When you’re installing a new central AC system in your home, the total cost is definitely going to be among your top three concerns, mainly so that the cost aligns well with your budget, allowing for any remaining renovation costs that you might require.
Unsure how to determine your budget for the installation of a new AC system? Check out the following factors that should be taken into consideration when you are installing a central AC system:
- Size of Home
Depending on how many British thermal units (BTUs) an AC unit can remove from your home, the size of units can greatly vary. A one-ton AC unit, as an example, can extract about 12,000BTUs from a small 640 square-foot room or home.
You can generally use this calculation to determine your the ideal AC capacity for your home size. For a typical home size of 1,600 square feet, for example, you will need a 2.5 ton AC unit.
Layout of Home
You will also need to factor in your home layout, such as the available ceiling space and where the rooms are located in relation to one another.
For example, you will need a smaller AC unit if you have limited ceiling space, and you will need far more AC capacity if you have several rooms in different zones of your home.
Even the location of your home can affect your AC costs. As an example, if you stay within 3 kilometres of the seaside, your AC unit might face salt damage, reducing your unit’s lifespan from 15 to as few as 4 or 5 years.
You can opt for specific AC brands which have better salt air resistance and better protection against harsh weather. They may cost more upfront, but the investment will save you far more in the long haul.
- Type of System
A window unit will only cost you several hundred dollars, while a split system might be priced up to $5,000 or even more, depending on the complexity of the system.
The best AC system for your home is affected by all the other factors listed in this article, and each system type will feature its own individual units, understandably with different price ranges.
- Energy Efficiency
Aside from the BTU ratings, some AC professionals may also ask you to consider the energy-efficiency ratio (EER), as well as the seasonal energy-efficiency ratio (SEER) of your AC system. Optimally, your EER rating should be about 80db/67wb indoors and about 95db/75wb outdoors. An AC system with SEER 14 units can increase your home efficiency by as much as 30 percent.
Does your home already have pre-existing ductwork? If you don’t, you are going to require ducts and vents to be installed before you can complete your central AC system installation, substantially increasing your overall system installation costs.
If you want to skip this step, you can consider requesting a ductless split system or window units instead.
- Miscellaneous Costs
When factoring the total cost for AC system installation, it is also important to note that hiring a cooling contractor for professional set-up and installation will incur some extra charges.
The fees usually include those for their manual labour and materials used – this could cost you about $500, depending on how customised your AC system installation needs to be and how skilled the labourers are.Image via Pixabay CC0 License