If you are in the market for a new heating and cooling system, you may be wondering – how much does HVAC installation cost? This is a question that we often get from customers who are shopping around for a new HVAC system. The answer depends on a number of different factors, including what type of system you purchase and who you hire to install your new equipment.
Though there is no one magical number that covers the cost of a new system and installation, there is some standard pricing that you will encounter when shopping for a new HVAC system. To help you get started, we have put together a list of the costs that you can expect when installing a new heater or air conditioner.
HVAC Installation Costs: Choosing a Brand
The most important factor that will impact your HVAC installation costs is which brand of system you choose. While it may be tempting to just pick the least expensive HVAC equipment option, this doesn’t always pay off in the end. The better the quality of the system you purchase, the more value you will get over time. Not to mention, higher quality systems typically last longer, meaning you won’t be in the market for another system any time soon.
How to Choose the Right HVAC Brand for Your Home
With so many different brands to choose from, it may be difficult for you to decide which company to buy your new heating or cooling system from. Here are some of the factors that you need to consider when choosing the right brand of HVAC system for your home:
- Quality – Buying an HVAC system is a serious investment. For this reason, you want to choose a high-quality system that will provide consistent and reliable performance for years to come. Make sure you are choosing a brand that has a reputation for quality products.
- Home Comfort – Every homeowner has unique home comfort needs. Whether efficiency is most important to you or you want to be able to make different areas of your home different temperatures, you’ll need to find a brand that has the products and systems that meet your personal home comfort needs.
- Performance – We rely on our HVAC systems to keep us comfortable year-round. You don’t want a system that you constantly have to adjust or repair to keep your space comfortable. Choose a brand that is known for reliable performance so that you don’t have to worry about staying comfortable when the temperatures start to change.
- Efficiency – The more efficient your HVAC system is, the less energy you will waste. This leads to lower overall energy costs over time. Choose a brand that provides the SEER rating you’re looking for. (We’ll dive a little deeper into efficiency and SEER ratings later on in the guide.)
- Budget – Though the budget isn’t the only thing that should be driving your HVAC purchasing decision, it is important. Find a brand that offers home comfort systems within your price range. When thinking about budget, remember to take into account how much value you will get out of the system over time – not just how much it costs initially.
High-Quality Carrier HVAC Systems
At Advent, we know how important home comfort is for Dallas-Fort Worth residents. We want our customers to have the best quality HVAC system on the market that they can enjoy for years to come. That’s why we recommend Carrier systems to our customers. Carrier provides a selection of the highest quality heating and cooling systems that work with any budget.
Here’s a quick look at the different series of HVAC systems and products that Carrier provides:
- Carrier Comfort Series – The Carrier Comfort Series is the most affordable line of HVAC products that Carrier offers. With noise levels between 72 and 76 decibels and efficiency ratings between 13 and 16, this line of products is a good option for homeowners who are on a budget but still want to benefit from the maximum quality and consistent performance.
- Carrier Performance Series – The Carrier Performance Series is a better option for homeowners who don’t want to compromise quality or performance. With noise levels between 72 and 74 decibels, SEER ratings between 13 and 17, and quality performance, this series of HVAC products is ideal for homeowners that want affordable home comfort.
- Carrier Infinity Series – If you want the best that the HVAC market has to offer, then you may be interested in the Carrier Infinity Series of HVAC products. Noise levels are between 65 and 66 and SEER ratings range from 16 to 21. Though this series of products requires more of an up-front investment, these HVAC systems will provide ultimate home comfort for 10 or more years with an emphasis on reliability and efficiency.
Not sure which system is right for your home? We’d be happy to help. Contact us today to speak with a home comfort experts that can help you choose the best Carrier system for your home comfort needs and budget.
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Factors That Impact HVAC Installation Costs
The brand of HVAC system you choose isn’t the only factor that impacts your HVAC installation costs. You’ll also need to consider the following:
1. HVAC Sizing
The size of the HVAC system that you need will impact how much it costs. Heating and cooling systems come in a variety of sizes. It’s vital that you make sure your new heater or AC is sized properly for your home. A system that’s too small will constantly be working overtime to keep your home comfortable, which uses a lot of energy and causes significant wear to the system itself. A system that’s too large will constantly turn on and off when trying to keep your home comfortable, which wastes energy and drives your electricity bills through the roof.
To give you a quick understanding of how HVAC systems are sized – air conditioners are measured in tons, which is not weight but rather a way to measure the air conditioning system’s ability to cool your home. One ton allows your AC to cool 12,000 BTUs in one hour. A BTU, or British Thermal Unit, is the amount of energy needed to heat or cool a pound of water by one degree Fahrenheit.
Luckily, you don’t have to figure out the sizing on your own. When you work with a reputable HVAC company, they will help you find the right sized unit for your home. What’s important for you to remember is that the larger your house is, the larger the unit you will need to keep your home comfortable year-round. In general, one ton is needed for each 400-600 sq. ft. of floor space.
2. SEER Rating
The SEER rating of your new heating or cooling system will also impact HVAC installation costs. SEER stands for Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio, and it’s used to measure an air conditioner’s efficiency. The higher the SEER value, the more you will pay for the unit initially. However, higher SEER values also mean lower running costs over time, helping you save more money throughout the year.
If energy efficient HVAC is important to you, then you will want to pay attention to SEER when looking for a new unit. Much like a vehicle’s average MPG, the SEER rating is the maximum efficiency rating when the unit is being used properly. Most HVAC systems today have SEER values that range from 13 to 21. The right SEER rating for you will depend on your budget and home comfort needs.
