Our Picks for Best Portable Air Conditioners for Windowless Rooms

By | January 3, 2021

Popular Portable Air Conditioners for Windowless Rooms
There are many times a room with no windows needs to be cooled.

A good way to cool a room with no windows is to use a portable air conditioner to cool the space down.

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.
Best Portable Air Conditioners for Windowless Rooms
For this reason, they are mostly used in arid climates such as the American South West. They work from evaporation, such as when getting out of a pool on a hot day and wind blows cooling a person down.

Water is fed through pads that a fan blows air through and cools the air as it passes. If you live in an arid dry climate then an evaporative cooler will work nicely. If you live in a region that has a lot of humidity then 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.
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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 being 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 runs 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 let’s 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

  1. Honeywell MN12CES
  2. 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.

    The hose is 5 inches in diameter but is flexible and can be squeezed if necessary for a wider fit in tight spots.
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    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.

  4. BLACK + DECKER BPACT08WT Portable Air Conditioner, 8,000 BTU

    BLACK + DECKER is a 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.

  5. SPT SF-608R
  6. 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.

  7. Luma Comfort EC110S
  8. 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 option is needed other types of 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 types of units work for your situation and keep your room cool.



One thought on “Our Picks for Best Portable Air Conditioners for Windowless Rooms

  1. Dan Snyder

    The Whynter is the only good air conditioner. All of the others are a waste of money. With a portable unit, only ever buy one with 2 hoses. The 1 hose systems are garbage. The 1 hose systems give you a LOT less than the rated BTU listed on the box. For example, if you have a 1 hose system that says 10,000 BTU, it acts like its a 5 or 6000 BTU, whereas a 2 hose system would act like an 8000 or 8500 BTU. The 2nd hose makes it a lot more efficient in getting rid of the heat that the unit generates (which is sitting in the same room that you are trying to cool). In this example a non-portable window unit would give you the full 10,000 BTU’s because the HOT part of the unit is hanging outside of your house. So if you HAVE to go with a portable unit, ALWAYS at least go with a 2 hose system. Thank you.


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