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Cost of running a portable air conditioner

With this heat, I am seriously thinking about getting a portable air conditioner. Plus, my new kittens are not liking it much either. I know it depends on how big the unit is, how often it is run and where one lives exactly, but can anyone give me an idea about how much their electricity bills are because of one?

Not really keen about getting a bill for CHF 1000 for one month.

Thanks so much.
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Old 03.07.2015, 16:13
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Re: Cost of running a portable air conditioner

Ours makes no noticeable dent in the electric bill.

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Re: Cost of running a portable air conditioner

approx. 0.2 CHF/kWh used
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Re: Cost of running a portable air conditioner

My portable 9000 BTU (trotec Pac 2600 S) takes 1.05kwh according to the documentation. So about 25 rappen per hour
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Re: Cost of running a portable air conditioner

It is difficult to give an estimate as it depends on the wattage and how many hours a day it is used. Given the wattage, it should be easy to calculate the cost by multiplying wattage X hours/month X price/KWh
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With this heat, I am seriously thinking about getting a portable air conditioner. Plus, my new kittens are not liking it much either. I know it depends on how big the unit is, how often it is run and where one lives exactly, but can anyone give me an idea about how much their electricity bills are because of one?

Not really keen about getting a bill for CHF 1000 for one month.

Thanks so much.


The power costs are more or less negligible, even if you run it 24/7. What WILL cost money is getting a hole through a window or wall for the heat exhaust. If this is a rental property you must clarify with the owner if this is ok, and you will almost certainly have to return things to original state when you move back out. Depending on the size of the room, how airtight the doors are etc, and what floor you are on, you may only manage to drop the temperature by a few degrees. I installed one in the childrens room in the attic, which was like an oven. Turning it on at 19:00 it will drop the temp by about 5 degrees C in 3-4 hours. The attic is properly insulated (ceiling AND floors), and I put a foam seal on the door, but you need to put a towel at the bottom of the door, otherwise the heat from the lower floors gets in via the gap.
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Re: Cost of running a portable air conditioner

We were given a portable air conditioner while I was on holiday in Barcelona. The portable AC was half the size of a washing machine and needed water emptied every 6 hours or so. However, it was a long time ago and I forgot the make and model of the AC and would appreciate if anyone from EF can gues the make and model with pictures.
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We were given a portable air conditioner while I was on holiday in Barcelona. The portable AC was half the size of a washing machine and needed water emptied every 6 hours or so. However, it was a long time ago and I forgot the make and model of the AC and would appreciate if anyone from EF can gues the make and model with pictures.
Sounds like a dehumidifier... a picture would help, I'm not Uri Geller.
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Re: Cost of running a portable air conditioner

But gave out cold air and made the room very cool.
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But gave out cold air and made the room very cool.


May well be, still it would be easier to visualise with.... a picture
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I don't have a picture, it was back in 2004.
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We were given a portable air conditioner while I was on holiday in Barcelona. The portable AC was half the size of a washing machine and needed water emptied every 6 hours or so. However, it was a long time ago and I forgot the make and model of the AC and would appreciate if anyone from EF can gues the make and model with pictures.
That's a joke obviously
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