Frequently Asked Questions

We understand any installation project comes with the need for clear, easy-to-understand solutions. We’ve compiled a list of questions we most frequently answer, and we update often to ensure these responses are always thorough and up-to-date.

What size system is right for my property?

A: The size of an HVAC unit will determine both your comfort level and overall energy efficiency. One size does not fit all though.The right system should reflect your property’s unique structural details. A unit too large will produce ineffective temperature and humidity control.  An undersized HVAC system will overwork to meet minimum comfort needs and produce a larger energy bill ENERGY STAR studies show an improper installation can reduce performance by as much as 30%!

An effective HVAC installation begins with a full property measurement and a “Manual J” load calculation. Other factors, such as investigations into window and door types and existing duct effectiveness must occur as well. All of these factors are critical for an installer to take into account in order to deliver proper HVAC installation.

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

An HVAC system nearing end of life will show a sharp increase in repair frequency. Another warning sign is the unit’s age - anything 15 years or older has most likely reached an ineffective state.

Older HVAC systems just don’t operate as efficiently as they should, and can actually cost property owners more money in energy costs. Contact us to discuss your specific situation with one of our experts. 

How long does an HVAC installation typically take?

The installation length will depend on the extent of the system you install. Most projects require electrical, plumbing, and duct servicing, in addition to testing and calibration. For a simple residential installation, the process usually takes 1-3 days. For larger commercial projects, installation can take several days to even weeks. 

Alco Air ensures you’ll receive an up-front time estimate before signing any paperwork, and we stick to our proposed schedule to keep your life on track!

What is the average cost of an HVAC installation?

Price will vary depending on the scope of the project. For a general estimate, HomeGuide reports the average cost to replace an HVAC system in 2020 is $4,820 - $9,350. This includes the price of a new central air conditioner unit and a new gas furnace. Installation of a new HVAC system with ductwork costs between $6,820 and $12,350 in total.

As a general rule of thumb, make sure to obtain three written estimates from separate installers before choosing a partner. Installation prices will vary and estimates can include different project scopes, such as the inclusion of thermostats.