Prices and costs of air conditioning: How much does an air conditioner cost?

Preise und Kosten: Was kostet eine Klimaanlage?

How much does air conditioning cost? You will inevitably have to deal with this question if you are planning to buy an air conditioner. But there is no blanket answer to this question. The prices of air conditioners vary greatly - depending on the device type and brand as well as the requirements for certain features.

In addition to the cost of the air conditioner itself, there are also the costs of installation, maintenance and operation. In this article we provide you with all the information about the prices of air conditioning systems so that you have an overview of all costs.

Distinguish between purchase and maintenance costs

If you want to buy an air conditioner and are concerned with the prices and costs of the devices, you should not only include the pure purchase costs in your considerations. The purchase cost is the real price of the air conditioner with accessories.

However, a not inconsiderable part of the money invested in the purchase of an air conditioning system goes into the maintenance costs. Installation and commissioning by a specialist must also be paid for, as must the regular inspection of the system.

How much does a portable air conditioner cost?

Mobile air conditioners are particularly cheap to buy and free to install. These devices do not have to be installed and commissioned by a specialist.

The mobile air conditioners are monoblock devices - i.e. devices that consist of one part. The cooling unit draws in the warm air in the room and transports it away via a hose that you can route out of a window, for example. You decide where to set up the mobile air conditioner. The devices can be used flexibly and their location can be changed at any time.

In terms of price, mobile air conditioners start in the low three-digit range, but can also cost up to 800 euros. Important: the mobile devices usually do not work as efficiently as split air conditioners.

That's how much a split system costs

The best-selling air conditioners include split air conditioners . They consist of an indoor and an outdoor unit. The indoor unit is mounted within your premises - for example on the wall or ceiling. The outdoor unit is usually located on the outside of your house.

Split air conditioners are usually installed by a specialist who will be happy to advise you on the installation location and the power and cooling lines.

The acquisition costs for a simple split air conditioning system are between 600 and 1,500 euros. Multisplit systems usually cost 2,500 euros and more. The costs for installation and commissioning are added. In return, you benefit from high energy efficiency, a long service life and often also from a cooling and heating function.

What costs should I expect for assembly and commissioning?

The cost of installing and starting up your air conditioner depends on various factors. For example, the number of devices and rooms to be installed, but also the effort involved in laying the power and cooling lines. 

Installing an air-to-air heat pump usually costs between 200 and 2,000 euros. The commissioning of the device or devices costs between 300 and 700 euros.

Air conditioning prices and costs: what are the maintenance costs?

To keep your air conditioner running efficiently for a long time, regular maintenance by a professional is a must. Usually, an air conditioning unit or system is checked once a year. Regular checks ensure that the air source heat pump runs cleanly and in an energy-saving manner. This is ensured, among other things, by checking the air filter, wearing parts and the refrigerant lines. 

In addition to efficient operation and a longer service life, regular maintenance has another advantage: Clean filters and a clean air conditioner also mean clean air in your premises. The annual maintenance also has a health aspect that should hardly be underestimated. The cost of maintaining a split air conditioner is usually between 150 and 200 euros.

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