Learn more about how InHome helps you with air conditioner replacements and repairs in MA

Types of air conditioners

If you live in a warmer climate, or have hot, muggy summers, AC is a must. Whether you’re looking to upgrade your existing air conditioner or to install a new ac, you have more options than ever. Air conditioning technology has come a long way, with a variety of styles, sizes and efficiency ratings. The most efficient models on the market have SEER ratings as high as 21. The cost of ac replacement or a new air conditioner varies depending on whether you choose ducted or ductless, efficiency ratings, and other factors.

InHome installs 3 kinds of cooling systems:

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Central air conditioning:

A typical central air conditioning system is a two-part, or split system that includes an outdoor component and an indoor component, connected by a series of refrigeration lines. Central air conditioning requires the installation ducting throughout your home. While the cost of installing central air is an investment, it offers many benefits such as reduced humidity and cleaner air. And because the compressor-bearing unit is located outdoors, central AC is the quietest option for cooling your home.

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Ductless mini split:

A ductless mini split is a smart way to cool a room without having to install ductwork, or install and remove window units each year. Ductless mini splits also have an indoor and outdoor component, but the indoor component goes directly in the room you want to cool. Ductless mini splits won’t cool your entire home, but they are an affordable option if you want to cool a few rooms or a smaller space.

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Heat pump:

A heat pump uses refrigeration technology and electricity to provide both heating and cooling for your home. In heating mode, the heat pump extracts heat from the air outside your home, and in cooling mode, it does the opposite—it transfers heat out of your home and returns cool air inside. Heat pumps can be ducted, like central ac, or ductless like a mini-split. Heat pumps offer the highest efficiency rates (as high as 300%) of any heating/cooling appliance.

The average cost of an air conditioning unit depends on the model, efficiency rating, and other factors.

InHome’s experts are ready to talk you through our air conditioners for sale and help you choose the best air conditioner for your home.

Benefits of a new system

New - replacement air conditioners filter airborne dust particles, bacteria, fungi, and microbes

A healthier home

A new air conditioner means better air quality in your home. New air conditioning units have top-quality filters that rid your home of airborne dust particles, bacteria, fungi, and microbes. Plus, you can opt for additional add-ons like dehumidifiers or carbon monoxide alarms when you upgrade.

Quiet, efficient replacement air conditioners

Peace and quiet

Older air conditioners can be noisy. No matter which of our new air conditioning units you choose, they will all be quieter than an older model. New air conditioner technology is quieter than ever, comparable to the sound of your refrigerator. Ask us about our quietest air conditioning units for when it’s time for your ac replacement.

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Better warranties

Today’s air conditioners are designed to last longer than ever, which means you need a warranty to match. InHome only installs air conditioners with top warranties, so you’re well covered in case of repairs or replacement parts. Speak to one of our experts today.

Signs it’s time to upgrade

Your air conditioner is more than 10 years old

Even with regular maintenance, you will benefit from an ac replacement after about 15 years. Older air conditioners are more likely to have issues and they cost more to run. Plus, technology has improved dramatically in the past 10 years.

You see an increase in your energy bill

When your air conditioner isn’t working efficiently, it uses more energy than normal, and costs more to run.

Your air conditioner is louder than it used to be

Strange noises usually mean you need a repair or they’re a sign of a failing system. If your ac is on the older side, consider a replacement rather than another fix.

Your home is hotter than it used to be

This is another sign that your air conditioner isn’t working efficiently. If your air conditioner isn’t doing its job, it’s time for an ac replacement.

Replacement air conditioners or central AC systems are more energy efficient

Awesome air conditioner brands

InHome has researched the best air conditioners with the top warranties so you don't have to. We only install what we would put in our own home. These are some of our favorite ac brands:


Bryant is a great mid-range brand with a variety of options. Owned by Carrier, Bryant promises the same quality as its premium parent brand, but at a slightly lower price point. Bryant air conditioners are best known for their energy-saving features, better-than-average efficiency, and ozone-friendly refrigerant. Their range includes ac units with SEER ratings as high as 20.5.

Pros: Bryant air conditioners are renowned for performance and quality. All their models meet or exceed the Energy Star requirements.

Cons: Bryant air conditioners are expensive, but their efficiency is not as high as other brands, and their warranties are not as strong.

What’s included in the new air conditioner cost: Everything is included—all products, parts, labor, electrical, safe disposal of the old system, permits, taxes, and fees.


Carrier is a premium brand that has modernized the industry with its outstanding innovation. Every air conditioner in the Carrier range is top quality and guaranteed to be durable, technologically advanced and very high efficiency. Carrier’s range includes ac units with SEER ratings as high as 21

Pros: Carrier is a top brand with something for every buyer. Their air conditioners are highly efficient and come with smart technology and energy saving features.

