How much does it cost to run a window air conditioner?

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  1. powka

    powka Member

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    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?
     
  2. dug777

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    depends how much you use it, and what temperature you set it to...
     
  3. pontifex

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    i'd say whatever it does cost will be worth not having to sit in sweltering heat all day.
     
  4. Tiamat

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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.
     
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    Absolutely. No amount of money is worth my comfort.
     
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    :thumbsup:
     
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    swtethan Diamond Member

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    It's going to be 95 on wednesday. I will be sitting in comfort.
     
  8. FeuerFrei

    FeuerFrei Diamond Member

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    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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    TheGizmo Diamond Member

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    around 30 - 50 dollars a month, but i only use mine from ~9pm - 9am
     
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    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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    i thoguht they came with cost estimates to run on the box these days. part of the whole efficiency thing.
     
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    imported_Baloo Golden Member

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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.
     
  15. MrChad

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    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.
     
  16. Synomenon

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    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.
     
  17. Rickten

    Rickten Golden Member

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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.
     
  18. Howard

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    :D

    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).