Central Air Conditioner Prices in Canada

With summer temperatures rising, you, like many Canadians across the country may be feeling overwhelmed with skyrocketing cooling bills.

All prices listed in this article are INCLUDING INSTALLATION, unless otherwise noted. These prices are estimates, and are likely to vary based on many factors.

In this article, we cover (click to jump to section): 

A/C Prices by Manufacturer

Prices by Unit Size & Ton

Installation Costs

Prices by City or Region

Electricity & Ongoing Costs

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Below we’ll be taking an in-depth look at the average cost of a new central air conditioner, breaking down prices by major brands and manufacturers, as well as by city and region across Canada. We also discuss important factors like installation which can affect the final price.

We compare several of the most popular central air conditioner manufacturers in Canada, and we’ve grouped them into three different pricing tiers, based on average prices for their products across the country. Please note these tiers are not necessarily meant to indicate a difference in quality, but rather the relative average prices of each brand of A/C.

Furthermore, every brand usually has a range of products with lower-cost and higher-end models.

The 3 tiers are defined as follows:

  • Economy Tier: These brands offer good quality products at a price point that is usually slightly less than the average
  • Mid-range: These make up the bulk of the popular brands on the market and most of their products fall somewhere in the middle range of prices
  • Premium: These two brands heavily market themselves as being market leaders, and their prices often reflect this. Expect to pay at least a few hundred dollars more for the ‘premium brand name’

2016 Central Air Conditioner Prices by Brand/Manufacturer

Economy Tier Air Conditioner Prices

Focusing on overall efficiency of their air conditioning units these brands offer consumers several efficiency options from 13 to 19 SEER, without the additional innovative technologies seen in the upper tiers.  If you are willing to give up some bells and whistles available in the higher tiers, then these brands are an excellent option for cooling your home without breaking your budget.

Brand Price Range*
Goodman $2400-$3500
Keeprite $2400-$3500
York $2400-$3600

 

*Please see further down for more in-depth pricing information

Mid-range Air Conditioner Prices

As you move into the mid-range brands you can expect to see a slight increase in price.  This increase is due to some additional features/options that Amana, American Standard, Bryant, Rheem, Trane, and Napoleon offer, that are not offered in the economy tier.  Like the economy tier you will notice a wide range of options from 13-24.5 SEER. However given that air conditioners are only operating during a few months of the year, most Canadians choose central ACs in the 13 to 18 SEER range.

Brand Price Range*
Amana $2800-$4000
American Standard $2800-$4000+
Bryant $2700-4000+
Rheem $3000-4200
Trane $2800-4500
Napoleon $2700-4000

 

Notable features: Two Stage, Variable Speed, Multi-Stage

Innovative Technologies: AccuComfort™, Acculink™, SpineFin™ coil (American Standard)

Premium Tier Air Conditioner Prices

As expected we see the highest price points in our premium brands, Lennox and Carrier.  High performance cooling, quality and durability, units are available in 13-21 SEER.

Brand Price Range
Lennox $3200-$6000+
Carrier $3200-$6000+

 

Notable Features: Two Stage, decibels between 56-76 for quiet cooling performance

Innovative Technologies:

  • iComfort®-enabled Technology, Precise Comfort® technology (Lennox)
  • Silencer System II™, WeatherArmor Ultra™,  Infinity® Touch control (Carrier)

Air Conditioner Prices by Unit Size & Ton

The larger your home or small/medium commercial building you’re trying to cool, the larger the central air conditioner unit that will be needed.

This chart gives a rough estimate of how prices will vary based on the required unit size and tonnage. Obviously there are many other factors that will affect price like the brand, model, efficiency rating, installation, and so on. This is only meant to give you an idea of the general differences in cost as the unit gets larger.

We’ve listed approximate price for each size along three different pricing tiers from cheaper value A/Cs, mid-range models, and high end central air conditioners.

Tonnes Average Pricing
1.5 Ton Value tier: $2400

Mid-Range tier: $2825

Premium tier: $3200

2 Ton Value tier: $2600

Mid-Range tier: $3025

Premium tier: $3500

2.5 Ton Value tier: $2800

Mid-Range tier: $3225

Premium tier: $3800

3 Ton Value tier: $3000

Mid-Range tier: $3425

Premium tier: $4100

3.5 Ton Value tier: $3200

Mid-Range tier: $3625

Premium tier: $4500

4 Ton Value tier: $3300

Mid-Range tier: $3825

Premium tier: $5000

5 Ton Value tier: $3500

Mid-Range tier: $4050

Premium tier: $6000

Air Conditioner Installation Costs

Expect to pay between $500-$1000 for a professional installation of your high-efficiency air conditioner. Note that the prices listed on this page generally include installation.

“Why is installation so expensive?”

An installation performed by an experienced and certified HVAC technician gives you peace of mind that the job will be done right the first time.  An improperly sized or incorrectly installed air conditioning unit will not cool your home efficiently.  This can lead to accelerated wear and damage, resulting in greater cost to you for repair or replacement.

“Can I install my central air conditioner myself?”

