As the temperatures rise and summer approaches, many homeowners are prepping their air conditioners for the months ahead, by scheduling routine maintenance. What if your air conditioner seems like it’s not ready for another cooling season, though? Could it be time for a new AC?
If the answer is yes, then your next question is very likely going to be, “how much does a Nichols Hills, OK air conditioner installation cost?” This is a logical question, and we wish we had a quick answer for you. But the truth is, it depends.
Costs Associated with AC Installation: Determining Factors
There are a number of factors that go into the cost of your new air conditioner. For instance, installing a ductless system could be more involved—and thus more costly—than a centralized air conditioner. But, if you don’t already have ductwork installed throughout your home then the central AC installation could actually be the more expensive one.
The professionals on our staff are happy to help you make an educated decision about what type of cooling system best matches your specific home and needs. Even after this is considered, however, there are still a number of other pricing factors to keep in mind.
- System Efficiency: This is one of the biggest factors to consider when having a new AC system installed. Each AC system comes with a SEER rating—that is, a Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio. This tells you the level of efficiency of your system. The lowest SEER rating on the market today is 14, with the highest being 20. Naturally, the higher rated your cooling system is, the better it’s going to run. But, you’ll want to ensure that the system is well suited for your budget and your home, no matter what its efficiency rating is.
- Air Ducts: A major requirement of having a central air conditioner installed is that your home must be equipped with ductwork. If you don’t already have air ducts snaking their way through your attic or crawlspace, then this is a factor that will go into cost. If you do already have ductwork in place, you’ll want to make sure that it is in good condition—free of any damage or leaks. If conditioned air is escaping through breaches in your air ducts, then your central cooling system can’t possible perform efficiently, and that air duct damage will need to be repaired prior to system installation, which also impacts how expensive or affordable the installation process is.
- Size: How large is your home? It’s important that our professional HVAC technicians help you choose a system that is adequately sized for your home. It probably comes as no surprise to you that a system which is too small won’t be able to effectively cool your home. But did you know that too large of a system can create problems too? Don’t let an inexperienced HVAC installer convince you to go as big as your budget allows—this will leave you with more problems than it will benefits.
- Rebate Programs: Most major communities offer rebate programs for installing high-efficiency systems in your home, as the reduced energy usage helps the environment. Here is rebate information for the state of Oklahoma—be sure to contact your utility company for more information.
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