Cooling running costs

Before making a decision on which cooling system to buy, it’s important to talk to a retailer about the initial purchase cost and the running costs of the new system.

Shop with one of our Smarter Choice retail partners to help you make informed decisions when buying a cooling system.

The table below compares the annual running costs for various types of cooling systems for a range of room sizes.

Room size

Suitable cooler type

Energy star rating

Annual Energy cost*

Small room

10m2

 

 

Electric split system air conditioner 2.5 kW output

 

$34.00

$27.00

Portable or ceiling fan

N/A

$4.00 to $6.00

 

Medium room

35m2

 

 

Electric split system air conditioner 5.5 kW output

 

$86.00

$74.00

Portable or ceiling fan

N/A

$4.00 to $6.00

 

Large area

60m2

 

 

Electric split system air conditioner 8 kW output

 

$125.00

$108.00

2 portable or ceiling fans

N/A

$9.00 to $12.00

 

Whole house

166m2

 

 

 

 

 

Ducted air conditioning 20 kW (not zoned)

 

Standard efficiency

$383.00

High efficiency

$349.00

Ducted air conditioning 20 kW (zoned)

 

Standard efficiency

$287.00

High efficiency

$262.00

Evaporative cooling 16 kW

Standard

$54.00

Inverter

$37.00

4 portable or ceiling fans

N/A

$19.00 to $24.00

 

*Approximate cost per annum, based on 300 hours usage and a 60% duty cycle for air conditioners. Based on electricity tariff of 28c/kWh.

Note – evaporative coolers will also use water.