Installing a new HVAC unit involves planning, research and budgeting. To determine which unit best meets the needs of your family, there are several factors to take into consideration. Here’s everything you should account for when purchasing a new HVAC system.
Air Conditioning Unit Size
First, determine what size unit you need to effectively cool your home or office. If your unit is too small, it will have to work harder to cool your space. By overworking the unit, you will incur higher energy bills and the unit will be more prone to breakdowns as parts wear out. On the other hand, a larger unit costs more upfront and will also utilize more energy to operate. To find the proper unit size for your unique needs, look at the total square footage of your home. Remember to take into consideration basements and upper levels, as these areas typically cool faster or slower than the main level.
Professional AC Installation
Unlike many appliances, professional installment of your HVAC unit is a necessity. Installation requires great skill and in-depth knowledge of the system, electrical components and airflow. Not to mention you must be EPA certified to handle the refrigerant essential to run your unit. The cost of a new HVAC unit with professional installation ranges from $3,000 to $10,000. These figures vary greatly depending on the brand and size of the unit, and the level of service needed. Replacing an existing HVAC unit may be simple, whereas installation in a building with no existing system will require the installation of breakers, ductwork, wires, thermostat as well as mounting.
Additional Features for Your New AC System
HVAC units have greatly improved over the last several decades. However, some of the more advanced features may be an extra expense for you and little-to-no benefit. Research which options you desire and those you think you can live without.
Thermostats come in a variety of shapes, sizes and display types. Digital thermostats have almost replaced older types and now have options for programming, adaptability and remote access to help with efficiency and energy expenses.
The Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio (SEER) is another factor that greatly affects the cost of your unit installation. This ratio is the total cooling output divided by the total electrical input. A higher SEER unit will require a larger initial investment, but results in lower energy costs and cooling times. During the long Florida summers, the extra expense may quickly pay for itself!
Call Blair’s Air for AC Installation Costs and Quality Repair!
The best way to calculate your HVAC installation costs is to receive a free estimate from a reputable HVAC company. At Blair’s Air, we will work with you to find the perfect HVAC unit for your budget and unique needs. We have served the Tampa Bay area since 1974, and our team of highly experienced and trained technicians is dedicated to solving any and all of your heating and cooling needs. From clogged drain pipes and air handlers freezing up, to leaks in your air conditioning unit and temperature inconsistencies, we’ve got you covered. Call us today at (727) 800-4148 to learn more about how we can help, or schedule a service visit online with our simple query form.