Air Conditioning Costs: Install and Running Costs Explained

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Air conditioning costs will be at the forefront of your mind if you're currently weighing up whether to install it within in your home. A series of mini heatwaves have left us all reaching for ways to keep cool, and air conditioning is one measure to consider.

Cooling is being introduced to mechanical ventilation systems as well as many heat pumps being able to be run in reverse to add cooling to our homes. These systems can add a bit of cooling but when it comes to considering how to keep a house cool in summer, nothing has the same effect as proper air conditioning. Some units also add the potential for some heating in winter, too. 

David Hilton

David is a renewables and ventilation installer, with over 35 years experience, and is a long-standing contributor to Homebuilding and Renovating magazine. He is a member of the Gas Safe Register, has a Masters degree in Sustainable Architecture, and is an authority in sustainable building and energy efficiency, with extensive knowledge in building fabrics, heat recovery ventilation, renewables, and also conventional heating systems. He is also a speaker at the Homebuilding & Renovating Show. 

Passionate about healthy, efficient homes, he is director of Heat and Energy Ltd. He works with architects, builders, self builders and renovators, and designs and project manages the installation of ventilation and heating systems to achieve the most energy efficient and cost effective outcome for every home.