AC Unit Costs
In many parts of the country, such as in the Phoenix area, air conditioning is no luxury. Because of this, if your unit is getting old, you may want to think about buying a new one. The best way of determining how much it will cost you to get a unit that is just right for home is to have a qualified technician visit you, but there are ways in which you can estimate the cost.
The Costs of Air Conditioners Across the United States
Typically, Americans spend anywhere from $5,000 to $8,000 for a new air conditioning system. The average price is a little more than $6,500. Though prices range from a little more than $500 to $12,000.
These prices include not only the cost of the unit itself but also the costs of installing it, which can further include the purchase and installation of air handlers and ducts.
The Costs of Air Conditioners Specifically in the Phoenix Area
Because it is hot in the Phoenix area all year — and because the heat can get extreme in the summer months — the costs of buying a new air conditioning unit here is somewhat different than it is in other parts of the country, such as in the Northeast.
Here are some reasons why:
Better Insulated Homes
In the past, air conditioning systems installed in the Phoenix area had to compensate for the fact that many homes in the area did not have enough insulation and had drafty windows, too. But today, most people in the area have replaced these windows with models that have double or even triple panes. They have also filled in gaps within the windows with caulk, and they have insulated their homes.
The result of this is that people now need smaller air conditioning units than before, and these units not only cost less to buy but also cost less to both run and maintain.
The Need for Efficient Air Conditioning Units
With all the heat in the Phoenix area, the costs of running an air conditioner are as important as its upfront costs. For this reason, having an efficient air conditioner is necessary and these units are not inexpensive.
Efficiency in an air conditioner is based on what is called a Seasonal Energy Efficiency Rating (SEER) number. The larger this number is, the more energy efficient the air conditioner is. With every one-point increase in a SEER number, your energy bills fall 10%. So, even though these air conditioners cost more, in the long run you will save money. This is especially true because energy-efficient air conditioners last longer than ordinary ones, so you do not need to replace them as often.
Local Energy Companies Are Offering Rebates on Air Conditioning Units
Salt River Project (SRP) and Arizona Public Service (APS), which are the two major electric utilities in the Phoenix area, understand the burden electric costs have on the people living there and understand that these costs are driven by the high use of air conditioning in the area.
To offset some of these costs, both companies are currently offering significant rebates on energy-efficient air conditioning units if certified technicians professionally install them. These rebates go as high as $500, and you can receive another $135 if, at the same time of the installation, you have your ducts either repaired or replaced.
Your Next Step
To find out exactly what a new air conditioning unit will cost you, you should ask a qualified technician to come to your home. This technician will not only help you determine the perfect size for your new unit but will also help you select an energy-efficient model. By doing this, you will get an air conditioner that will both keep your home comfortable and keep the expenses of running it at a minimum.