A vertical air conditioner is the ideal cooling solution for spaces where conventional air conditioners cannot be installed. They can be either wall-mounted residential or free-standing industrial units. Home units are installed in residences with tall windows where a typical horizontal air conditioner will not fit, as well as those with windows that slide open sideways rather than up and down. There are also portable free-standing units that you can move from room to room. They are perfect for small houses with open floor plans or for cooling single rooms
An industrial vertical air conditioner is a more affordable solution for many offices that can’t afford centralized air conditioning. These units are generally more compact than boxy horizontal units, providing contractors with greater flexibility in deciding where to place the unit. They are also good for warehouse-type retail establishments and other open public spaces that need climate control. There are other features that make them advantageous for industrial uses such as their shape, which makes them easier to transport through doorways where horizontal air conditioners might have a harder time fitting, and removable front compartment panels which makes them simpler to service.
When selecting a vertical air conditioner, one of the major factors to consider is their BTU and EER ratings. BTU stands for British Thermal Unit and refers to how much total heat an air conditioner can remove from a room. For rooms around 400 sq. ft., get air conditioners in the range of 6,000 to 10,000 BTU. Add 4,000 BTUs for rooms which have kitchens in the cooled area or have a ceiling which is not insulated, and 1,500 BTUs for rooms which receive substantial sunshine or are above kitchens or boiler rooms which are actively producing heat. Subtract 1,000 BTUs if the room is located in the shaded side of the residence.
EER refers to the energy efficiency rating of a vertical air conditioner, and which measures the amount of energy used by the unit. It is computed by dividing its BTU rating by its wattage. The higher the EER rating is, the more energy-efficient it is and the less money it costs to operate it. These days, the majority of air conditioners have an EER rating of 9.0. However, a unit with a higher EER generally comes with a more expensive price tag although the savings in electricity bills may offset the higher up-front investment.
There are other features you might also want to look for in a vertical air conditioner such as a filtration system that removes fungi, dust and pollen from the air to create a cleaner atmosphere, timers that allow you to regulate the amount of time the air conditioner is running and internal noise dampeners that reduce the amount of noise the unit generates when it is operating. Some air conditioners also have a dehumidifier mode that allows you to add or remove moisture from the air. When shopping for an air conditioner, make sure that you buy during the fall season when demand for these appliances are at their lowest and retailers are cutting down their prices.