With 90 degree summer days upon us, you may be frustrated with fans all over your home that don’t do much but blow hot air into your space.
If you’re dreaming about staying cool and comfortable you may already be researching new AC system costs and considerations.
Your best bet is to give Aspen Creek Heating and Air a call. Our friendly experts can walk you through everything you need to know and set you up with an AC system that meets your needs and budget.
There’s no reason to suffer through another hot summer. Get the insight you need here then get in touch.
New AC System Costs
If you dream of having a central air conditioner and are wondering how much a new AC unit costs to install in your home, here are very ballpark ranges.
The biggest cost factor is whether or not you have existing ductwork. If your home already has forced air heating, we can typically tap into your ducts for an AC system.
For a 2,000 square foot home, you’re looking at $3500-$4000, and it usually takes two to three days to install.
For a home that needs to add ductwork, the cost and time to complete the job will likely double. Our skilled team will retrofit the ductwork behind walls, in closets, and in the attic to minimize turning your walls into Swiss cheese.
Of course, we’ll need to properly assess your home before we can give you an accurate quote. Even AC units come in very different price ranges, so costs will change based on what fits within your budget.
Selecting an AC Unit
This is the most important part of your decision. We begin with a calculation to determine the heat gain your home is subject to. This will reveal what size unit is needed to cool your home efficiently.
The type of unit is also influenced by several factors. Where you live, the amount of wall and attic insulation in your home, the placement and types of doors and windows and the orientation of your home to the sun, are all important to your choice of air conditioning unit.
AC Unit Sizing
Expressed in either tonnage or BTUs per hour, using the heat-gain calculation, our experts will recommend a size.
The proper size is extremely important because an oversized unit costs usage and It also doesn’t lower the humidity correctly. It cools the air too quickly shutting off the unit before it has a chance to circulate the right amount of air past the coils to extract the necessary moisture resulting in a room the is damp and clammy.
All AC condensers (the component that sits outside) make noise, even the quietest units. We will find a location that isn’t near your home office or bedroom window.
While some people go with the option, it’s not wise to completely enclose or put a condenser under a deck. Any airflow restriction will lower the unit’s efficiency.
The majority of central air conditioners are split systems with the condenser outside and the fan and coil system inside connected with pipes that run up the outside of the house.
AC pipes can often be disguised as part of the gutter and downspout system. If there’s a concern about the physical appearance, such as HOA rules, please feel free to talk to us about your needs.
Even if you have forced air heat, it may be necessary to make a modification to accommodate a larger volume of air produced by the AC unit. Older duct systems tend to be larger and work best when adding central air.
In addition, your furnace blower may also have to be upgraded to move the right amount of air to cool your home.
Ready to enjoy cooler, more comfortable summers? Give us a call to discuss new AC system costs and considerations for your specific home. We offer great prices and quality work.