Is Air conditioning expensive to run?
I have a feeling I’m going to be saying this a lot while doing these articles and I don’t mean to be negative but no, not really. This is a common misconception, air conditioning is in fact the most cost effective way to heat and cool your property. Let’s look at heating, air conditioning is vastly more efficient than electric heaters. A quick google search turns up quite a few electric heaters and though most don’t actually list the power consumption the general consensus is about 1:1 meaning for every 1kW of power you put in you get roughly 1kW of power out (of course the hotter something gets the higher the electrical resistance there is so the more power it consumes but lets gloss over that because it gets very complex). So this 1:1 sounds like a good deal, nothing is being wasted hurray! Hold just a minute though, let’s take a look at air conditioning for a moment. A 2kW Daikin unit will consume (in heating) 0.5kW (half that of an electric heater) and will put out 2.2kW of heating. That means for every 1kW you put in you’ll get 4kW out, now that sounds like a better deal to me, cheaper to run and you get more bang for your buck.
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