Whether they're portable, window-mounted, through-wall, or mini-split varieties—room air conditioners keep you comfortably cool while maximizing energy efficiency. Room air conditioning units are often used when central air conditioners aren't available or feasible because of budget or efficiency concerns. Room ACs install semi-permanently or permanently, depending on your application, and provide you with a steady flow of cool, refreshing air in one or multiple rooms.
Sylvane offers multiple effective and efficient room cooling alternatives to a traditional central air conditioning unit.
While they're often pricier than window ACs, portable air conditioners provide the most flexibility during use. Portable AC systems are typically installed semi-permanently inside your space, and they typically require access to a standard vertical sash or horizontally sliding window for exhaust. In some cases, you can configure a portable air conditioner to exhaust through a specially created wall hole or through a ceiling tile.
Window air conditioners are budget- and energy-conscious room air conditioning options. These self-contained cooling appliances are often more efficient, less expensive, and provide better targeted cooling than central air conditioners. Available in a wide range of sizes and cooling capacities, window ACs install inside standard double-hung windows with stability and ease. Like portable ACs, window ACs can be installed semi-permanently in your space, allowing you to remove the unit and store it away when cooling season ends.
A more permanent cooling option, thru-the-wall air conditioners are similar to window ACs but often carry slightly higher cooling capacities and differences in design. Also available in multiple cooling capacities and sizes, these systems require a chassis sleeve accessory for installation. Through-wall ACs are great alternatives in rooms that lack a window or when you want to preserve your view through your existing window.
Although they are the priciest options, ductless mini-split air conditioners remain the most efficient room air conditioner choices. Their zone cooling lets you keep up to 4 rooms comfortable at the same time, so they're common in apartments, basements, and offices. Since they don't use ductwork, no energy is lost through ducting associated with central air conditioners. Ductless mini-split systems are also known to provide exceptionally quiet cooling because the loudest part of the cooling system is housed outdoors while one or more compact blower units are housed indoors.
If you need help finding the right room air conditioner for your application, read our article How to Choose an Air Conditioner. In addition, feel free to give our product experts a call at (800) 934-9194 to get a free consultation and product recommendation.