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If there is one electrical appliance everyone is thankful for, it is the air conditioner. Air conditioning units make the increasing temperatures bearable and are found in homes, offices, arenas and other buildings. Air conditioning units remove hot air from the interior of buildings and replace this hot air with cool air.

As with other appliances, the cost of air conditioning units is an important factor that influences buyers’ decisions. You may have been wondering how much it will cost you to get an air conditioning unit or replace the existing one. Here is a guide to the current price of air conditioners.

The cost of setting up an air conditioning unit usually includes the cost of the appliance, the cost of installation by a professional if need be, the cost of preparation of the cooling system, and the cost of clean-up after the installation. Some of these costs may not apply to every installation. The type of air conditioning unit and the structure of the building also determine the overall cost of setting up an air conditioning unit.

According to ImproveNet, the average cost of installing an air conditioning unit across the U.S. is $4,700

According to ImproveNet, the average cost of installing an air conditioning unit across the U.S. is $4,700.u00a0 However, this price varies with the capacity and size of the unit. Installation costs also vary with zip codes. In the next section of this article, the types of air conditioning units, their features and installing costs are highlighted.

Types of air conditioning units.

  • Window air conditioner

This type comes within the lowest price range and can be easily installed following the instructions in the user manual. The cost of setting up this type of air conditioning unit does not mostly include professional installation costs. Window air conditioners cost $345-$1190.

  • Central air conditioning units.

Central air conditioners require professional installation as wall penetration is required. This type of air conditioner delivers the cool air and removes the hot air through walls and ceilings. The cost of installing central air conditioners is the highest among the types of air conditioners. The services of electrical subcontractors may be required in addition to the services of an HVAC technician.

  • Ductless air conditioning units

Mini split air conditioners and swamp coolers are other types of air conditioners, and they all come at a lower cost than central air conditioning units.

Energy-efficient air conditioners are more efficient and safer for the environment. For one, they do not deplete the environment; they also come with lower electricity bills. The energy star rating on AC units indicates the energy efficiency. The higher the rating, the more energy efficient the AC unit.

Overall, the cost of installing an AC unit may be as low as $345 or as high as $15,000. The installation cost of AC units can also be influenced by insulation and ducts creation needs. It is also advisable to contract installation to professionals with the more complex types of AC units, especially with central conditioners.

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