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Summer time means excess heat just about everywhere you go on this planet, and South Africa is certainly no exception to this unwritten rule which is why we’ve written this South African summer Air conditioning guide. With our beautiful country situated in the Southern Hemisphere, the seasons are a little different than the traditional climates of other countries, like Europe. While most people experience cooler months from around October to March, South Africa averages about seven months of warm sunshine each year – summer being from November to March – with a cooler period from May to August.

With all of these months of hot temperatures, going inside is a welcome escape from the heat that drapes South Africa like a blanket. Luckily, with a little strategic planning and knowledge of the regional climate, you’ll be able to stay cool and refreshed all summer long.

Clothing and Accessories

If you’re going to brave the heat of a South African summer and step outside your home’s comfort zone, make sure you’re dressed for success. Dark colors draw light in and trap heat between the clothing and your body to cause excessive sweat and discomfort, while light colors reflect light and keep the heat from sticking too close to home. Be mindful of the colors you choose and stay away from blacks, brown, dark blue and other colors that harbor light.

Make sure you also choose clothing that it lightweight and moves well, is not too clingy and has a material that either wicks away sweat or allows your body room to breathe. Tight-fitting clothing like slim t-shirts, leggings and jeans allow sweat to gather and pool because there’s no room for the heat to escape. Denim, wool and polyester should be avoided in favor of linen, light cotton and even some types of nylon – all fabrics that breathe well and dry easily.

As the sun beats down and temperatures reach over 38 degrees Celsius during the hottest summer months, make sure you reach for a hat before stepping outside; if you head is cool, the rest of your body will be, too. In addition to the added benefit of cooling, a hat will also protect your skin from painful burns.

Portable Air Conditioners

For the times you’ll be inside and need a respite from the sun, mobile air conditioners are a great way to cool down. These small, portable units can be moved from room to room, providing you with greater range of motion than traditional window or installed air conditioners at a fraction of the cost.

When you purchase one of these gems from GMC Aircon, you’ll be getting so much more than your standard portable aircon can provide. Benefits include a removable filter that’s easy to clean at your convenience; options for not only cooling but dehumidifying, too, and a remote control with LED screen so you don’t have to constantly get up and down to adjust the temperature. Add to all of this the fact there’s no installation with your portable air conditioner and you’ve got a win-win situation to help combat even the most brutal South African summer.

Ready to Purchase an Aircon?

When it comes to the care of South Africa’s residents, there’s no better industry name than GMC Aircon. They’ve been in the heating and cooling business for almost twenty years, leaving an indelible mark on the country with their outstanding customer service and the best portable air conditioner prices on the market today. Their products come with a standard 1-year warranty and include free shipping, something you won’t see with the competition and one reason why they’ve got a proven track record in excellence.

You need only the very best to weather the summer, and a portable aircon can help you achieve your goal of staying cool while saving money. Take a look at the guide below to find out exactly what you need to know about finding the right portable air-con for your home or office

The complete Portable Air Conditioner Buyers Guide

Make your home a more comfortable living experience and enjoy a cooler quality of life. This guide will give you everything you need to know about your first portable air-con

Why everyone needs a portable air-con to stay cool

Your portable air-con pulls in the air in your room and then cools it with a self-evaporating system that pushes out cold air back into the room and simultaneously exhausts the warm spent air through the exhaust hose, back outdoors.

You can control the temperature through the easy LED interface and save your settings. The thermostat in the portable air-con will ensure you room is always at the temperature you desire.

The unit can also be used to assist large units that are in need of a little help to bring the temperature down and they are compact and light-weight, allowing you to carry them with your where ever you go. Easily to set up and with practically no maintenance, they make an ideal cooling solution for your home or office.

How to set up your portable air-con

Roll your portable air-con close enough to the window that you can attach the hose supplied with the window snap kit you received with your unit. Wait for an hour to allow the unit to settle before plugging your unit into the wall outlet and switching it on.

Maintenance for your portable air-con

Portable air-cons have next to no maintenance. The only things you need to check on every now and again are the drainage tank and the filter. Simply detach the tank and empty it, then remove the filter and shake it outside. That’s all you need to do to enjoy hours of cooling.

Choosing the best Portable air-con for your application

The BTU, or British Thermal Rating, determines the power of your portable air-con. Having a unit that is underpowered will result in your room not
being cooled effectively. Make sure that you select the right power output for your room size.

Here is a brief outline of what you should be aiming for, if you have any questions, please do not hesitate to email us or call into the GMC Aircon head office and ask a consultant to assist you in making your choice.

  • Up to 50 sq m: 8,000-BTU unit
  • Up to 75 sq m: 10,000-BTU unit
  • Up to 100 sq m: 12,000-BTU unit
  • Up to 125 sq m: 13,000-BTU unit

Quick tip

The larger the unit, the more it will weigh as the compressor and fans are larger. The EER, or Energy Efficiency Ratio is the metric by which the unit’s energy efficiency is measured, the higher the number, the better.

