How Much Does a New AC Unit Cost?
No matter how hot and uncomfortable you are or how badly you need to purchase a new ac unit, this question is at the top of your list!
How much does it cost?
Let’s face it, buying a new central air unit is a major expense and it’s typically being installed in a major investment – your home. As with any big purchase, you need to gather as much information as possible so you can make the best buying decision for yourself. On average, you can expect to pay anywhere from $3,000 up to $10,000. Yes, that’s a wide range, but there’s a reason for that. Did you know that bids from HVAC contracts can vary wildly? Imagine getting one bid that’s $7000 and another that’s $15,000 – for the same unit! You need to know the basics so you can determine if the price your quoted is the price you should pay.
What goes into the cost?
Before you can get the right answer to how much your new central air conditioning system will cost, you have to understand the various factors involved. It’s like asking how much a new car will cost. You have to know what style, size and features you want…those things all change the cost of the vehicle. The same is true with central conditioning systems and that’s why the ‘average’ cost can be so different.
What are the factors involved?
• Type – Just like deciding if you want a 2-door or 4-door vehicle, you need to be sure you get the TYPE of air conditioning system you need. Even if you didn’t even know there were different types of central air conditioning systems, it’s actually not too difficult to figure out.
More often than not, you’re replacing an existing system and unless there’s been major changes to your home – you’ll get the same type of system. The two basic types are the Package System and the Split System.
Package System – Both the air handler and condenser are ‘packaged’ together and are located outside either on the ground or on your roof.
Split System – The condenser is still located outside, but the air handler is placed inside your home, typically in a closet.
• Size – Like the size of your vehicles engine (V6, V8, whatever), you need to know the correct size air conditioning system you need to cool your home or office. Are you cooling your entire home or just a new addition? The size (or tonnage) is based on the square footage. Here’s a quick chart to help you:
Square Footage Tonnage/Size
600-800sf 1.5 Tons
800-1,000sf 2 Tons
1,000-1,200sf 2.5 Tons
1,200-1,400sf 3 Tons
1,500-1,700sf 3.5 Tons
1,800-2,000sf 4 Tons
2,100-2,500sf 5 Tons
If you have more than 2500 square feet to cool, you may need multiple units. And, the number of floors in your home will be another factor (basements are cooler than the top floor). Your installer will help you determine the best size for you, and installers are the next piece of the pricing puzzle.
• Installation – This is a bit like deciding what dealership you’ll use to purchase your new car. When it comes to central air conditioners, unless you’re a contractor, you’re going to need a professional to install your system. The great thing is an HVAC contractor will be sure your system is properly installed, with all the needed permits, is up to code, and running perfectly.
The challenge can be figuring out if you’re working with a reputable, professional installer. Just like there are car dealerships you feel will take care of your and treat you fairly, you need to feel the same about your installation contractor. Remember that example we gave of the same unit being twice as expensive from a different contractor? Be sure any contractor you work with is licensed, bonded, has been around long enough to have a ‘track record’ and has good reviews from previous customers.
What does it all mean?
While buying your new central air conditioning system is a big deal, it doesn’t have to be frustrating. There is not an easy ‘one-price’ answer because your home and needs are unique. But that doesn’t mean the process has to be frustrating and take so much time it feels like you have a second job.
Wouldn’t it be nice if there was one place you could go? How about a company that:
• Already knows all the right questions to ask
• Allows you to make your decisions from the comfort of your home
• Has pre-vetted, hand selected professional installers ready to go
• Offers deals that can save you up to 50% from most companies
• Provides financing options to make this expense more affordable
• Has 24/7 support to guide you through your purchase
CentralAir.com is that place. The company started because the CEO went through the same hassles and frustrations that you are. He knew there had to be a better, easier and more affordable way to buy a new central air conditioning system – and CentralAir.com is the solution.
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