What Goes Into AC Installation Costs?
One of the most common questions homeowners have for our team is, “How much is my air conditioner installation going to cost?” The quick answer is, “It depends!” The thing is this is a rather loaded question and doesn’t have a simple answer. In fact, one of the factors homeowners are most often surprised by when it comes to their AC installation is the cost of the equipment itself.
We are a Daikin dealer, and have found that many folks understand the quality and the value of what they’re getting—including how much their system choice can affect their monthly utility bills for years to come.
Equipment is just one factor in your AC installation costs. Our team will first look at your home and do a load calculation to determine what type and size of system would best suit you. We look at things like the home’s square footage, how many windows and doors are present, if you’ve made any energy upgrades, and so on. We’ll take a look at your current air conditioning system to determine the best options for your home, and then we’ll go from there to make recommendations for you.
What Type of System Are You Having Installed?
As we alluded to above, it’s vital when shopping for a new air conditioner that you consider the quality and price of equipment. You should also consider what type of system will best benefit you. A traditional central air conditioner can vary in price, as there are a number of factors to consider outside of simply having the system installed.
Installing a ductless system has its considerations too. Ductless systems are great in terms of efficiency, and they are relatively easy for our staff to install, though do require some very minor structural changes by way of small holes drilled in the walls for the conduits to run to their designated air handlers from the outdoor units. Your home setup and how many air handlers you need can impact the cost.
How Efficient Do You Want Your Air Conditioner?
You may be thinking at this point, “I want my air conditioner as efficient as possible.” Many homeowners, however, don’t realize the implications this has on cost.
No matter what type of air conditioner you choose, it has a SEER (Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio rating, which measures the efficiency of the unit. The lowest SEER available these days if 14, while the highest is in the 20’s—talk to our team for more details.
Yes, the higher the SEER is, the better your system is going to run and the more monthly energy savings you’ll have. But also, a higher SEER rating will mean higher upfront costs.
What Is the State of Your Current Ductwork?
If your current air ducts have leaks or some other type of damage, they can’t work as efficiently as possible. If you’re having a new central air conditioner installed, then it doesn’t make much sense to do so without fixing any air leaks or replacing the ducts. Of course, this will affect the cost of your AC installation and should be taken into consideration along with everything else.
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