Dehumidifier vs. Portable AC
A portable air conditioner is a free-standing, transportable AC unit meant to cool one or two rooms rather than the whole home. It has a vent tube that allows hot air to escape via the window and is an excellent choice for those searching for low-cost solutions.
In contrast, a dehumidifier is a device that removes moisture from the air. Although simple moisture absorbers that employ desiccants to absorb water are widely available, they usually operate through a condenser system that converts the moisture in the air into huge water droplets when the air is drawn through the machine. These systems include built-in water collecting tanks into which water droplets are filtered, but some also allow you to continually discharge the water out of a window or into a sink.
Sounds like combining the two will only benefit you and help you beat the summer heat.
Can portable air conditioners dehumidify your rooms?
Now let’s look at the connection between portable air conditioners and dehumidifiers. Portable air conditioners employ a refrigerant to cool air before blowing it back into the room. Because some moisture is removed from the air during the refrigeration process, all air conditioners also dehumidify to some extent. However, certain portable air conditioners are intended to dehumidify as well. Dehumidifying the air will make your room colder even if the ambient temperature stays constant; therefore, it makes perfect sense for air conditioners to dehumidify and get better outcomes.
There are plenty of excellent portable air conditioners available. If you already have one, how can you know it has a built-in dehumidifier? Look for the “mode” button on the control panel to assist you in moving between modes. In many cases, the dehumidifying mode is labeled “dehumidify,” but it is often also referred to as “dry.” If you’re still confused, consult the user manual that came with your AC or search up the AC unit online to see whether or not your portable AC can dehumidify.