Apartment Living: 2 Types Of Air Conditioners That Might Work For College Students

After heading off to college and enjoying freshman year, you probably noticed that your original glamorous idea of apartment dwelling was a little off-kilter. Instead of enjoying your own personal paradise, you ended up with a bossy landlord who dictates everything from where you are allowed to park, to the temperature of your apartment. Fortunately, college students can go to websites and have more climate control options than just the thermostat that their resident manager oversees. Here are two types of air conditioners that might work great for you, even if you are only renting.

1: Window Air Conditioning Units

When you signed that contract for your apartment, you probably agreed to leave your place clean and damage-free when you left. Complicated equipment installations that leave behind large holes or paint problems might cost you your deposit. If you are concerned about leaving your place pristine, air conditioning window units might be right for you.

Window air conditioning units are designed to slide right into an open window spot that has had the screen removed. They work by pulling air in from the outside, and running it over coils filled with refrigerant. These coils absorb the heat from the air, which cools down the air as it is blown into your apartment.

Water condensation forms when air is cooled suddenly, so your system also contains an exit valve that pumps this water away from your place. Because this condensation is removed, it reduces the moisture content of the incoming cooled air, which is why air conditioned air is less humid.

One of the best things about window units is that there are thousands of designs to choose from. Models are designed to fit windows that slide open from side to side, or up and down. You can also select from a wide range of cooling capacities, so that you can choose to cool your whole apartment, or just a single room.

Window units only cost about $78 per month to run, if you use them 24/7. To put that cost in perspective, traditional air conditioning systems cost about $282 if they are used for the same amount of time. Units can be easily installed and removed, so you can take them with you when you decide to move.

2: Portable Air Conditioning Units

If you are like most college students, you might move around a lot. In addition to not staying in one apartment for too long, you also might study in the living room one day, and then switch to your room the next, after your roommate decides to have her annoying friends over. If you have your window unit installed in the main living area, where you usually spend most of your time, that study session might seem longer than ever.

Fortunately, there are portable air conditioners available that give you the option of moving them around as you see fit. Most of these systems are even fitted with wheels, which makes switching rooms a breeze.

Much like window units, portable air conditioning systems work by pulling the air around them over cooling coils filled with refrigerant. After the air is cooled, it is dispersed back into the room.Because this process produces a small amount of heated air and moisture, all portable air conditioning systems require venting to be run outside. However, venting your system is as easy as positioning an exhaust hose in an open windowsill. The moisture is collected inside an interior reservoir, which needs to be emptied occasionally.

Portable air conditioners cost between $2.84-$5.31 per day to use, if you were to run them for 8 hours straight. The great thing about portable units is that because they are simple to move and easy to turn on and off, you have a lot more control over when they are used. Instead of a constantly-too-warm roommate clicking on the central window unit, you can  keep your portable air conditioner where you want it, and use it when you need it.

Knowing your air conditioning options can help you to keep your place at the perfect temperature, so that you can enjoy your college years.   

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