Installing a central air conditioning unit in your home can be a major investment. One 2017 report reveals that the average cost of this job is roughly just over $5,000. However, depending on where you live and the age of your home, this amount could be higher. Because this is such a large amount of money, careful planning and an understanding of how your new air conditioner will be installed is important. Before the work begins, there are a few important questions you should ask your HVAC installation expert to gain peace of mind and avoid problems in the future.
1. What Ductwork Needs to Be Installed?
If your home currently has ductwork for your heating unit, an HVAC installation company may be able to use it as part of your new air conditioning system as well. This might lower the total cost of installation. You may want to ask them what ductwork can be utilized, whether it needs to be cleaned, and what type of ducts need to be added. The installation company may want to check your existing ducts for leaks before they are used for the new AC unit and might ask you how old they are and when they were last serviced.
2. What New Technology Is Available?
Advances in HVAC technology have allowed for new system options, such as ductless AC and smart thermostats that regulate your home’s temperature and run your unit in a way that makes it extremely efficient. You can ask your installer what might be available for the system you are purchasing and how these different technologies will affect the cost of the unit. You may be surprised to learn that digital and smart thermostats can be quite affordable. If you enjoy using phone apps, ask your installer about thermostats that can be controlled remotely from your smartphone.
3. Will the Unit Lower My Utility Bills?
A new air conditioning unit with a thermostat that monitors the temperature inside your home may help you save money on your utility bills. Your HVAC installation expert can let you know the facts and figures about the specific model you are purchasing and how efficiently it has performed for others. Keep in mind that the amount of money you save may vary widely depending on how often you use your air conditioner and how you program the thermostat.
4. How Long Will the Process Take?
Before the job of installation begins, you might want to ask your air conditioner technician how long the entire process will take. The timetable will probably vary from home to home depending on what ductwork must be installed and if you own an older home that may make installing a new air conditioning unit a challenge. You should ask whether any cleanup services are offered once the job is completed and whether affected walls or floors will need any touch ups. You may want to consider this as part of your installation budget.
5. Will the Old Unit Be Removed?
Asking your installation company whether they will remove and dispose of any old ductwork or old air conditioning units is an important question because if they do not cover this service, you will have to make plans to have it thrown away or recycled properly. Many companies handle cleanup as a part of the installation, while others might require you to provide them with large bins to store any debris that might be created. Any details about the removal of the old unit should be put in writing before the job begins.
Having a new air conditioner installed in your home is a major investment that can provide you with years of comfort during long hot summers. Asking as many questions as possible before the job begins can give you peace of mind and prevent confusion and frustration down the road.