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How long does HVAC installation take?

The length of time an HVAC installation might take varies according to a number of factors. First, the size of your home will affect the length of time needed for the installation project. The greater the number of heating and air conditioning units that need to be installed, the longer the job might take. If you’re simply having a furnace or AC unit changed out, it will take less time than a full system replacement. An HVAC changeout might take about eight hours of labor time for a qualified HVAC contractor.

If you’re having a full HVAC system installed, the job will take longer. This HVAC installation project involves replacing everything including the ductwork, and possibly rewiring thermostats. Depending on the extent of the ductwork replacement, a full HVAC system installation might take from three to five days. Because HVAC installation calls for specialized skills and tools, it makes sense to hire an HVAC expert for the job. A pro can offer an estimate for how long the HVAC installation will take when they provide a written cost estimate.

How do you know if you need a new HVAC system?

You’ll know when you need a new HVAC system when your existing furnace or AC unit begins showing signs of failure. These symptoms might arise more quickly if you haven’t followed a regular maintenance program for your HVAC system. Rising energy bills with no apparent reason might be an indication your HVAC system is starting to fail. An HVAC system that’s starting to fail will kick on more often, and you may hear loud noises. You might think it just needs maintenance, but if your system is 10 years old or older, it could need a replacement.

Replacing your existing furnace or AC unit with a new HVAC system can seem like a daunting investment at first. However, newer HVAC systems offer great technological features, such as programmable thermostats and smart home integration. Newer systems often help with energy costs because they are more efficient. Having a new HVAC system installed would come with a fresh warranty, and you might wind up with a system that lasts longer than your old system. If your HVAC system is showing signs of age, consider having it replaced by a qualified HVAC pro.

Does installing HVAC increase your home’s value?

When you’re getting ready to sell your home, it makes sense to do everything to make sure it sells for as much as possible. As part of putting your home on the market, an appraiser will tour your home to assess the value of various features of the house. Among the items on an appraiser’s list are the HVAC system, the roof, and the house’s foundation. The appraiser will look at the age of each part of the house, how well they’re maintained, and make a note of any repairs that are required. An HVAC system that is 10 years old or more will likely carry a lower value on the appraisal. Even if a homeowner has had the HVAC system maintained on a regular basis, the system will still be affected by years of wear and tear over time. Additionally, newer HVAC systems are more attractive to home buyers because they’re more energy efficient.

If you’re putting your home on the market, it may make sense to consider installing a new HVAC system or having your existing system replaced. An HVAC system that’s running its best increases a home’s comfort, offers potential buyers peace of mind, and it may increase your home’s value.

Should you replace your furnace when you replace your air conditioner?

If it’s time to replace your air conditioner, you may wonder whether you’ll need to replace the furnace at the same time. Whether you replace both components of your HVAC system simultaneously depends on a number of factors. But it’s important to note that it’s not absolutely necessary to replace both units at once.

There are some conditions when it’s advisable or necessary to replace the furnace along with the air conditioner. If your furnace is over 10 years old, it may make sense to switch it out when you’re updating an air conditioning system. After 10 years, furnaces typically start to show signs of wear, such as reduced energy efficiency and requiring more frequent repairs and maintenance. If you choose certain types of AC units, such as a variable or two-speed system, you’ll need to replace the furnace in order to make it compatible with the air conditioner. If you’ve recently replaced your furnace or are not set to replace it, choose a standard single-speed air conditioner.

It makes sense to consult a qualified HVAC contractor for help in deciding if you need to replace your furnace when you replace your air conditioner. Getting help from a heating and cooling pro before you start any HVAC project could save you money and stress down the road.

What size HVAC unit do I need?

Homeowners might assume that investing in the biggest HVAC unit they can afford is better for the comfort of their home. However, if your HVAC system is too large, it can lead to high humidity in the home. If the unit is too small, it will have to work too hard and won’t work efficiently. Some people choose to install multiple HVAC units in their home. But if you do this, make sure the components are all compatible.

Here is a general set of calculations homeowners can make to determine roughly what size HVAC unit you need, but it’s wise to consult a qualified HVAC pro for an expert recommendation. First, determine the square footage of your home. Next, figure out the base BTU (British Thermal Unit) for your home. The BTU is the unit used to measure energy used for heating and cooling. Some experts say the average BTU needed to heat or cool a square foot of your home is 25. So, multiply the square footage of your home by 25. This number will require an adjustment if you have ceilings higher than eight feet tall.

How much does it cost to install a new HVAC system?

The cost to install a new HVAC system will depend on a variety of factors. It may make sense to have a qualified HVAC installation pro come to your house to provide a detailed written estimate when you’re considering how much to budget for an installation.

If you live in a location with more extreme climate conditions, the new system will likely cost more than if you live in a more temperate area. If your home is well insulated, and if you have well-sealed windows, your system should be less expensive, because of the air flow efficiency of your home. An HVAC pro will inspect your existing ductwork to determine if it needs to be replaced or upgraded. Adding ductwork replacement to your HVAC installation project will add to the price tag and amount of time the installation will take.

In addition to the location, age, and condition of your current home, the cost to install a new HVAC system will depend on the cost of the system you choose. Installing central air conditioning, putting in a heat pump, having a gas furnace installed, and the installation of a ductless AC system will all carry different price tags. It’s a good idea to consult an HVAC pro near you for an estimate before you start an HVAC installation project.

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