The cost of an AC installation in Texas averages around $6,000. But some homeowners pay as little as $3,000 and as much as $15,000 to install an AC unit.
That’s one heck of a price range, so bear with us while we explain what goes into estimating the cost of an AC install.
AC installation prices in Texas vary based on these four cost factors:
We’ll go into detail about each of these four cost factors in this article. But if you’re ready and rarin’ to get an estimate for an AC install right now, you can always call Evergreen at 254.537.9067, or schedule an estimate online.
Cost Factor #1: The Efficiency of the AC
Some AC units are more efficient at cooling homes than others. As AC units increase in efficiency, they also increase in cost.
AC efficiency is measured by a unit’s Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio, commonly called a SEER rating. SEER ratings range from 13 (the lowest) to 22 (the highest).
In Texas, 14 SEER is the minimum rating an AC unit can have by law. At Evergreen, we install AC units that range between 14 and 21 SEER on average.
So why would a homeowner want a more efficient AC? A few reasons:
Cost Factor #2: The Size of the AC
Homeowners usually aren’t surprised to hear that the bigger AC units cost more money.
What they are surprised to hear is that “size” doesn’t refer to an AC’s dimensions, but its cooling “power”, i.e. how much heat it can remove from a space in an hour.
AC power is measured in tons. So when you see a “tonnage” value listed on an AC, that’s a reference to how quickly it can cool a home.
Another surprise for homeowners when we talk about tonnage is that bigger isn’t always better. In fact, it’s much more important to find that perfect “Goldilocks” tonnage number that fits just right with your home.
Get a unit that’s too small and it’ll never shut off as it works endlessly to cool your home. But if the unit is too big, it’ll cool your home and shut down too fast. That leads to “short cycling,” which can substantially increase energy bills.
A load calculation will determine how much tonnage an AC needs for Goldilocks perfection. But just for reference for our readers, residential AC units range between two and five tons on average.
Cost Factor #3: Equipment Add-Ons
The latest AC upgrades and features can add convenience and performance to a new AC unit. While these add-ons don’t come free, they may be worth looking into.
Some of the most popular AC add-ons include:
Cost Factor #4: The Contractor
Equipment costs account for the lion’s share of an AC installation’s price tag. But labor costs still play a significant role in the total price of the installation.
Importantly, HVAC contractors rarely–if ever–charge the same amount for an AC installation. That can confuse the homeowner, who may want to just go with the cheapest contractor out there.
Before making a decision based on price however, consider that the price a contractor charges is typically influenced by:
We’ll Help You Make Sense of a New AC Installation
Just give us a call at 254.537.9067. Alternatively, you can schedule an appointment online today.
Evergreen Heating & Cooling has been installing AC units in central Texas since 2014. If you’re considering an AC installation in the near future, you can count on us to: