How Much Does It Cost To Install An Air Conditioner?

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On average, the national cost to install central air conditioning is around $5,000. Most homeowners spend between $3,500 up to $7,000 for their units.

As the hot summer months finally make their approach, you find yourself standing in front of a fan to cool down dreaming of having air conditioning throughout your entire home.

Installing air condition is not a complicated process but it is extremely important you work with an air conditioning contractor to make sure it has been done correctly.

Continue reading to find out more information about the many aspects affecting installation price.

How Much Does air Conditioning Cost? Understanding Air Conditioning.

The size of your house is the first factor in determining what kind of air conditioning system you need.

There are several types of systems such as :

  • Window units
  • Split systems
  • Central system
  • Portable units

Learn more about each type here.

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A window air conditioning unit can suffice to keep a relatively small home cool during warm spring and summer days.

The cost of Installing a window unit costs depends on the size unit needed for your home. Having a window unit can bring added comfort to your home at a reasonable price but it is much less powerful than a central air conditioning system.

If you have a larger home with multiple rooms, a central air conditioning system would be a better choice. Homeowners can pay between $500 to $4000 for central a/c installation The cost depends on the unit, additional items needed such as duct-work and the installation rates.

Here are some additional factors that determine the kind of system you need, as well as the price.

BTUS :

When determining what type of system you need the size of your home is the first major factor to consider.

British Thermal Units (BTUs) is the measurement of how much heat an air conditioning unit can remove from a home in one hour. The bigger the size of your home, the more cooling power is required. Although, if the system is too big for your home, it will cycle on and off which wastes energy. If a system is too small, it will be constantly running and be inefficient for your home.

EER and SEER Ratings:

EER Ratings:

an EER certifies the cooling efficiency of an HVAC unit. It is calculated by the rate of cooling in BTUs per hour, and divided by the rate of energy input in watts at a certain temperature.

The calculation is : BTUH/WATT at dry bulb (db) bs wet bulb (wb) temperatures.

The optimal rating for a cooling unit is about 80db/67wb inside and 95db/75wb outside.

SEER Ratings:

The SEER rating of an a/c system is very important if you live in a climate where the temperature changes dramatically. The SEER rating of a unit is the cooling output during the winter, divided by the total electric input during that same period. The higher the SEER rating, the more efficient the system will be.

Units with a SEER rating of 13 can increase efficiency by up to 30%.

Brand of A/C Units:

Once the size of the unit you need has been determined, it is time to choose from various brands. Many manufacturers products heating and cooling units, and each has its’ pros and cons. A/C units also vary in costs depending on what bells and whistles are included.

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Other air conditioning installation cost factors:

In addition to BTUs, energy efficiency ratings and brands here are a few more factors to consider.

Installing the Unit:

You cannot install air conditioning as a DIY product, especially if you are having a split or central system installed. Installation requires handling refrigerant (a harmful chemical) which is what cools the air.

Do you have a central heating system?

Many central air conditioning systems use the furnace blower to spread cool air throughout the home. If you don’t already have a central heating system, it is a cost effective option to install heating, and air conditioning (HVAC) system simultaneously. If you do already have a central heating system installed, you can use the existing fans and ducts for the central air system.

Do you need duct work?

Many new homes already have ducts and vents in place, but older homes have convection heating or baseboard heating systems without duct-work. In cases with older systems, duct-work and vents will need to be installed to provide the air conditioning with a flow system.

How is the insulation in your home?

If your home is well insulated, your heating and cooling systems will perform more efficiently which saves you money. Poor insulation can result in more expensive utility bills.  Upgrading your old insulation can help you save money in the long run!

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