How Much Does It Cost to Install Central Air in Florida?

AC Installation Cost Florida


Installing central air in Florida is not as expensive as most local homeowners and business owners assume. There is a common misconception that it costs upwards of $10,000 or more to install central air in Florida homes and other buildings. If you were to poll local homeowners to find out how much it cost to install central air, most would testify the total figure did not approach $10,000. In fact, some local homeowners paid half this amount for AC installation.

The Average Cost of Installing Central Air in Florida

Central air in Florida typically costs between $4,000 and $6,500. For the most part, local homeowners spend around $5,000 for the installation of central air conditioning. However, the size of the home or other building does not fully dictate the cost of the central air installation. The efficiency of the system, its brand name, size and warranty also shape the price of installation. Furthermore, AC system comfort features and the unique pricing of the contractor that performs the installation also shape the total cost.

Consider the Square Feet of Your Home

Determining the cost of installing a new air conditioning system largely depends on the size of your home, business or other building. Take a moment to tabulate the total area of square feet within the home that must be cooled. As an example, the installation of central air in Florida homes with around 2,000 square feet with forced air furnace heating system ductwork in place is likely to cost between $3,000 and $4,000.

The typical air conditioning system cools down 400 square feet of a home for each ton of air conditioner cooling capacity. This means 12,000 BTUs are generated for each 600 square feet. If your home is 2,000 square feet, you can divide it by 400 square feet of cooled space to determine a 5.0 TON AC system is necessary. Such an air conditioning system should prove capable of removing upwards of 60,000 BTUs in a single hour. Such an air conditioner will likely cost $2,000 yet once the cost of installation is added on, the aggregate price will likely reach $3,600 or more.

Additional Costs to Consider When Estimating the Cost of Installing Central Air in Florida

The initial estimate you get for installing central air in Florida probably won’t be the final price simply because there are some latent costs for a project of this magnitude. It might be necessary to install a new furnace with the air conditioning system. Furthermore, it might be necessary to obtain a permit from the local county or city building department for the installation to be performed. The new AC unit might necessitate an inspection performed by a building department representative to ensure it is fully up to code.

Those who live in older houses with lead paint or asbestos might end up paying more for the testing, removal and replacement of this harmful material. Furthermore, there is a chance electrical or plumbing work might be necessary as well. Don’t forget about removing the outdated HVAC system spurring an additional cost to boot. In fact, some homes require the modification of surfacing or framing for the installation of central air in Florida.

Consider the Air Conditioning System’s Efficiency

The total cost of AC installation partially hinges on the efficiency of the system. More efficient air conditioning systems cost more upfront yet will save you money on your monthly energy bills in the months and years ahead. The efficiency of the AC system is described with a SEER rating in the range of 13 to 25. SEER is an acronym for Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio. Opt for a system with a better SEER rating and it will cool your home that much more efficiently. However, AC systems with high SEER ratings are more costly to install.

AC Installation Cost Also Depends on the Contractor

Each unique air conditioning installation crew has its own unique pricing. In fact, you are likely to obtain different quotes for the installation of the same central air system in your Florida home. These installation crews have unique guarantees, track records of success/failure, insurance coverage and other merits/drawbacks. Obtain several quotes, read each contractor’s reviews on the web and you will gradually whittle down the pack to a select few who provide top-quality AC installation at reasonable rates.


Installing central air in your Florida home or business isn’t as costly as you think, and it certainly won’t burn a hole in your pocket. The fact is that every air conditioning installation crew has its own pricing structure. The above pointers shed light on the important considerations that go into determining the pricing of central air conditioning.

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