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The True Cost of an Air Conditioner In Regina

A central air conditioning unit costs a family between $4,000 to $5,500 depending on the brand and size of the unit in the Regina area. 

This cost includes: 

  • A/C Unit
  • Ducting 
  • Installation

What is the Cost of a New Air Conditioner? 

The system you choose depends on the size of the space you need to cool. It also depends on the type of unit. 

In a recent post, we talk about the types of A/C units available. It also covers when you should start thinking about replacing an old A/C unit. 

How Much Value Does Central Air Add To Your Home? 

In Canada, it is estimated that 60% of homes have an air conditioning unit. 

Summers in Regina get extremely hot. In 2018 the temperatures hit 40 degrees. They average closer to 35 degrees in a normal year. This temperature is still shockingly warm. 

A new A/C unit has been calculated to add up to 12% to a home’s value. This number depends on the unit and may also depend on whether the unit is energy efficient. 

Should You Upgrade An Older Unit Before Moving? 

If your home already has an A/C unit and you are unsure if you should upgrade before selling the answer is maybe

An upgraded A/C unit helps improve the sell-ability of your home. If you are struggling to sell in a market that is better suited for buyers then it is worth upgrading your system. This is especially true if you are upgrading to an energy-efficient unit. 

The resale value of your home will not likely increase with a better A/C unit. 

Different Types And Pricing of Air Conditioners 

There are five different air conditioning units that you can get for your home. Each style varies in cost. The prices listed are the average cost to get a new system. Pricing also depends on the size of the unit and the type of unit you choose. 

  • Window / Portable Air Conditioner – the average cost of $500
  • Central Air Conditioner – the average cost of $4,500
  • Ductless Mini-Split – the average cost is between $7,000 to $20,000+

You will also need to make sure you have the HVAC system in place if you are looking to install a central air system. 

Without ducting in place, the cost of your system will change. 

Can You Add Central Air Without Pre-existing Ducting? 

An air conditioning system can be added to your home after construction is complete. Retrofitting a home will increase the cost of getting a central A/C unit. The cost of retrofitting a system can add more than $5,500 in total costs. 

It is best to put a system in when your home is being built. It is great for resale and decreases the cost of your system. 

Duct-less a/c units may be a better option for homes without HVAC ducting. They are installed in each room and do not require ducting to cool the home. 

The Advantages of a Central Air Conditioning Unit

A central air conditioning unit is more expensive but has some key advantages. 

  • Easily filtered air
  • Effective home air circulation
  • Less noise
  • No visual unit in the home
  • Connects to a SMART home system 
  • Consistent home temperature

The two major disadvantages are the cost of the system and the cost of your energy bill when running the central A/C unit. 

We are a local family-owned plumbing and HVAC business. If you have questions about getting a new A/C unit for your home contact us today at (306) 552-5489. We also offer to finance.