What Factors Affect the Price of An AC Installation?
It’s impossible to tell a customer over the phone what the cost of an AC installation will be without doing a thorough evaluation of the home first. There are numerous factors that come into account when it’s time to install a new AC system. In order to get all the information needed one our team members will need to perform a complimentary in home evaluation. While there, they will perform a load calculation. Additionally, they’ll take a look at the current system to determine the best options for your home. Once this is complete a few different system choices and their prices will be discussed. Here are some factors that affect the price of an AC installation.
HVAC System Type
The first decision that will affect the price of an AC installation is which system you choose. Here at O’Brien Service Company we offer various systems to cool your home. The options are a straight AC system, heat pump, packaged system, geothermal system, or a ductless system. To read about the differences between them visit our AC Installation page. Even after choosing which system would work best for your home, other factors will affect the price of an AC installation.
SEER Rating and System Size
Cooling systems can vary from each other based on their efficiency rating. Differing the price of an AC installation. For example, let’s just say you wanted to purchase a new heat pump to cool your home. Heat pumps vary from each other based off their SEER rating. This is what rates their efficiency. The lowest SEER available is a 14 SEER. However, it can go up to over a 20 SEER. So, if two people that buy the same size Trane heat pump, they will have different prices if one is a 14 SEER and the other is an 18 SEER. The higher the SEER the better the system is going to run. And the more energy savings you may see. A SEER rating is something that you’ll discuss with your comfort specialist. But in the end you’ll have to choose how efficient you want your system to be.
HVAC systems also vary based on their size. The only way to make sure you have the correct size system installed is to have a load calculation completed. The bigger the system your home requires, the more the price of the system will increase. When it comes to your AC system, bigger is NOT always better. Therefore, be sure you have the correct sized system installed to ensure top comfort in your home.
Another element that will affect the price of an AC installation is your current ductwork. Why spend money on a brand new cooling system, when you have old duct work with leaks? A leaky duct system will cause your HVAC system to work harder to try and make up for the lost cool air. Also, it could increase your energy bills and reduce the comfort in your home. While the comfort specialists is at your home giving you an estimate for a new cooling system, they can also take a look at your duct work. If you need updated duct work, this will affect the price of an AC installation. Whether it’s just a section of your duct work or a complete replacement, the price will be altered.
The type of cooling system, the efficiency of the system, the size of the system, and your current duct work are just four examples of factors that will affect the price of an AC installation. Like mentioned before, it is important that you have someone inspect your home before giving you an exact price to install a new AC system. Give O’Brien Service Company a call today to schedule your free in home estimate to determine the cost to install a new AC system.