed outside your house, one or more blower units, and a bunch of hoses and wires connecting the units.
The split system models are more expensive and more difficult to install but they provide more benefits. One unit can provide cooling (and also heating!) to multiple rooms.
So why would you choose a portable air conditioner? First of all, you can take it anywhere you want; it is moveable. Fixing the conventional window type or split type air conditioners can be very expensive, so the portable ones are a cheaper option. They work in a similar way to everyday ACs. They also require outlet hoses to let the warm air out of the room through the windows.