The difference in the cost of running a portable air conditioner and a conventional air conditioner is very minimal. A good example is the level at which the two consume energy. A portable air conditioner consumes 2,800-4,500 watts per hour on average depending on its size. A central air conditioner on the other hand uses 3,000-4,000 watts per hour. This might be the case but I realized that you can manage how you use a portable air conditioner so that it can save you money in the following ways:
The Cheapest Way To Run A Portable AC
- Control the level of energy consumption. A portable air conditioner runs for limited hours compared to central air conditioners. When you’re not using your portable air conditioner, ensure you turn it off to reduce the amount of energy consumption. The biggest advantage of portable air conditioners is that they do not have to be running all the time. You only need them once in a while e.g. in a car or when out camping.
- Using the heater only when necessary. Portable air conditioners with heaters consume more energy when the heater is active. Reduce the time you use the heater to save you the cost of energy.
- Do not use a portable air conditioner actively. Portable air conditioners work really well in small spaces and are only effective this way. It should be, therefore, used in a bedroom or a car. Using a portable air conditioner in a large space will not only consume high levels of energy but will also not be effective.
It will require a little involvement but if you are keen on the above, you will save money running a portable air conditioner.
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