Central Air Installation Cost Calculator | Get the Facts Before You Buy

Central Air Installation Cost Calculator | Get the Facts Before You Buy

We have finally released our central air installation cost calculator – The HVAC Design & Consultation Program – to you, the public at large.  Those of you who have read our articles, know that we are a U.S. Veteran-Owned and operated heating and air conditioning consultation and installation company located in Southern California, and have built our reputation on giving honest, straight answers to peoples’ HVAC questions.  But, we can’t be there 24-7 to help, so we spent over a year working with some of the best computer programmers in the industry to create a central air installation cost calculator with some real umph!

I will tell you that we may have built our reputation on writing about heating and air conditioning consultation subjects, like how not to get ripped off, and how to troubleshoot common AC problems, but this is the first time that we’ve written an article about something we provide to some of the biggest companies in the country on a daily basis: consultation services.  This article explains a revolutionary online consultation product that we created just for you, the consumer.  You see, we are flown all over the country to consult with companies on their commercial and industrial HVAC projects.  As such, we created this to be more than just your average, run-of-the-mill central air installation cost calculator; it calculates everything you need to know in order to save money on your new heating and air conditioning project, avoid the tricks and traps of predatory contractors, and accept or reject bids with confidence.



Central Air Installation Cost Calculator - Final Report Excerpt

Excerpt From an Actual Calculator Final Report


One-Stop Shopping – What’s in Our Central Air Installation Cost Calculator?

We will discuss the contents of our central air installation cost calculator – the HVAC Design & Consultation Program – in more detail later in this article, but for those of you who like to peruse, here’s a quick overview:

  • Save Money – This AC installation price calculator can save you hundreds, or even thousands on your new central air conditioner or furnace installation.
  • Get a Fair Price Calculation – It calculates a fair installation price for your specific air conditioning and heating project, after you fill out a brief questionnaire (which actually changes the questions it asks based on your own individual project needs).
  • Avoid Scams – It shows you how to avoid the tricks and traps of predatory contractors, and helps keep you from getting ripped-off.
  • See Contractor Pricing for Equipment – Look-up what contractors actually pay for specific equipment from big-name brands like Carrier, Lennox, Bryant, Trane, and more.
  • Get Proper Sizing Information – It sizes your air conditioner and furnace for you, so you can shop for contractors with confidence.
  • Design the Perfect System – This program designs an HVAC system that is customized for your project, including recommended SEER and AFUE ratings based on your needs, and the requirements of your specific job.


Central Air Installation Cost Calculator - Question Selection

Click to Enlarge – Select Specific Air Conditioners and Furnaces to See What Contractors Pay for Them, and For a More Accurate Installation Price Calculation


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How the Central Air Installation Cost Calculator Actually Works

Back to technical talk.  This is an article on how our new central air installation cost calculator actually works, and how it was designed to help you in your endeavor, and in time, change the HVAC industry into a more honest, mutually beneficial place to do business.

How the HVAC Design & Consultation Program Works

If you’re still reading this, then you probably picked up on the fact that this is actually much more than just a central air conditioning installation cost calculator.  It is a comprehensive, online program that is designed to give you all of the information that you’ll need to:

  1. Save money and pay a fair price for your new central air conditioner or furnace.
  2. Avoid being ripped-off by less-than-honest contractors.
  3. Provide you with the information you need to choose an honest contractor, save money, and accept or reject bids with confidence.
Central Air Installation Price Calculator - Program Use

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Design of the Central Air Installation Cost Calculator

Most online installation cost calculators are simple, “if-then” computer programs.  You enter in some general information, and it spits out a price that may, or may not, be a fair price.  However, these programs only base their information on your location, and sometimes the square footage of your home.  They don’t account for additional information that is vital to determining how much you really should be paying for your new air conditioner or furnace, such as:

  1. Proper sizing of your air conditioner.
  2. Proper sizing of your furnace.
  3. The recommended SEER and AFUE ratings, based on your specific location and home’s requirements.
  4. Shade-lines (how much shade hits your home).
  5. Foundation type (do you have a basement, or a slab?).
  6. And so on…

The reason for this is simple: to do these calculations, it would take a computer program that uses multi-variable, conditional logic, similar to the human brain.  That technology, however, is state-of-the-art, and is not typically available to companies outside of the aerospace and gaming industries.  Our HVAC Design & Consultation Program has this technology, and uses it to deliver to you an unparalleled analysis and calculation of your specific heating or air conditioning project requirements.

It does provide you with a central air installation price calculation…but it was designed to provide you with so much more.  It was designed to provide you with all of the information you need to make an educated decision on your contractor, accept or reject bids with confidence, and avoid being scammed, all in one, easy-to-use spot.

Topics Covered by the Central Air Installation Cost Calculator

In this part, we will cover some of the key sections that are addressed by our central air installation cost calculator, the HVAC Design & Consultation Program.  Covering every single section in detail lies outside the scope of this article, but we will cover some of the important features and highlights:

HVAC Installation Cost Calculator - Section 1 - Project Completion Time

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Section 1: Estimated Project Completion Time

In this section, our central air installation cost calculator will calculate the actual project completion time for your specific project.  Why is this important? Two reasons: first, it gives us a vital piece of information that will be used later to calculate labor costs, and thus, a more accurate AC installation cost calculation; second, it provides you with valuable information as to how long you can expect the contractors to be at your house.

