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08 December 2015

Are air conditioners expensive to run?

One of the big concerns that a lot of people have when they consider buying and installing an air conditioner is the price. And that’s a reasonable thing to think about. It does take quite a bit of energy to cool down a house in the summer heat, but if you choose the right air conditioner, everything will stay within your budget.


How To Get A Rough Idea of Your Costs Per Day:


The Input Power Rating  

The first, most important piece of information is the input power rating in watts.

This can be found on a sticker on the air conditioning unit (all units have them). They usually range from 1,000 – 2,800 KW for an air conditioner.


Calculate the cost per hour

Given the power input and the cost of your electricity, you can then estimate the cost per hour.

A great way to do that is using this tool here:

You might be looking at anything from 33 cent an hour, to 1.54.

Star Ratings

Air conditioners come with star ratings that display their energy efficiency for cooling and for heating rooms. These will give you a rough idea of the comparative running costs when you’re considering buying an air conditioning unit.


Which are more energy efficient: evaporative or conventional air conditioners?

In general, evaporative air conditioners are most efficient. However, it really depends on your home and the area in which you live. Evaporative cooling requires a dry climate and proper air circulation. They also use water, which is another thing to consider. If you’re uncertain what you need, give a Taskforce installer a call on 13TASK to find out which option is most appropriate for you.


What is an inverter air conditioner?

An inverter can change how hard it works to match the amount of work required. Conventional air conditioners, in contrast, can only turn on and off. This makes inverter air conditioners more sophisticated and often more energy efficient.


All spaces are different and have different requirements.  Before you make any purchase decisions, it’s a good idea to have a talk to somebody who is able to install it for you. Taskforce has air conditioner installers Australia wide. Give them a call now on 13TASK and you’ll be put through to your nearest air conditioning installer.