You might think that there are numerous factors that affect the price of a new air conditioner, but realistically there are 3 main factors.
- Efficiency (SEER rating)
- Single-Stage vs. 2-Stage Cooling
New Air Conditioner Efficiency (SEER)
SEER is the measurement of the efficiency of your new air conditioner, it stands for Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio. The SEER ratings for any new air conditioner start at 13 and go into the 20’s. Popular air conditioners that combine affordability and energy-efficiency are typically rated between 13 and 17. These popular units are also typically single-stage air conditioners.
As it goes the higher the SEER rating the more expensive a new air conditioner usually is.
New Air Conditioner Stage Cooling
Single Stage Air Conditioner: These air conditioners function like a light. They either get switched on or off. They operate at either 100% capacity or 0%, there’s no in between.
2-Stage Air Conditioner: These air conditioners start-up running at about 2⁄3 of their maximum capacity and then increase to 100% only if the outdoor temperature warrants it. This ensures that the unit is operating as efficiently as possible at all times. 2-stage air conditioners typically cost about $1000 more than a single stage unit, but over time that cost can be recouped on your energy bill.
New Air Conditioner Size
When referring to the size of an air conditioner it’s not in reference to the physical size of the unit. Air conditioners are measured in tons, which indicates how much cooling capacity it has. Typically, central air conditioners increase incrementally in size by 1⁄2 tons.
The larger the unit the more expensive it will be. To find out what size your home or commercial space needs it’s usually best to consult with a reputable and experienced HVAC technician.
Overall, there are numerous factors that can affect the cost of your new air conditioner, but these 3 factors carry the most weight so understanding them is important. Now that you know more about the reasons for the cost of your air conditioner you can have an educated conversation with your Air Tech Toronto Toronto HVAC technician about which new air conditioner is right for you.