March 30, 2017
Wondering how much it costs to install a new central air conditioner?
There are plenty of things to consider when replacing your Colorado home's AC unit, but what you’ll end up paying depends on these 6 main cost factors:
Let’s explore these cost factors in more detail.
The size of your air conditioner will greatly affect how much you pay for the installation. The bigger your A/C unit (in tons), the more expensive it will be.
Air conditioner size is measured in tons, but it doesn’t have to do with weight. A ton is the ability of an air conditioner to cool 12,000 BTUs (British Thermal Unit) in 1 hour.
What’s a BTU, you ask?
A BTU (British Thermal Unit) is the amount of energy required to cool 1 pound of water by 1° Fahrenheit. Relating it back to tons, this means a 1-ton air conditioner can cool 12,000 BTUs of water by 1° every hour.
Most residential air conditioners range from 1 to 5 tons, but you’ll need a technician’s help to find the right A/C size for you...
Air conditioner sizing is determined by a Manual J Load Calculation.
This calculation takes into account many factors like the size, shape, insulation and local climate of your home to find the right air conditioner size.
It’s a complex calculation but don’t worry—you don’t have to crunch the numbers. A certified professional has the right knowledge and tools to perform this calculation.
Another factor that affects the cost of your air conditioner is efficiency. The greater an air conditioner’s efficiency, the more expensive it will be.
Air conditioner efficiency is measured by the Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio (SEER). You can think of SEER as how well an A/C unit uses energy to cool your home during a typical cooling season.
A higher SEER rating means greater energy efficiency. In Colorado, the regulated minimum SEER rating required for air conditioners is 13, but you can find ratings as high as 21.
Though higher SEER ratings are more expensive, they can lower your monthly electric bill because they use less energy to cool your home.
Heat pumps are more expensive than a regular, straight cool air conditioner. But of course, they are! Heat pumps also provide heating in the winter.
So, if you’re looking to replace your heating and cooling system in Colorado, it may be worth looking into a heat pump. They’re energy efficient and can heat your home, even in cold climates.
But if you already have a furnace or other type of heating system, it will be cheaper to get a straight cool air conditioner.
Air conditioners come with different features, much like add-ons when you buy a new car. Some A/C features will make your total out-of-pocket more expensive.
Let’s take a look at some of the most common A/C features and how they affect prices:
The more extensive the warranty, the more expensive it will be.
Most air conditioner manufacturers will typically offer a warranty that covers parts like:
Usually, these parts are covered under warranty for 1 to 10 years (depending on the brand). If you decide to add any additional warranties that extend that timeframe, just know you’ll end up paying more.
In addition to the expenses of a new A/C unit, there are other installation factors that determine cost:
For your convenience, you can request an appointment in one of two ways: