How much does a new AC unit cost to install in the home?

If you are considering adding a new air conditioning system and wondered how much a new AC unit will cost to install in your home, Aspen Creek Heating & Air has the answers.  Located in Broomfield and serving the surrounding area, we’ve been a source for heating and AC installation, maintenance, service, and repair for over 15 years.

In many parts of the country, air conditioners are not just a luxury. According to Improvenet.com in the national average, most homeowners spent between $3800 to $5000 on air conditioning systems in 2015 with a reported average cost of $4,734.

Central air can be installed in many ways. They will vary according to the size of your home and the availability of pre-existing systems. For example, if you have forced air heating you will already have the duct work necessary for easy and fast air conditioning installation. Almost all new homes have pre-existing ducts and vents, but older homes have baseboard or convection heating in which case ducts will need to be installed. The job will involve running duct work, and the price will climb significantly.

One of the first steps is to determine the size of unit you need for your home. You don’t want a unit that is way too big, and you don’t want one without sufficient power so how do you determine which one is right for you?

The strength of the AC unit is measured in tons. This measurement refers to the amount of heat your unit can remove in an hour. However, other variables factor into how much a new AC unit will cost to install in your home. Since your basement is cooler than the rest of your home, you really can’t calculate size and tonnage based upon square footage along.
When looking at the cost of installing a new AC unit in your home, choosing the right AC contractor is important. This technician will be responsible for determining the proper size and installation of your unit. They will do what is called a load calculation to determine what size AC unit you need.

The SEER or Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio is also a factor to consider. The higher the number, the better. The advantages are lower energy costs and cooling times, but if your “hot” season is short, the increase in price may not be worth it.

It’s also important to take a look at the insulation in your home. If you have sound insulation your heating and cooling systems will function more efficiently. If you do not it might be advantageous to take a look at installing new insulation to save you on your utility bills over the long run.

As you can see, there are many variables when looking at how much a new A/C unit costs to install in your home. Aspen Heating and Air Conditioning can help you decide on the right unit for you based on your needs and your budget.

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