Finding an alternative for your portable-air-conditioner hose may seem like such a daunting task that you do not even want to contemplate a portable-AC hose replacement. However, purchasing a replacement for your portable-AC hose can be beneficial to your unit if you happen to choose correctly. But how do you choose correctly? What is the most efficient AC duct? Educating yourself on the qualities that make an excellent portable-AC hose replacement will help you make an accurate choice on the specific hose that you require. Perhaps you need an extra-long, portable-AC exhaust hose in order to reach a window for proper ventilation. Or maybe you require a hose that exhibits an incredibly tough exterior so that it will not tear when dragged. Either way, an efficient portable-AC replacement-hose will be composed of quality materials that feature flexibility as well as durability. When replacing your portable-air-conditioner hose, PVC hoses, plastic-coated fabric hoses, and insulated hoses are among the best. These hoses all exhibit the characteristics of a good-quality, portable-AC hose replacement, and even have their own unique features. Replacing the portable-air-conditioner air duct that accompanies your unit will benefit the productivity and longevity of your device.
What Is the Most Efficient AC Duct?
The most efficient AC duct will be composed of quality materials and typically exhibits good flexibility, durability, and compressibility. This, of course, depends on the applications for which you plan to use your portable-AC hose. Under common circumstances, PVC- or plastic-coated-fabric hoses are some of the most efficient materials used in portable air-conditioning. PVC—otherwise known as polyvinyl chloride—is a widely-produced thermoplastic that is used in a plethora of applications due to its incredible versatility. PVC is commonly used in ductwork—such as the selection of PVC hoses from Ducting.com—due to its cost-effectiveness and physical resiliencies. This plastic is an ideal material to utilize for air-conditioner exhaust-hose replacement because of its resistance and durability. Polyvinyl chloride is resistant to moisture, corrosions, abrasions, and flex-fatigue. What does this mean, exactly? PVC can be easily used in applications that involve moisture. They will not corrode under the constant presence of water, unlike ductwork made of metal. This makes PVC the ideal material to use for a portable-air-conditioner vent/hose, because the unit is frequently pumping out heat and moisture. Even though PVC typically does not have an extremely high tolerance for heat, the PVC Flexduct Light-Duty Clear can handle a range of temperatures from -20 to 160 °F. The structure of polyvinyl chloride is an amorphous polymer, making it resistant to chemicals.
As portable ACs do not handle extreme temperatures or toxic fumes, PVC is surely capable of withstanding the exhaust from your portable AC. PVC’s versatility and strong molecular structure makes it a great portable-air-conditioner replacement-hose. For example, Ducting.com has several options of PVC, portable-AC hose-work. The PVC Flexduct (General Purpose) Blue is strong and flexible PVC hose, great for applications that require bendable hosework. Having a flexible portable-AC unit hose is useful for ducting your device around obstacles that could otherwise deter rigid hosework.
This bendable duct can easily create twists and turns, as opposed to rigid ductwork that must be bent into angles by hand. Of course, all it takes is a little effort to mold rigid hosing into the angles you desire, but PVC pipes are convenient and can resist the wear that comes with constant flexing. The PVC Flexduct Blue also has a strong structure and is not susceptible to abrasions that may occur from transportation. You will not have to worry about physical force damaging the exterior of this duct if you are prone to hauling around hosework. The PVC Flexduct Blue also exhibits all of the amazing characteristics of PVC—featuring resistance to moisture and corrosion. All of these characteristics make the PVC Flexduct Blue—as well as other PVC hosework at Ducting.com—a highly-efficient portable-AC hose replacement.
Can You Extend the Hose on a Portable Air-Conditioner?
Yes, you can extend the hose on a portable air-conditioner to practically any length you require! How far you can extend your hose, of course, may depend on the specifications of your unit. Whether it is replacing your current vent with an extra-long air-conditioner hose, or connecting two hoses together, there are different ways to achieve portable-air-conditioner exhaust-hose extension. With attachments, it is plausible to connect together multiple lengths of hosework. Ducting.com supplies a variety of metal connectors and clamps in order to accomplish this feat. Connecting several lengths of hosework together is cost-efficient, as connectors are typically less expensive than a hose. However, if you are considering portable-AC exhaust-hose extension by attaching a new, exhaust hose to your original hose, you should not do so. The hose paired with your portable AC is typically made of cheap materials or inexpensive plastic that will wear down over time. These poorly-made, plastic hoses are susceptible to kinks, leaks, and tears. Kinks are physical hinderances in the body of your hosework that can result in obstructed air-movement. Leaks and tears will similarly slow down the productivity of your exhaust by reducing the air pressure inside of your hose. It is, although, possible to successfully connect hoses together. In fact, in some situations, it may be more beneficial and convenient to create a long run of hosework via clamps and connectors. However, in order to ensure the efficiency of your portable air-conditioner, you should only connect good-quality hosework to hosework of equal quality. If you connect a new, portable-AC hose to your original hosework, the original hose will not last as long as the new hose.
