Home and property owners like you have heard rumblings that latest central air prices are way up and are asking, “how bad is it?” This buying guide has all the details whether you are replacing an old AC or installing a new central air unit or improved efficiency.
What’s covered in this guide? Cooling Only – This guide is about adding a new central AC or replacing an old one. It does not cover the cost of a new air handler – the inside unit with a blower fan that is connected to the ductwork. If you have a forced air furnace, it doubles as an air handler to house the indoor coil and circulate air conditioned, dehumidified air.
Central AC Cost – Installed
Central air conditioners can be divided into entry-level, midrange (most popular) and premium models for the sake of discussion. Here are the latest prices and what you get for the money.
|Equipment Cost||Installed Cost||Efficiency||Stages|
|Entry Level||$2,700 – $4,600||$4,900 – $9,600||13 – 15||1|
|Midrange||$4,400 – $9,200||$6,600 – $12,500||15 – 19||1 or 2|
|Premium||$6,300 – $12,700||$8,800 – $15,000+||18 – 28||2 or Variable|
Yes, those are prices for just central air conditioning, plus a new thermostat if needed.