What's the average cost of purchasing and installing a new air conditioner?

Answered by Jeffrey ~ March 23, 2012 ~ No Comments

Our house is a 1,100 square foot single story home that has a forced-air furnace (located in the attic) with new duct work throughout. How much might it cost to add an air conditioning unit to the system?

Noah ~ Fullerton, CA

Jeffrey Anderson

Hi Noah. There are a lot of variables that can affect the cost of adding air conditioning to your home, but the fact that you already have duct work should go a long way toward helping to keep the price down. The square footage of your home will be taken into consideration when an HVAC contractor is sizing your unit, but other issues such as the number, type, and location of your windows, the orientation of your home, your family's lifestyle, and the type and size of furnace you have will also play a part in the equation.

Perhaps the variable that most affects the cost of the air conditioning unit is its efficiency rating. Manufacturers now offer extremely efficient units that can significantly lower your annual cooling costs if Fullerton has hot summers. These units normally cost a little more than standard air conditioning add-ons, but the difference can normally be made up by the reduction in your cooling costs over the first several years of use.

All of these factors that can affect the price make it very difficult for me to give even an approximate cost to add air conditioning to your home. My suggestion would be to have at least three reputable local Fullerton HVAC contractors come out to look at your existing furnace and ductwork and prepare an estimate for adding air conditioning. I think you should also ask them to provide several options on the units they recommend as far as efficiency levels. I suggest that at the very least you choose a model with an Energy Star rating.

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