How Much Does Air Conditioning Cost to Run?
Alongside the initial installation, it’s important to consider the ongoing cost of running your system. Again, there are many influencing factors here, including:
System type - as a rule, split systems are the more cost effective option. With central systems, air that travels through ducting can gain or lose heat in the process, meaning they have to work harder to create the desired conditions.
Equipment efficiency - you’ll see this referred to as seasonal efficiency, which gives a more accurate indication of efficiency over an entire year. You’ll pay more upfront the more efficient the technology, but will benefit from reduced running costs in the long run.
Property insulation - the more well insulated your home, the cheaper your system will be to run, since outdoor conditions will have less of an impact on your indoor climate.
System features and controls - there are cost savings to be had by investing in systems with advanced functionality. For example, the ability to control your AC remotely via an app, or opting for a self cleaning function that ensures maximum efficacy.
Servicing - you should also factor in a regular service, as a well maintained system is significantly more efficient (and you’ll avoid any costly repairs). An annual service is recommended, and you can take preventative steps in the interim with some simple household air conditioning maintenance.
With all of the above in mind, it’s impossible to put an exact figure on AC running costs. As a (very) rough guide, a one room split system could cost anything between 10p and 20p per hour.
The key is to reduce your running costs by sourcing the most reliable, energy efficient equipment with the appropriate output, and ensuring optimum performance through regular maintenance.