There are central air conditioners available for most budgets, beginning at less than $1,000 dollars. Several factors will determine the cost of the AC you purchase. Let’s look at those factors and give some price ranges you can expect when you receive written estimates from dealers in your area.
Factors Affecting 2014 Air Conditioner Costs
There are three main components to central air conditioner costs.
Efficiency: Currently, central air conditioner efficiency for residential units ranges from a low of 13 SEER to a high of approximately 26 SEER. Everyone makes 13 SEER to 18 SEER units; just a few make units of 20 SEER and higher.
These are a few of the most efficient models on the market.
The more efficient the AC, the more it will cost, but the less you’ll spend on cooling bills.
The warmer your climate is, the more efficient your central air conditioner should be. In very warm climates of the South and Southwest, it is cost-effective to buy a 20+ SEER central air conditioner if you plan to be in the same home for five or more years.
Performance: The most efficient central air conditioners offer modulated cooling that is very precise. Temperatures are evenly balanced and they remove more excess humidity from the air. They’re the most expensive.
Two-stage performance means the unit runs at low capacity most of the time and moves to high when a boost in cooling is desired. Two-stage models are moderately priced. Most are 16 SEER or higher.
Single-stage ACs run on high all the time. They don’t offer the level of climate control two-stage or modulating air conditioners do. Single-stage models are available from 13 SEER to 16 SEER. These are the most affordable central air conditioners.
Size: Residential central ACs are available from 1.5 tons to 5.0 tons. The larger it is, the more it will cost. A qualified contractor will determine the right size for your home.
Central Air Conditioner Prices
Keep in mind that as the SEER rating goes up, so does the performance of the central air conditioner and its price. Here’s what you’ll find in terms of equipment costs. Installation will cost an additional $1,000 to $3,500, depending on the demands of the job. The categories below covers units from 1.5 to 5.0 tons.
Get the Lowest Prices Today
The best way to receive the lowest costs for equipment and installation is to request written estimates from multiple contractors who know they’re competing for the job. The form on this page allows you to do that. Fill it out to receive three estimates from pre-screened contractors ready to compete for the work. There is no cost or obligation for receiving the written estimates for a new central air conditioner from a qualified contractor.