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How Much Does Water Cooled Air Conditioning Cost To Run?

One of the most common questions we get from our customers is how much it will cost to run water cooled air conditioning. This can be a difficult question to answer. The running costs are different for every property and will depend on a variety of factors.

Cost Factors

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Solar Gain

One of the biggest factors involves which direction your home faces and therefore, the amount of direct sunlight your home receives. The more sunlight you receive, the warmer your space will be. As a result, you will have to run your AC system more often which will lead to increased costs.

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Size of Interior Space

The size of your space will determine the size of the air conditioner required. The bigger your space, the bigger the cooling requirement and therefore, the more energy will be needed to cool the space. For example, a small bedroom will need less cooling and cost less than a large open plan living room. You can use our handy cooling requirement calculator to find out what size air conditioner you need for your space.

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Another factor involves the number of people who are occupying the property. The average human body gives off around 100 watts of heat energy. With this is mind, the more people using the space, the more heat will be generated. This will affect the cooling requirement for the space. For example, a pub or restaurant will have a much higher cooling requirement than a convenience store.

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Use of Space

How you use the space will impact the cooling requirements. For example, kitchens produce heat from cooking equipment so will increase the cooling requirement of the space. In addition, modern office spaces are typically kept at cool and comfortable temperatures for both staff and visitors. This will lead to increased running costs due to extended use. On the other hand, a typical bedroom would usually only be used in the evenings so would have a much lower cooling requirement.

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Water & Energy Prices

In addition to usage characteristics, the costs of water and energy will affect the overall cost of running a water cooled air conditioner. The cheaper your water and electricity, the lower your running costs will be.

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It is also worth mentioning that having a maintenance plan plays a vital role in the running costs of any air conditioner. Regular maintenance ensures that all parts are functioning at maximum efficiency, keeping your energy bills to a minimum.

How Much Will It Cost to Run?

It is difficult to say what water cooled air conditioning will cost to run due to the number of depending factors. We know that the electrical power consumption of an average size AC system is a little more than that of a domestic fridge. This will give you a rough idea of the electrical costs. The water consumption will vary on what you pay for your water and your typical usage. Water consumption rates will vary depending on the type and size of the unit. Our water cooled units feature reduced water consumption and have an A++/+++ energy rating.

Talk to the experts

For a more specific estimate on running costs, it is best to speak to our team of dedicated experts directly. We will be able to assess your individual requirements and provide you with further guidance. Our team of engineers are available for free consultations and site surveys. Get in touch today!


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