Pricing for a new air conditioner is a hard thing to pinpoint. There are a lot of factors that play into the cost of an installation, and many are going to be specific to your own situation. We wanted to take a moment to discuss these factors – so you at least have an idea of where to start.
If you are thinking about buying a new air conditioner, know that there are many different considerations that should influence your final decision. We wish it could be as simple as picking a model you like and installing it – and in a way, it can be that easy – but before you make your decisions about what unit to go with (and how to install it), let’s cover some important points of concern.
First of all, you need to know about the different sizes of AC units, and how to gauge what is appropriate for your home. There is a lot to know about matching up the size of AC with the size of your house, but all it takes is some simple research and careful reading, and you’ll be able to comprehend the basics in no time.
Understanding how the size of an AC unit relates to the size of your home gets you one step closer to completing your job, but simply knowing those facts alone is not going to change how much you’ll have to pay. Sure, you’ll know exactly what you need – which will allow you to avoid paying too much for a unit that might be too big – but if you have a large space that needs cooling, it’s best to spend the money and ensure that the job is done right.
An AC that is just big enough to cool a small home is going to be less expensive. The larger your home, the harder your AC will need to work to keep it cool. If you need the unit to cool an extremely large space, then it’s going to be worth it to go with a larger, more efficient unit. You’ll pay more up front, but end up saving more in the long run.
Once you have an idea of the size unit that you’ll need, you have to decide if you are going to hire someone to install the air conditioner for you, or if you plan to install it yourself. It’s not impossible for you to do on your own, but if you are capable of doing so… then you probably aren’t reading this blog.
Accordingly, you’ll most likely be hiring a professional HVAC company to perform the installation for you. Many HVAC companies are able to sell you a unit and provide installation. You’ll be serving yourself well if you do some serious shopping around.
We suggest you call the companies in your area first and ask for a quote. They might try to sell you on the job right away, but there’s nothing wrong with just asking for a general idea of what they usually charge. If they can’t give you a straight answer, or at least let you know that someone will get back to you with all the information, you’ll probably want to go with a different company anyway!
To recap, it’s important to find out what size of AC will be appropriate for your home. Then you’ll want to decide where to get the actual AC unit from. Depending on your circumstances, it will either be better to purchase from the same company that is performing the installation, or purchase the AC separately, then go on to look for an installer. Once you’ve got a unit, find yourself an installer and talk about the price!
Arco Comfort Air is one company that wants things to be convenient for you. We’ll sell you the AC unit and install it as well! If you are looking to purchase and install, or even if you already have the unit and just need help getting it hooked up, give us a call! We’ll be happy to discuss the details with you, and get your home feeling cool and refreshed as soon as possible!
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