Unless you’re a licensed electrician or HVAC technician, it’s generally best to leave the installation to the experts.

2016 Air Conditioner Prices by City & Region

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*PLEASE NOTE: These are only estimates. Things like the brand, model, size (tonnage), efficiency rating (SEER) of air conditioner, neighbourhood in which you live, local cost of living, variance from one company to another, differences in installation costs at your home, and distance from a major urban centre can influence the final price you pay. Increased competition between HVAC contractors in larger cities for instance, can also affect price. Pricing includes cost of installation, and removal of your old unit is usually free of charge or included.

ONTARIO

Pricing varies across Ontario, and depending on what city you reside in you can expect to pay anywhere from $2200-4800 for a new moderate to high-efficiency air conditioner.

Barrie – $3200 – $4500

Brampton – $2200 – $4200

Belleville/Kingston – $3000 – $4500

Guelph – $2500 – $3500

Hamilton – $2500 – $3500

Kitchener – $2500 – $3500

London – $2500 – $4200

Mississauga – $2200 – $4200

Northern Ontario – $3200 – $4500

Western Ontario – $2500 – $4200

Ottawa – $2800 – $4800

Toronto – $2200 – $4200

Map - Canada average A/C price (including install) $3000 - $5000
MANITOBA

A high-efficiency air conditioner can cost between $3200-$4200 across Manitoba.

Winnipeg – $3200 – $4200

ALBERTA

Enjoy the benefits of a new high-efficiency air conditioning unit with pricing, between $3200-$4500 throughout Alberta.

Calgary –  $3200 – $4200

Edmonton –  $3200 – $4200

Rural Alberta – $3500 – $4500

SASKATCHEWAN

Pricing in Saskatchewan for a new high-efficiency cooling system is approximately $3000-$4200.

Regina – $3000 – $4200

REST OF CANADA

Average between $3000 – $5000

“What Kind of Ongoing Costs Can I Expect Once I Purchase My Air Conditioner?”

Once you’ve made the initial investment of purchasing a new, high-efficiency air conditioner you should set aside room in your budget for occasional maintenance.  Most Canadians can expect to pay less than $100/year on average for maintenance and repairs + electricity usage to operate their central air conditioner.

“What is the yearly cost of owning an air conditioner?”

Apart from the initial purchase cost, most Canadians can expect to spend $300 – $1000+ per year to operate a central air conditioner, including maintenance and electricity bill costs.

Factors Affecting Electricity Usage and A/C Operating Costs

1) Size of your home – larger homes require a larger air conditioning unit which in turn draws more electricity to power it.

2) How much your air conditioner is used – some people cool their house 24/7, while others prefer to use it in the evenings and during the night to aid sleeping in the summer heat.

3) How low the thermostat temperature is set – the lower the temperature setting the more electricity required to run your unit.

4) How well insulated the home is – well insulated homes help to retain the cool air that is circulated by your air conditioner, and keep warm air out. It goes without saying that you should make sure to keep all windows and doors closed as well!

5) Weather & climate – the hotter the temperature the more use you will have for your air conditioner

6) Efficiency of your unit – the higher the SEER the more efficient your unit is.  An 18 SEER central air conditioner will result in greater energy savings than a 14 SEER central air conditioner.

7) Peak hour use – electricity prices are higher during peak hours.

8) Shade & other factors – things like the amount of trees and shade around your home can affect the internal temperature and thus A/C use

All things considered, your average monthly electricity costs to run a central air conditioner are likely between $50-$250+/month based on the above factors.

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Six Energy-Saving Tips to Keep Your Air Conditioner Operating Costs Down This Summer
  1. Upgrade your insulation – Upgrading your home’s insulation will maximise the retention of heat in the winter and cool air in the summer.  You’ll be more comfortable and you’ll ensure that your A/C isn’t working harder than it has to.  Make sure to check the seal around your windows to see if they need replacing as well.
  2. Choose ENERGY STAR – In order to offset the additional electricity cost of cooling a larger home, many consumers opt to select a new ENERGY STAR-certified central air conditioner with a greater SEER. A more energy-efficient unit is good for the environment and the pocketbook!
  3. Get SMART – Turn your air conditioner off during the day while you’re at work to limit waste and lower your monthly electricity bill.  Many SMART thermostats are available that allow you to set your home’s temperature automatically or even remotely.
  4. Adjust the thermostat – Try not to run your air conditioner 24/7 or even raising the temperature a few degrees can result in energy savings. It may not seem like a lot but a couple degrees can make a big difference.
  5. Get a tune up – Be sure to book a maintenance checkup to ensure that your system is fully functional for the summer seasons.  A central air conditioner in disrepair can work inefficiently which will affect your monthly electrical bill. Even just doing a bit of cleaning and maintenance yourself can help keep your A/C in good working order, according Consumer Reports.
  6. Beat the heat off-peak – Electricity prices tend to be much cheaper during off-peak hours like late in the evening and overnight. You can save a lot by limiting your air conditioner use to these hours, and you’ll sleep better too!
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