If they say it will take longer than this, and “that’s why their prices are so high”…be wary.  If they take longer than this, something is up…be wary.  If they drag you along for two weeks…you get the point.

Central Air Installation Cost Calculator - Section 2 - Size, SEER & AFUE

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Section 2: Calculated System Size, AFUE, and SEER Requirements

Size Calculation

In this section, our HVAC installation cost calculator will provide you with the recommended size for your new central air conditioner and furnace.  This is important in calculating price, because you will only be shown air conditioners and furnaces that fit your specific project needs.  Additionally, this will allow you to judge contractors’ bids as they are submitted to you, and see if their units are sized properly for your home.

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SEER & AFUE – Efficiency Calculation

This part of the report will calculate our recommendation for your ideal SEER and AFUE ratings, for your specific project, based on your location, and multiple other variables.  This will help save you money because you won’t have to worry about paying for a high-efficiency air conditioner or furnace that you don’t need, potentially saving you thousands.

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Central AC Installation Cost Calculator - Price Specific Equipment

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Section 3: Wholesale Contractor’s Price for Your Selected Equipment

Now we are getting warmed up!  This feature is my personal favorite.

It gives you access to our entire database of heating and air conditioning contractor equipment pricing, including both split, and packaged units (See: What’s the Difference Between a Split and a Packaged Air Conditioner?).  You can actually select whichever unit you’d like to see prices for, and our central air installation cost calculator will display the contractor wholesale price (what contractors actually pay for the equipment) in your final report, and use this price to calculate a fair installation cost for your individual project.

Our pricing database includes thousands of models from most of the major HVAC brands, including:

  • Carrier
  • Lennox
  • Trane
  • Amana
  • American Standard
  • Bryant
  • Daiken
  • Day & Night
  • Goodman
  • Payne
  • Rheem
  • Ruud
  • York
Central Air Installation Cost Calculator - Question Selection 2 - Recommended Equipment Prices

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Section 4: Recommended Equipment Cost Calculation

Even though you can select whichever brand and model you want with our AC installation cost calculator, we will never miss the opportunity to give you our two cents.  After all, isn’t that what you are paying for…?  A consultation from a professional HVAC contractor that works for you?

This section will present you with the prices of a make and model air conditioner and furnace that will fit your project requirements well, but also provide you with some of the lowest pricing available for your project, without sacrificing quality or reliability.

Central Air Installation Cost Calculator - Calculate Labor Rates

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Section 5: Calculated Cost of Labor for Your New Central Air Conditioner Installation

Everyone knows that labor is one of the most expensive parts of any job.  But how much will your contractor be paying their people?  This part of the central air installation cost calculator will show you how much of your installation cost is going towards labor.  Why is this important?  Well, let’s just say that it’s a favorite excuse in the HVAC industry to blame high costs on labor…but now, you know.  It is also an important part of your final AC or furnace installation cost calculation.


Central Air Installation Cost Calculator - Fair Price Recommendation

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Section 6: Calculated Installation Cost to Contractor, and Fair Price Ranges to You, the Consumer

If you’ve made it this far, then take a breath; you deserve it!  We’ve covered a lot, but it’s been worth it, hasn’t it?  Get ready, though…because here is the part that most of you have been waiting for…

In this section of the HVAC installation cost calculator’s final report, you are presented with a full price breakdown for your specific project, as well as the fair price ranges and contractor profit margins for your job.

This includes both the cost to the contractor (how much he or she is paying for this installation), as well as a fair installation price for you, the customer.  It also presents you with various profit margins for the installation, so you can see how much of a profit a contractor is making off of you at different price ranges.


Additional Information Provided by the Central Air Installation Cost Calculator

Unfortunately, one article isn’t nearly long enough to explain everything that our central air installation cost calculator can do for you.  We only covered the academic side of things.  Also included in your report are:

  1. A full explanation of how to use all of this information (including definitions of all terms and concepts used).
  2. For FREE with your purchase, we also include an exclusive article:

“Getting the Best Price on Your New Air Conditioner or Furnace: ASM’s Guide to Negotiating with Contractors

This content is only available to HVAC Design & Consultation Program customers.  If I were into being a salesman, I think this is the part where I say, “buy now!”  But I’m not…I let our products do the talking.

Final Thoughts on Our Central Air Installation Cost Calculator

In the end, we developed our central air installation cost calculator – The HVAC Design & Consultation Program – for you.  We were sick of getting hundreds of emails a month, from people all across the country who got ripped-off, or otherwise taken advantage of.  We hope that you’ve found this article helpful, rewarding, and in some way enlightening.  Not all contractors are dishonest; our central air installation cost calculator not only gives you fair prices, but it gives you the information you need to tell the good contractors, from the bad.  It gives you security; it gives you peace of mind.  It gives you the ability to accept or reject bids with confidence…we wish you the very best of luck on your project!

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Timothy Kautz
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Tim K.

The University of Virginia - 2005 / The Wharton School of Finance - 2016 / U.S. Naval Aviator 2005-2015. At All Systems Mechanical air conditioning and heating, we believe that the experience our clients have is every bit as important as the products they receive. Simply put, our results speak for themselves, and we'd be happy to help. If you're in the market for a new AC or furnace, make sure that you get a fair price! Try our online calculator; click the tab on the top of this page for more information.

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