Southeast Asia is one of the most beautiful and breathtaking regions in the world. However, given the tropical climate of the area, it is also among the hottest regions in the world.
For example, in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia temperatures during the day can reach 35 degree Celsius while in Chuping (which is in the northernmost state) temperatures have even reached 40 degree Celsius on some occasions.
On the other hand, the World Meteorological Organization named Bangkok, Thailand the hottest city in the world in 2016. The situation is further compounded by the fact that it is humid and temperatures are high all through the year except later January and early February when they drop a bit.
What’s more, temperatures remain high even in the night. This heat is bound to worry anyone with intentions to visit or even live in Asia. Those intending to visit or live in the urban areas, need to worry because of the pollution.
However, it is possible for people to mitigate the hot and humid weather by purchasing or in the case of tourists, renting portable air conditioners. As a matter of fact, having a portable AC can greatly improve one’s overall experience in Southeast Asia.
What To Look For Before Buying/Renting A Portable AC
Different air conditioners work in various ways and at different efficiency levels. It is, therefore, important to consider some factors before committing oneself to buy or rent a portable AC.
i. Ease Of Transportation
Different portable air conditioners have different degrees of portability. Some are better suited for use around homes and other small spaces such as offices. Others are usable even in the outdoors because of their light weight and relatively smaller volumes.
For those planning on moving around the different parts of Asia often, a more portable air conditioner is required while those who prefer more permanent residence can go with the larger portable air conditioners.
ii. Ease Of Installation
Anyone who has a portable AC should have easy access to cool/conditioned at whatever location they choose. Some air conditioners require little or no installation at all to work while others have rather complex installation processes.
When on the move in countries such as Thailand and Malaysia, it is advisable to use one that is easy to install or even one that requires no installation.
When looking for a portable AC, it is better to pick one that is versatile and one that builds on convenience. For example, some air conditioners may also have other functions such as a dehumidifier and a fan function.
Others even have a heating function; though the absence of this function should not worry a traveler to the tropical regions. Another good feature to look out for is the self-evaporating function which takes away the need to drain water from the unit.
Although portable air conditioners produce less noise than window air conditioners, they still produce significant levels of potentially disturbing noise. The best portable AC is one that produces less noise when operating.
Secondly, while the price is sometimes reflective of quality, this is not always the case. In fact, some of the most efficient portable ACs are not necessarily the most expensive ones.
The best purchases are those made based on the features and perceived convenience of the air conditioner
Benefits Of Using A Portable Air Conditioner
There are lots of potential benefits to using a portable AC while traveling in Southeast Asia.
i. More Comfort
Moving around in a region that is hot and humid is often an uncomfortable activity particularly for visitors from the cooler regions in Europe and North America. As a matter of fact, most end up musky and sweaty.
With a portable AC however, travelers can keep themselves cool and comfortable wherever they go. After all, they can use the ACsin their rooms, their vehicles, on the beach or even while enjoying a meal at a restaurant patio. Those with portable ACs will also find it easier to sleep at night.
ii. Get Rid Of The Moisture
Regions such as Thailand and Malaysia are very humid and are therefore not appropriate for people with allergies.
Luckily, most portable ACs also have dehumidifying functions and are therefore capable of sucking out moisture from the air.
Travelers who are allergic ought to seriously consider carrying portable air conditioners while traveling.