A new, energy-efficient central air conditioner can help you save money off monthly utility bills in the Colorado Springs area. In fact, a new air conditioner uses about 30 percent to 50 percent less energy than models manufactured in the mid 1970s and 20 percent to 40 percent less energy than models manufactured just 10 years ago.
If you’re considering buying a new central air conditioner for your Colorado Springs area home, it’s important to understand how one should be properly installed. After all, a new, energy-efficient central air conditioner isn’t cheap, and when it comes to the performance, lifespan and energy efficiency of your air conditioner, quality installation is just as important as the actual air conditioner itself. In fact, a brand new, energy-efficient air conditioner that’s improperly installed can perform as poorly as the old model you’re looking to replace.
Depending on the size and layout of your home, the brand, model and efficiency of the ac system being installed, and other factors such as the electrical wiring requirements of the new ac system, one can expect to spend anywhere from around $3,500 up to $6,000 or more for a quality air conditioning system to be installed. There are many factors that will determine the actual cost, including the size and efficiency of the new system, the degree of difficulty to install it, as well as brand, model, permit fees, etc. Some older homes may have to have the main electrical panel upgraded in order to accommodate the electrical demand of the condensing unit, as these outdoor units require a dedicated circuit to supply its power. If the electrical panel in your home is only rated for 100 amps, it may (or may not) require an upgrade. Your HVAC contractor should be able advise you while they are at the home providing you with an estimate.
When you’re having a new air conditioner installed, make sure your contractor performs the following procedures:
Locates the outdoor condensing unit where the noise will not keep you or neighbors awake at night, where the unit will be free of obstructions that might block air flow to it and where it will be in shade, if possible. A shaded condensing unit can save you 1 percent to 2 percent off cooling costs. Makes sure there are enough supply and return air registers to deliver cooled air throughout the house and return the warmed air back to the air conditioner. Allows enough indoor space for installation, maintenance and repair of all system components. Makes sure an access door is installed in the furnace or duct so that the evaporator coil can be cleaned. Sizes air ducts properly using industry-standard methodology such as the Air Conditioning Contractors of America (ACCA) Manual D. Installs air ducts within the air conditioned space and not in a hot attic whenever possible. Ensures that all ducts are sealed with duct mastic and, in the case of attic ducts, heavily insulated. Locates the thermostat away from sources of heat. Primes the air conditioner with the precise refrigerant charge and sets the exact air flow rate as specified by the air conditioner manufacturer.
Ensuring that these installation procedures are followed is an important part of getting the most comfort and energy-efficiency from your new central air conditioner. If the procedures are followed properly, you can expect from 15 to 20 years of quality, low-maintenance operation from you new air conditioner.