4 Things To Know About HVAC System Costs

Wednesday, October 5th, 2016
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If you are thinking about purchasing your first air conditioning system, there are a few things you may want to consider along with the cost. These factors include understanding the basics of HVAC systems, factors that affect the average cost, and knowing the tax credits you could get from installing certain systems.

Understanding the basics of HVAC systems

You first need to determine the size of the AC unit you need to cool your house. AC units are measured in the tons of heat that they can remove from a home in one hour. For example, a one-ton unit removes about 12,000 BTUs from a house. The typical 1,600 square foot home will need an AC unit that is about two-and-a-half tons.

However, the size of your home is only one factor. You must also consider the structure of your home, the number of floors, and the presence of a basement. Ideally, you will want to speak to an HVAC contractor who can evaluate your home efficiently and professionally. You will also need the contractor to acquire and install the entire HVAC system.

Next, you should understand the components of an HVAC system. The system is composed of four main parts: the furnace, the air conditioner, the ductwork, and the thermostat. The furnace and air conditioner systems heat and cool the home. The ductwork transports the heated or cooled air throughout each room. The thermostat is the center of the entire system, allowing you to control the heating and cooling aspects from one access point.

Installing an HVAC system

It is possible to acquire an HVAC system on your own, but you must be certified by the EPA to handle refrigerant before you can perform an installation. It is far simpler to hire an experienced installation company to do the job for you. There are also numerous technical and safety aspects to know before an installation can be done properly.

The cost of an HVAC system depends on the options you choose. For example, if your home requires retrofitted ducts to accommodate the unit you choose, it could cost you more than purchasing a simple unit.

Another cost factor is SEER or Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio, which denotes the efficiency of the unit. The higher the SEER number, the more efficient the system and the higher the cost. Some AC units perform at 27 SEER and no units in the US are sold below SEER 13.

Also consider that many units are known to be loud and disruptive. Some cities have even passed ordinances limiting the decibel output. Typically, an 80 decibel unit will be painfully loud, while a 70 decibel unit should fade into the background in most circumstances.

Factors that affect the cost of an HVAC system

It can be difficult to estimate the cost of an HVAC system. There are a dozen different varieties each with their own options and expenses. Moreover, the size and build of your home heavily influence the cost of your HVAC system. The best way to estimate your costs is to speak with an experienced contractor who can walk you through the various issues that could arise. Speaking with a professional can help you understand where each cost is coming from, including parts and installation fees.

However, there are some rough estimates you can use to help you decide which system may be best for you. You can expect to spend between $6,000 and $12,000 to install an HVAC system in a 1,000 square foot home with no attendant support structures. Central air conditioning can cost between $3,000 and $5,000 and central heating between $2,500 and $7,500.

Tax credits for HVAC systems

Unfortunately, there are no federal credits for HVAC systems that are not part of a new installation. However, you should check your state’s tax authority for any local credits that may be applicable. Many state governments offer partial rebates for efficient new HVAC systems. You can also contact your local government to see if there are any credits available in your area. Many local municipalities want to reduce their city’s overall electricity usage and offer rebates or offsets if you update your HVAC system.

If you need help choosing or installing a new HVAC system, contact the professionals at Allen’s Tri-State Mechanical Inc. today. We offer heavy industrial, commercial, and residential HVAC services throughout the Texas Panhandle and Tri-State area, including Amarillo, Borger, Dumas, and Pampa. Feel free to give us a call at (806) 376-8345 or Contact Us via email for more information. You can also stop by our location at 404 S. Hayden St. in Amarillo, Texas for more information.