A hot topic across the board these days is inflation. Most families are being affected by the increased cost of living which is making us more cost-conscious than ever. While we are cutting down our spending, essential items like air conditioners are still required, especially for those of us lucky enough to call Brisbane our home.

If you’re reading this, chances are that you are shopping around for a Brisbane split-system air conditioner. While costing out the price of the unit is essential, so is costing the air conditioning installation. Before you get a quote for your split system air conditioner installation, it’s important to understand what factors affect the cost so you are entering the conversation with some knowledge behind you.

There are several different components that contribute to the overall price of an install, read on to understand some of these considerations.

The Number of Units Being Installed

First on our list of what affects the cost of air conditioning installation is the number of units being installed. This is a major factor that directly affects the cost of your installation. The more units you have, the more labour and materials are required to install them, which drives up the cost.

The reason for this is simple: with each additional unit comes added materials that must be installed before you can begin working on any other part of your system. This includes all of the cables and piping as well as any additional electrical work necessary for remote control operation. Adding multiple units means adding multiple materials.

Brand and Size Matters

Generally speaking, high-end air conditioning brands tend to be a bit more expensive than their lesser-known counterparts as each brand has its own installation requirements. The higher-end split system units often include additional bells and whistles as well. But don’t worry—you can still get great results from a lower-end brand if you don’t need all the fancy features.

The size of your unit matters. Ensure you know the size of the rooms you’re purchasing air conditioning installation for. Be sure the unit you are purchasing is the most appropriate size for the area you are looking to heat and cool. Depending on your circumstance, this could cost you more or less for the initial unit cost and installation, but the right size unit will reduce your running costs long term.

The Complexity of The Installation

The complexity of the installation will affect your installation cost. A more complex job means more time and labour, which translates to a higher price tag. For example, installing a split system air conditioning unit in an internal wall is a much more complicated installation than an external wall. Not only does this affect the time and labour involved, but it also increases the number of materials required and additional parts to make the unit functional in a challenging location.  It’s also important to note that complicated installations will generally require specialized equipment which equates to a higher installation cost.

Consider which room you are installing the split system in and which wall is most cost-effective.

If Any Electrical Upgrades Are Required

If you live in an older home, sometimes electrical upgrades are required for your Brisbane air conditioning installation. This will increase your installation cost. While this can be a surprising add-on that you did not anticipate, it is likely that the running of other appliances would benefit from the electrical upgrade as well. Not to mention the safety considerations of an older electrical system.

The bottom line is, air conditioning installation costs all come down to how many units you need, the brand you choose, the complexity of their installation and if any electrical upgrades are required. For the Brisbane area, Southside Airconditioning and Electrical are the experts you need and can trust. Give us a call today to discuss your air conditioning and electrical needs.