If your bedrooms get a little too hot in the summer and you would like it to be colder when you go to sleep, one of the best ways to get the cool air you are craving is by installing an air conditioning system in your room. This is particularly true if you don't have central air conditioning in your home or if you are renting a room without air conditioning.
Type #1: Window Air Conditioner
The first type of unit you should consider installing is a window air conditioning unit. Window air conditioning units are specifically designed to cool off small spaces. Most window air conditioning units are designed to cool off between 250-500 square feet, depending on how many BTUs the unit produces.
When looking at window air conditioning units, you need to know the square footage of your bedroom. That can be determined by multiplying the width of the room by the length. For example, if your bedroom is 10 feet by 15 feet, it would be 150 square feet, so you would want to purchase a window air conditioning unit capable of cooling off 150 square feet of space.
You can pick up a window air conditioning unit at many department or home improvement stores.
With a window air conditioning unit, for safe operation, you are going to want to mount the unit to the window and to the side of your home. An air conditioning contractor can install your window air conditioning unit and ensure it is set up for safe and secure operations.
Type #2: Portable Air Conditioner Unit
If you don't want an air conditioning unit that is going to hang outside of your window, or if building regulations prohibit that type of unit in your area, your next option is a portable air conditioning unit. A portable air conditioning unit is shaped more like a rolling suitcase. It is usually about three feet tall, and the base is about a foot wide by a half foot in width.
The unit pulls in air from your bedroom and then pumps out cool air. It does need somewhere vent the hot air it produces. You can vent the hot air through the window, without having a unit hang outside, or you can have an HVAC installer cut a hole through your home that allows the unit to vent directly outside.
Type #3: Ductless Mini-Split Air Conditioner
If you own the home, you may want to consider installing a ductless mini-split system. With a mini-split system, you have an outdoor compressor and condenser unit, and then you have an indoor handling unit.
The indoor handling unit will be hung up on the wall in your room. You can have one indoor handling unit just for your room, or you can add multiple indoor handling units, allowing you to individually control the temperature of each unit based on the room it is located in.
If you have a hot bedroom you need to cool off, talk to your local air conditioning installer about whether a window air conditioning unit, a portable air conditioning unit, or a ductless mini-split air conditioning system is the best choice to cool off your bedroom. Always get professional help installing your unit.