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How Much Air Conditioning Cost?

According to a recent survey, 69% of Australian households believe that cutting down on air conditioning use can save money on energy bills. Most people consider air conditioning a luxury, and this led them to believe that it’s the most expensive appliance to run. But you’ll be surprised to know that the costs are a lot less than what you might think.

In fact, other household appliances are even costlier than air conditioners. We’re talking about kitchen appliances, cleaning appliances, clothes dryers and lighting.

Let’s take a look at the cost of running different types of air conditioners and find out how much they contribute in our electricity bills.

split system

Split systems are comparatively affordable to run. A split AC could cost you around $0.36 to $0.70 per hour for a medium-sized room. If your unit is on for 8 hours a day, you’ll have a monthly cost of about $168.

Ducted Air Conditioning

Running costs for ducted systems are higher than split systems. Cooling costs are at an average of $2.50 to $3.45 per hour. Your average monthly cost is $828 if your ducted system is running for 8 hours a day.

Reverse Cycle – Heating

When used for heating, the average reverse cycle air conditioner costs on average $0.13 to $0.36 per hour to run. Your average monthly costs could be around $86.40 if your unit is powered on for 8 hours a day.

Costs could go up for a whole-house ducted system, with an average cost of $1.45 to $2.12 per hour.

Costs may add up

Remember running costs depend on how frequently your air conditioner is working and may add up over time. For instance, using your split air conditioner for 12 hours a day during the summer months may incur an additional $200 to $300 on your next energy bill. If you’re running a ducted system, you’re likely to add a hefty $1,000 to your bill.


How can I reduce the cost?

There are different ways you can save money on air conditioning:

  1. Maintaining consistent temperatures – This can ensure that your AC isn’t working too hard and hiking up your monthly power consumption. The standard temperature for your AC is 24°C during summer and 19°C in the winter.
  2. Insulating your home – This helps minimise the cooling and heating work your AC needs to do.
  3. Proper maintenance – Having your AC regularly maintained and serviced ensures that it will run optimally and efficiently.
  4. Getting an energy-efficient air conditioning unit – An inverter model can save you up to 40% of energy costs. Check that the AC unit has a high energy-efficiency rating. You might have to spend more upfront on an energy-efficient model but they can save you money in the long run.

Our reliable staff at Cold Front Air Conditioning can provide you with expert advice and high-quality cooling and heating solutions that fit your needs. Just give us a call or send us a message—whether it’s to have a chat about the running costs of our air conditioning systems or to request a solution for your specific needs—we’re here to help!



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