Cost is one of the biggest factors in deciding who to hire to get an AC installation done in your new or existing building.
Especially with something as specialized as AC installation, it can be tempting to go with the lowest cost option, thinking you are getting a deal yet realize that the cost estimation was poorly done and you end up paying much more than originally planned for.
Breaking down the process makes it easy for you to properly choose a contractor that will provide the most return on your investment.
Before a cost estimate can be performed, the scope of the work should be set and budget constraints should be made clear. For example, is the installation for a new building or for an existing building that needs an upgraded system? Is it for commercial or residential? It is easier to estimate for a residential project considering the smaller scope and fewer intricacies and demands from regulations and ordinances.
Typical Costs for AC Installation
For a residential AC installation In the San Jose area, you can expect to spend anywhere between $2,000 and $12,000, depending on size and other factors. On average, people spent $7,162.
With commercial AC installation, it is difficult to offer an umbrella range of costs considering the varying size and the building usage for commercial properties, but on a square foot basis, it can be anywhere from $15 to $23 per square foot.
The above amounts reflect typical values for labor and materials only. In addition, there are other items that may be overlooked initially yet can have a noticeable impact on the final bill. This includes:
- Permits required to install the HVAC system
- Fees to have a city inspector make sure the system follows San Jose city ordinance
- State and Local taxes
- General contractor fees
Choosing an experienced contractor can help to avoid the inevitability of change orders resulting from laziness or inexperience, which can add drastically to the final cost of the installation.
We at O.C. McDonald have built up experience for over a century and have been trusted by many for AC installation needs, something we take great pride in. For an accurate cost estimate, regardless of the scope of the project, and with no hidden costs, please give us a call at 408-295-2182.