HVAC Installation and Pricing
The day of installation is often the most critical time for ensuring that your heating and central air conditioning (HVAC) equipment will continue to functioning optimally. About 75% of the operating performance and efficiency of your system is accounted for by having the right size of HVAC equipment installed.
The Air Conditioner Contractors of America (ACCA) reports that only 28% of homeowners that replaced their HVAC systems in the last year saw an improvement in efficiency and performance of their new system. The other 72% felt that the main reason why we were replacing their system in the first place was not resolved. The reason is simple: a HVAC system is not a typical product like an oven, toaster, or a washing machine. Performance, reliability, safety are directly related to proper sizing, quality of installation, and air distribution.
Since you’re going to spend thousands of dollars on a new system, it’s important that you get the right equipment to serve your particular needs and have a guarantee that the system will perform according to your expectations. All our comfort specialists have been trained to listen to your needs and to develop a system that works best for you.
What you can expect from our HVAC installation department:
- For starters, our highly skilled installation crew arrives at your home or office promptly and starts custom installation process.
- We do our best to get the job done on time and installed correctly. We are committed to making sure our work is up to code, using only high-quality materials to make the work look fantastic.
- You don’t have to worry about the people working in your home. Each of our staff at Wahl Heating and Cooling, Inc. is drug tested and background checked.
- Have the peace of mind knowing that every crew is led by a great leader who will oversee the job to completion making sure that each step meets our strict specifications and that the job stays on schedule.
- All our professional crews will respect your property, and ensure that everything is kept neat and clean using drop clothes, shoe covers, and work mats. We literally have you covered!
- We also take the before and after pictures of the equipment, with your permission, so that you will be able to see the kind of improvement the new system brings to your home.
- It installation is completed by a true “start-up” including making sure that the system is properly sealed, testing pressures, safety controls, sub cooling, super heat, and programming the thermostat based on your needs.
- Once the installation is complete, the crew leader will take some time with you to explain how the new equipment works, all its suggested maintenance, and answer any other questions you might have.
- Next, the installation crew will remove the work mats, vacuum and/or vacuum their working area, to leave your home spotless.
Are tax credits, rebates, equipment registration, financing, and warranty registration stressing you out? Let us handle all the paperwork for you so that you can stay worry-free. Once the installation work is completed, feel free to rate your experience with us using our survey options.
Factors that determine HVAC Installation Cost
before we get into the HVAC installation process, we need to first discuss some definitions, terms, and factors that will determine how a good, honest company determine their prices. The keyword here is honest. Unfortunately, the market is rifle with dishonest companies. They always has been, there always will be, and chances are you have had an experience with a dishonest contractor, who probably prove to read this article. Although we can’t teach you how to know when a person is lying, we can arm you with the necessary knowledge to help you decide.
1. The Size of the House will affect HVAC Installation Costs
Central air conditioners come in many different sizes, and the size you choose will directly affect the installation cost of the system. The size of the AC is usually measured in “tons.” Nonetheless, the weight does not play a part in determining the tonnage of a HVAC unit. A “ton” is basically a measure of the ability of the AC to cool down your home. One “ton” represents the ability of an air conditioner to cool down 12,000 BTUs (British Thermal Units) per hour. Similarly, a 2 “ton” central A/C can cool down 24,000 BTUs per hour.
But just what is a BTU? Simply put, it is the total amount of energy required to cool or heat a pound of water by 1°F (Fahrenheit). This means that a 1-ton HVAC model can in an hour cool down 12,000 pounds of water by 1°F. That’s all you need to know about it and don’t let yourself be informed differently. But how does this affect your installation cost?
The larger your house is, the more the tons the need to be heated or cooled. In general, 1-ton is required in every 400 sq/ft of your floor space. If your house has 2000 sq/ft. of floor space, it will need a 5-ton HVAC unit.
2. The Amount of Ductwork Will Influence Installation Cost
Many people often write to us with one of the most heartbreaking questions, “did I pay too much for my new HVAC system?” They tell us that they forked out $ 10,000 for new AC and furnace installation, and ask us if the cost is fair. We say, yeah, that’s quite a fair deal for an AC installation. What kind of ductwork did they install? “They didn’t replace the ductwork that the system is running like new!”
It usually costs an additional $2,000 to $3,000 to install a new, standard, Mylar- sheathed, R-6 insulated flexible ductwork. Why does it cost so much? It’s mainly because the installation process is extremely labor intensive if it to be done properly, and it takes a number of days to complete. Make sure that it has custom fabricated manual dumpers for each T-Y junction to balance the air. Most people tend to skimp on this feature to save money and time, so make sure you ask about it. To prevent mold and condensation problems, ensure that it’s customer insulated at every T-Y junction.
Every joint should ideally be crimped and double sealed, otherwise, the ductwork can separate after a few years, and start air-conditioning your attic rather than your house. The joints must also be strapped properly to avoid duct migration. Before you even ask, they answer is no. The inspector will not likely see all these things (apart from the strapping), since most of them will be concerned with code violations, and the features are internal to the ductwork.
3. The Brand of Equipment Will Affect HVAC Installation Cost
When buying a car, whether you’re buying a Porsche or a Honda will affect the price you pay for it. Both are good, reliable cars but their prices are quite different. It’s the same in the HVAC industry. A Carrier is an incredible HVAC unit, but it will typically cost you around $800 to $2,500 more than a comparable unit, even though they are other more options in the market that are just as reliable.
On the other hand, Lennox is perhaps the most expensive units out there, you just can’t stand them. No experience, these models have horrible chain of logistics, making it difficult to come by repair parts (sometimes taking weeks), the parts cost about three times as much, and the customer service is just poor.
The main point here is that the brand you choose will affect the cost of your HVAC installation significantly. Some of our customers often call us for AC installation, looking to install Carrier equipment. Let me fore-warn you as a future client of ours – I can sometimes be a bit of a smart ass. Why won’t this work be a lot of fun? Besides, I have been in the Navy for 11 years, what would you expect. Anyway, I naturally respond with “would you tell your doctor what medication prescribed you with?”
For residential installations, the person who gets to install the HVAC unit is much more important than the brand or a unit you choose. Be sure to keep your options open, and let your contractor make several recommendations. That’s why it’s important to take your time to find a reputable HVAC contractor.
4. SEER Value affects the cost of HVAC installation
Think of it as: you have in place a 5-ton air conditioner with a SEER rating of 21, and it has a variable-speed lower that can change speed depending on prevalent demands. This would mean that when the demand is low, the motor runs at half speed to save on energy. The extra SEER value is primarily gotten due to this motor. In fact, a SEER-21 is just a SEER-16 with the ability to drop down to have size, from the big 5-ton of small 2.5 ton.
5. The difficulty of the project can be a major factor in HVAC Installation
If your attic is small and has limited or no access, or if you need a lot of custom fabricated parts, or your installation is blown in, the difficulty and time needed to properly instal our equipment will usually increase. If you are living in an older home and you want to have the new system working with the already existing features, then the installation process may take more time.
However, the extra time that we spend, and the extra care that take in the installation process will save you money and headache in the end. If you want an experienced quality installer who is honest and upfront with the cost and process of installation please contact us today for a free estimate!