Installing a New Central Air Conditioner? Wondering What The Cost Will Be?
When the summer heat reaches its peak, many people are often thankful for their central air conditioning units. While most people prefer the heat of the summer to the frigid conditions of the winter time, it is still nice to get some relief from the heat by stepping inside a beautifully air conditioned home. While this is certainly a nice luxury to have, like most luxuries there is a significant cost that comes with installing an air conditioner in your home. With this in mind, it is important to know exactly what you are paying for when you get a new A/C unit, and more importantly, what kind of cost you can expect for your own home.
Air Conditioner Size & BTU Matters
One basic factor to keep in mind when getting ready to buy a new A/C unit, is the square footage of your home. Keep in mind, the greater the square footage, the more BTUs your air conditioner will require to efficiently cool your home. An A/C unit with a higher BTU level will almost always cost more than a smaller unit. Before you make a selection, be sure to confirm whether or not the unit you have in mind will have sufficient energy to keep your entire house cool. Should you select a model that is inadequate for the size of house you live in, you will likely end up spending more on energy bills over time.
Hiring an A/C Contractor
Once you’ve selected an appropriate A/C unit for your home, you’ll want to find a certified, quality contractor to install it for you. This is important because installing an air conditioner, particularly in a home that has not been previously equipped with an A/C unit, can be a difficult job that requires specialized skills, as well as official certification to handle the refrigerant contained within the unit. A quality HVAC specialist will usually charge between $2000 and $5000 to install an average sized A/C unit. This price includes the cost of the unit itself, as most HVAC companies will offer a selection of units to choose from that they can provide. They will also help you in the selection process to ensure you get the right model for your house.
It is important to be aware of the fact that most HVAC contractors will want to determine if everything in your home is up to code and is compatible with the A/C unit you’ve selected for installation. This often means reviewing your electrical and ventilation systems before installing the A/C unit itself. Should they find any issues, it is likely they will want to make the necessary corrections to avoid any liability or poor performance of the air conditioner. In newer homes, this is unually not the case, but if you live in a house that is more than 25 years old, you may want to factor some extra repair costs into your budget. A good contractor will discuss these costs upfront with you and include them in your estimate.
For a quality HVAC contractor that will help you get the best A/C unit for your home at a competitive price, contact Lillie Family Heating for a free estimate. We’ll be happy to help you find the right products for your home to keep you and your loved ones comfortable all year long.