These handy home appliances include portable heat pumps and reversible portable conditioners. These heat pumps can cool or heat your home as well as a normal heat pump. However, they are portable and easily transportable. They can be moved around your home and maintained at the desired indoor temperature.
A portable heat pump is safer and more efficient than a space heater. It also consumes less energy. A portable heat pump can provide customized spot heating and cooling during the summer without wasting energy heating or cooling unoccupied spaces of your house.
Let’s take a look at each one in detail. We will discuss how they work and what their benefits are.
How do Portable Heat Pumps Work?
The same principles apply to portable air conditioners with heat pumps. They are smaller in size. You can transport the entire heating and cooling system in a small, lightweight container that is easy to move around your home.
An air-source heat pump is the most popular type of portable heat pump. It works just like a mini-split system or a ducted system. The heat pump uses a simple refrigeration cycle to cool down. The condenser compresses the refrigerant and blows it over. The refrigerant is then quickly expanded to cool it further. The refrigerant cools and is passed over the coils of the evaporator, which absorb heat from the indoor environment. The exhaust heat from a portable heat pump is routed through an exhaust pipe, and then out.
The same process can be used to heat a portable heat pump during winter. The heat is absorbed by the surrounding environment and then emitted into the indoor space to make it warm and cozy.
Dual vs. Single Host Heat pumps
Portable ACs draw air from one location and expel it from the other. Dual hose pumps draw air in from the additional hose. Single hose heat pumps can only drain the air outside. One is more efficient but it’s also more costly!
Heat pumps with single-hole connections
These are the simplest types of portable heat pumps. There is only one hose that must be extended outside. This heat pump takes in air from the room and heats it with the compressor. The hose then routes the moisture and heat out of the room through the hose.
This system has a disadvantage: because air is constantly being drawn into the portable heat pumps, it creates negative pressure in the room and must be continually replenished with air. This is warm or cold air, which can seep through the windows and doors.
These units are cheaper and easier to transport. These units are suitable for small areas.
Dual-Hose Heat pumps
A dual-hose portable heat pump uses two separate hoses. One for exhaust and one for an inlet. Dual-hose heat pumps draw air from outside, rather than pulling it in from inside the room as a single-hose heat pump. After the indoor air is cooled, the compressor and other components of the heat pump heat up.
The compressor is cooled by the outside air being pulled through the intake tube. This allows for much higher efficiency than a single-hose heat pump.
Dual-hose heat pumps are the best choice if you need to heat or cool a large space. Portable air conditioners are more expensive and consume more energy but they also work more efficiently.
Why you should get a portable heat pump
It might seem strange to buy a portable heat pump when you can get a mini-split and a window heat pump. This is a simple question. A window heat or mini-split requires an installation process. These installations are usually semi-permanent. Mini-split heat pump installation can be expensive and cost thousands. A mini-split can’t be moved once it has been installed.
For a window heat pump to work, you will need to leave some space in your windows and walls. This arrangement is not ideal for cooling or heating. A heat pump may also be too big for small windows.
A portable heat pump is a solution. These heat pumps are easy to install and plugin. Installing your heat pump does not require you to hire a contractor. You can install your heat pump yourself. You just need to plug the portable heat pump into the power outlet, and then direct the exhaust pipe out through the window.
A portable heat pump is the best choice if you have a small room or are limited in space. A portable heat pump is also great for small areas like a bathroom or dog house. You can take your portable heat pumps anywhere and place them near your favorite couch to get customized heating or cooling.
Portable Heat Pump Efficiency
For small areas, portable heat pumps can be very effective. You can heat and cool the same area with one heat pump.
Advantages of portable heat pumps with AC
To make it easy for you to decide whether portable heat pumps are right for you, we’ve listed the benefits!
- High portability
Portable heat pumps are known for this characteristic. They are lightweight and compact, so they can be easily moved. They can be moved easily around the house thanks to the underbody wheels on most portable heat pump models.
- Minimal Size
A window heat pump, as we have already discussed, can take up valuable window space. A separate cooling and heating appliance can also take up space in your room. This is a problem that can be avoided by using other options. Portable heat pumps with air conditioning combine both heating and cooling, which can save you a lot of space.
- Can a Room be Heated or Cool?
Comparing the cost of purchasing and storing two heat pumps, one for winter and one for warmer months, to one unit that can be used all year at the temperature you desire, is quite a difference! It should be obvious that heat pumps can supply cool and warm air.
- Energy Efficiency
The combined portable AC/heater unit uses less energy than two separate units. This unit will save you a lot of money on your electricity bills. An energy star appliance will give you even greater efficiency.
- Hassle-Free Installation
The installation of portable air conditioners with heat pumps is easy. These heat pumps don’t need to be installed by an HVAC contractor. It is not necessary to drill holes into walls or modify windows. To vent the outside air, simply run a flexible hose from your window. Portable air conditioners can be installed anywhere at no cost.
Disadvantages of portable heat pumps
There is no perfect solution. There are some drawbacks to portable heat pumps that make them not the best solution for every situation.
Although these pumps are portable, it is critical to remember that not all models can be moved to the bedroom at night, bathroom in the morning, or living room during the day. Portable heat pumps that come with a hose are heavy and bulky. It’s difficult to transport it multiple times per day.
- Heating and cooling coverage is limited
Heat pumps can be used to heat or cool small areas. They are not suitable for cooling large areas and can only be used in small spaces.
- Can be noisy
Portable heat pumps are smaller than central units and mini-splits. They come in a compact package that fits inside your home. Some people find this annoying and noisy.
Portable ACs should be located near windows to help expel moisture. A few heat pumps have a pan that collects water and you will need to replace it. This could limit the location of your heat pump.
How to make your portable heat pump smart
A portable heat pump is a convenient appliance that can be tailored to your specific environment. What if you’d like to take things a step further? This is possible thanks to smart AC controls. You can use your smartphone to control any ductless heat pump or air conditioner that comes with an IR remote controller. You can control your heating and cool from anywhere in the world.
Is it time to get a portable heat pump?
A portable heat pump with AC is a great option if you live in a cramped apartment. You will be comfortable year-round due to the space and energy efficiency savings. There are many heat pump options that can be tailored to your specific needs.
Preferred Climate Solutions is owned and operated by HVAC veterans. We have over 17 years experience with portable heating and cooling systems, plus a lifetime of experience with Texas’ challenging climate. We provide an array of portable cooling and heating rental solutions 24/7. We have locations in Houston, Dallas/Ft Worth & Austin Texas.