& What You Can Do to Save Money
Let us read your mind for a second…
When you’re looking for a heating and air conditioning system tune up, you’re likely Googling questions like…
- Why are HVAC repairs so expensive?
- Is an AC tune up worth it?
- Does turning off my heat and air save money?
We get it!
You want to protect both your home and your assets, and it’s often tough to sift through who’s pulling your leg and who means business. We’re going to answer all your burning questions for you!
Why are HVAC repairs so expensive?
How much does a new AC unit cost in Oklahoma? It depends on who you ask, but right now (Oct. 2023), they can cost somewhere around $10-15k, but the range is broad.
There are several contributing factors to price when it comes to installing and repairing HVACs. Between manufacturing costs, supply chain disturbances, and government regulations, it’s about more than simply installing a machine.
Heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) are set up to properly protect your home.
Ideally, it wouldn’t be a quick and easy job, but rather something done with purpose, caution and dedication. Not just anyone can do the job.
In short, you’re paying for a specialized skill that requires unique parts not always readily available due to supply chain shortages.
Disclaimer: Expensive does NOT always mean BETTER. However, you should be looking for seasoned pros. Your handyman brother should more than likely not be installing your heating and cooling systems.
Is an HVAC tune up worth it?
Tuning up and taking care of your heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems not only protects your home and loved ones, but it saves you money in the long run. Your HVAC should last around 20 years, depending on the system. If you’re barely making 5-10 years on it, something’s gotta give. In the long run, doing a tune up is significantly less expensive than the cost to replace your heat and air system.
Having a professional come out to your home to inspect your system will provide you with peace of mind, and they’ll be able to give you advice on any major next steps if necessary.
Does turning off heat and air save money?
You would think so.
And, honestly, in some climates it can.
However, here in Oklahoma, our weather is a bit extreme (to say the least), and it can end up costing you more money.
Let’s put it this way, the high for the day is 95 degrees. You leave home when it’s about 75 out and turn off your air. When you step back into your home at 5:30, you’re hit in the face with an 84 degree home (or worse!). You turn back on your air.
Sure, it wasn’t running all day, but now it’s working twice as hard to combat the hot home. And, every time someone opens an exterior door, or opens the blinds, its progress is set back.
Unless the weather is rather temperate, it’s best to leave your system running.
How can I save money on heating and air?
We love this question! Here are a few quick tips…
- Check and change your air filters often.
- Schedule annual tune-ups.
- Pay attention to when something feels or sounds off, and schedule help right away.
- Hire professionals that focus on helping you, not up or underselling you.
- Invest in service plans that help you save money over time.
We understand that the ins and outs of heating and cooling can be daunting. Fortunately, we’re experts in the industry (who are also enduring this relentless Oklahoma weather right alongside you), and we want to help you achieve maximum comfort.
If you have any questions, don’t go to Google. We’re just a message away!