By getting rid of the hose that comes with your unit, there will be no weak links in your chain of portable-air-conditioner hose-work. You can save time and energy by not attaching multiple lengths of cheap hosework together—hosework that will, inevitably, fall apart. Yes, connecting hosework via connectors is an excellent way to utilize multiple hoses and achieve portable-AC tube extension. However, for long-term applications, a portable-air-conditioner long exhaust-hose will out-last a chain of portable-AC ductwork. A long, portable-AC hose replacement also has some additional, inherent characteristics that are highly beneficial.
At Ducting.com, our portable-air-conditioner hose-work comes in a variety of lengths that definitely qualify as a long hose for portable-air-conditioner units. Our ductwork comes in a range of 12.5 feet to 50 feet, which is more than plenty of hosing to support your portable-AC exhaust-extension needs. If you desire specific lengths of ducting, all of our hosework—including the Wind Handler and the Tornado Flex series—can be customized in whatever length you desire. Featured in the Tornado Flex section of ductwork is the Tornado-Flex In-Sack Air Ventilation Duct, which is a highly-compressible and flexible hose that can be fit into a sack for on-the-go applications. This piece of hosework is made in the US, meaning that it can be customized on length, inside diameter size, and color. The Tornado-Flex In-Sack is composed of PVC-coated fabric, lending it all of the incredible characteristics of PVC! This hose is resistant to moisture and abrasions, and even features a wearstrip in order to additionally protect the steel-wire helix structure of the hose from outside force. The Tornado-Flex In-Sack comes in standard lengths of 15 and 25 feet—but, as stated prior—it can be customized to virtually any size under 50 feet. This makes our flexible, durable hosework ideal for portable-AC vent/hose extension. The Tornado-Flex In-Sack, again, comes with its own portable bag—perfect for applications that require quick and hands-free transportation. For example, using any of the Tornado Flex or Wind Handler ducts in a military setting would be an ideal application. Any scenario that requires an extra-long portable-air-conditioner hose that can endure physical abrasions and can be packed at a compression ratio of 11 to 1 will pair greatly with the Tornado-Flex In-Sack, or the Wind Handler WS, just to name a few. If you are wondering, “How can you extend the hose on a portable air-conditioner?” you can plausibly connect two hoses together. Using clamps and connectors is perfect for inexpensive, short-term portable-air-conditioner ducting extension.
However, connecting poor-quality hosework to any hosework, good-quality or not, will cause your ducting to wear down. When you are attaching ducts together, it is imperative that all your ductwork is of an exceptional grade. For some people, it is easier to opt for a long AC-exhaust hose-replacement. By replacing your hose with a longer alternative, you are—essentially—extending your portable-AC hose. You also have the added benefit of replacing your original hosework with a duct that has durability and flexibility built into it—features of an excellent portable-AC hose replacement.
Is the AC Hose Supposed to Be Hot?
