What Does it Cost to Run a 5000 BTU Air Conditioner?
By Dale Yalanovsky Updated December 10, 2018
Air conditioner capacity is often described in British thermal units instead of amperage or wattage. To determine the cost to run a 5,000-Btu air conditioner, however, you'll have to know the amperage rating. In turn, you can convert that number to wattage. Once you know the wattage, you can find out the cost to run the air conditioner for an hour, a day, a week, a month or a year.
The cost to operate the unit will vary from region to region. In the San Francisco Bay Area, for example, the kilowatt-hour cost is about 63 percent greater than the national average, so it would cost about $950 annually to run a 5,000-Btu air conditioner.
Dale Yalanovsky has been writing professionally since 1978. He has been published in "Woman's Day," "New Home Journal" and on many do-it-yourself websites. He specializes in do-it-yourself projects, household and auto maintenance and property management. Yalanovsky also writes a bimonthly column that provides home improvement advice.
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