Not all of us are loaded or have a rich grandma. When the time comes to replace an air conditioner, one thought runs through every person’s mind: “How much will this cost?” We’re here to answer that question and ease your mind.
Whether you’re replacing your existing system or installing a new air conditioner, the investment can be overwhelming. There are many factors to consider, such as equipment life, energy usage, quality, reliability, warranties, and convenient features.
But let’s cut to the chase. According to HomeAdvisor.com, most homeowners spend between $3,750 and $7,220 on their air conditioners and installation. HomeGuide.com supports this statistic, reporting that the national average cost for equipment and the whole installation process is around $4,700.
On average, homeowners spend anywhere from $1,200 to $2,200 on their air conditioning unit, excluding installation. Factors that influence the cost of purchasing and installing a new air conditioner include the size of the unit, seasonal energy efficiency ratio (SEER), ductwork, and installation labor rates.
- Size: Air conditioning size is measured in tons, but not the weight kind. “Ton” refers to the air conditioner’s ability to cool your home based on square footage. For example, a 1.5 ton air conditioning unit will cool a 600 to 900 square foot home. The more tons, the higher the price of the air conditioner. A two ton unit will likely cost around $3,000, while a five ton unit can cost up to $6,000.
- Energy Effiency: SEER ratings measure a system’s cooling output throughout a season in relation to the total energy consumed. Higher SEER ratings will save you more money in the long run, but energy efficient air conditioners will cost more up front.
- Ductwork: Installing ductwork is labor intensive. The larger your house, the more ductwork is needed, thus raising the price of installation.
- Installation Labor Rates: Contractors charge installation at different rates, but in general, the longer it takes to install a unit, the more your bill will be. Installation is typically as much, if not more than, the equipment cost because of the materials required and the price of the technician’s work.
Residential vs. Commercial
The cost of commercial air conditioners varies based on the same factors as residential cooling systems. You can expect to pay more the larger your building is, the more complicated the system, and the higher quality the equipment. Check with your commerical HVAC contractor to determine what would work best for your building.
Heating & Cooling Two offers high efficiency Bryant air conditioners and a variety of hot deals to save you money. Bryant unit prices top out around $2,200, and typical Bryant units offer a 10-year standard parts warranty if registered within 90 days. We provide financing options with convenient monthly payments and flexible terms and residential rebates from your local utility.