AC Pricing Guide

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Central AC Costs by Brand

The cost of installing a residential air conditioning system can vary based on the brand, unit size, efficiency rating, and complexity of the installation.

  • Installation Cost: This includes the cost of the air conditioning unit itself, labor for installation, and other materials or permits required.
  • Equipment Cost: This refers to the cost of the AC unit without installation.

The costs can vary based on factors such as the size of the unit, SEER (Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio) rating, and any additional features or technologies. The region where you live and the specific requirements of your home can also impact these prices.

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HVAC BrandEquipment CostInstallation Cost
Carrier$1,800 - $3,500$4,800 - $7,500
Trane$2,000 - $3,800$5,000 - $8,000
Lennox$2,200 - $4,000$5,200 - $8,500
Goodman$1,200 - $2,500$3,500 - $5,500
Rheem$1,500 - $3,000$4,000 - $6,500
York$1,700 - $3,200$4,200 - $7,000
Amana$1,300 - $2,700$3,800 - $6,000
American Standard$2,000 - $3,800$5,000 - $7,800
Bryant$1,900 - $3,400$4,600 - $7,200
Ruud$1,500 - $3,000$4,000 - $6,500

AC System Prices by Size

When considering replacing or installing a new air conditioning system, it’s essential to understand the costs associated with both the equipment and the installation. The costs can vary significantly based on the size of the AC unit, its efficiency, and other factors.

Factors Influencing Costs

  • Efficiency Ratings: Higher SEER (Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio) ratings typically mean higher initial costs but lower long-term energy expenses. Units with SEER ratings from 14 to 26 can vary significantly in price.
  • Compressor Type: Single-stage, two-stage, and variable-speed compressors offer different levels of efficiency and comfort, with variable-speed being the most expensive but also the most efficient.
  • Installation Complexity: The complexity of the installation, including the need for new ductwork, accessibility issues, and whether the unit is installed on the ground or on a rooftop, can significantly impact labor costs.

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AC Unit SizeEquipment CostInstallation Cost
1.5-ton unit (18,000 BTU)$1,500 - $2,800$3,000 - $5,500
2-ton unit (24,000 BTU)$1,800 - $3,200$3,200 - $6,000
2.5-ton unit (30,000 BTU)$2,000 - $3,500$3,500 - $6,500
3-ton unit (36,000 BTU)$2,200 - $3,800$3,800 - $7,000
3.5-ton unit (42,000 BTU)$2,500 - $4,200$4,000 - $7,500
4-ton unit (48,000 BTU)$2,800 - $4,500$4,500 - $8,000
5-ton unit (60,000 BTU)$3,000 - $5,000$5,000 - $9,000

The cost of replacing or installing an AC system can range widely based on the size of the unit and the specifics of the installation. On average, homeowners can expect to pay between $4,500 and $14,000 for a complete installation, including equipment and labor.

For more detailed information and personalized estimates, contact us for a no-obligation assessment.

Central AC Costs by SEER or Efficiency Ratings

The cost of air conditioning systems and their installation can vary significantly based on the SEER (Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio) rating and other factors such as brand, unit size, and installation complexity. Here’s a breakdown of the average costs.

Factors Influencing Costs:

  • Unit Size: Larger units with higher BTU (British Thermal Unit) ratings cost more.
  • Compressor Type: Single-stage compressors are cheaper but less efficient than two-stage or variable-speed compressors.
  • Installation Complexity: Hard-to-access areas, new ductwork, and older homes may increase installation costs.
  • Location: Urban areas with higher costs of living and stricter building codes typically have higher installation costs.
  • Additional Features: Options like smart thermostats, air purifiers, and zoning systems can increase the overall cost by 5-15%.

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SEER RatingEquipment CostInstallation Cost
13-14 SEER$1,000 - $4,200$3,000 - $8,500
15-16 SEER$1,500 - $5,700$4,350 - $10,800
17-18 SEER$1,800 - $6,100$5,000 - $12,000
19-21 SEER$2,500 - $7,500$6,000 - $14,000
22-26 SEER$3,700 - $8,500$7,000 - $17,000

These estimates provide a general idea of the costs involved in installing a residential AC system based on efficiency ratings and other influencing factors. For a precise quote, it’s best to consult with Air Bourne Air A/C & Heat.  We will give you a free estimate based on your home size and other factors so that you can make an informed decision.

Recommended Central AC Systems based on Square Footage

The size of the air conditioning unit you need depends on the square footage of your home. A common method to determine the appropriate size is to use the following general guideline:

BTU (British Thermal Unit) Calculation:

  • 1 ton of AC capacity = 12,000 BTUs
  • Typically, you need 20 BTUs per square foot of living space.

Detailed Calculation:

  1. Calculate BTUs Needed: Multiply the square footage by 20.
    • Example: For a 1,200 sq. ft. home: 1,200 sq. ft. * 20 BTUs/sq. ft. = 24,000 BTUs
  2. Convert BTUs to Tons: Divide the BTUs by 12,000.
    • Example: 24,000 BTUs / 12,000 BTUs per ton = 2 tons
Interior SizeAC SizeBTU
Up to 600 sq. ft.1.5 tons18,000 BTUs
600 to 1,000 sq. ft.2 tons24,000 BTUs
1,000 to 1,500 sq. ft.2.5 tons30,000 BTUs
1,500 to 2,000 sq. ft.3 tons36,000 BTUs
2,000 to 2,500 sq. ft.4 tons48,000 BTUs
2,500 to 3,000 sq. ft.5 tons60,000 BTUs


  • Ceiling Height: Homes with higher than 8-foot ceilings may require more cooling capacity.
  • Insulation Quality: Poorly insulated homes might need more capacity.
  • Climate Zone: Homes in hotter climates may require more BTUs per square foot.
  • Sun Exposure: Homes with significant sun exposure may need additional capacity.
  • Number of Occupants: More occupants generate more heat.
  • Heat-Generating Appliances: Homes with many heat-generating appliances may need a larger unit.

It’s recommended to consult with a professional HVAC contractor who can perform a detailed load calculation considering all these factors. They can provide a more accurate assessment tailored to your specific home conditions​

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