We always find ourselves comparing the purchase of a new HVAC unit to the purchase of a new car because the variables that effect the price are very similar. You can get a basic model or pay extra for all the bells and whistles. You can pay more for Hybrid model, which is more efficient and can save you money in the long run. You can pay more for a luxury brand or go with something more along the lines of an economy brand. We all know the options when buying a car seem endless from the make, to the model, to the color, etc. Everyone’s needs and tastes are different. Here are some basic factors that affect the price of a new hvac installation:
SIZE: The size of an HVAC unit is referred to the unit’s tonnage. The average residential home tonnage range is from 2-5 tons. The tonnage that you need to heat and cool your home properly is determined by the square footage of your home and the way it was built and insulated. Size is determined by performing a heat load calculation.
SEER: SEER stands for Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio. This is comparable to the miles per gallon in your car. The higher the SEER, the higher the efficiency and energy savings. Note: As of 2014 the minimum SEER rating imposed by the government is a 14 SEER. You should weigh the costs of a higher SEER unit with future energy savings. The potential life of the unit should also be considered to determine your SEER rating decision.
BRAND: One thing to really consider when choosing an equipment brand is the local presence of that brand. For example, if you bought a car locally but have to drive 50 miles to have it serviced, that would be similar to choosing an HVAC brand that does not have a good local presence and you may find yourself waiting on parts in the heat of the summer. One way to determine this isn’t necessarily how long the dealer has been in business but how long the distributor for that brand has been in your area.
FEATURES: Features vary widely. Examples of HVAC unit features include variable fan speed motors, touch screen programmable thermostats, duel fuel systems and indoor air quality. These are just a few of the bells and whistles of HVAC units. They aren’t all necessary but can provide more comfort and ease of use that may be ideal for the homeowner. They also increase the cost.
QUALITY INSTALLERS: The most important cost factor, in our opinion, is the quality of the company that is installing, warrantying and maintaining your purchase. They should be state licensed, have workers compensation and general liability. They should have highly trained and professional technicians and installers and should provide a clearly stated guarantee of your purchase.
As you can tell from the above list of options (and these are just a few) it is impossible to give a correct price to install your heating and air conditioning equipment without a complete evaluation of your home and needs. However, just for a basic range of what you might expect under normal and standard circumstances for a residential home with one unit between 2-5 tons, you can expect an average price range of around $4000-$8000. This is the average price range of what you will hear in Charleston, South Carolina and the final price is determined by your needs and desires.
Please know that Carney & Son 72 Degrees has been in business for over 30 years. We are state licensed, have workers compensation and general liability. We are proud Heil dealers and our distributor is local and has been in business for over 40 years. All of our work is backed by a 100% guarantee. Our technicians carry the Technician Seal of Safety, which means they are all drug tested, background checked and professionally trained. We offer free estimates for installations and it would be our pleasure to answer any questions you may have about hvac installations at (843) 352-8140 .
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