How to Air Condition a Tent

What better way to spend your summer weekends than camping with family and friends? You’ll have so much fun exploring the great outdoors, making new memories that you’ll cherish forever.

Heat and humidity are two of the most unbearable things about summer. Once you’ve experienced their worst, there’s no going back. What is best way to handle these conditions?

The best way to stay cool when it’s hot outside is by using an air conditioner.

Whether you’re camping in a tent without or with an air conditioner, it’s important to keep your home cool. This article will teach how both individuals can make the most out of any warm weather by following these easy steps.

Ways You Can Air Condition Your Camping Tent?

The right air conditioner can make all the difference when it comes to enjoying your outdoor camping trip. A window mounted unit will require an AC port on you tent, while portable models do not need one at all.

It’s a good idea to research which type of air conditioner will suit your tent before making your purchase. There are two approaches a window mounted unit and a portable model both with their benefits and drawbacks. So, let’s look at how they work together in this article as well as some tips for getting the most from them.

Ways You Can Air Condition Your Tent Using a Window AC Unit

To stay cool while camping, you’ll need an air conditioner with a window unit and tent AC port. A stand must be used to place the machine properly so that it can operate effectively in hot weather conditions.

The Bushnell Shield Series Instant Cabin Tent provides a great place to stay cool and comfortable, especially when you’re away from home.

This tent has an AC port so that even with limited power sources in your area or if there’s no electricity whatsoever you can use window units. The Heat Shield Technology blocks UV rays which would otherwise make the inside colder than exterior temperatures allow for throughout most of year round.

There are no specific air conditioners for tents, but portable units work well outdoors and in smaller spaces. The FRIGIDAIRE Mini Compact Air Conditioner is a great option if you want to stay cool on your next camping trip.

This small unit has all of the features that will satisfy larger tents like an extra long power cord or temperature control so it can be used by anyone who sets out from home again soon after buying this product with satisfaction as their only destination.

You can purchase an aluminium step from Camco that will allow you to install your window AC in a clean, organized manner. I suggest this brand of stand because its strong and easy to install.

Once you’ve gathered all the materials and set up your equipment, it’s time to get started.

  • When camping, make sure you have a comfortable experience by pitching your tent on an even surface and away from direct sunlight. This will help keep the interior of our tents cool with or without air conditioning.
  • adjust the height so that it is level with both bottom and top. This will help give your monitor an even arsenic without any angles or curves in sight.
  • Attach your window AC unit to the stand and connect it with care. follow any instructions given by manufacturer when attaching or connecting anything into an electrical outlet, so as not cause damage.
  • You have successfully installed your new camping AC unit. Now all that’s left to do is turn it on and enjoy relief from those hot summer days. To hook up the electrical power source, find out where you will be connecting this machine so there are no issues when turning it on.

Putting in an air conditioner is not difficult, but it does take some time and effort. Here are a few advise from campers who have used window AC units:

  • You can get creative with how you mount your air conditioner. A milk crate or box will work as long as it’s sturdy and able to hold the weight of an AC unit and port without breaking.
  • For those who love camping but don’t want to deal with the hassle of bringing an AC unit for their tents, there are tiny cooling systems that can be attached directly onto your walls. These BTU powered appliances will effectively keep any space cool without wasting large amounts electricity or requiring too much physical space.
  • The easiest way to keep animals out of your tent is by filling up all gaps around it and sealing off any cracks or ports they might be able use for getting in. Most AC units come with screened interfaces, so this won’t really matter too much if you happen upon an unscreened one while camping.
  • Insulating your tent is key to staying comfortable during cold weather. You can keep the cold air in by placing a tarp over it, but make sure you have an effective rainfly as well so that water doesn’t seep through.
  • When you’re looking for an affordable place to stay during your next camping trip, don’t forget about the value of having electricity. A window AC unit will keep things cool and comfortable in even the hottest weather while running on only shore power. A generator is great when there are no electrical hook-ups available but it does make noise so be prepared especially if staying outside.

Here are few benefits of using a window unit AC:

  • Cool your tent with this easy-to -do at home project. No special tool needed.
  • The tent doesn’t take up any space inside, making it perfect for those who want to save more flooring on the ground.
  • The noise level of this unit is much lower than portable AC units.

Disadvantages of using a window unit AC:

  • This is not an easy product to use and set up. It requires a stand that you have carefully prepared before placing the AC unit, as well as careful handling.
  • Tent must have an in built AC port.
  • When compared to portable AC, it isn’t as easy and convenient to fix and setup.

How Can You Air Condition a Tent Using A Portable AC Unit

Portable air conditioning for your tent is simple all you need are some supplies that can usually be found at any hardware store or outdoor gear shop. A portable AC unit, and the power source of choice an electrical hook up (computer USB), gas powered generator; solar powered generators also work well.

Here are few ideal steps used to chill your tent with a portable AC unit, follow these easy steps:

  • The best way to have a comfortable camping experience is by ensuring that your tent and all of its contents are situated on an even surface. This will ensure cool interior temperatures in the event you need air conditioning or not, regardless if it’s hot outside.
  • The Portable air conditioning unit should be placed inside the tent.
  • The important thing to keep in mind when running a duct from your AC unit is that it should lead outside or have an opening inside. This ensures proper ventilation which will create even temperature distribution for all those living within the tent.
  • Plug it in and turn the power switch on, then sit back as you wait for your home’s temperature to cool down.

Here are few benefits of using a portable unit AC:

  • A stand or placement isn’t needed here.
  • The easiest and most cost efficient way to keep cool in the summer.
  • It is easy and convenient to install and set up.
  • With no one else can see it, there is a low chance of it getting stolen.

 Disadvantages of using a Portable AC unit:

  • It consumes space.
  • It is noisy.

Are Battery Operated Air Conditioner Available for Camping?

Battery powered air conditioners are a good option for those who want to camp without having their devices plugged into an outlet. There is rechargeable and USB powered models as well 12v car battery operated units available so you can find one that works best with your need.

The Zero Breeze MARK 2 portable air conditioner is an impressive device with the ability to cool down your home up 30°F in just ten minutes! It’s powered by 650 Watts / 2900 BTU cooling capacity, which means it can operate continuously for over five hours on one charge.

By Anthony Paton

Anthony Paton, the outdoorsman who loves to report all sorts of interesting stories about camping in Great Britain. He's based out London and doesn't get much time for himself these days because work commitments keep him away on occasion but does what he can with what little free time there is.

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