A common question we get as a professional HVAC contractor is “what will my air conditioning installation cost?” We’d love to be able to answer this upfront and give you a cost you’ll feel satisfied with. The real answer is, though, “it depends!”
There are actually a number of factors that go into how much an AC installation will cost, and therefore the better question is, “what factors go into my AC installation?” It’s going to depend on the type of air conditioner you choose, what your current ductwork setup is like, your air conditioner’s SEER rating, and last but certainly not least, the company you hire for the job!
Read on to learn more.
The Type of System
When you hear the term “air conditioner,” you might automatically envision the central AC unit, which is a split system that has an outdoor unit and an indoor unit, and uses refrigerant to pull heat out of your home to expel that heat outdoors and return chilled air into your home.
This is the conventional option for cooling, but not the only option. Other choices include:
- Inverter Air Conditioners: This is a central air conditioner, however it has the ability to operate in variable speeds. So if it’s a milder spring or summer day and you don’t need full power, you can still get cooled air without draining as much power. These system are a bit costlier than traditional central air conditioners, however they cost less to operate over the lifespan of the system (which is 10-15 years).
- Heat Pumps: Heat pump systems have a component called a reversing valve that allow the refrigerant process to be reversed to provide you with heating as well as cooling! They’re highly efficient in climates like ours, with relatively mild winters and hot summers. They transfer heat instead of generating it, so they’re far more efficient as heaters than a traditional furnace!
- Ductless Systems: A ductless system operates on heat pump technology. Instead of having a single outdoor unit and indoor unit though, there is one outdoor unit connected to up to four indoor air handlers, all of which can be independently controlled. Again, this is more expensive of an installation, but it makes up for that cost in the money it saves you from month to month.
- Dual Fuel Systems: This is a combination heat pump/furnace setup. The heat pump operates as usual until it gets too cold for it to work as efficiently as possible, then the furnace automatically cycles up. You’ll see the most savings here during the winter versus the summer, however if you already have a newer furnace, or if you’re also looking to replace your furnace in addition to your air conditioner this year, this can be great option for you.
Current Ductwork Setup
If your ductwork is fairly new, was professionally installed, and is already hooked up to a central air conditioner or heat pump system, then having another similar air conditioner installed will not cost as much as it would if you have to have ductwork replaced, repaired, or sealed.
SEER stands for Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio, and is a measurement of how efficiently an air conditioner operates upon manufacturing. The higher the SEER rating, the most expensive the initial air conditioner purchase and installation will be. However, the higher efficiency will, again, save you money over the long run.
The HVAC Company You Choose!
There are a number of HVAC companies to choose from! We value our customers, and we aim to prove that we are the company to trust in Roswell and the surrounding communities. Our family-owned company has been operating for over three generations and we are dedicated to hard work and honesty in everything we do. This is all backed by a 100% satisfaction guarantee!