The AC hose will be hot because it is venting out heat and moisture produced by the unit. This exhaust from the portable AC is created during the cooling process and must be ventilated out via portable-air-conditioner exhaust hose. Because the hose is ducting heat and moisture, the temperature of the air will also heat the exterior of the hose if it is not insulated. Therefore, the portable-AC hose will be warm to the touch if you are using the original hose that comes with your unit. However, your portable-AC duct can also become overheated, either due to the inefficiency of your unit or the inefficiency of your hose. This can happen if something is obstructing your portable-air-conditioner tube. Whether this be an outside obstacle—such as a kink in your hosework—or an internal blockage, such as build-up of dust inside the ridges of your duct, these hinderances can cause your portable-AC vent hose to become too hot. Even without these physical barriers, your hose can overheat from problems stemming from the portable-AC itself. This is why having an insulated, portable-air-conditioner vent hose can protect your unit, as well as your room, from the heat that your AC is producing. You should consider using an insulated, portable-air-conditioner replacement hose if you are having problems with the exhaust heat on your unit. But why do you need insulation if the exhaust coming from the portable AC is not that hot? Even if we do not know the exact temperature of the air that the portable AC is exhausting, we know that the portable-air-conditioner hose is hot to the touch. With the human body ranging from 96 to 99 °F, that means that in order to find a portable-AC hose hot, the temperature of the duct must be over 96-99 °F, perhaps around 100 °F. Around 100 °F is sufficient to affect the temperature of the room you are cooling. Think of it like this. An un-insulated hose will be ducting air that is around 100 °F, meaning that the heat will warm the walls of the hose as well. The hose will radiate heat, therefore raising the temperature of the very room it is trying to cool. With a portable-AC insulated-duct, there is little chance that the heat inside of the tube will affect the air outside of it.
Take, for example, the HVAC Ventilation-Flex Ducting from Ducting.com’s selection of insulated portable-AC hose-work. The HVAC Ventilation-Flex is composed of plies of PET-film, aluminum, and PVC—contributors to the insulative and flexible characteristics of this hosework. The hose can duct temperatures within a range of -20 degrees to 160 degrees °F and does not compromise on bendability and compression. The HVAC Ventilation Flex can also be compressed from, say, 25 feet to 5. The exterior ply is made from PVC, making it durable as well as flexible.
The internal layers of PET-film and aluminum are excellent insulators and can resist noise as well as heat. This makes for the perfect portable-AC-unit replacement hose, as portable ACs are notorious for their constant cacophony. Although insulating your hose will not eliminate all the noise produced by your unit, it will help reduce it. This could be the difference between a marching band and elevator music for some people. More importantly, however, an insulated, vent/pipe for portable-air-conditioner units will contain the temperature of the exhaust inside of the hose. The PET-film and aluminum lining will reflect the heat of the exhaust, keeping the temperature of the air consistent without having it warm the outside of the hosework. Insulation also works conversely, protecting the internal air temperature from outside forces. For whichever application, an insulated portable-air-conditioner hose will keep the temperature inside your ductwork at a consistent level. As the original portable-air-conditioner hose gets hot, it can affect the temperature in your room and negate the intentions of your portable AC. Again, is the AC hose supposed to be hot? Yes, it is normal for your exhaust hose to be warm, as it is venting heat. However, if you find your portable-air-conditioner exhaust-hose hot, or prone to overheating, you should opt to replace your hose with an insulated one. An excessively-hot, portable-AC vent affects the temperature of the air inside the room it is cooling. Having a portable-air-conditioner insulated exhaust-hose deters warm air from permeating through the hose’s walls, keeping your room cool and your unit working productively.
Conclusion: Do All Portable-AC Units Have the Same Hose?
Not all portable-AC units have the same hose. This is because different devices may have differently-sized vents or use hoses of different lengths. However, you can find a portable-AC hose replacement for virtually any portable AC, as long as you do some research. The most efficient ductwork will be easy to bend and compress as well as be resistant to moisture and abrasions. Because a portable-AC also deals with hot air, insulation is another important feature for your portable-AC hose replacement to have. This will allow your unit to cool the air in a given area efficiently. Most importantly, the best ductwork will match your portable air-conditioner’s ID—or inside diameter—size, ensuring the best fit for your unit. Portable ACs may have different hosework, but some replacement hoses come in a variety of sizes in order to suit your needs. At Ducting.com, our portable-air-conditioner hose-work comes in a selection of ID sizes as well as lengths so that you can accommodate any of your portable-air-conditioning requirements. Our PVC, plastic-coated-fabric, or insulated hoses are incredibly durable, flexible, and compressible, making them perfect for portable-AC hose replacement. Each type of material also has their added benefits that can match specific needs. If you require a hose that can combat the heat of your exhaust, the HVAC Insulated-Flex Ducting is one among many options for you. If you need a general, all-purpose duct that will possibly outlast your unit, the PVC Flexduct Light-Duty Clear is one such option available. If you need a highly-transportable, compressible duct to vent air into temporary setups, the Tornado-Flex In-Sack is the hose for you. At the end of the day, Ducting.com has a plethora of portable-AC hose-replacement options available. Our superb-quality materials extend to all of our ductwork, making our products flexible and extremely durable!