Are you ready to replace your central heat and air unit, but aren’t sure how much you’ll need to save or finance? Here’s a quick guide to help you prepare your budget for a residential HVAC installation.

What will the air conditioning unit cost?

Local climate and home size will affect the price of replacing your house HVAC system along with other factors such as add-ons. Larger homes and hotter climates drive up the cost. For example, a 3,000 square foot home in Arkansas will require a larger and more expensive A/C unit than a 1,200 square foot home in Minnesota.

The Size Factor

BTUs (British Thermal Units) determine the size of HVAC units. This measurement determines how much energy your system needs to raise one pound of water, one degree Fahrenheit. Air conditioners with higher BTUs can cool larger spaces.

Energy Efficiency Factor

Purchasing a system with a high SEER rating will cost more than a lower SEER rating. However, the higher the SEER rating, the better the efficiency which translates into lower utility bills over time. Here’s an idea of the cost differences. Keep in mind, these are general, and many other elements factor into the overall cost.

Air conditioner SEER Rating                     Cost

14 SEER unit                                                $4,000 – $6,000

16 SEER unit                                                $6,000 – $8,000

18 SEER unit                                                $8,000 – $12,000

Check with a local A/C installation company before you decide what’s best for your home. An experienced technician can help you choose the best option that fits your budget and your comfort needs.

How much does residential HVAC installation labor cost?

Already ducted homes will cost less for heating and cooling installation. However, even ducted homes may need duct replacement of repair. Make sure to have them inspected by your technician so you can budget that in if it’s necessary. If you need ducting added or replaced, expect to pay more for labor costs.

If you’re installing a split system, the condition of your electrical system and furnace may affect the cost.

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How long will installation take?

The installation will vary depending on what your home needs. The more complicated the install job, the more time-consuming. If you’re swapping out an old unit (with no ductwork), you can expect it to take about a day. However, if you need ductwork replacement, you’re looking at three to five days.

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