What’s a Top Line Air Conditioning System Cost? I’ll tell you!

On this episode of The Build Show we are looking at a Killer HVAC system in this Bungalow being built by Trey Farmer, AIA of Forge Craft Architecture. We will reveal the costs for this system AND tell you how much you should expect to pay for a system like this in your next BUILD.

Forgecraft:
Positive Energy:
Mitsubishi HVAC:
IQair:
Ultra-Aire:

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10 Comments

  1. Crazy didn’t realize how much goes into some of these systems. Never seen one like this in person, only traditional installs

  2. As an HVAC owner/operator and license holder this is a great video. I wish all of customers would listen to me when we talk HVAC in the beginning stages of projects. The select few that do are extremely pleased with the results. Great job Matt and Miguel!

  3. That’s one of the best looking residential mechanical rooms I’ve seen. Kudos to the architect for not shortchanging this important space, which happens all to often in the residential and commercial world.

  4. Hi Matt,
    I have seen a number of videos from you about this topic, but I can’t wrap my head around the loop. Can you do a short video or even an illustration about the intake and outtake chain!? Eg intake air from ac return grill goes through IQ AIR purifier, into Mitsubishi ac system, then outgoing hair goes through dehumidifier, then the exhaust air from that goes through Erv, and then all returns are from
    Erv into rooms?? Or are there seperate ac vents and seperate ERV ventilation. This is one detail that has always confused me about the systems

  5. Our 4300 square foot, two story house was built in 2002. It has three 2.5 ton units. One is for the master bedroom, master bath, and the home office. This approach saves us a ton of money. We can close off our bedroom and run that unit at night while the rest of the house does not have to be heated or cooled at the same temp we want in the bedroom at night. My cost to upgrade or replace one of those smaller units is much less compared to replacing a single large unit. So far all three units are still working. I had to replace the circuit board in one unit two years ago. I did that myself, because my service guy was traveling out of state. He services my units every year, cleans the coils, checks freon levels, cleans the burners, etc.

    Those hepa filtering units get clogged up quickly. I know because I’ve had one of them in one of our houses. I’ve tried all that fancy stuff, humidifiers, etc. The simpler you keep it, the better. What works better is super insulating the house, use smart thermostats, window shades on the south side, and keep the rest of the system simple. I change all of my filters every three months. I use the medium grade filters, instead of the super fine particle filters.

    Over the last forty years, I’ve purchased multiple heat and air systems, for various houses we’ve owned. For our area, heat pumps have proven to work well, even through I have 20,000 watts of electric auxiliary heat as a backup in one large house. It comes on so rarely, it’s impact on my electric bill has not been bad.

    We have natural gas heat in another house, and it runs $350 to 450 per month during the two coldest months. The house with the heat pumps, which is the larger home, has never had an electric bill above $350.00. The highest utility bills, in our area, are for July, August, January and February. The houses are 25 miles apart so the climate is identical.

    I am not a professional builder. I’m just giving my perspectives based on forty-eight years’ experience of being a home owner of multiple houses in different states across the South.

    I like your channel and learn a lot from you. I am not trying to be critical. I’m just stating what has worked best for us over the years. It might help a few people, who are not planning to build a million dollar home.

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