Carrier offers quality heating and cooling systems with SEER ratings up to 21. If you are willing to spend more up front for HVAC installation in an effort to save more money on energy costs over time, the Carrier Infinity® 21 Central Air Conditioner, which has a SEER rating of 21, is a great choice for the ultimate energy efficiency. If you want a quality system that’s more affordable, the Carrier Comfort™ 15 Central Air Conditioner with a 15 SEER rating might be a better fit.
3. Project Difficulty
The difficulty of the HVAC installation will also impact how much your HVAC installation costs will be. For instance, if you also need to replace your ductwork, the project difficulty is much more significant than a standard air conditioner replacement. That means that the cost of your installation will be significantly more than if you’re just getting a new air conditioner installed.
Another factor that impacts project difficulty is the age of your home. If you live in a historic home that you want to update with a new system, you’ll notice that the price of the installation goes up. That’s because getting the new system to work with your existing home features is a much more time and labor intensive project than installing a new system in a modern home.
Not sure how difficult your project is or what costs may be involved? That’s where an experienced HVAC contractor comes in. You will want to consult with a respected Dallas Fort Worth HVAC company to understand the project requirements and costs. After taking a look at your home and getting to know more about your home comfort needs, they will be able to give you an accurate quote on the project costs.
4. HVAC Company
HVAC installation costs will also depend on which HVAC company you are working with. Though it may be tempting to choose a company that offers the lowest price quote, this can have disastrous consequences. Working with an HVAC contractor that isn’t experienced or reputable means that you may not get the best installation available.
Proper installation is important because if your HVAC system is not properly sized or installed, then you will not benefit from maximum performance. Improper installation may lead to an increased need for maintenance and repairs as well as higher energy bills. All of this adds up to higher costs than if you had just hired a reputable HVAC contractor the first time around.
At Advent, we’ve seen customers struggle with systems that were improperly installed and have witnessed the additional costs that this can lead to. If you want the best pricing and installation quality possible, work with a reputable HVAC company that has years of experience installing new heating and cooling systems in the Dallas Fort Worth area.
Contact Advent today for expert new HVAC system installation: (469) 240-5456.
How to Choose the Right HVAC Contractor
Once you have done your research and know which HVAC system you would like to purchase, you’ll then need to consider which HVAC contractor you will hire to do the installation. As we have mentioned previously, the quality of the installation can impact your HVAC system and its performance for years to come. If your HVAC system isn’t properly sized or installed, you may run into issues later that can be quite costly.
Here are some things to look for when choosing an HVAC company for your heating and cooling system installation:
The first thing you’ll want to look at when choosing an HVAC company for your new system installation is the company’s reputation. Are they well known for providing quality service or do they have a lot of customer complaints? Do they have an online presence and communicate with customers or do they seem to be hard to get ahold of? The reputation that the HVAC company has built online and within the community can tell you a lot about what it’s like to work with them.
One way to get a better understanding of the HVAC company’s reputation is to look at any awards or certifications they hold. For example, Advent Air Conditioning is a Factory Authorized Dealer of Carrier products and systems. That means that they are trusted by the world’s leading HVAC company to provide a quality installation. We’ve also won awards like the Carrier Presidents Award and Better Business Bureau Torch Award for Ethics, which are a testament to our emphasis on quality, honesty, and integrity.
Another indicator of an HVAC company’s quality is their experience in the industry. Just because an HVAC company has been around for a long time doesn’t necessarily mean they are the best at what they do. Take a look at how many years they have provided quality service and what type of certifications their HVAC technicians have. Also, consider whether or not they stay up-to-date with the latest in HVAC technology and techniques.
At Advent Air Conditioning, we lead the way for HVAC experience and long-standing quality customer service. We don’t just hire anyone to join our team. We look for the most honest and hardworking individuals in the business. Our technicians are NATE-certified and committed to our core values. We also ensure that everyone on our team stays current with HVAC trends and technologies through continuing education.
The values that the HVAC company operates on can tell you a lot about how reputable they are. If the company value things like quality products and customer service, this is a good indicator that they provide quality work. If the company does not emphasize any particular values or have a discernible mission statement, this might suggest that they do not highlight or value these qualities in their business.
Everything we do at Advent Air revolves around our 3 founding principles – Quality, Honesty, and Integrity. That means that we provide valuable and honest services to our neighbors and friends in the Dallas Fort Worth area. These are the core values that the company started with in 1981, and they continue to drive our entire team today.
Another great way to get to know an HVAC company is through their customer reviews. Though there may always be one or two dissatisfied customers, you can typically tell whether or not an HVAC company provides quality service to all of their customers by looking at the feedback these customers leave on online review sites like Google and Yelp.
Advent Air proudly displays our customer feedback and reviews on our website. We want new customers to know what it’s like to work with our team. And what better way to showcase this then to share some of the reviews on Google, Facebook, Yelp, and other review sites. Want to see what others have to say about Advent? Check out our customer reviews.
Quality HVAC Installation in Dallas Fort Worth
If you are living in the Dallas-Fort Worth area and looking for a quality HVAC installation, Advent Air Conditioning would love to be your new HVAC company. From brand new system installs to routine maintenance and serious repairs, our team does it all. We will work with you to make sure that your new HVAC system is installed properly and effectively cared for throughout its lifetime.
Ready to get started? Call us today to find the right HVAC system for your home and schedule a quality installation: (469) 240-5456