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If you’re sick of sweltering summers in your home or office, but don’t want the hassle of installing central air conditioning, a split system air conditioner might be the perfect solution for you. They’re easy to install, energy efficient, and super versatile, and most importantly will save you from sitting through back to back movies or shopping centre days when the temperature creeps up.
However, just like any electrical unit, a split system requires a bit of setting up, so it’s important to be aware of split system air conditioner installation costs before purchasing one for your home or office.
Not every split system unit is the same. Variations of size, type, additional features and add-ons, as well as the location and/or complexity of the installation can all have an impact on installation costs.
One of the major factors that impact split system installation cost is the size of the unit. Large split system units require more work and time to install, which generally increases the total cost of installation. However, the larger the unit, the more effective it will be in adequately cooling a room or area.
Installation requirements can vary depending on the type of split system unit you choose. Each unit, including wall-mounted, floor-mounted, and ceiling-mounted units, comes with its own unique features. However generally wall-mounted units are the most popular due to their easy installation process, while floor-mounted units can be more complex and require additional materials and labour.
Where do you plan to install your split system unit? Hard-to-reach areas such as attics or very high roofs generally require more labour and materials, increasing the split system air conditioning installation cost, so it’s important to take this into consideration when deciding where to install your unit.
Not every installation is straightforward, and if you require some more complex work in order to install your unit, such as running new electrical or plumbing lines, cutting holes in walls or ceilings, or reinforcing structures, be prepared for this to affect costs.
Many split system air conditioners boast additional features or add ons, including zoning systems, air purification systems and smart thermostats. These features are great in terms of improving efficiency and performance of your air conditioner but they’ll also increase the total costs of installing your unit.
While the cost of installing a split system can vary widely based on the factors discussed, the other two variables of a split system unit are the actual cost of the unit and any additional service costs.
The cost of the split system unit largely depends on the size, type, and features of the unit. A basic wall-mounted unit usually costs anywhere from $500 to $1,500, with larger floor-mounted units with advanced features generally starting around $3,000.
As discussed above, the cost of installing a split system unit will depend on the complexity of the installation, the location of the installation, and the experience and expertise of the installer. The average cost of installation labour is between $500 and $1,500.
Additional costs and fees may include permits, inspections, disposal fees, and taxes. These costs can add up quickly and should be factored into the total cost of installation.
Installing a basic split system unit in your home or office will cost anywhere between $1,000 and $3,000, factoring in the cost of the unit, installation labour, and additional costs and fees.
When it comes to installing a split system, it’s highly recommended to hire a professional to complete the job safely and correctly. It is, however, possible to install the unit yourself.
The main advantage of DIY installation is the potential cost savings. For those with electrical and plumbing experience, installing a split system unit yourself may be possible. However, it’s best to be aware that DIY installation could void the manufacturer’s warranty, as well as create safety hazards if the installation is not done correctly.
For a guaranteed correct installation in a safe manner, professional installation is always recommended. While professional installation comes at a higher cost than DIY installation, it’s also the most reliable option and often includes a warranty on the installation work.
If you have experience with electrical and plumbing work and feel confident in your abilities, and if the installation is relatively simple and straightforward, you may be able to save money by installing the unit yourself. However, if you are not experienced with electrical or plumbing work, or if the installation is complex or requires additional work, it is recommended that you hire a professional installer to ensure that the unit is installed correctly and safely.
While the cost of installing a split system can add up quickly, there are a few tips that can help you reduce the cost of split system installation cost.
1. Research and Compare Prices: Research and compare prices from multiple installers to ensure that you are getting a fair price for the unit and installation labour. Consider Off-Season Installation: Installers may offer lower rates during the off-season, when demand for installations is lower.
2. Opt for a Basic System: Choosing a basic system with fewer features can help reduce the cost of the unit. Seek Out Promotions or Deals: Some manufacturers or installers may offer promotions or deals on split system units or installation services.
3. Get Multiple Quotes: Getting multiple quotes from different installers can help you find the best price for installation labour. Remember to not just ask ‘how much to install a split system?’ but to specify all the details that might impact the price.
Split system air conditioners are a great, more affordable way to keep your home or office cool. However, when choosing your unit, it’s a good idea to consider the installation costs associated with each option in order to make a fully informed decision and stay within your budget.
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