Cost of an AC installation:
Wondering how much it costs to install an air conditioner in Redlands and the Inland Empire area? Prices in our area typically fall within these ranges:
- $4,000 to $6,000+ for AC unit installation only
- $10,000 to $20,000+ for complete system replacement (AC + furnace + coil + duct)
Factors that will affect the cost of your AC installation include:
- The tonnage or "size" of the unit.
It's not simply the physical size of an AC unit that determines its ability to cool your home. Bigger is not always better, smaller is not always cheaper! The required tonnage of your AC unit is based on the square footage of your home and determined by a "load calculation" that will be done by our Design Specialist.
All air conditioners come with a specific efficiency "rating" called SEER (Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio). Higher SEER rated units cost more upfront but save you more on monthly energy bills.
Not all AC units are built equally. Some have more advanced comfort features, like variable speeds or sound-muffling devices. Simply put, the more comfort features, the higher the cost of the unit.
- The condition of outdoor components.
The cost of an AC installation depends on more than the price of the unit alone. Other factors to consider are the condition of your existing refrigeration line sets, electrical lines and accessibility of the area where the work is to be done. Usually, the line sets require replacement or relocation and quite often the placement of your new unit needs to be adjusted along with all of its necessary hook-ups.
The best AC unit available will not cool your home without a healthy ventilation system. Redesigning, repairing or replacing your home's ductwork and air cents (registers/grilles) can be costly, but is crucial to your comfort.
- The condition of your ventilation system.
If your AC needs to be replaced it's very likely that your furnace will need to be replaced as well. Your AC and furnace share many of the same systems. Upgrading one without the other can cause expensive system issues.
- Whether your furnace also needs to be replaced.
Of course, the only way to get accurate pricing for your specific installation is to have us inspect your home and chat with you about your cooling needs.