Factors That Influence New Air Conditioner Cost

As HVAC experts, we try not to be too focused on price when it comes to buying new air conditioners. We know that you will save money in the long run by putting in a new AC.

The cost of your new AC will depend on a variety of factors. Here are a few things to consider:

Your Home’s Size

The size of your house is among the most important factors determining the cost of purchasing a new air conditioner. The bigger your home the more powerful (and costly) unit you’ll need to cool it effectively. The smallest units are about one-and-a-half tons or 18,000 Btu/hour. The largest units could be 6 tons in size or 72,000 Btu/hour.

The amount of cooling power you require will depend on the layout of your home as well as the number of doors and rooms and the quality and type of insulation, and much more. A professional can perform the heat-load calculation, also known as a Manual J. This will assist you in determining the exact size unit that you need. The calculation considers the square footage of your home, number of doors and windows and the amount of sun it gets throughout the day as well as the height of your ceilings and more.

You should also consider whether you want a single or multi-stage system which will impact the total cost. Single-stage models are generally less expensive than multi-stage ones, however they have different levels of efficiency. The type of equipment used will also impact the overall cost, as variable speed machines tend to be more expensive than traditional single-speed machines.

Additionally, it is important to have your ductwork tested prior to installing an air conditioner to ensure that it is properly sized. A damaged ductwork system could cause poor indoor air quality and excessive energy consumption, in addition to other issues.

The wrong size of an AC unit will also result in more costly repairs over time. Oversized units will work harder and take longer to cool your home, causing them to wear out more quickly and need more frequent repairs. A small unit however will struggle to meet your cooling requirements and won’t have the ability to effectively cool your home on scorching days. You may even end having a unit that doesn’t work at all. This can be very frustrating and expensive.

Energy Efficiency Ratio

The greater the energy efficiency rating is, the more efficient your new air conditioner will be. This is important because you can cut your cooling costs by an impressive amount.

The energy efficiency rating is determined by the amount of electricity required to complete the task at hand, measured in BTUs per hour or watts. EnergyGuide and EnergyStar labels can help you evaluate the efficiency of your appliance. It’s important to remember that the size of your home and the temperature fluctuations will affect the efficiency of your appliance, so it’s not necessarily a direct reflection of the appliance itself.

It’s likely that newer units have higher SEER than older ones however, it’s important to note that even the top-rated units don’t operate at their maximum capacity. For example older air conditioning systems that have a SEER of 13 typically are operating close to an 8 SEER rating because of the wear and tear of time.

A higher energy rating can help you save substantial amounts of money in a single year. If you replace your 10-SEER by a model with a rating of 14 SEER, you can save $908 per year in electricity.

Energy-efficient units can also be operated quietly, which is another benefit for homeowners. The quietest models make use of the latest compressors and fan designs to ensure quiet, comfortable operation.

Price is definitely a factor in your decision-making process but you must be aware that the price of your new unit will likely exceed the initial cost of purchase throughout its lifetime. A more expensive model that is efficient enough to pay for itself over the years is a great investment for your family. Speak with a reputable expert such as our team at Mechanical Service Company to make sure you select the best model for your budget and home. We’ll be able to find the ideal air conditioner that meets your needs. Schedule an appointment now!

Warranty

A new air conditioner will work hard to cool your home for more than a decade and that’s why it’s crucial to choose one that performs at the highest performance and efficiency throughout its lifespan. A reputable HVAC contractor will ensure the new AC that you buy is the right one for your home, and that you’ll get the most efficient performance from it, which will allow you to reduce energy costs over time.

When comparing air conditioner models, it’s an excellent idea to look at whether they have additional features that you might want or need. Some ACs, for example, employ advanced technology to make them quieter and more efficient than other models. This is a great feature for homeowners who live in areas that are crowded with lots of noise pollution or anyone looking to cut down on their energy costs.

Other factors that can impact the cost of your new air conditioner include rebates and financing options. A lot of manufacturers and dealers offer incentives to encourage customers to purchase a specific product. Ask your reliable heating and air conditioning firm if they have special discounts or offers.

The warranty is an important aspect in determining your new air conditioner’s cost. Extended warranties cover the unit for longer time periods than the standard manufacturer warranty. The purchase of an extended warranty might appear expensive at first however it will ensure that you have peace of mind knowing that your new air conditioner is covered for the long term.

The cost of installation is included in the price for the purchase of a new air conditioner. You should hire an expert technician to install your air conditioner. If you do it yourself, or hiring a contractor that is not licensed may void your warranty and damage your new unit. Ask your trusted heating and air conditioning company about financing options in case you don’t have the funds to pay for installation upfront. Most HVAC firms offer financing through trusted institutions like Wells Fargo.

Installation

If your old AC unit is aging and your energy costs are increasing, it’s time to think about replacing it with a more modern model. New air conditioners consume less energy and come with a variety of other benefits.

The first step in finding out the price a new AC system will cost is to get estimates from HVAC contractors. Quotes should contain the cost of the AC as well as the installation cost for a total project. The price of an air conditioner depends on factors like capacity, energy efficiency and features. Additionally, you’ll need to decide whether you require a variable-speed or a single-speed air conditioner. Variable-speed ACs have multiple power settings that allow you to alter energy consumption and performance in accordance to cooling needs. A variable-speed AC is also more expensive than a standard AC with one speed blower.

Your comfort consultant will assist you in determining the proper size of air conditioner for your home by determining the amount of British Thermal Units (BTUs) it needs to cool. A small air conditioner won’t be able to meet the cooling needs of your home while a huge air conditioner will use up energy and money.

After you’ve decided on the size of your air conditioner, the next thing to be aware of is the SEER rating. SEER ratings are a measure of how efficient an AC unit is. The SEER rating is a measure of how efficient an air conditioner is.

Selecting an air conditioner with an SEER rating that is high will save you on utility bills over time. It is also possible to save on upfront costs by taking benefit of rebates offered by manufacturers and utilities companies in the region.

It’s important that you hire an experienced contractor to install your new air conditioner. They will make sure your air conditioner is properly appropriate for your home and that it is installed correctly to ensure it operates as efficiently as it can. Additionally, they’ll be there for you in the event of any problems arise with your new air cooling system. So, if you’re eager to start saving on your energy bills and enjoying the peace and tranquility of an efficient air conditioner, contact us today!

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