When my wife and I bought our first house we never even thought to consider how efficiently the air conditioner would keep the house cool during the summer. Lesson learned. During the annual summer heat wave that blasts north Texas, the best way to keep cool is with a portable air conditioner. There are some types of air conditioners that cost several hundreds of dollars, but here are some cheap portable air conditioners that might not make you freeze but still work well.
This small, lightweight fan and mini-air conditioner works well as a cheap portable air conditioner. You can hold this fan or use it as a desk fan. Because it can be hand-held, it is a great option to use outdoors.
The manufacturer states that this fan can cool the air up to 30 degrees. While that remains to be seen, the fact that it is designed for use in close proximity to where you are located, it is sure to cool you down.
It runs on batteries or USB Power, and the cooling feature comes from adding water to the system. The Handy Cooler is listed at $49.95 on Amazon.
Portable Evaporative Air Cooler
This cheap portable air conditioner utilizes a 10-liter water tank to cool the air. This water tank also allows the air conditioner to function as an air humidifier. It also has three speeds and a timer that can be set anywhere between 30 minutes and seven-and-a-half hours.
Since this air conditioner works off of a water tank it is probably best utilized in dry climates. I can't imagine getting too much cooling effect in humid areas. And due to its size (about 24 inches tall), it will most likely not result in a drastic drop in room temperature.
But the reviews are positive and it runs for $96.69 on Amazon.
High-Velocity 3-Speed Oscillating Blower Fan
While not technically a portable air conditioner, this oscillating fan provides such a good, strong breeze that it can feel like an actual air conditioner. In addition, the design allows the blower to fit in just about anywhere.
This fan has three settings and the oscillation can be turned on or off. It weighs 14 pounds, so despite being small, it is quite sturdy. However, it is still light enough that it can be transported easily.
The reviews on Amazon are overwhelmingly positive, and at $59.99 this appears to be a great buy. While not an actual portable air conditioner, this fan appears to work as well as one. It certainly beats the old oscillating fans.
These cheap portable air conditioners provide inexpensive help in keeping cool during the hot summer months. If your house or apartment has poor air conditioning, these options can help. While the may not be as efficient as some of the $300-$500 models on the market, you can still stay cool and not bust your budget.
With these portable air conditioners and a good imagination, you can almost see Fall just around the corner.