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Dec 9, 2022

7 Factors That Will Determine the Cost of Your New A/C

AC unit outside a house.

Is your air conditioning system more than 20 years old? If that’s the case, you might want to consider purchasing a new A/C. Without an efficiently operating air conditioning system, your house can quickly turn into a sauna during the sweltering Los Angeles summer season or end up costing you a fortune in energy waste just to keep it cool.

While the average price of a modern A/C is about $5,800, there are several different factors that will determine the cost of your new cooling system. To help you make a confident purchase, the A/C installation experts at Season Control have put together a list of the seven biggest factors that will determine the cost of your new A/C.

1. Size of the System

One of the biggest factors that will influence the price of your new A/C system is its size. You want to buy an air conditioning system that is large enough to sufficiently cool your entire home.

A/C systems are measured in tons, which indicate the amount of heat they will remove from your home in one hour. For instance, a 1-ton unit will remove 12,000 British thermal units (BTUs). A good rule of thumb to follow is to get one ton of cooling for every 600 square feet.

A professional HVAC company, like Season Control, can help you determine what size A/C your home needs. 

2. Efficiency

A second important factor that will determine the cost of your A/C is its efficiency. Despite brand new A/Cs being much more efficient than older systems, these modern machines will vary in efficiency levels. When choosing a new air conditioning, always take the Seasonal Energy Efficiency (SEE) ratio into careful consideration. This rating can lower operational costs while boosting energy efficiency. However, highly-efficient systems might be more expensive to install, so keep this in mind during the decision-making process.

3. Type of System

The type of A/C system you buy will affect its price. For instance, a ductless mini-split system will have a different cost than a central A/C unit. Always consult with an experienced HVAC professional to determine what system is best for your needs.

4. Ductwork

If you do decide to purchase a central A/C, you’ll need to have the proper ductwork installed. If your house needs new ductwork, it will increase the overall cost of the installation. If you already have sufficient ductwork in your home, you need to ensure there are no leaks or other types of damage. This will impact your system’s performance and efficiency.

5. Labor Intensity

Labor costs for your new A/C system installation will depend upon the size of the team and the scope of the project. If any repairs need to be made before the HVAC technicians can install your new A/C unit, the labor costs will increase.

Luckily, Season Control always offers free quotes. Simply call us at 818-839-4746 to learn how much your A/C installation will cost.

6. Number of Zones

If you live in a larger house, you may need multiple air conditioning systems to keep it cool. This is often the case with houses that have multiple floors. The area where your A/C cools is called a “zone.” If your home has numerous zones, it can increase the cost of your new air conditioning system.

7. Warranties

Lastly, purchasing an extended warranty will affect the cost of your new A/C system. If you opt to get an extended warranty, it can cost you between $100 and $500 depending on the overall price of the system itself.

Dependable A/C Installation Solutions for Los Angeles Homeowners

Whether you need a new A/C system installed or A/C repair services, call the seasoned HVAC specialists at Season Control. With over 30 years of industry experience, our fully certified, licensed, and bonded technicians will quickly and efficiently install your new air conditioning so that it keeps you cool all season long.To learn more or to get a free quote, contact us today by calling 818-839-4746.


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