Energy Price Concerns and Restrictive Home Covenants Raise Portable Air Conditioner Sales at AC Retailer Sylvane

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Growing concern over rising energy prices as well as ever more restrictive neighborhood covenants have driven sales of portable air conditioners up more than 25% at Sylvane, Inc. Small portable AC units provide consumers and businesses with a way to target cooling to one spot and save energy by shutting down central air conditioning while complying with neighborhood or building covenants.

The variety of options and installation situations can be overwhelming for a customer just learning about the category.

Sylvane, Inc. has reported higher than expected sales in their portable AC category which they attribute to rising energy prices as well as the changing nature of American neighborhoods. Sylvane’s collection of specialized cooling units provide targeted cooling for consumers and businesses.

Small room air conditioners allow consumers and businesses to cool single rooms. This allows people to save money by shutting down central air conditioning which may cool unoccupied areas. However use of traditional window air conditioners for this purpose is not always feasible.

An alternative to window-based air conditioners, portable AC units do not take up window space and sit physically inside the space being cooled. This allows people to abide by ever more restrictive neighborhood and building covenants which do not allow people to hang traditional air conditioner units out of their windows.

“Electric prices are primarily dictated by long term contracts on energy raw materials such as coal and as such are not expected to rise this year past the rate of inflation. However many of our customers are looking to cut their bills wherever possible to help with the rising cost of heating and cooling their home or business on an annual basis. Although not offsetting heating costs or prices at the pump, portable air conditioners can help with annual energy cost,” says Steven Hong, President of Sylvane.

Carrying almost all major portable AC brands, Sylvane is well-positioned to see growth in the product category. DeLonghi air conditioners have historically proven to be of high quality and were some of the first in the industry.

However newer entrants such as Sunpentown air conditioners and Soleus Air portable air conditioners have increased the depth of the category. With this maturing of the industry, products have become more specialized and complex. The most recent addition to the Sylvane line, Amcor portable air conditioners, provide yet another alternative. Sylvane specializes in providing customers with detailed consultation on which of the various product solutions would best meet their needs.

“Many customers are confused about how these units work, what makes them different from one another, how to properly size a unit, etc. We help customers to pick a solution that best meets their specific and individual needs,” says Doug Zailskas, Director of Sales. Portable air conditioner units require a vent hose be exhausted out of the room being cooled. In addition, they come in dual hose and single hose varieties with optional heaters and in multiple BTU sizes. Some units require condensate water to be removed manually on a regular basis while other units dispose of this water automatically. Higher capacity units require special electrical wiring. “The variety of options and installation situations can be overwhelming for a customer just learning about the category.”

For additional information on portable air conditioners or for assistance in selecting a solution for your situation, please visit us online at .

Sylvane, Inc. focuses in air quality solutions and products for both the commercial and residential markets. A pioneer in the field of air quality and comfort, Sylvane provides detailed product information, product comparisons, and personalized consultation on air quality issues.


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