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Old 06-16-2007, 11:34 AM   #1
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Default How much does it cost to run a window air conditioner?

I'm probably going to buy a small (6,000 BTU maybe) window AC unit. How much do you think this will cost per month for electricity?
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Old 06-16-2007, 11:37 AM   #2
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Default How much does it cost to run a window air conditioner?

depends how much you use it, and what temperature you set it to...
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Old 06-16-2007, 12:13 PM   #3
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Default How much does it cost to run a window air conditioner?

i'd say whatever it does cost will be worth not having to sit in sweltering heat all day.
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Old 06-16-2007, 12:16 PM   #4
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Default How much does it cost to run a window air conditioner?

I have a 5500btu window unit and last year in august, running it on the coolest setting 24/7 ran my electric bill up by 90$ in that month. My typical electric bill is 50$ per month.
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Old 06-16-2007, 12:23 PM   #5
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i'd say whatever it does cost will be worth not having to sit in sweltering heat all day.
Absolutely. No amount of money is worth my comfort.
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Old 06-16-2007, 01:41 PM   #6
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Old 06-16-2007, 02:09 PM   #7
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Default How much does it cost to run a window air conditioner?

It's going to be 95 on wednesday. I will be sitting in comfort.
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Old 06-16-2007, 02:27 PM   #8
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Default How much does it cost to run a window air conditioner?

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I have a 5500btu window unit and last year in august, running it on the coolest setting 24/7 ran my electric bill up by 90$ in that month. My typical electric bill is 50$ per month.
Is that just flipping it on for evenings/nights? Seems high.
Running a/c non-stop in my 540 sq. ft. top floor apartment with drafty windows in Cincinnati, was only an additional $65/month IIRC.
Heat was free BTW and my winter energy bill was around $20/month.
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Old 06-16-2007, 02:45 PM   #9
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around 30 - 50 dollars a month, but i only use mine from ~9pm - 9am
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Old 06-16-2007, 02:48 PM   #10
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Old 06-16-2007, 03:42 PM   #11
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It's going to be 95 on wednesday. I will be sitting in comfort.
Where did you see/hear that?

http://www.kptv.com/wxmap/9430868/detail.html
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Old 06-16-2007, 03:50 PM   #12
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Default How much does it cost to run a window air conditioner?

find out how much power it draws and how much you pay for electricity. do the math. just as an example, if it uses 500W and you pay $.10 per kilowatt hour, it will cost you 5 cents per hour.
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Old 06-16-2007, 04:14 PM   #13
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Default How much does it cost to run a window air conditioner?

i thoguht they came with cost estimates to run on the box these days. part of the whole efficiency thing.
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Old 06-16-2007, 04:17 PM   #14
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Keep your windows and doors shut 24/7, run it mostly at night, when it's cooler outside and the kilowatt/hour rate is lower and your cost could be less than $25.00 a month, give or take depending on how big the area it's cooling and what temp you set it at.
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Old 06-16-2007, 04:19 PM   #15
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Default How much does it cost to run a window air conditioner?

It's nearly impossible to estimate without knowing the efficiency of the unit, the square footage of the room/apartment you will be cooling, how much you will be using the unit and what your local utility charges.

I have a ~600 sq ft apartment in Manhattan and I run two 5000 btu A/C units in the summer time. My electricity/gas bill runs around $150 in the summer.
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Old 06-16-2007, 04:21 PM   #16
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Default How much does it cost to run a window air conditioner?

You guys are lucky. With the rest of summer here probably being well over 100+ during the days, we have to have our whole house AC on for at least 12 hours a day. Our electricity bill last month was already ~$340. Nevada Power just keeps raising their rates too.
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Old 06-16-2007, 05:12 PM   #17
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Default How much does it cost to run a window air conditioner?

can a window unit be used just on a table or something. I saw them in home depot turned on just sitting there. They were blowing very cold. All my windows slide sideways so I don't have a way to mount it in the window? I'd like to just buy one and sit it on a table.
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Old 06-16-2007, 05:28 PM   #18
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can a window unit be used just on a table or something. I saw them in home depot turned on just sitting there. They were blowing very cold. All my windows slide sideways so I don't have a way to mount it in the window? I'd like to just buy one and sit it on a table.


Doesn't work that way. AC makes some air cold, some other fluid hot.

i.e. if you let the two streams recombine, you'll end up with the same temperature (realistically speaking, a little higher than if you didn't run it at all).
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