If you are tired of the blistering hot summers and cold winters, you may have considered having an air conditioning unit installed in your home. There are a variety of options available, however, many people opt for a window AC unit due to the ease of installation. We address issues of cost, especially when it comes to consumption and use.
Electricity costs of window AC units
People often assume that any air conditioning system will drastically increase their energy consumption, especially if used for large portions of the day. This thought process is further compounded when an AC unit is fitted in a window. Many individuals believe that these cooling machines use more electricity because they are filtering hot air from outdoors as well as allowing uncooled air to enter the room via openings around the unit.
However, the average AC unit, that is installed in a window, will generally use the same amount of electricity as a wall unit. Instead, the energy usage of an air conditioning unit will depend on several factors around your home. Whether there are curtains or shades on your windows, the size of the room as well as the orientation towards the sun. The cost of running an AC unit will also depend largely on the size of the machine.
On average, a large air conditioning unit over 6kW will cost around $442 to $586 per year. While small to medium units between 4 – 6kW’s will cost approximately $242-$552 per year.
The best way to save when running your air conditioning is to ensure that you keep your machine on a timer and do not allow it to run if there is no one in the room.
You could also set the thermostat on your machine to a temperature that does not require your machine to use more power than is required. Additionally, you can set your AC unit to economy mode, which will keep energy use at a minimum.