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How Much Will a New AC Cost?

air conditioning unit sitting on pile of moneyWe’re on the home stretch to summer, with temperatures already steadily rising. In our area, this is one of the nicest times of the year. However, at the peak of summer you will definitely require a fully functional air conditioning system if you don’t already have one.

If your current AC system is aging and starting to experience problems, or you don’t already have a central AC system in place, we are the team to turn to for expert air conditioning installation in Boise. But naturally, most of our customers have one big question for us:

“How Much Will My New Air Conditioner Cost?”

The quickest response we can give to that question is, “It depends.” We know that’s not necessarily what you wanted to hear. However, it really does depend on a variety of factors.

For instance, generally speaking the installation of a ductless mini split system costs more than a central system, because of the minor construction required to install the multiple air handlers. On the other hand, if you’re installing a central system and don’t already have ductwork in place (or that ductwork is damaged) then this installation may cost more.

These are not the only considerations to make when looking into the cost of an air conditioning installation. Here are a few more important factors:

  • System Efficiency: Efficiency is the biggest factor that most homeowners look into, and most HVAC technicians will tell you about, when having a new air conditioner installed. Each AC system has a SEER (Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio) rating, which tells you the system’s level of efficiency. The lowest SEER ratings are around 13 to 14 with the highest being around 25. Naturally, the highest rated systems will have the best energy efficiency, but that doesn’t necessarily mean it will be the best choice for your home or budget.
  • Ductwork Condition: We mentioned this briefly above, but to have a central air conditioning system installed, you have to have functional and well-cared for air ducts. So if you already have ductwork snaking its way through the home, it’s time to take a look at what kind of shape it’s in. Were your air ducts professionally installed? Do they have any loose connections or damage? If your ductwork has breaches that are allowing air to seep out, then your air conditioner can’t perform as efficiently as possible and will end up costing you more over the long run. Also, repairing your ductwork may need to be factored into the cost of your system installation.
  • System Size: Bigger is not always better, but a bigger system will typically cost more. Make sure your HVAC technician helps you choose a system that is appropriately sized for your specific space. If the system is too small, then understandably it won’t be powerful enough to cool your home. But too large of a system is just as detrimental, as it will go through a process called short-cycling where it rapidly shuts off and turns on, wearing down the AC unit much faster than it would have worn down otherwise.

For more information and to schedule your next air conditioning installation with the experts, contact Ultimate Heating & Air, Inc today!

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