Central Air Alternatives: Vertical Mount Window Air Conditioning Systems

A vertical air conditioner is an excellent alternative for places where standard full-sized air conditioners are not particularly conducive. They are convenient for when window-mounted air conditioners cannot be installed, like in windows that open sideways instead of up and down.

 Generally air conditioners work by drawing in air, cooling it down, and then recirculating it back into the room. They are almost a household staple, especially in places where the sun shines throughout nearly the entire year. More than what ordinary fans can do, air conditioners actively cool down a room, providing instant relief in a humid day.

 As implied by the name, a vertical air conditioner stands upright. The strength of an air conditioner can depend on its size, as its cooling power rests on its technical capabilities.



 Most vertical air conditioners are portable, and this in itself is an advantage. A vertical air conditioner can be moved from room to room, if only certain rooms need to be dehumidified. They have wheels attached to the bottom, and they can be wheeled around to wherever, depending on a user’s need or preference. Its portability is of great benefit and is one of the main features to appreciate when considering to buy a vertical air conditioner.  The larger sized units are known to have the most cooling strength, so you might want to opt for one of those babies if you plan to use a vertical air conditioner in larger places. It’s the more practical way to go for offices that can’t afford a centralized heating system.


Although a vertical conditioner has its plus points in portability, it can be more expensive than your standard, wall-mounted air conditioner. Also, small vertical air conditioners are not built for heavy duty use and will break down if not given periodic rest intervals. They are capable of reducing the heat and humidity in a room, however, a vertical air conditioner is a bit limited on the capacity to actively cool down the air, especially if it is of the smaller kind. In addition, the larger units that can stand a heavier work load will cost more than a standard wall-mounted air conditioning unit.

Normal by-products of the air conditioning process include exhaust (hot air) and condensate (water). Most portable air conditioning units come with plastic or foam tubes that direct the exhaust away from the room, however this can get inconvenient to drag around, and it means that it is essential to position the unit somewhere near a window if you don’t want the heat circulating back in the room. The condensate will also need a container to collect in, and you have to consider that too, every time you turn the unit on and move it from place to place, as you will need to be moving its accessories from place to place as well.

Buying a vertical air conditioner

 Vertical air conditioning units are readily available in local hardware shops, as air conditioning units as a whole are rather popular appliances. It would be helpful to know what you want before actually making your purchase. Ask yourself: Where do I plan to use the unit? How many people will benefit from it? For how long will I need it to run and how often? This will help you figure out whether you should get the smaller or larger unit, depending on your need.

 Consider an air conditioner with an appropriate BTU number, or British thermal unit, which is a measure of measuring cooling strength. A vertical air conditioner usually needs a higher BTU number than a standard air conditioner. Generally an air conditioner with 5,000 BTU can cool a room of up to 150 square feet, while a unit with 12,000 BTU can deal with spaces with 500 square feet. Ask the supplier how much space can be expected to be dehumidified when using the unit, as this matters in terms of how your unit will work. If you plan to use the vertical air conditioner in a larger space, consider getting a unit with a higher BTU.

Price of vertical air conditioner

 A small vertical air conditioner can cost around $349, like the Royal Sovereign brand from Wal-Mart.com, and the price can run for up to $500, depending on add-on features (like a remote control) and BTU. You can also trust brands like Haier, Commercial Cool and Goldstar, and they provide a variety of air conditioners that might appeal to your taste. Despite the relatively high cost, if you need a unit to use at periodic intervals and is high on compactness and portability, a vertical air conditioner is your best alternative.