Does your HVAC system just not work like it used to? If it’s on the older side, you may need a new unit to take
advantage of modern efficiency and technological upgrades. Not sure if you can afford a new unit in your Fredericksburg, Virginia, home? Here’s a comprehensive breakdown of what factors might influence the cost of a new HVAC system in your home.
Size of the Unit
While you may be tempted to splurge and buy the biggest unit available, this isn’t always the best method. Instead, you should try to find a unit that’s meant to heat and cool the size of your home. A unit that’s too big is obviously going to be more expensive, while a unit that is too small won’t be able to heat or cool the entire area accurately.
HVAC units are typically measured in tons, which is the amount of air they can remove from the home during an hour. For a standard-sized home of 1,600 square feet, a 2.5-ton unit works best. Homes smaller than this require less tonnage, while homes bigger than this require more.
SEER stands for seasonal energy efficiency ratio, and it’s a way to test how energy efficient your new unit will be. The higher the number, the better the efficiency and the lower your monthly utility bill will be. Today, all HVAC units are at least 13 SEER, but top-performing units can reach up to 27 SEER.
Tax Credits and Rebates
While the federal government doesn’t currently offer tax credits for energy-efficient systems, some states do. Always research local rebates in your area before choosing your system, as there’s a good chance you could save a few dollars.
Considering a new HVAC system in the Fredericksburg area? Custom/Design Heating & Air Conditioning offers a free estimate on a new HVAC system replacement, so you can get a better idea of the costs without feeling pressured. Call us at (540) 602-4119 to learn more and to schedule your consultation before the chill of winter sets in.
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