Let’s face it, a new HVAC system will be one of the most expensive investments you make into your home. In fact, too many homeowners sacrifice comfort for cheaper options or inefficient systems because they don’t understand the costs. In our brief buying guide below, we’ve outlined some of the logic behind the costs to help you feel better about your purchase.
When you purchase a new air conditioner, costs will include factors like installation, equipment, and any add-ons you want to get.
The Basics of Installation Costs
Any good HVAC contractor will be able to give you an estimate of what your AC installation will cost. This estimate typically includes the costs for both labor and materials. Homeowners should always feel empowered to ask for a breakdown of those costs so you can get a detailed list of separate expenses that add up to the overall cost of installation.
There are, unfortunately, dishonest companies out there that will try to take advantage of people by overcharging on services they don’t need, or will even undercharge due to poor quality. This is why it’s a good idea to get estimates from multiple companies.
The overall cost of your AC installation will depend on the type of system you’re having installed. When setting aside money for your HVAC equipment costs, it’s wise to consider how much you want to pay for efficiency and even green options.
For instance, inverter drive or variable-speed air conditioners cost more money, but use less energy and therefore cost less to operate from month to month. As a homeowners, it’s always a good idea to explore all your options, particularly when you can buy equipment that will be more affordable in the long run, and long-lasting.
What’s your ductwork situation? Do you have old, degrading ducts? Perhaps your insulation is insufficient, or you have drafty doors and windows letting conditioned air out. These are all ways to pay too much for your air conditioning needs over the months, as your air conditioner will have to run too long to try to reach your desired temperature.
You can get the best, most efficient system on the market, but without resolving these problems it won’t do you any good. Talk to our team about our air sealing and ductwork services. We also provide insulation installation and window and door replacement to keep your entire home as energy efficient as possible.
Of course, if you do decide on any of these add-ons, you’ll want to factor that into the overall cost of your installation too.
Hire a Pro!
An HVAC technician with the right level of expertise is going to understand everything that goes into an air conditioner installation. From taking out the old system and making sure nothing is knocked out of place, to making sure your home is matched with the right equipment for your specific needs and properly testing the AC system for functionality, you’ll be glad to have this expertise on your side.
Please don’t hesitate to reach out to our team with any questions you might have about air conditioning installation and the benefits of hiring a trained and experienced professional for the job!