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How Much Does It Cost to Install Central Air Conditioning?


Thinking about summer? It’s the middle of the rainy winter season in the West Coast. But there’s a hint of spring in the air and before we know it, summer will be right around the corner. Therefore, even though it may seem like a long way away, now is the perfect time to start thinking about how you’re going to keep cool this coming summer.

The most cost-effective way to cool a home is to install a central air-conditioning system (depending on your home’s size – learn more about that here). But you might be wondering: how much does it cost, exactly?

Factors that come into play when considering central air conditioning

Size. Getting an A/C unit that is too big or too small for your home makes a difference. It won’t operate optimally and you will be repairing or replacing it before too long. It will also be more expensive to your energy bill as it will have to work harder to cool your home.

Your current situation. Is there already a central air conditioning system in your house that is aging, malfunctioning or costing you an arm and a leg to run? The removal of this system will add to the price.

Efficiency/brand. Of course, the higher-end the model, the more efficient and therefore more expensive an air conditioning unit will be. Often a buyer will need to weigh upfront cost with long term energy saving to determine which unit to purchase.

The cost of central air conditioning

First of all, in order for a central air conditioning system to operate optimally, it is important that a professional perform the installation. On top of that, be sure to invest in modern, high efficiency A/C systems; they will save you money in the long run.

Installing a central air conditioning unit in your home can cost anywhere from $4,000 to over $6,000. Here is what you can expect from the varying price ranges of air conditioners.

Wait a second, do I really need an A/C unit in Vancouver? Of course you do! Read all about it here. 

Less than $4,000

This is considered below-market pricing. While it might be tempting to go for the lowest quote you can find, it’s best to be careful of low-ballers. Not to say you can’t find deals on central air conditioners and installation, but the lower you get below market rate, the more you are at risk of getting a poorly installed system, sub-standard parts, or poor to nonexistent ongoing service.

$4,000 to $6,000

This is the average price range for a new high efficiency central air conditioning system. At this price, you can feel confident that you can hire a licenced and insured company; a certified professional will do the installation and you will be offered a decent warranty.

Within this price range, there will be variation depending on what brand and type of unit you choose, particulars around your home and installation, and how efficient the air conditioning unit is.

$6,000 and over

You can expect to pay above average prices if you buy a top-of-the-line air conditioning unit. Also, the price may get higher if your home involves a complicated installation process including removing or replacing old ducts that won’t be able to handle a powerful new system. 

Installing a new air conditioning system can be complicated, and it’s best to leave it to professionals. Call Ashton Service Group today to set up an appointment and get the ball rolling – there’s no time like the present, and you can rest easy knowing that when those hot days hit, you and your family will have a comfortably cool home to return to after your summer adventures.

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