Installing a New Central Air Conditioner: What Is the Overall Cost?

Posted on: 13 May 2016


If you are planning to have a new central air conditioner installed in your home, then obviously one of your main considerations is going to be the overall expense. There is no easy answer to the question of how much the project will cost, however. The answer depends on several important factors. This article takes a look at some of the relevant considerations. 


One of the most important cost factors is the size of the air conditioning unit that you want installed. Central air conditioners are categorized by the "ton." In this instance, the term ton does not refer to the weight of the unit, but to how many BTUs, (British thermal units) the unit can cool in an hour. A 1-ton unit cools the least amount of BTUs, while a 5-ton unit, the largest residential size, cools the most. As a rule, the larger-sized air conditioners will cost more than the smaller units. 

It's very difficult for a homeowner to determine the right size air conditioner for their house on their own. You will typically need an experienced contractor to inspect your home and make a determination based on the size of your home, how many people live in your house, and the number of windows you have, among other factors. 


Another key point to keep in mind regarding the installation costs of an air conditioner is your ductwork, the network of metal tubes or tunnels that transmit treated air throughout your home. For example, if your home does not have ducts, then you will need them installed at the same time as your air conditioner. Also, if you currently have a duct system, you might need to have it modified so that it operates efficiently in conjunction with your new air conditioner.  


Your heating and cooling vents might also need to be replaced when you install a new air conditioner in some instances. If you purchase a larger unit, for example, your vents might not be able to handle the air flow efficiently unless they are upgraded. 


An air conditioner's seasonal energy efficiency ratio, or SEER, is also a factor in your costs. A unit with a higher SEER is more energy efficient and might be somewhat more expensive. 

Determining your total costs when purchasing a new air conditioner and having it installed are not easy and require expert assistance. To learn more about this topic, contact a qualified air conditioner installer in your area, like All Service of Utah.