Air Conditioning Installation
AC Replacement & Installation Services
Picking the correct air conditioning system for your home is no simple task. You have to consider the size of your home, how often you need cooling and the use of the AC unit you need. At Hurlburt Heating, AC & Plumbing, we try to make the process convenient and stress free with our variety of air conditioning unit options and our expert advice. To learn more about getting an AC installation in your home, call us at (715) 283-4422 today!
The typical cost of installing central air conditioning, including the unit, is between $3,000 and $7,000. However, the cost varies greatly based on the size of your home, including the size and number of rooms, and the number of windows with good sun coverage. The sort of system you want and the state of your existing air ducts will also impact the total cost of your AC installation.
You'll need to know the square footage of your home in order to choose the correct size air conditioning unit. As a rule of thumb, you’ll want 20 BTUs (British Thermal Units) per square foot of indoor space. A 1,500 sq. ft. home will require 30,000 BTUs of cooling power. However, air conditioners are sized in tons; a ton of air contains 12,000 BTUs, so you’ll want a 2.5 ton AC system.
If your air conditioner is more than ten to fifteen years old, it's usually not worth the money to fix it unless it's a simple issue like a clogged condenser unit or a damaged fan belt. Still, to make the wisest option, have your contractor evaluate not only the condition of your present equipment but also the ducts that distribute cool air and the general quality of your home's insulation. Improving such factors might boost the system's efficiency as much as, if not more than, introducing new equipment.
A new AC unit can be expensive, but has many benefits such as more efficient cooling and lower energy and repair costs.
When to Get Your Air Conditioner Replaced
It can be difficult to know when you should have your air conditioner replaced. A few signs it may be time to have your air conditioner replaced include:
- Your air conditioner is over 10 years old.
- Your air conditioner requires frequent and expensive repairs.
- Your air conditioner does not cool effectively.
Another sign it may be time to have your air conditioner replaced is if you have noticed a drastic spike in your monthly energy bill. As your air conditioner becomes older and less effective, it can cost more to run.
Central AC Unit Versus Ductless Systems
Traditionally, most homes have a central air conditioning unit rather than a ductless system. Both of the air conditioning systems have their pros and cons. Central AC systems generally cost less to install initially, whereas ductless systems can be more expensive to install. However, if your ductwork needs to be replaced with your air conditioning system, it can be cheaper to have a ductless system installed. Central AC units can also be less efficient than ductless systems, since ductless systems are able to save more energy by cooling the rooms you use the most.
What Size AC Unit You Will Need For Your Home
To figure out what size air conditioner you need for your home, you should consider the following:
- How many square feet and levels your home has.
- How many windows and glass doors your home has.
- How well your home is insulated.
- The climate of the area you live in.
Fortunately, you do not have to do this process alone. At Hurlburt Heating, AC & Plumbing, we will let you know our recommendation when we give you an estimate on an AC installation. To find out more about getting an AC unit installed, contact us today.