Cons: Carrier’s warranties are not as strong as other brands. Carrier air conditioners are more expensive than most brands.

What’s included in the new air conditioner cost: Everything is included—all products, parts, labor, electrical, safe disposal of the old system, permits, taxes, and fees.

American Standard

Founded in the 1880s, American Standard is a leader in the industry. It is recognized as the most reliable air conditioning brand and is unbeatable when it comes to noise control. Their high-efficiency air conditioners come with 22 SEER.

Pros: American Standard has a wide range of high-quality options to fit many price ranges.

Cons: American Standard doesn’t offer lifetime warranties like other brands.

What’s included in the new air conditioner cost: Everything is included—all products, parts, labor, electrical, safe disposal of the old system, permits, taxes, and fees.

Mitsubishi Electric


Mitsubishi Electric is known globally as a leading producer of technology, including air conditioning units. They are best known as pioneers in ductless heating and cooling, with the most durable, reliable ductless units on the market. They also offer ducted heat pumps.

Pros: Mitsubishi is a well known, established brand, so parts and service are easy to find. They have the best range of ductless units.

Cons: Mitsubishi air conditioners are slightly more expensive than other brands and their efficiency is average compared to other high-end brands.

What’s included in the new air conditioner cost: Everything is included—all products, parts, labor, electrical, safe disposal of the old system, permits, taxes, and fees.

Get more efficient with an upgrade

Air conditioner efficiency is measured using a Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio (SEER) rating, which tells you the cooling output of an air conditioner divided by the energy input, for a typical season. Older air conditioners tend to have SEER ratings as low as 8 or 9, whereas new air conditioning units are required to have a minimum SEER rating of 13. That being said, experts generally recommend you look for a new AC with a SEER rating of at least 15. If you splurge on an ultra high-efficiency unit, your new air conditioner can have a SEER rating as high as 21.

No matter which new ac unit you choose, it will automatically be more efficient than the old one. New AC units with a higher SEER rating, come with a higher cost, but your monthly expenses will be much lower.

New - replacement air conditioners have high Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio (SEER) ratings
New air conditioning systems minimize cool air loss to reduce monthly costs

Improve your air conditioner’s efficiency

If you’re going to invest in an air conditioning system, make sure the rest of your home is as energy efficient as possible. Anything you can do to minimize cool air loss will help your air conditioner work efficiently and further reduce your monthly costs.

Guard your home against heat loss

Ensure your attic and walls are properly insulated.

Add caulk or weather stripping around your doors and windows to prevent heat from escaping.

Ensure cooling system ducts in your crawl space and attic are properly insulated.

Have your chimney cleaned.

Install programmable thermostats and set them to lower the temperature at night, or if you’re away. Did you know programmable thermostats can save you an additional 10% on your energy bills?

Save thousands when you upgrade

High-efficiency appliances can make your home more comfortable and significantly reduce your energy bills. If you’re upgrading to a high-efficiency central air conditioning unit, central heat pump, or mini-split heat pump, incentive programs, like Mass Save®, offer rebates or interest-free financing for eligible households. These incentives make the cost to install air conditioning more manageable.

If you’re applying for rebates or financing on your own, you have to determine if the product you want is eligible. Plus, you need to complete the paperwork; and then there’s a wait time to hear back. When you apply through InHome, we handle every part of the process for you and can accelerate your application. No fuss, no confusion. We do all the paperwork on your behalf, and get you the rebate or loan immediately.

Here’s a breakdown of the rebates available to you through Mass Save®:



Central Air Conditioning

$50 per ton*

Central Heat Pump

$250 per ton*

Mini-Split Heat Pump

Up to $250 per ton*

Smart & Programmable Thermostats

Up to $100 or price-discount and no-cost installation

*Actual tons are calculated based on AHRI cooling capacity divided by 12,000 BTUs. Rebate amount based on actual tons

If you’re considering more extensive upgrades, financing is available at 0% interest over 84 months, also through Mass Save®.

You may be eligible for incentives for energy-efficient home upgrades like heating and water heating equipment, central A/C and heat pumps, insulation, and more. When you apply for financing through InHome, we process all of the paperwork for you and submit it for approval. We want you to have the security of financing before you start your upgrades.

Transparency is important to us and we believe you should know the total cost of installing new air conditioning at the outset of the project. We are available for questions and support throughout the application process. Our team is here to help make sure this process is as easy and painless as possible from start to finish. We are the experts in the field and in the office.

Our lowest price guarantee

InHome is always more affordable than the competition because our buying power gets us wholesale prices on products and materials. Plus, we don’t use sales people. Since we skip sales fees and commission, we can pass even more savings onto you. We guarantee the best air conditioner prices and the lowest air conditioner installation cost.

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Efficiency equals savings

Did you know, American homeowners spend a whopping 40-60% of their home energy costs on cooling?

