Deciding to install a new air conditioner is an important investment in your home. When comparing overall costs, labor and materials must also be included. The cost of the air conditioner itself will account for most of the expenses, but labor can also be quite costly, depending on the amount of work that needs to be done.
4 Factors Affecting AC Installation Cost
The following items will definitely impact how much you pay for having a new air conditioner installed.
1. The Size of the AC Unit
The size of the unit will ultimately determine the cost of the unit. Simply put, the larger the unit, the higher the cost. Central AC units are normally most expensive because they hook up to the ductwork that runs throughout the entire home.
2. How Much Work Must Be Done Before Installation?
When talking about air conditioners, the type of unit will determine how much work needs to be done during the installation process. A central air conditioning unit that is large enough to cool an entire home, may take several hours to install.
Installing ductwork, if needed, can be time consuming and expensive. Air conditioner installers who don’t have to worry about the duct work can begin laying the pad for the outside unit. Once the unit is placed on the pad, incorporating the air conditioner into the home’s heating and cooling system is the next step.
3. Tax Credits
Certain areas of the country still offer rebates and tax credits for air conditioners that are installed in residential homes. In 2013, federal tax credits were discontinued, but many states offer rebates or tax credits for AC units that are rated for the highest energy efficiency. R-22 refrigerant, also known as “Freon,” is being phased out as of 2015, so it is important to look at air conditioners that use newer technology if you want to apply for a rebate or tax credit.
See also: Arizona Department of Revenue Tax Credits
4. Ways to Lower the Cost
One of the best ways to lower the cost of having an air conditioner installed is to have as much of the prep work done as possible before the installers get there. With labor costs, it is important to make sure everything is ready for the installation when your appointment time arrives. With air conditioning units costing several thousand dollars, you need to know exactly what size of unit you truly need to cool your home most efficiently.
All in all, the total cost of an air conditioner installation for a home generally will average between $3,500 and $4, 500. At Howard Air, we will work with you to determine the right size unit you will need and our expert technicians will handle the installation as efficiently as possible. Please contact us for more information.
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