Three factors that affect the price of your AC unit include:
For the most part, the larger the AC size, the more expensive it will be.
ACs are sized in “tons” or tonnage. But tonnage has nothing to do with the weight of the unit, it measures how much heat the system can remove from your home in one hour. For the most part, residential air conditioners can be sized anywhere from 1 to 5 tons. The higher the tonnage, the more heat the air conditioner can remove from your home in one hour.
Remember, the contractor you hire should perform a Manual J calculation in order to determine the size AC you need. Beware contractors who use rule-of-thumbs to size your AC, such as only taking into account the square footage of your home. This can lead to incorrect sizing. And like we mentioned earlier, getting an AC that is too big (or too small) is expensive in the long run.
The higher an AC unit’s SEER, the more expensive the unit will be.
So what exactly is “SEER”?
SEER (Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio) measures how efficient your AC is. Modern air conditioners available on the market today range from SEER 13 to 25. The higher the SEER, the more efficient the unit, meaning the more money you save in monthly cooling costs.
But don’t feel pressured to get a unit with the highest SEER possible. Most units with a SEER of 14 to 16 are highly efficient without a ridiculously high price tag.
As with most products, bigger, well-known AC brands usually come with a higher price tag. Some of the bigger AC brands include:
So, do you have to stick with big brands? Well no. There are small differences between HVAC manufacturers, One might have a quieter compressor while another might advertise units with a higher SEER rating. But, at the end of the day, the person who installs your AC unit has a lot more to do with your overall satisfaction than the brand you choose. So our suggestion for those on a budget is to go with a lower-priced brand but don’t skimp on contractor prices.