The most common approach individuals take when looking to install a new air conditioning system is basing their decision on cost. Unfortunately, having a rigid budget in mind may make it harder for you to narrow down your options, as numerous factors go into the pricing of air conditioning installation. Instead, it is best to know what type of system you would like, and then start contemplating how much money would be needed. If you have been contemplating ducted air conditioning prices, below are some of the factors that go into determining the overall cost of installation:
Load capacity required for your home
When purchasing a new ducted air conditioning system for your residence, do not expect to simply walk into a store and buy the first unit that catches your eye. If this is the first time you are installing air conditioning, it is vital to have a professional contractor carry out a load calculation of your premises. This load calculation takes into consideration various aspects of your home such as the number of doorways, the number of windows, the square footage of the property, energy efficient upgrades in the home and more. The professional will then make appropriate calculations that would help in discerning the capacity that would be best for your air conditioning system. The higher the load capacity of the unit, the higher the price tag on it.
Energy efficiency of the ducted air conditioning system
Another important factor that would contribute to the pricing of your ducted air conditioning system would be the energy efficiency of the system. Over the years, there has been a drastic increase in the demand for energy efficient units. Homeowners have started to realise that investing in these units will translate into a longer lifespan for their unit as well as decreased utility related costs in their home. Thus, although the most energy efficient units tend to be more expensive than their non-efficient counterparts are, they do prove to be a better option the long run. When determining the energy efficiency of the different models available, look for the Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio (SEER) that is indicated on each unit. The higher the SEER rating, the higher the efficiency and subsequently the higher the cost.
The ductwork (or lack thereof) in your home
As the name implies, a ducted system will need a network of ducts for it to operate. If your home already has the necessary ductwork in places, chances are the air conditioning installation would be cheaper for you. All the contractors would have to do is inspect for any signs of wear in the ducts and remedy them before installing the new system. Conversely, if there is not current ductwork, the installation would have to be done from scratch, and this would cost more.
Contact a company like Comfort Zone Airconditioning & Solar Power for more information and assistance.