What Affects the AC Installation Cost?

At Cal Energy, our goal is to make sure that your HVAC/air conditioner are able to last as long as possible. But there is going to be a point where your AC is going to need to be replaced, and you might find that the costs can vary considerably.

We always try to give you the lowest price we can. But we also know that the cost can be much lower or higher depending on many considerations. Several factors influence the overall cost of AC installation, including the type of system, the size of the unit, installation complexity, and additional features.

What Affects the Price of the AC System?

Many, many factors can affect the cost of the new AC, and your technician will provide a detailed list of all the factors that may come into play. Some of them include:

  • Central AC – Central air conditioning systems are typically more expensive to install due to their complexity and the need for ductwork. The cost can vary widely based on the system’s efficiency and brand.
  • Ductless Mini Split – Ductless mini-split systems are generally less expensive to install than central air systems because they do not require ductwork. The cost typically ranges from $2,000 to $5,000 per unit, depending on the number of indoor units and the system’s capacity.
  • Cooling Capacity – The size of the AC unit, measured in British Thermal Units (BTUs), directly affects the installation cost. Larger units with higher BTU ratings are more expensive but necessary for cooling larger spaces effectively. The cost increases with the unit’s size due to higher material and labor requirements.
  • Load Calculation – A professional HVAC technician will perform a load calculation to determine the appropriate size for your AC unit. This calculation considers factors like the size of your home, insulation quality, and local climate. An accurately sized unit ensures optimal performance and energy efficiency, potentially reducing long-term operating costs.
  • Installation Complexity – Installation can vary considerably in difficulty. If your home requires new ductwork or modifications to existing ducts, this will significantly increase the installation cost. In some cases, installing a new AC system may require electrical upgrades to handle the increased load. This can include updating the electrical panel or adding new circuits, which can add several hundred to a few thousand dollars to the installation cost.
  • Accessibility – The accessibility of the installation site also affects the cost. Difficult-to-reach areas or installations requiring extensive modifications to the home’s structure can increase labor costs. For example, installing an AC unit in an attic or a multi-story home may incur higher labor charges.
  • SEER Rating – The Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio (SEER) rating of an AC unit indicates its efficiency. Higher SEER-rated units are more energy-efficient but also more expensive. While they can reduce long-term energy costs, the initial purchase and installation price will be higher.
  • Zoning System – A zoning system allows you to control the temperature in different areas of your home independently, improving comfort and energy savings. But they can also cost more money, increasing the price of the installation.

Sometimes, installation also requires the replacement of the entire HVAC system. Other times, all that is needed is a new air conditioner, while the rest of the HVAC system can remain in place. It is these significant differences that can all change the cost of the AC installation.

A Fair Quote Every Time

At Cal Energy, we guarantee that we will provide you with the fairest quote we can, and that we will always take the most conservative approach possible to save as much as your budget as we can. We know that HVAC units are expensive, and we do whatever we can to make sure that the price is as low and competitive as possible, while still providing you with our expert installation.

For more information, or to get started, reach out to Cal Energy, today.

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