Air Temp specializes in complete HVAC installation for homeowners in Morris, New Jersey and the surrounding area. We are committed to providing you with advanced AC systems, heating systems, and indoor air quality solutions. We also offer Mitsubishi Electric Ductless AC systems. If you are looking for an affordable, energy-efficient HVAC unit, then contact us today. Below, we go over installation and equipment costs and how much you can expect to invest in a new system.
The cost of installing a central air conditioning system in New Jersey varies according to a few factors. The cost can range anywhere between $2,100 to $12,000 with most homeowners spending between $4,600 to $9,000. The average cost is $6,800. The cost of the system will all depend on the need of the family. There are several determining factors, but we are going to look at four of these factors: unit size, SEER, labor, and brand.
1. Size of Air Conditioning Unit
For your unit to last at least ten years, make sure you choose the correct size. Tons is the measurement of the AC system. The size refers to the air conditioners ability to remove the heat from your home. The larger the size, the more heat it will be able to remove. The average size is three to six tons and is sized 36K TO 73K BTU. Now, bigger does not mean better. You must choose the size that best meets your needs.
If your air condition unit is too small, it will run all the time and still won’t keep you comfortable during the hot times. The air conditioning running all of the time will cause the air condition to quit working way too soon. If the air conditioning is too big, it will cycle on and off too often which will also cause it to quit working too soon. A professional will determine what size you need. They will determine this by looking at your square footage, the layout of your home, and the local climate. If you come across a contractor who doesn’t use all three to determine the size, then you should keep looking.
2. Central AC SEER
SEER stands for Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio. SEER is your efficiency rating. It will tell you how much you will save on your utility bills. The ratio range is 13 to 26+. The higher the number, the more efficient it is. The minimum federal rating is ten, but most contractors will not install anything lower than a 13. The contractor should work with you to make sure that you get the best rating for your budget. The higher the SEER, the more the unit will cost upfront. However, you will save money yearly on your cooling cost. There are many calculators on the web to help you figure out your yearly savings.
3. Labor Cost of AC Installation
A big cost of your AC installation will be the labor cost. You will have the contractor who will do the installation, but there may be a need for a sub-contractor electrician if your contractor is not a licensed electrician. If you know the contractor who is going to do the job, that makes your job easier. If you do not know the contractor, here are some things that you will want to do to ensure that you are getting quality work.
You will want to look on Yelp or the BBB for reviews on this contractor.
You want to make sure they have a professional building. Having a professional building will ensure that you can find the contractor if something goes wrong later. Simply look up the address on Google Maps.
Years in Business.
You want to make sure that the contractor has been in business at least ten years. A long business history will let you know that if something were to happen, they would still be in business to take care of your warranty. All you need to do is look on their website to determine how long they have been in business.
4. Brand of Air Conditioning
The brand of your air conditioning system can add to the total cost of installation. There are several brands, but some of the popular brands are Trane, Carrier, or Lennox. Popular brands like these can cost more. However, they usually come with better warranties and features. A contractor will be able to guide you on what brand to choose.