The single biggest thing you can do to improve your home’s energy efficiency is install an energy-efficient cooling system. An energy-efficient air conditioner installation can have a big impact on your monthly energy bill. Homeowners who replace air conditioners with energy efficient models report energy cost savings of 25% or higher. While the central air conditioning cost is an investment, the monthly savings will quickly add up.

Save up to
30%on utility bills

Save money, save the planet

An energy efficient air conditioner can also have a significant impact on climate change. Installing a new energy-efficient air conditioning system is almost as effective as giving up your car.

At least 7% percent of U.S. fossil-fuel energy is used for residential heating and cooling. This means making small changes to your home heating can make a big difference for the planet. Installing energy-efficient air conditioning is a win-win—you save big on your monthly bills and you’re doing your part to fight climate change.

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Is the cost of a high-efficiency air conditioner worth it?

Experts say if it’s within the budget, always go for higher efficiency. The cost of central air replacement generally rises along with its efficiency rating. A high-efficiency air conditioner with a SEER rating of 21 might cost substantially more than a similar size unit with an SEER rating of 17. While the upfront cost of installing high-efficiency ac may be high, you will recoup the additional cost through lower monthly bills over the life of the new air conditioner—especially in warmer regions, or areas with hot, humid summers. You can further boost the efficiency of your furnace by ensuring your home is properly insulated and by installing a programmable thermostat. Plus, when you buy a high-efficiency furnace, you’re doing your part for the planet.

It’s most important that your new ac is right for your home. Our experts will help you determine the best air conditioner type (central ac, ductless mini split, or heat pump) and size for your home. When making a new air conditioning system recommendation, our experts will consider your home’s foundation, wall thicknesses, insulation values, windows, air filtration and more.

How do I know what type of air conditioner is right for my home?

Determining the right type of new air conditioner for your home depends on how much space you need to cool. If you want to cool your whole home, or tackle house-wide humidity, a ducted system, like central air conditioning, or a heat pump is your best choice. If you need to cool a smaller area, like an upper level, a hot bedroom, or an extension, consider a ductless system. Ductless installation is simpler because you don’t need to open up your walls.

Once you’ve chosen the type of new air conditioner you want, you’ll need to determine the right size and the ideal number of BTUs for your home. It’s best to speak to an expert about your options. They will be able to calculate your home’s cooling needs based on industry standards and make the right recommendation.

How do I choose the right size air conditioner for my home?

The best way to determine the correct air conditioner size for your home is to choose a reputable installer. An expert will be able to calculate your home’s cooling needs based on industry standards. These calculations take the climate and your home’s size, design, and construction into account. 

An air conditioner that’s too small for your home will struggle to cool your space. If your air conditioner is too large, it cools your home so quickly that it doesn’t have time to remove enough moisture from the air. This leaves your home feeling cold and clammy. Speak to one of our experts about the ac replacement cost or the cost of installing central air, and the right size air conditioner for your home. 

How often should I clean my air conditioner?

The most important maintenance task for your central air unit, is routinely cleaning or replacing the filters. Clogged or dirty filters can significantly reduce the efficiency of your new ac. Experts recommend cleaning or replacing your filters every month or two during peak usage season. You should also have your air conditioner professionally serviced once a year. Spring is usually the best time for service,  so everything is in proper working order for the summer.

What are "zones"?

A zone is an area in your home, which is controlled by its own thermostat. A home can have anywhere from 1-5 zones based on size, layout, or additions.  Zoned HVAC uses dampers in the ductwork to regulate and redirect air to specific areas of the home.

Zoning your home has several benefits, including the elimination of hot or cold spots, and having individual control of a room’s temperature—think cool bedrooms and a comfortable living room, and forget about arguing over the thermostat.

Zones are most effective in multi-level homes. Because heat rises, the upper levels are always warmer than the lower levels. Installing separate zones creates more even temperatures throughout your home. Speak to one of our experts about installation cost and the best air conditioning system for your home. 

What is “cooling load”?

Cooling load is the rate at which heat must be removed from your space to maintain a constant temperature and humidity. Your home’s cooling load depends on its size, construction, insulation, number of windows, and other factors. The cooling load will also determine the size and model air conditioner your home needs. Speak to one of our experts about the ac replacement cost or the cost of installing central air, and the best new air conditioner for your home.

What is an Energy Star Rating?

ENERGY STAR helps easily identify high-quality, energy efficient products. To earn the ENERGY STAR, a product, like an air conditioner, must meet strict energy efficiency criteria set by the US Environmental Protection Agency or the US Department of Energy. Products with the ENERGY STAR logo are generally 15% more efficient than the minimum federal standards. ENERGY STAR products help you save on your monthly bills and help the planet by reducing energy usage.

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