Does Your Tent Need Air Conditioning?

Sometimes camping is about roughing it, but other times, you want to enjoy being in the center of the great outdoors while still enjoying some creature comforts.

Did you know you could put air conditioning on that list even if you’re tent camping? It’s true!

Keeping Cool

The portable air conditioner you can use while camping isn’t always the same kind you’d use in your home, but it can keep you from suffering through oppressive heat. While it won’t create an ice-cold environment, it will decrease the atmosphere temperature a bit and offer you a more comfortable retreat. Here are three types if units to consider:

  • Evaporative Cooler
    More like a personal cooling fan, they are also called swamp coolers. These are ideal when you’re camping in a high heat, low humidity environment. The unit pulls in hot air with a fan, runs it over wet cooling pads and releases a cool mist. Costs usually range anywhere from $30-1,000 dependent on the unit’s size and space the unit will cool.
  • Portable Air Conditioner
    Most are powered by electricity, so make sure you read the details before purchasing one of these. There are a few battery-operated versions on the market. These typically cost between $300-850 and can cool up to 450 square feet. Before you purchase a portable air conditioner, make sure you know the size of the area you wish to cool so you can adequately lower your space’s temperature. As a guide, a 5,000 BTU (British Thermal Unit) unit can typically cool up to 150 square feet, while a 13,000 BTU conditioner can cool up to 450 square feet. This applies to purchasing at-home units as well.
  • Window Air Conditioner
    If you don’t mind bringing a power generator or if you know you’ll be camping near a power grid, this will keep you the most comfortable. While it is likely the priciest option at a range of $175-1,400, the largest units can cool up to 1,000 square feet.

If you’re purchasing a cooling unit that requires an electrical hook-up, be sure your camping site can accommodate that need ahead of time.

Need some purchasing advice? We’re here to help solve whatever heating, cooling or HVAC woe you’re experiencing and to answer your questions. Call A&T Heating and Air Conditioning in Mohnton, Berks County, PA at 484-516-1017 or visit us online at We’d love to hear from you.