It’s hardly necessary to present the benefits of air conditioning — it’s great for avoiding sweaty, sticky situations and chills. If you don’t have air conditioning in your home, or if your system is ancient, or if you’re building a new home, it might be time to think about getting central air conditioning. The cost to install central air conditioning can seem steep at first, but you’ll thank yourself for years to come when the dog days of summer roll in.
You’ll be happy to know that you have a few options when it comes to the price and functionality of your new central air conditioning system. There’s no need to compromise to be comfortable, and as we know, not compromising is what it means to be cool. So before things heat up too much, let’s look at the ins and outs of central air conditioning costs.
An Overview of the Costs
On average, the total cost of buying and installing a central air conditioning system will range between $4,000 and $7,500 for the average 1,200 square foot American home. Of course, that cost varies quite a bit depending on where you live, the contractor you hire, the brand of air conditioner you choose, and the type of central air unit you choose. For example, some low-cost options such as Aire-Flo have units that go for $1,700, whereas more high-end brands such as American Standard charge north of $3,000 for their central air conditioning unit. There are plenty of options in between as well.
If you’re in the market for something more sustainable, you might want to consider the more energy-efficient 14 SEER and 16 SEER AC units. SEER stands for Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio, and it’s an indicator of how energy efficient an aircon system is. The higher the SEER rating, the more energy savings you get. These systems tend to cost more, ranging between $3,000 and $9,000 to install, but the higher cost pays off with some sweet tax breaks. You also help save the planet, which is a great way of being cool.