Tips to Improve Indoor Air Quality in your Home

Many times the homes we inhabit become magnets for dust and allergens. There are many products on the market today to treat everything from airborne illnesses to filtering the very air we breathe. Everyone wants to have the best air quality possible and for families with the elderly or small children, this is of the utmost importance.

For homes with pets, allergens are at the top of the home hit list for ways to improve indoor air quality in the home. Just because you have a furry friend doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy crystal clean air indoors and out. You can stick to hypo-allergenic breeds like the Maltese or the Portuguese Water Dog, but for the rest of the pooches out there (and cats too) a little regular grooming helps keep your indoor air quality as pure as possible.

The Home Hit List: Areas to Check

Take all the areas of the home that can contribute to or add to the worsening quality of the air in your home. By staying on top of leaks and other spoilers of the air we breathe, you can ensure that you and your family stay in top health.


Check that windows are in good conditions and pay special attention to how well they seal. If you can hear the wind whistling through the cracks then you may have an air leak. Windows that have broken or degraded seals can take away from your indoor air quality as well as eat into the efficiency of your home’s environment.

If your windows need to be replaced there may be some remedy that you can put into place to improve the window seals. Consider purchasing weather stripping tape, which has a rubber foam-like layer with a sticky adhesive on one side. Apply the tape according to the manufacturer’s directions; typically you will lay a strip down where the window pane meets the window sill creating a firm seal. Unless your windows art in really bad shape, weather stripping your windows can sometimes help you save real money that is currently being wasted as you heat and cool your home.

With windows, you want to keep the hot or inclement weather out of your home, but you want to be able to move fresh air through your home when nicer days provide the perfect windiness. If you decide to air out the stuffiness in the home, be sure to do it early in the AM or in the evening once the heat of the day has mellowed. Whatever you do, always make checking the quality of the windows of your home an annual part of your home evaluation.


Just like the windows in your home, the doors going into and out of your home are also one of the biggest pathways for allergens and containments. Your doors front and back, including the any leading to your garage or carpark. Use a thin strip of paper or a piece of ribbon… anything that will move at the slightest hint of wind to check for any leaks in your door jambs. If you see the strip of paper move with the sound of the wind you know you that your door is not sealing out the elements as it should. Make repairs to door seals a priority as the major ways into your home can make a huge difference to your indoor air quality.

Water Leaks

Leaking water can create all sorts of havoc in the home, reducing the quality and sometimes the safety of the air your family breathes every day.


Some of the biggest contributors to the air quality or lack of air quality is often times the family pets. Your furry friends can impact your indoor air quality but they don’t have to be part of the problem. Regular grooming and bathing can decrease the allergen population in your home dramatically. Homes with feline residents will benefit from animals that are regularly brushed. Cat dander lingers on the fur and regular brushing can help excess hair and allergens from building up. You will also notice fewer areas of pet hair buildup as a result.

Dogs and cats will swoon at the extra attention and you and your family will enjoy a healthier happier home.

Air Vents and Filters

Check your home’s air vents and duct work if you have central air in your home. Be sure to regularly remove vent covers and grates to clean around. For durable/permanent filters a hose outdoors will usually do the trick. Try adding a weak dilution of bleach to your water to disinfect as well as add to your cleaning efforts. Never mix bleach or any other chemicals for that matter – unintended chemical reactions can be harmful or fatal so always follow the manufacturer’s directions.

Once you clean the air vents and filters in your home, mark the date on a calendar and don’t wait until a year passes before you do something proactive to keep your family healthier and happier. Just because you have air filtration in your home doesn’t mean it is working at optimum efficiency.

Air Conditioning Filtration

With new filtration technologies on the market today, consumers have a wide variety of choice when it comes to air conditioning and air filtration solutions for your home. Many solutions feature replaceable filter screens and media. Some more expensive units feature HEPA filtration which uses ultrafine material to trap dust and allergens populating the air in your home. An air conditioner with some filtration capacity is better than none.

When you are concerned with the air quality in your home, nothing beats the satisfaction that comes from ensuring the healthiest environment for your family. Use the home hit list and review the items on it regularly to make it part of your cleaning regimen. Take control of the air quality inside your home by reviewing problem areas regularly and remember a little elbow grease goes a long way in keeping the air you breathe as pure as possible.


GMC Aircon has a wide range of portable air-cons that will help you improve your quality of life at home. We have something available for everyone’s budget. The features of air-cons vary depending on the price level. Most portable air-cons have a timer that stores your favourite temperature settings and they even come with remote controls for you to set the temperature while you relax on the couch.

Whatever your room size or application, GMC Aircon will work with you to find the perfect cooling solution for your needs. Give us a call or contact us via email and our professional team of experts will make sure you get the best advice and the best deal possible.

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