3 Things To Know About Air Conditioning Installation
May 1, 2017
Before making the final decision of installing a new air conditioning unit in your home, or replacing the existing one, there are factors you need to consider when it comes to the costs involved. Air conditioning installation is not that of a complicated process. For the first-timer, however, it would be of an added value to have an air conditioning installation contractor walk you through all that is required and also ensure that the work is done professionally.
Remember, it is not advisable to undertake the installation of the air conditioner as a DIY project, especially for the more complex systems such as central Ac and split mini ductless units. Air conditioning installation costs are going to vary depending on factors such as the type of air conditioner, your home’s size, and the contractor you choose to work with, along with the unit’s EER and SEER ratings. Here is what you need to know about air conditioning installation costs in details.
There are several types of air conditioning systems. The most common ones include the following:
– Central AC systems
– Split AC systems
– Packaged Units
– Window AC units
– Portable AC units
The air conditioning installation costs will so much vary depending on what type of the above units is suited for your needs. Also, it depends on the features on an air conditioner. You may be looking forward to purchasing a unit that gives you more than cool air. For instance, the central system type of air conditioning will cost you more because, with it, there are duct systems, which are combined with the heating components to allow the system to cool and heat your home when needed. Also, for this kind of system ductwork will be required, which will mean higher costs of installation.
2. Size of Your Home
What you need to know is that the size of your home matters a lot when it comes to air conditioning installation costs. This in mainly because the amount of heat in your home determines the type of unit you can install. A larger house will need a more powerful cooling unit. A larger ductwork system may also be required. This means that a more powerful air conditioner will cost you more to purchase and perhaps its installation as well. When choosing a new air conditioner, it is also best to consider one that has a higher energy efficiency rating, quiet operation, and a solid warranty for a good value. A good HVAC contractor will advise you appropriately on the size of the air conditioner that will meet your cooling needs.
3. The Air Conditioning Contractor
This one is among the main key factors that will really affect your air conditioning installation costs. It is good to do a bit of research before hand, get quotations from different contractors and compare them. This comparison or quotes will at the end give you surety of current ratings. Go for reputable contractors if you want a quality installation work done on your air conditioning system. Your contractor is going to charge you depending on how many units you may want to be installed and also how easy or difficult it will be for them to access your property. Also, note that the charges can sometimes be by the hour.
The cost of installing an average air conditioner varies depending on the type, its cooling capacity, efficiency ratings and the current labor rating. Of importance to note is that while installing your air conditioner, consider the ventilation of your house. In not so doing, poor ventilation can lead to an early replacement of your air conditioning unit. Always choose your HVAC contractor wisely and ask for accurate estimates on how much it would cost for the installation of a new air conditioner or replacement.