How much does it cost to run an air conditioning unit and leave it on overnight? | The Sun

How much does it cost to run an air conditioning unit and leave it on overnight? | The Sun

June 9, 2023

BRITS bracing for scorching weather over the next few days might be tempted to use an air con unit – but how much do they cost?

UKHSA public health bosses have issued amber warnings for the Midlands, eastern England, the south-east and south-west.

The Met Office is forecasting some areas will see temperatures reach 30°C over the next few days too.

So it might be tempting to turn your air conditioning unit on, if you have one.

But the bills for running one can make you sweat – here we reveal how much running one of the appliances costs.

It comes with the average household forking out £2,500 a year on their energy bills, although they will fall by around £420 from July.

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How much does it cost to run an air conditioner?

The cost of running an air con unit depends on whether it's portable or built-in, according to Uswitch.

The price comparison website said a built-in model uses 2.7kilowatts of power an hour – this works out to £56.76 a week based on nine hours of use a day.

Meanwhile, a portable unit uses 1kilowatt of power an hour – or £21.02 a week based on nine hours of use a day.

Of course, you might not use the air con every night, and won't use it every week, especially in the winter, but the costs can add up fast.

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If you still want to keep cool, it's worth using a fan instead.

Uswitch said a desktop model costs just 74p to run for a week based on nine hours of use a day.

That's £56.02 cheaper than a built-in air con unit over seven days.

How else can I keep cool in the heat?

There are other ways to keep cool in the heat beyond air con units and fans.

DIY website Family Handyman shared some ideas that include spraying a sheet with cold water covering a window opening.

With this hack, the breeze will hit the sheet and pass through the cool, damp fabric, which can help bring the temperature down in your home.

The site also suggest trying insulated window films that you can buy to stick on your window.

This cheap to purchase alternative can help cut energy costs as well as offer privacy while you can still enjoy the view and light from outside.

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They are also designed to provide up to 98% infrared heat reduction compared to unprotected windows, and reduce the temperature coming in.

They're only about £10 to buy from places like Amazon as well.

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