Anytime a room that has no windows needs to be cooled and many look to portable air conditioner to help.
Keep in mind that extending the existing HVAC system or installing a mini split unit is usually the best long term solution.
For those looking for a portable unit they come two in main categories, evaporative coolers and A/C units that have a small hose that feeds outside.
Two Main Types of Portable Coolers
- Portable Evaporative Cooler
- Portable Air Conditioner
Evaporative coolers work when the air is dry and doesn’t have high humidity in the air.
For this reason they are mostly used in arid climates such as the American South West. They work from evapration, such as when getting out of a pool on a hot day and a wind blows cooling a person down.
Water is fed though pads that a fan blows air through and cools the air as it passes. If you live in an arid dry climate than an evaporative cooler will work nicely. If you live in a region that has a lot of humidity than much less so if at all.
Another option is a portable air conditioner that uses a small hose to pump out hot air from a room.
While this option still requires an opening at some location much less so than a large window air conditioning unit. The hose can often be modified in a variety of ways to let the hot air be pumped out of a room. For example, a door can be draped with a blanket and opened slightly to let the hot air out, or the hose run to another room that does have a window.
Every situation will be different depending on the climate and how the room is built into a building so lets look at some popular portable units.
There are many good units available with some of our favorite picks below.
As always be sure to read the reviews on Amazon, forums, or elsewhere to be sure a unit is a good fit for you.
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Our Picks for Best Portable Air Conditioners for Windowless Rooms
- Honeywell MN12CES
- BLACK + DECKER BPACT08WT
- SPT SF-608R
- Luma Comfort EC110S
Honeywell Condition MN12CES Portable Air Conditioner with Fan & Dehumidifier with Thermal Overload Protection, 12000 BTU, Black/Silver, Rooms Up To 400-550 Sq. Ft
The Honeywell MN12CES uses a hose to pump out hot air from a room.
While this type of portable unit does need an opening at some location to pump out hot air it will work in any climate type.
Since it is an air conditioner unit it will work in any type of climate humid or dry.
BLACK + DECKER BPACT08WT Portable Air Conditioner, 8,000 BTU
BLACK + DECKER is known manufacture that makes many portable A/C units.
This unit pumps hot air out of a room through a flexible 4 inch hose.
This can be ideal in many scenarios such as pumping the hot air out a door, into the attic, or out any place with a small 5-6 inch opening.
If used with an open door a blanket would be best to cover the opening while the hot air is pumped out.
SPT SF-608R Portable Evaporative Air Cooler
This cooling unit from SPT requires no windows or other outlets.
It is an evaporative unit which work well in dry climates with little to no humidity.
If you live in a humid climate it is best to look at an air conditioner style unit.
For those that do live in a dry climate evaporative units also called swamp coolers work well. They are also cheaper to buy and run since no heavy compressors is used.
Luma Comfort EC110S Portable Evaporative Cooler with 250 Square Foot Cooling, 500 CFM
The Luma Comfort EC110S is another evaporative unit.
It is more stylish than other units and has many added features such as three speed fan control and programmable timer.
As with any evaporative unit it only works well in a dry climate.
Trying to cool a room with no windows is always a challenge and the best unit to use always changes from scenario-to-scenario.
If a more long term options is needed other type units such as mini split units which are air conditioners that split the components apart, and use a small hole to feed in a line to run in and out hot or cold air.
Mini split units cost more to buy and install but are long term solutions.
Hopefully, one of the above type of units work for your situation and keep your room cool.