AC systems have come a long way in the last few decades. When your residential or commercial HVAC system is well maintained and kept in good condition it can last you for more than a decade. Estimating a new air conditioner’s cost will take looking at multiple factors.
Listed below are some things to take into consideration when speaking to an AC technician about the installation of a central air conditioner, taken from Bob Villa:
Installation: Total central AC unit costs are strongly influenced by installation costs, which vary from one project to the next. If a new unit needs to be installed without updating existing ductwork, labor costs have a lower average of $1,250 to $2,300. For complete ductwork and unit installation, most homeowners spend an average of $2,550 to $3,600. The actual unit is an additional cost, and the price depends on the type of unit.
System Type: For most regions, a central AC unit is the popular choice to pump cool air to the entire house, and it’s often combined with the heating unit as a complete HVAC unit. If only an air conditioning unit is needed, professionals can install ductless split systems for an average price of $2,000 to $14,500. For cooler regions where a sunny day overheats only a single room, a window AC unit can be installed for $150 to $500. Portable units are another convenient option that are similarly priced to window AC units.
System Size: When it comes to AC units, bigger isn’t necessarily better. Central AC units measure their output in BTUs (British thermal units) and are available in 1.5- to 5-ton capacities. To calculate the AC unit size that you need, multiply the square footage of your home by 18 (because it takes about 18 BTUs to cool 1 square foot). If you have high ceilings, multiply the number by 1.25. Then, divide that number by 12,000 to get the tonnage required.
SEER Rating: The SEER (seasonal energy efficiency ratio) rating influences the price of an air conditioner and determines how effectively a unit operates throughout the season. Units with a higher SEER rating may cost more up front, but they’ll have lower operating costs. According to HomeAdvisor, all AC units must have at least a 13 SEER rating. If your unit was installed before 2006, consider updating it to take advantage of the new energy-saving efficiency.
Home Size: A good estimate to calculate central AC unit costs is $2.50 to $6 per square foot. Installing a central AC unit in a hotter climate will cost more since a more powerful unit with higher-than-normal efficiency ratings is needed to avoid burning out quickly. A unit with a SEER rating of 16 to 18 will work for most climates. Depending on the SEER (seasonal energy efficiency ratio) rating, you can expect a 1,200-square-foot home to cost between $3,000 and $4,000 for AC installation.
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Affordable Air Conditioning Company in Dallas, TX
Autumn Mechanical — formerly Autumn Air delivers a single-point resource for mechanical contracting and service. Based in Spring, TX, Autumn Mechanical specializes in HVAC, plumbing, and refrigeration services. Serving customers in Houston, Dallas, and surrounding areas, our professional technicians serve with expertise and integrity.
With over 30 years of experience in the air conditioning and heating business, the team at Autumn Mechanical has built a trusted reputation throughout the communities of Houston. Our air conditioning services include but are not limited to, residential/commercial AC and heating, repair, service, installation, maintenance, and heat pump equipment repair.
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Spring, TX 77379
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