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How Much Does an Air Conditioner Cost?

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ac_1This is a question we get a lot, but as much as we’d like to come right out and give you one solid, go-to, one-size-fits-all answer, the fact is that when you’re getting a central AC system put in place, there’s a lot of different factors you have to consider. Our job at Air Professionals is to provide you, personally, with the best information possible, so you can make the right choices for your home. And that’s what we want to do for you here.

Your house needs a checkup

One of the concerns that some customers have when we go to do an evaluation of their homes is that we’re just going to try and sell the biggest, most expensive AC unit possible.

While we understand that concern, our experienced technicians always do things by the book, which in this case means the Air Conditioning Contractors of America Manual J.

Long title aside, this calculation is what we use to do what’s called a “Heat Gain” assessment of your home. Without getting too technical, what we do is determine the amount of heat that is lost and gained in the different areas of your house. These factors are determined by things like insulation, where and how strong the sun hits your home, and much more.

Once the “Heat Gain” assessment is completed, then (and only then) can our techs give your home the proper diagnosis for an AC unit. Think of it like this, if you went to the doctor and told him you were feeling under the weather, would you trust him more if he just gave you some medicine right away, or would you be more likely to value his professional opinion on treatment after he actually thoroughly examined you? A “Heat Gain” assessment is basically a check-up for your house, and lets us know what size “medicine” your house needs in order for it to stay comfortable all year round.

The first unit was too small. The second was too big. The third was just right.

One of the reasons we will never try and over-sell our customers on central AC units is that we know that the proper-sized central air system is just that: properly sized.

The temptation for some people is to try and get a smaller AC unit than what is recommended, mainly due to cost factors. While this seems like a smart, up-front decision for some, it actually can cost you dearly in the long term. The reason for this is that smaller AC units have to constantly work harder than their big brothers to keep warm areas cool, so they are constantly running longer to do so. This adds up month after month to more expensive energy bills — something all of us would love to cut down on as much as possible.

On the flipside, though, there are negatives to having too large a unit, too. If you were to just place the biggest unit possible in your home it would actually negatively affect the air quality and dampness of the air. The reason for this is that too-large a unit will cool the air off too quickly without first drying it out, and that will lead to a humid, clammy environment for you and your family.

It is in both of our best interests to fit your home with the right central AC unit, and that’s why we ALWAYS recommend the size that’s best for your own, personal home. If some other AC company comes out for an estimate and just suggests a specific size based on the square footage of your home, RUN! No house is the same, and Air Professionals’ techs go to great, worthwhile lengths to make sure that their expert knowledge is put to use for you and your home.

Clear about SEER

There’s a lot of technical aspects to choosing the right central AC unit for your home, and there’s going to be a lot of numbers out there when you do your research. One of the most important numbers, though, is your new unit’s SEER rating. SEER, which stands for “seasonal energy-efficiency rating,” is basically the number of BTUs your AC unit can remove from your home for every watt of energy it uses.

If that leaves you a bit confused, don’t be. With the SEER rating the answer is usually pretty simple: the higher the SEER rating, the lower your energy bill will be. New units will have a SEER rating of at least 13 due to Federal guidelines, so be sure to ask your Air Professionals tech what the number is on the unit he recommends (though, they should already provide you this information up front).

Down to the details

We know there is a lot of information to consider here. We have been doing business with New Jersey for almost 20 years now, and we still are constantly learning and expanding our knowledge of HVAC industry tips and tricks. That being said, though, we train and test our techs to be the best there is in the Garden State, and we have full confidence that when we recommend a unit for your home that we’re giving you not the most expensive system we can sell, but the BEST system for your specific home.

The costs involved in putting in a new central AC unit can vary on a lot of things. Some houses need to have air ducts installed, while others have existing ducts already in place. You can also choose to have AC units put in that features two-stage or variable fans, which can further increase the SEER rating and cost savings to you down the road.

We don’t hide our prices from our customers, and we are always open and upfront about what we offer and why things cost the way they do. The reason we cannot just give a specific price here isn’t because we don’t want you to know — it’s because we care enough about you and your family’s comfort to only offer the BEST unit and system for your own home. Your home isn’t your neighbors’ and it isn’t the guy you work with. Your home is yours alone, and we care about that home just as much as we do our own.

Let Air Professionals come to your houses aid this year before the New Jersey summer gets too warm, and let us show you why people keep coming back to us for service and sales year after year.

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