With the summer months ahead, it’s important to have your A/C ready to go. There is nothing worse than entering a hot house on a hot summer day. Don’t let the associated costs keep you from feeling cool. Instead, learn about factors such as brand and size that impact your final installation costs. Read on to learn about the average prices of installing an A/C unit below and be sure yours is ready in time for summer.
The price of your A/C unit will be partially determined by the brand that you choose. Units can be broken up into 3 tiers: economy tier, mid-range, and premium.
The brands in the economy tier are of good quality, but at a lower price than the average brand. Ranging from $2800-$3800, these units are a great way to cool your home without breaking your budget — as long as you’re willing to give up a few features that are offered in the higher tiers.
Making up the majority of the brands purchased by homeowners, these units are in the middle of the pack when it comes to pricing. Offering more features and options compared to the economy tier, these units can range from $3000-$4500.
Few and far between, these couple of brands are the leaders, and most expensive units on the market. The units are the top performing in cooling, quality, and durability. They can range from $3500-$6000.
The size of your unit is going to be dependent on the size of your home: bigger homes require higher tonne units and smaller homes require smaller tonne units. The smaller units, ranging from 1.5 tonnes to 2.5 tonnes range from $2400-3800. The average size, 3 tonnes, ranges from $3000-$4100. And the largest, ranging from 3.5 tonnes to 5 tonnes can range from $3200-$6000.
The prices above include installation costs, but for budgeting purposes, you can expect to pay anywhere from $500-$1000 for installation. Don’t be concerned with the high installation costs. In fact, don’t fall for the low-ball installation quotes, as you cannot guarantee that the installer is fully licensed for the job. An incorrect installation can lead to future repairs, and inefficient cooling, costing you more in the future.
With putting all these considerations together, you should be able to determine the cost of installing your A/C unit. If not, a pro can provide a quote for installation and overall cost for you. As with most home improvement projects, consider your budget, and try not to go for the lowest cost if possible. Middle to high range products are going to be the best bang for your buck, providing you with optimal cooling, and little to no repairs needed.