Heat Pump Prices – Tips on How to get the Most for Your Money on a New Air Conditioner Here in New Port Richey
So you’ve finally decided to make the leap from an old, inefficient system to a central air conditioner or heat pump system. But, heat pump prices can vary widely, and quotes for central air can be hard to understand. There are a lot of factors that go into determining the cost. Let’s go over those in brief, and help you figure out how much money you’re likely to spend on a central air conditioner.
First: the average. Most residential homeowners spend somewhere between $4,000 and $7,000. Some can spend a bit less if they’ve already got some of the ductwork in place, and some can spend more, up to about $12,000. Those variations have a lot to do with home size, what features you choose, and the SEER rating.
A SEER rating represents the energy efficiency of your system. The higher the number rating assigned to your system, the more efficient it will be in terms of annual cost to run. It stands for Seasonal Energy Efficiency Rating. You can find the SEER rating on the “Energy Guide” sticker most systems have, if you’re shopping in store. Federal minimum SEER rating is 14, and systems go up into the 20s.
A basic system here in New Port Richey with a SEER rating of 14 starts in the $4-5K range - if your home isn’t huge. The first step is to get an estimate on a central air or heat pump price from a reputable dealer or contractor. They’ll assess the following factors to determine your price:
Square footage: A number you see often on HVAC appliances is BTU (British Thermal Units) which represents how much heat the appliance can displace in order to cool a home. An average home – between 1600 and 2000 square feet – might warrant a three or four ton unit, or 36,000-48,000 BTU.
Existing HVAC and ductwork.
Older homes may have an older and inefficient duct system in place, and sometimes duct repairs or replacement may be in order to make the home “AC ready”. That can add a substantial amount to your heat pump cost. Most newer homes have ducts in place and the central air or heat pump can be tied into that ductwork labor.
It is unrealistic to do this kind of work yourself. You’ll have laborers on site during the install, and their wages are hard earned, running wiring, circuit breakers, seating and stabilizing the heavy system within the home, and potentially adding ductwork to a home, which can mean minor construction.
Popular features and add-ons: You’ll pay a bit more of a premium if your system includes the following recommended features, most of which are designed to save you money in the long term through energy efficiency:
* A higher SEER rating
* Upgrades to your insulation
* Advanced thermostats
* High-efficiency air filters
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