There is no simple answer to this question as there are so many variables that can affect the cost of running your air conditioning for the summer.
However, that doesn’t mean it’s not worth working out the cost of your air conditioner; this will allow you to budget for it and be certain that you can afford to run it for the whole summer.
It will also allow you to compare the cost of running your current unit with the cost of a new one from a reputable firm such as Conduct Air Conditioning.
Cost Of Electricity
The first thing to consider is the cost of electricity per unit in your area. This can vary across the country. You’ll need to know this to calculate how much your air conditioner will cost to run per hour.
The average cost is $0.30 per unit. You can find your cost by checking your recent bill, your contract, or even speaking to the electricity company.
You now need to look at the kilowatt rating on your air conditioner unit. This will help you to calculate the cost of running your air conditioner unit for the summer.
For example, if your unit uses 1kw of energy per hour, it will cost 1 x $0.30 to run per hour. You can then multiply this amount by the number of hours you intend to run your air conditioner to get the total price.
For example, if your air conditioner uses 2kw per hour and you want to run it for 12 hours a day, you would times $0.30 by 2 and then by 12; equaling $6.60 per day.
You can then multiply this daily rate up by the number of days you think you’ll be running it for. If that is three months, approximately 90 days, it will be 90 x $6.60; which equals $594.
Space To Be Cooled
Of course, an air conditioner is the same as a heating unit; just because it’s turned on doesn’t mean that it is running all the time.
Once you set the temperature you want the room or the house to be; the air conditioner will turn on and off to maintain this temperature.
This means you’ll use less electricity than you anticipate.
However, the only way to get an accurate cost for this is to place a separate meter on your air conditioning unit and monitor how much power it uses each day for a week. This will allow you to get an average daily rate and work out the cost for the summer based on this.
It is also worth noting that the poorer you’re insulation and the more gaps you have in your home, the greater the volume of hot air that will come into your home; making the air conditioner work harder.