How to Estimate the Cost of a New Home A/C System
During the cold winter months, thoughts of air conditioning are probably far from your mind. But right now, is the best time to do your research, review your options and plan for a new AC system installation. Don’t wait until the sweltering months when you’re hot, sweaty and uncomfortable. Take advantage of “off-season” pricing and the availability of experienced installation professionals.
Home AC Pricing Considerations
Numerous factors impact the cost of a new home AC system and its installation.
- Location and timing
- Performance and efficiency
- Size of home
- Quality and brand
Location and Timing
Pricing for your system and service costs can vary across different states and regions and during varying times of the year. For the purposes of this blog, price estimates represent a national average. In your Virginia area, the costs may be higher or lower than the ranges represented here. Seasonal specials and discounts may also impact price.
Performance and Efficiency of Air Conditioning System
An AC’s SEER rating refers to the Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio. The higher the efficiency/SEER rating of your system, the more you pay for initial purchase and installation. However, the long-term benefits can quickly offset this price difference, as you can expect to see lower cooling bills with more efficient units. Over time, these savings can really add up.
Size of home and Air Conditioning Tonnage
The size of the space that needs cooling determines the size of the required AC unit. Have your HVAC pro perform a load calculation on your house for accuracy. Residential central air units range from 1.5 to 5 tons of cooling capacity.
Quality and Brand of Air Conditioning equipment
As with any product, you pay more for brand name and quality items. When choosing your unit, identify the features and options you want and need and then do some comparison shopping before making your final choice.
This is just a basic overview to help you start the research process. Other criteria may factor into pricing: type of home, home construction and age, and desired extras – like zoning controls.
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