It’s difficult to know how much a new HVAC system will cost. There is a wide variety of systems available to purchase and each one is a different price. On top of the price of the actual system you also have to factor in the price of the contractor’s installation and all the fees associated with that. It’s likely that you won’t be able to depend on anyone’s price until after your system is installed and you’ve made the payments. However, you can make guesses and budget accordingly.
Here are some of the factors that will contribute to the price of your new system:
The size of the unit will contribute to the price. The larger the unit, then likely the more expensive it will be. This isn’t always true and some smaller units may be more expensive than larger ones, depending on the brand. Do your research before purchasing a unit to determine how large a system your home needs. Your contractor should be able to help answer this question and is a great resource to turn to when looking for the right system for your home and your situation. Never buy the first HVAC system you see. Do your research and compare different systems before making the choice to purchase.
The system capacity that you’ll need depends on the size of your home and the efficiency of your ductwork and system. The more your system has to be able to do efficiently, the more expensive it will be. If you have a large home or crappy ductwork, then your system will have to work harder to do the same amount of work as it would if you had a smaller house or a good ductwork system. By determining the capacity your system needs to be able to handle, you’ll be able to choose the right system for you and your home. Every home is unique, so it’s important to talk to your contractor and decide together which system will be best.
The condition of your ductwork may also affect the price. If your ductwork is in poor condition, then you’ll need to pay to repair or replace it before you can get a new system. If you get a new system with your damaged ductwork, then your system may lose up to 30% efficiency. This will cost you more money in the long run with higher energy bills and more required maintenance, so it’s best to take care of your ductwork’s problems before installing a new HVAC system. Most contractors that install new HVAC systems should also be able to inspect and install your ductwork system.
Who you hire to install your new system will affect how much it costs. Every contractor will charge differently and will have different fees and services. It’s important to do your research and find the best contractor for you. Keep in mind that cheaper does not necessarily mean better when it comes to hiring someone to do work in your home. The less you pay for installation services, then the more likely you are to be cheated or receive less-than-acceptable services. It’s smart to pay a little extra now to ensure high-quality work rather than paying as little as possible and having to spend more money later to fix bad workmanship.
If your HVAC unit is located in a place that’s difficult to get to or work in, then the contractor may charge you more money. This is simply because it will take more work and energy from them to install the new system. There are other things that may affect the contractor’s fees as well, including whether or not you’ve prepared your home for the installation by clearing a path to the unit and moving furniture out of the way.
Both units or just one
While it’s usually best to replace your whole system (both heating and cooling units) at once, it’s also possible to just replace one of the units without replacing the other. If only your air conditioning unit is damaged and your heating unit is fine, then you may decide to only replace the one. If you decide to do this, then the installation will be cheaper for many reasons. You’ll only have to buy the one unit rather than both and the contractor probably won’t charge as much money either, since there will be less work to do and it will be easier than installing both. Keep in mind that your existing system may not allow you to replace only one at a time and so you may be forced to replace both. Also, if you do replace only one then you’re likely to have to go through this whole process again when the other unit goes out in a few years.
Now that you know some of the factors that go into determining how much your HVAC installation may cost, hopefully, you’ll be able to determine a rough price, make a budget, and stick to it without too many compromises.
Before purchasing a new system, make sure to get your old system inspected. It’s possible that whatever is wrong with your system can be easily repaired without spending money on a whole new system. If this is the case, you’ll be glad that you avoided spending that extra money for a little while longer.
Most HVAC contractors offer free inspections and price estimates for a new system or repair. One such contractor that offers these services for free is Southaven HVAC, located in Southaven, Mississippi. If you live in this area, make sure to call Southaven HVAC for a free estimate before deciding what to do about your system. If you need your HVAC system inspected, repaired, or replaced, Southaven HVAC is the contractor to trust.
If you have any questions about our services, prices, or methods, give Southaven HVAC a call. We would love to help you with your HVAC system and promise to do our best to make this a good experience for you with as little hassle as possible.