When things heat up, plenty of people start thinking about getting air conditioning in their homes. You only need to walk into one shop that has it to know just how comfortable you can feel when it is switched on.
Of course aside from the cost of investing in air conditioning in the first place, you also have to think about the running costs. Indeed, this is one of the most popular questions people ask when it comes to air conditioning.
It depends on what type of air conditioning you have
This is one of those questions where there is no firm answer. Standalone, full portable units are deemed to be costlier to run than a proper air conditioning installation. The running costs for portable air conditioners will also depend on the wattage of the unit and how much your energy company charges you per unit. By doing a few sums you should be able to work out the running costs for any unit you are considering buying.
Typically speaking then, you should save money over time if you invest in a larger air conditioning unit that is installed in your home. Of course you’ll have the initial costs of the unit plus the installation to foot before you can start reaping any rewards from it.
It also depends how often you use it
We’ve already discovered there is no firm figure to provide in answer to the question posed in the title. It all depends on the aircon unit you choose, how powerful it is and what power consumption it has. You also need to factor in how much you pay for your power services.
Aside from this it all depends on how much you use it. If it’s on 24/7 it will cost a lot more than if you turned it on for just a few hours a day. Of course in this situation any room you use it in won’t stay as cool as it would otherwise. So you have to weigh up the ongoing costs with the aim of keeping cool – which is, after all, the whole point of buying these aircon units in the first place.
It’s clearly worth doing your sums before you make any decisions on what to invest in. Cooling an entire home will also cost more than cooling just one or two rooms, so you might want to consider where you would most benefit from having air conditioning. If versatility is important but you don’t want to spend money on a large installation, you might be better off focusing on a high quality standalone portable unit. The very cheapest ones don’t tend to last long and can be very noisy. You’ll generally get better value for money over time with a larger and more expensive unit – plus a better performance.
As you can see, it’s down to you to do some homework in order to find the cheapest option to use in your home and situation.