Last updated on September 28th, 2021
If you’re wondering, “how much does a new air conditioner cost?”, the answer is not so simple. There are many factors that will impact the cost of your new air conditioning unit and installation. Most homeowners can expect to spend between $3000 and upwards of $10,000 on their new air conditioning unit, depending on these individual factors.
For example, the cost of your air conditioner will depend on:
- If you have the correct ductwork in place to accommodate a central air conditioning system and distribute cooled air effectively
- The type of air conditioning unit you choose (window unit, split system, central air system)
- The size of your home and the cooling capacity required to create a comfortable temperature
- How energy efficient you want your new air conditioner to be (newer, more efficient models tend to cost more)
- How complicated or how long it will take to install the unit at your property and where it will be placed
In order to choose the right air conditioner for your space, it’s best to seek the assistance of an HVAC professional. An expert can determine the correct size air conditioner for your home based on its unique characteristics. Your AC contractor will perform a load calculation to choose the right sized air conditioner for your space. This calculation takes into account the size, shape and orientation of your home in addition to its square footage. In general, for every 500-600 square feet in your home, you will require one tonne of cooling power. An air conditioning professional can also explain to you the benefits and drawbacks of certain air conditioner models on the market, helping you choose a unit that meets your cooling needs and fits within your budget.
Though most new homes have ductwork and vents in place already, older homes may use baseboard heaters or radiant heating systems that do not involve the ductwork that is necessary to distribute cool air. If you are considering the costs of installing an air conditioner in your older home, now is a good time to explore upgrading your heating system as well, as it can often be more cost-effective to combine the two installations.
How Much Does it Cost to Replace an Air Conditioner?
Simply replacing an existing air conditioning unit is typically less expensive than installing a new system for the first time. However, it is still recommended that a professional assess your home to determine the right AC unit for your needs, rather than simply replacing your existing unit with an equivalent but newer model.
An air conditioning expert will take into account your home’s insulation, windows, walls, floors and other factors to help you decide on the most efficient cooling system. By examining your existing ducts and vents and locating leaks and seals for repair, your new air conditioner will cool more effectively and offer better performance over its lifetime.
If you’d like to get a quote on the cost to replace an air conditioner or install an entirely new air conditioning system, Evam Canada is here to help! Get in touch with us today to learn more about our available air conditioner models and our installation services.