Whether you’re a new homeowner or you inherited your current air conditioner when you bought your home years ago, you may be facing an AC installation or replacement soon. When that time comes, a logical question you might have is, “how much is this going to cost me?”
The answer isn’t simple–the truth is that it depends on a variety of factors. Of course, nobody likes to be surprised with a big purchase like this, but the good news is that our team can help you make an educated decision while staying within or close to your budget.
Read on as we uncover what factors go into deciding an air conditioning installation’s cost, when you might have to pay a bit more, and what you can do to decrease the strain on your wallet when you make a large important purchase such as this.
Breaking Down the Costs
If you want a modern, efficiently operating central air conditioning system, it’s not going to be “cheap,” but this doesn’t mean we can’t help you find ways to make it more affordable, whether we’re looking at the upfront costs or the monthly costs you can expect to pay when using your AC on a regular basis.
In regards to specific numbers, we can say that generally, you can expect to spend around $3,000-$5,000 on a new air conditioner. But depending on the unit, how big your home is, and any other specific considerations to be made, some homeowners have spent as much as $10K on their new air conditioner and the associated ductwork or technology needed for their system.
AC installation cost will be impacted by factors such as matching a system to your specific home and needs, getting that system properly sized for your space, ensuring that it operates efficiently, and only investing in professional installation so you don’t have to pay to fix mistakes later on down the line.
A Couple of Warnings About Buying a New AC…
There are some myths and misconceptions out there in regards to what things will save you money, and what won’t. let us help spare any confusion, and spare your wallet, by busting these misconceptions and giving you some actions to avoid when you buy your next air conditioner.
Don’t Buy a Smaller System Because It’s Cheaper
Did you know that a central air conditioner can be too small for the space it’s installed in? What happens when a cooling system is too small is that it isn’t powerful enough to do the job. It will work inefficiently as it will only cool a small portion of your home while leaving the rest untouched, but shutting off anyway (or continuing to run in an attempt to cool down the whole space.
Don’t Buy a Bigger System Because You Can Afford It
AC systems that are too large, or rather too overpowered, can be just as detrimental to home comfort and efficiency and a system that is too small. These systems go through a process called short-cycling, which is quite damaging to the system.
Don’t Try to Install the AC System Yourself!
There are many system components to keep in mind when it comes to HVAC installation, Be sure to talk to our team to learn why professional AC system installation is so important.