A new air conditioning system with installation can cost anywhere from $3,000 to $15,000+ in the Atlanta area.
Why such a wide range?
How much you pay for a new air conditioner and installation depends on many different factors. Here’s several of the biggest ones.
In general, the larger your home, the larger your air conditioner will need to be in order to cool it. And the larger the air conditioner, the higher the cost of a new one.
Besides size of your home, there are other things that can affect the size of the new air conditioner (and therefore its cost). Here are a few:
A good air conditioning contractor will take all of these things into account in a calculation known as a “Manual J” heat-load calculation. This will help determine the optimum size air conditioner you need.
P.S. Don’t just default to a “bigger is better” mentality as an oversized air conditioner can also cost you serious money. Learn more about oversized systems.
Air conditioning systems’ energy efficiency is measured in SEER. Essentially, this is similar to a car’s MPG (miles per gallon). The higher the number, the more efficient the system.
And the more efficient the air conditioning system, the more it will cost.
Related: Which SEER Rating Should I Buy?
Most homes in Atlanta have split air conditioning systems. This simply means that the 3 main components (condenser, evaporator coil and blower) of your air conditioning system are split into 2 pieces (the outdoor unit and the indoor unit).
In a split system it is possible, although not recommended, to replace only part of the air conditioning system without replacing the rest. If you do that, your price will be less upfront, but it will probably cost you in the long run.
You want your air conditioner to do 2 things:
That’s why when we give you a quote a new air conditioner install, we’ll also look at your ductwork.
Your air ducts are the arteries of your air conditioning system. They circulate the air to and from the air conditioner. All the cool air that makes it into your home passes through your ducts.
So ignoring your ducts could jeopardize the goals of your air conditioner (staying comfortable and doing it efficiently).
If you take care of your air ducts, the cost of the new air conditioner installation will be more —but will pay off from improved energy efficiency and comfort.
When it comes to cost for installing the air conditioner, you may find very wide ranges among different companies.
Keep in mind that you are paying for more than the install; you’re paying for peace of mind.
A small, new company might offer you a cheap installation, but will they be around in a year or two if you have a problem? Do they have a track record of providing great service in the Atlanta area for over 5 decades? Do they guarantee or warranty their work?
If you are wanting a zoned air conditioning system installed or have your eye an AC with a smart thermostat that you can set from your phone, the air conditioner and installation will cost more.
If you’re looking for more than the $3000 to $15,000 range (and you live in Atlanta), you can request an in-home estimate from us. Don’t worry, it’s free and there’s no obligation to purchase.
Coolray has been serving Atlanta and the surrounding areas since 1966. Read more about us.