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Understanding the cost of air conditioning installation in Philadelphia

cost of air conditioning installation

In a world where extreme temperatures and unseasonal climate changes are becoming a norm, air conditioning is more of a need than a luxury. More so, in places like Philadelphia where summers are known to be extremely hot. If you’re thinking of upgrading your existing air conditioning and are wondering how much an installation is likely to cost, here’s a post that will help you. 

Read through to understand the factors that influence the cost of an air conditioning installation and the likely cost range, in Philadelphia.

Factors affecting your air conditioning installation cost

1. Type of air conditioning unit

The cost of installation you encounter will be greatly influenced by the type of air conditioner unit you select. Split-system air conditioners, ductless mini-split systems, window units, and central air conditioning are typical choices. Central air conditioners often require more extensive installation efforts which will reflect in the higher cost. Window units are usually the least expensive alternatives when it comes to upfront installation costs.

While it’s important to check the initial installation costs of air conditioning systems, also consider long-term advantages like reduced maintenance and energy bills while making your choice. 

2. Capacity of the system 

The capacity of your air conditioning system is another factor that determines the installation cost. This in turn depends on the size of the space that you need cooled. A larger space needs a more powerful unit, but a smaller space might get by with a smaller unit. Larger units often require more complex installation procedures, additional materials, and more labor, leading to higher installation costs. Conversely, smaller units are generally easier and cheaper to install. 

Hiring an HVAC specialist to conduct a comprehensive evaluation of your home’s size, layout, insulation, and other elements will enable you to understand the ideal unit size. 

3. Presence of ductwork 

Does your home have the necessary ductwork for the smooth functioning of an air conditioning system? Installing central air conditioning system may be easier and less expensive if your house already has ducting installed. However, if your home lacks ductwork, you’ll need to add this expense to the cost of your overall installation. 

Ductless mini-split systems are a good option for homes that do not wish to install ductwork or are restricted by structural issues in doing so. Please note, however, that your initial installation cost with a ductless mini-split may be higher than that of a conventional central air conditioning system.

4. Energy efficiency rating

The energy efficiency of the system you choose plays a crucial role in determining your air conditioning installation cost. Models with high Energy Efficiency Ratio (EER) or Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio (SEER) ratings will usually carry a higher price tag than conventional cooling variants. However, investing in these energy-efficient units will give you the comfort of substantial savings on your power bills over time. Moreover, opting for energy-efficient models also helps mitigate environmental impact, making it a financially and environmentally responsible decision.

Cost breakdown of an air conditioning installation

1. Upfront costs

The purchase price of the unit, installation labor expenses, and any required supplies or equipment are usually included in the upfront costs of installing air conditioning. For instance, depending on unit size, efficiency rating, and installation difficulty, installing a central air conditioning system in a 2,000 square foot home in Philadelphia may cost anywhere from $3,000 to $7,000 or more.

2. Additional expenses

Permits, electrical improvements, ducting construction or changes, thermostat installation, and any necessary repairs or adjustments will be additional expenditures in addition to the basic installation price. To prevent unforeseen charges during the air conditioning installation, you must budget for these additional fees.

Boyle Energy: Your trusted HVAC Partner in Philadelphia & Delaware County

Selecting a trustworthy HVAC contractor for air conditioning installation is essential to guaranteeing high-quality work and dependable operation. Boyle Energy is a well-known HVAC company in Delaware County and Philadelphia, with an emphasis on flawless installation, efficient maintenance, and comprehensive repairs of air conditioning systems. Our group of licensed professionals are experienced in installing and maintaining different kinds of air conditioning systems and are dedicated to providing outstanding service on every job.

Call us at (610) 347-5197 to arrange a meeting with one of our skilled HVAC specialists. Allow us to assist you in escaping the heat and taking advantage of continuous cooling over the summer.

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