This summer I have seen a higher amount of people using portable air conditioners and I’m not sure why.
I wonder if people just can’t afford to get their central air conditioners fixed, or even if the costs of running the air conditioner is too high to sustain through this intense summer heat.
I started to wonder how portable air conditioners really worked and if they actually helped people save on energy costs. Apparently, portable air conditioners are set up through a window vent system so that hot air can be expelled from the room and cool air stays within the room. I was under the impression that portable air conditioners had no other features in them which makes them a very temporary cooling option. However, I learned that they have dehumidifiers built into them because they have water reservoirs to hold the water from the air. It’s important for the reservoir to be emptied out regularly or else the dehumidifier feature won’t work properly. It is still pretty concerning to me that so many people are relying on this temporary option to keep them cool this summer. The CEO of our local energy company sent out a mass email describing how so many people are suffering with the costs of their energy bills this summer, and laying out what steps they are taking to help the community. People don’t believe that global warming is real, but we are seeing the direct effects through our weather right now. There is no perfect weather in my area anymore. It’s either way too hot or way too cold.