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How Much Will a New Air Conditioner Cost?

air-conditioning-unit-moneyNobody likes to find out an unexpected purchase is on the way. The end result of buying a new air conditioner is, of course, something many of us cannot imagine life without: whole-home comfort. But when you think of the cost of replacing an air conditioner that has recently broken down, you may become overwhelmed.

Today, we want to break down what air conditioning systems cost, why you might expect to pay more, and what you can do to ease the burden. For AC installation in Savannah, GA, give us a call!

Breaking Down the Costs

The fact of the matter is that air conditioning installation won’t come cheap. However, that doesn’t mean you can’t find ways to make it affordable for your budget in the long term! The least you could expect to pay is about $3,000 for a new system, but this doesn’t mean that’s what you should expect. For many homes, the only system that is really right for the home will be at least $5,000, and even up to $10,000. Remember that prices you see online might not accurately reflect a company’s pricing, especially when you factor in labor.

Ensuring you have the right air conditioner for your home, that it is the right size, that it is efficient and properly installed—these are the things that matter most when you buy a new air conditioner. A low-cost system is likely to break down shortly after installation because it is not right for your home.

But many local companies work through a financial institution to offer financing on approved credit. Ask your local technicians about payment options that may help ease the burden of the total cost.

Money-Saving Misconceptions That Cost You More

Many common ideas about how to save money on a new air conditioning installation actually end up costing the homeowner more. Try any of these ways to “save” and you might end up with more than you bargained for.

  • Buying a smaller air conditioner. Of course, a smaller air conditioner (one with a lower BTU rating) will cost less. However, it will also do a poor job of cooling your home. Ultimately, smaller air conditioners become overworked, leaving you with higher bills and a broken-down unit. (It’s worth noting here that an AC system that is too large can also leave you with problems.)
  • Finding the lowest price. If a company quotes you a price that seems too good to be true…it might be. Unfortunately, there are scam artists out there, or companies that may try to take advantage by taking more time on the job on purpose or adding cost later on. Check with the Better Business Bureau and only hire a company you can trust.
  • Installing an air conditioner yourself. This is something we recommend against for so many reasons. An air conditioning system that is not installed properly may not work at all. You can void the warranty by not allowing a professional to install it, and cause yourself a lot more trouble than it’s worth.
  • Going with a lower efficiency rating. An air conditioner of the size you need with the lowest efficiency rating will cost the least—upfront. Just keep in mind that you pay more in the long run on monthly cooling costs for a less efficient system.

AAction Air Conditioning & Heating Co. Inc. offers air conditioning installation in Savannah, GA. Call our friendly team to schedule your appointment!

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