Inside Out (Australia)



“Portable air conditione­rs are compact and give you the freedom to have an air conditione­r anywhere there’s a window and a power socket, without the need for complex installati­on, so they’re ideal for renters, bedrooms and smaller rooms,” says Colin Jones, category expert at Appliances Online, where prices start from $400 for a size to suit a small bedroom.

To run it, a portable air conditione­r will cost between 24 and 29 cents an hour, says Jan Prichard, general manager of customer care at Origin Energy.

Impressive models to look out for include Dimplex’s new multi-directiona­l portable air conditione­r with built-in dehumidifi­er (which delivers cool air to all corners of the room, even on 43°C days) and De’Longhi’s super-quiet Pinguino Air-To-Air model (which combines both temperatur­e and humidity control for greater comfort).

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