Depending on the quality as well as how well it was cared for and maintained, a central air conditioner can last between 10 and 20 years. It is in your better interest to have the help of the professionals to guide you through the process and ensure quality installation when you plan on replacing your air conditioning unit. When it comes to replacing your air conditioning unit there are many variables that need to be considered but budget is usually the main point. You can afford more time in the planning process if you take the time to learn the recognize the signs of a failing unit. In any case, whether you need a new unit now, or are planning to replace it next season, we at Hal Mechanical Air Conditioning and Heating would like to share some factors that lead to varying prices.
Type of Cooling System
A ducted central air conditioning system is especially common and with so many cooling systems available, the prices will range. For those in warmer climates, like the Vegas Valley, heat pumps are an attractive option because they cool effectively at a fraction of the operating cost of central air. Though the savings over the years give consumers a return and then some, these systems do initially come with a higher installation and purchasing cost. Another initially more expensive option is a ductless mini-split system, depending on how many units are required. As the systems cool individual rooms, this solution is optimal for home additions and multi-unit buildings. With the mini-split system, small spaces have this as a most economical option.
What Size Central Air Conditioner Do I Need?
Another reason why professional HVAC contractors are valuable from the start is that the air conditioner unit must be sized to your home. Never good are units too small or too big for the space. The air can be clammy and damp if the home is cooled faster with the oversized unit and cannot dehumidify it, as well as leading to mold growth. While never cooling the air and leaving you with high energy bills and discomfort, units too small will run continuously in an effort to keep up with the demand.
Over time, an air conditioner unit loses its efficiency with age and with continuous advances, replacing your air conditioner will likely result in improved energy efficiency. Playing a role in the overall price, the SEER rating, or the seasonal energy efficiency ratio, is assigned to every unit to allow consumers to see the efficiency at a glance. The higher the SEER rating of the unit, the better the efficiency is, resulting in a higher price tag.
HVAC Ductwork Design
Another added price is if the duct system needed to be installed, replaced, or repaired.
Indoor Air Quality Systems
To offer more than cooling and heating, the HVAC system can do more for homeowners. By removing the finer contaminates and allergens that trigger allergies, asthma, and other respiratory conditions, indoor air quality systems can improve the indoor air in the home. Working in conjunction with the heating and cooling system, for dry or wet climates, the whole-home humidifiers and dehumidifiers help make the home more comfortable but do add more the overall cost.