Cost Of Ac Units

 An air conditioner is no longer a commodity of luxury. In the hotter or colder months it becomes an absolute necessity in various regions of the United States. With advancement in technology modern ACs are more powerful and offer impeccable output compared to older models. But each model with its efficiency and features comes with a commensurate cost. There are some factors that will decide the cost of your Ac unit-

 The first is size

The size of a unit should be absolutely proportionate to the dimensions of your rooms or house. A too small unit will not be able to cool a bigger space that it is designed to. Again an over sized unit will remove too much humidity making your rooms dry and damp. It will cycle off frequently which will increase your power bills and wear out the parts before long. ACs are generally measured in tons. A one-ton unit, for example, can remove 12,000 British thermal units (BTUs), while a three-ton system will remove 36,000. The greater the area of your house, the more cooling you'll need.

 Installation and cost of the AC

Many people feel that they will buy a unit from a wholesaler and install it themselves. This will save them installation cost. But remember installing an AC, especially a central one required a substantial level of skill. Moreover you should be certified by Environmental Protection Agency to handle the refrigerant.

If you are going to have a central AC first time in your house then you will need to install lots of breakers in your electrical panel. A new level of wiring needs to be done. Duct work needs to be laid which will incur a huge expenditure. But ducts cannot be laid by. Making and balancing duct according to size and design of the house is totally a technical task. So contact a reputable AC pro for a free quote on your system. For a basic two-ton model, cost could go up to$3,000. A mid range unit can cost $5,000. At top-of-the-line AC systems can creep up over $10,000.



 Tax credits and R-22 for new A/C units


The feral government was offering tax rebates for installing ACs before 2013. These rebates have been stopped for units that are Energy Star-rated. You can log into the Energy Star website to see current tax credit information.

 State governments may offer rebates if you install a particularly high-efficiency system, but they are often limited in duration. Moreover manufactures have almost stopped the production of ACs that run on R-22 refrigerant. This is because it can destroy the ozone layer of the atmosphere if they leak into the surrounding. But companies can still manufacture replacement parts that run on R-22. However, the prices of R-22 have gone very high. It is wise to replace a unit running on R—22 with modern one which does not need it. It will cost you some money but save you on costly refills. Your units will not run the risk of becoming obsolete in the next few years.

AC units with high SEER rate and noiseless operation will cost more.

 A quick look:

• A HVAC unit for a 1,000 square foot home will cost between $6,000 and $12,000. This includes making the duct work and installing the unit as well.

• Central air-conditioning for a 2000 square foot home will cost between $3,000 and $5,000.

• Central heating furnace costs between $2,500 and $7,500.

• The duct work usually costs between $1,000 and $3,000.

 Disclaimer: Although the rates quoted in the page are typical average rates that can be seen across USA, they can vary in certain areas depending upon city and the variables associated with each individual project.

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