How much does a portable air conditioner cost to run per hour?

A mock up of an air conditioning unit beside a plant
Most air con is evaporative or refrigerant-based (Image credit: Getty)

How much does a portable air conditioner cost to run? It's a question many of us will be wondering while blasting your home with cool air this summer.

British homes are generally not designed to cope with heat – we’re normally trying to keep the heat in – but as the mercury soars, you might be using your portable air conditioning unit more often.

Sam Webb

Sam is based in Coventry and has been a news reporter for nearly 20 years. His work has featured in the Mirror, The Sun, MailOnline, the Independent, and news outlets throughout the world.  As a copywriter, he has written for clients as diverse as Saint-Gobain, Michelin, Halfords Autocentre, Great British Heating, and Irwin Industrial Tools. During the pandemic, he converted a van into a mini-camper and is currently planning to convert his shed into an office and Star Wars shrine.