Despite keeping your AC in good working order, you will need a replacement once it starts aging and deterioration manifests in the system. Even so, it can be difficult to determine installation costs without some in-depth knowledge. Therefore, it is imperative that you engage the expertise of an HVAC professional to guide you through selecting a new unit and installing it. In addition, they provide you with estimates for installing different AC types to help you decide on one that suits your finances.
Below are factors that affect the price of HVAC installation.
Size of AC Unit
Air conditioners come in several sizes to match the different specifications of the residences in which they are installed. Generally, a bigger AC unit is more costly to install than a smaller one as it requires more space to accommodate extensive ductwork. Thus, you should engage the services of an AC specialist for an accurate load calculation.
To get an AC of the right tonnage, the contractor ascertains the home's square footage, the number of windows, and its occupants. Moreover, if you only wish to cool certain parts of your home, they help you select a unit with lower BTU, reducing the installation cost. You can also check out an online BTU calculator.
Type of AC
Different AC types require distinct techniques in their installation. For instance, since a centralized AC distributes air through ducts, it calls for a more intrusive process and a higher installation cost. On the other hand, installing a window AC is relatively inexpensive as you only need a window to mount the unit.
It also costs more to install a ductless mini-split AC than certain other portable ACs due to multiple units being required in every room. Since different brands have specific installation procedures, it is prudent to hire an air conditioner technician to replace your unit.
Your installation costs increase if you want customizations for your AC, such as add-ons to the system. Furthermore, you may want to maximize all the benefits of your AC unit and opt to integrate ultra-violet purifiers. Alternatively, depending on the prevailing weather, you may want a humidifier or dehumidifier to complement your air conditioner. In such cases, the installation costs increase, with additional parts required to connect to the AC.
If you are installing new ductwork or replacing the previous, you inevitably incur more installation costs. At the same time, the installation cost will depend on how much space is needed to accommodate the entire ductwork. Thus, if the degree of complexity is high, e.g., the material for ductwork is tough, or there's difficulty accessing the space, the price of installation increases.
Without considering all factors, you may inaccurately estimate installation expenses. Thus, you should contact an HVAC contractor to guide you on the overall installation cost for different units so that you may find one that meets your needs.