Summer is officially here—although that probably sounds a bit silly coming from us, since our summers are pretty much year-round! Nevertheless, now is the time that it’s most important to have a fully functional and efficiently working air conditioning system in place. So, if you’ve found that yours isn’t quite up to the task of facing another set of hot months, you could be considering a replacement.
Given that we tend to spend a great deal of money on our cooling systems from month-to-month (in fact, it’s estimated that this accounts for 50% of all your energy costs!) it makes sense that you may be concerned about the cost of a new air conditioner. This is, naturally, a question we get a lot—how much will a new Gulf Breeze, FL air conditioner installation cost? We wish we had a black-and-white answer for you, but the truth is—it depends.
Breaking Down Determining Factors
There are a number of factors that go into an air conditioner installation, and thus a number of factors that go into the cost of that installation. For instance, putting in a new ductless mini-split system could cost more than a central air conditioner—if you already have ductwork, in good condition. However if you add on the complexity of repairing or replacing air ducts, then a central AC installation could cost more.
We’re happy to go over these factors and more with you in greater detail, and help you find what type of air conditioner best matches your specific home and needs. In the meantime, we’ve provided a brief guide below as to what goes into your AC installation costs.
- Efficiency Rating: You’re going to hear this term a lot in the HVAC world—more specifically you’ll hear SEER rating. SEER stands for Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio, and this is the number that tells you the level of your AC system’s efficiency. Naturally, the higher rated the air conditioner is, the best it’s going to operate, and the more it’s going to cost. Certainly keep your initial budget in mind when determining what SEER rating is best for you, but also remember that higher efficiency means significantly lower month-to-month costs!
- Your Air Ducts: We mentioned this above—if you’re having a new central air conditioner installed, you’ll need to have ductwork in place. If you do already have ductwork snaking its way through your home, then you want to make sure it’s in good condition. Were your air ducts professionally installed? Are there any loose connections, or is there any damage? If conditioned air is able to escape through air duct breaches, then your central AC unit can’t perform as efficiently as it should, no matter its SEER rating. Therefore, this damage will need to be repaired prior to your AC installation—which will impact the cost of the project.
- Size: A common assumption—but a false one—is that the bigger an air conditioner is, the better it will perform. This is not the case, however. Sure, it’s true that too small of an air conditioner won’t be able to adequately cool an entire home—this makes sense. But too large of a system creates just as much of a problem—short cycling. Short cycling is the term used to describe an air conditioner that cycles on and off quickly—too This puts strain on your air conditioner, shortening its lifespan and making repairs increasingly necessary.
- Community Rebates: There are many initiatives throughout the country that reward homeowners for making energy-efficient improvements to their homes. Some focus on switching from electric to gas appliances, and others focus on upgrading to high efficiency or ENERGY STAR equipment. Be sure to check what your local rebates and incentives are—as this will impact the final cost of your new air conditioner installation.
At Kool Breeze of Northwest Florida, Inc., we’re committed to our customers, ensuring your peace of mind and that you have the best AC service available. Contact us today to schedule your AC installation!