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originally posted by: JinMI
a reply to: Nyiah
Those tower units do the trick for us as well. Along with keeping the bedrooms dark during the day.
originally posted by: TinySickTears
i know # about this stuff and dont really know who to ask.
my electric bill through the winter has been about $300. i have an all electric place and we had a bad winter so the heat was on all day/night for months. think central air but heat. i have a thermostat on the wall and vents in every room and the heat pumps through it all. o about 300 bones with all the other # running.
i was on the fence about running a window AC unit this summer because i wanted to try and reduce my electric bill but my house is already stupid hot. so i just put a 5000 BTU AC window unit in and have it on now. i know that wont work for the entire house(about 1k sq ft) but i have another 5,000 BTU one coming my way in a few weeks.
these are not new units so i dont think they are the up to date energy efficient #.
i have absolutely o idea how to figure out how much this is going to cost vs the heat.
can anyone that knows about this kind of # give me an opinion and maybe a general idea?
does 1 of these units running the same amount of time as the heater use the same amount of juice/cost as much?
what if i have 2 running the same amount of time?
i would like to not have $300 bills all summer but we need to have air man.
last year my landlord said he was selling the house we were renting after 4 years so we had to put together a move in 2 months time cause my daughter was about to start kindergarten and we needed to settle.
so i got the brilliant idea of hey, lets move into this #ing trailer for a year because we will be able to save a little cash.
well this dumb ass trailer is costing me more money because the crazy electric bill.
i screwed myself. i just need to get to next March then we are out.
so i guess bottom line question to all of you with more experience than me is will 1/2 of these units cost the same amount, more or less per month than the heater.
for the record i had the Ohio energy commission investigate my electric bill and usage because i just did not think it was correct but they said it was.
originally posted by: Gazrok
In general, a central AC unit is going to run with a thermostat to tell it when to kick on the compressor, etc. So, this, vs. a constantly running window unit, is generally going to be cheaper to run.
As others said, there are variables. Cooling the whole place for example, with central, vs. cooling one closed room with a wall unit, for example. In this case, keeping the one room cool would likely be cheaper, but again, all the variables.
Most folks just love the convenience though, of setting a temp and forgetting about it.