When considering a home improvement project such as a brand new A/C installation, you want to know what kind of expense you’re looking at. To help you get a ballpark idea, check out these four factors that can impact the overall price of an HVAC installation.
Types of HVAC Systems
Over time, the HVAC industry has developed new types of heating and cooling systems. This led to a diversity and complexity in the installation process. Here are some of the most common types of HVAC systems in St. Louis, MO, homes today:
- Packaged HVAC units – designed to save more space and highly efficient.
- Variable Refrigerant Flow (VRF) systems – flexible and quiet. Also, it offers superior zoned comfort
- Heat Pumps – common in regions with very mild winters.
- Ductless Mini-splits – perfect for remodels or additions to current HVAC systems. Easy to install and requires little space.
Air Ducts, Vents, & Returns
Adding or replacing air ducts, vents, and returns are considerably another costs to your A/C installation. The ductwork design, materials needed, and the size of your space—these factors also determine the cost of installing air ducts. After the ductwork is installed, supply and return vents should be placed to circulate the air throughout your home. Take note: more rooms to cool or heat, more vents, and returns are needed.
Size and Cooling Capacity
The size of an A/C system refers to its cooling capacity. An oversized unit will cool your space too quickly, resulting in frequent short cycles and low humidity level. On the other hand, an undersized unit will run non-stop to cool and maintain your desired home’s temperature. Unfortunately, your space will never cool properly, and your energy costs will increase! To avoid this problem, call an HVAC pro to initiate load calculations and ensure that your unit is properly sized.
Seasonal Energy Efficiency Rating (SEER)
An energy-efficient HVAC system is incredibly essential these days. SEER measures the efficiency of an air conditioning unit. The higher the SEER, the greater energy savings you will get. A/C units with 14 or more SEER will help you slash your monthly bills and keep your comfort system in tip-top shape.
Skip the guesswork and contact us at Environmental Heating and Cooling for a free quote today! Let us help you satisfy your comfort requirements every time.