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Factors That Affect the Price of an Air Conditioning Installation

One of the most common questions we get as trusted HVAC technicians is, “How much is my air conditioner going to cost?” Unfortunately, this is a pretty loaded question that does not bode well for a simplistic answer. There are many factors that come into play when it’s time to install a new air conditioning system.

The first thing your HVAC service professional will do when prepping for an AC installation is perform a load calculation, looking at things like your home’s square footage, how many windows and doors you have, if you’ve made any energy upgrades, and more. They’ll also take a look at your current AC system to determine the best options for your home. At this point they’ll be able to give you a few options to choose from, along with prices.

Type of System

The design of your air conditioning system will affect its cost. A traditional central AC system is going to vary in price form a heat pump, packaged system, geothermal system, or ductless system. But even after choosing what system best matches your needs, there are still other pricing factors to consider.


No matter which air conditioner you choose, each one comes with a SEER (Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio) rating, which measures its efficiency. The lowest SEER available in today’s models is 14, while the highest is 20. Essentially, the higher the SEER is, the better your system is going to run, and the more energy savings you will have. However, a higher SEER rating will equate to higher upfront costs.

Current Ductwork

If your current air ducts have leaks or some other type of damage, they aren’t working as efficiently as they could. If you are installing a new central AC system, it doesn’t make sense to do so without first fixing these leaks. Of course, this will affect the cost of your AC installation and should be taken into consideration.

To schedule your air conditioner installation in Pleasanton, CA, contact Comfy Heating & Air Conditioning today.

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