How Much Will My New Spring Hill Air Conditioner or Heat Pump Cost?
What do you need to know before purchasing a central air conditioner or heat pump system? Plenty. The average upfront A/C or heat pump cost can be considerable, but it varies widely – starting somewhere around $4000 for a basic system, and going up to an outside average of $12,000-13,000 for advanced systems or systems to serve very large homes.
Of course, those same advanced systems (and really, these systems in general) exist specifically to save you money in the long run, as they are far more efficient to run than an older system and lower annual energy bills can help offset the upfront costs of installation.
So when the hot Spring Hill Fl weather comes and you’re thinking that it’s time, prepare for the initial costs by learning a bit more about what you’d be getting yourself into. Based on current central air and heat pump prices, most homeowners will spend $4000-$7000, and knowing more about how the cost is calculated will help you know where on that scale you might be.
First, the most crucial factor is sizing. Buying the biggest system is not at all the right way to go. A too-large system won’t run efficiently, as it will cool the home too quickly, without properly dehumidifying the air. Too small, and it will run constantly, sticking you with needlessly high energy bills, and a system that may burn itself out faster than it should.
There’s a delicate balance to be struck, and it’s based on a number of factors. Air conditioning is measured by the ton, and getting the tonnage right is critical to efficiency. A heat-load calculation should be conducted by a certified HVAC technician; taking into account square footage, climate, orientation to the sun, and number and efficiency of windows. Heat pump prices are calculated the same way, and take into account the heating abilities of the appliance as well as the cooling.
Another important thing to consider when looking at heat pump prices is efficiency, which you can tell by the shorthand SEER rating. SEER stands for Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio. The ratio is amount of cooling produced (BTUs) divided by the wattage used. A basic system – the kind you could reasonably get for $4000 or so – might have a SEER rating of 14.
But you shouldn’t automatically buy the least expensive system, as a more expensive system with a SEER rating of 22 will also have substantially lower annual running costs. AC and heat pump costs upfront and ongoing should definitely be considered.
A last useful pro-tip: shop for central air in the winter! It’s like buying your winter coats in the summer when you’ll often see a 10-20% dip in prices as contractors look to stay busy in their off-seasons. So, if you are in need of some help in determining whether you need a new system...don't hesitate and give us a call today!