How much a new air conditioning, heating, or air filtration system will cost can differ quite a bit depending on many factors. These variables normally fall into a couple categories:
- Lifestyle Factors:
- The health conditions of the home's occupants (allergies, respiratory issues, and sensitivity to surroundings)
- How the inhabitants "feel" comfortable (partiality to cooler or warmer temperatures)
- Hobbies and activities happening inside the house (musical instruments, crafts, wine)
Building and Environmental Factors:
- The number, type, and size of windows present, the direction the home faces, and age of the home
- Type of building, roofing, siding, ductwork, and amount of insulation present
- Geographic climate, lot size, city regulations and surrounding atmosphere including average humidity, nearby industries, available land, and codes required
- Utilities wanted or available; solar, geothermal, gas, electric, LP, oil
Contractor Risk Factors:
- Contractor licensing, insurance, bonding, and financial strength
- Legitimacy, ability, and certification level of the employees installing the furnaces and air conditioners
- Satisfaction Guarantees and service level (accessibility and commitment to customer satisfaction)
All of these factors and more help to dictate the design, size, and level of work required to appropriately heat and cool a home, which usually goes into the price of the new system.
What Can You Expect to Pay?
Ranch or Smaller Residence
Up to 2000 square feet
1 or 1.5 Story
$40-$250 per month with approved financing, or $6,000 - $15,000
Average Suburban Home
2000-3500 square feet
$100-$500/month with approved financing, or $8,000 - $25,000
3500+ square feet
Various levels or highly custom
$250+ per month with approved financing, or $18,000 - $60,000+
Potential pricing may vary depending on geographic location, personal lifestyle, system settings, equipment maintenance and installation of equipment and duct system.
Since every home’s heating and cooling system must be completely custom created and installed, it is awfully hard for quality contractors like Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning to provide a specific estimate without understanding all the factors on-site that are uncovered during an in-home comfort analysis. However, we can suggest wide ranges of the possible HVAC system price based on the general size of a home less than 30 years old. Keep in mind however, even the price ranges above can vary much more, contingent on all the factors and circumstances of a certain home and homeowner.
How HVAC Systems Are Priced by the Manufacturer (MSRP)
Central heating and cooling systems are like vehicle classes. Systems typically fall into broad (and sometimes misleading) ranges of "economy", "mid-level", and "premium". However, because every homeowner is different, each new heating and cooling system is manually installed, and because of all the prior factors mentioned, the process and ultimate pricing of a heating and cooling system could be equated to picking vehicle "Options."
Home Comfort Options
Home comfort Options include size and efficiency, in addition to air quality control, such as the efficiency of air cleaners and air filters. Air quality control systems are imperative for homeowners with infants and children, people in the home with allergy or respiratory issues, or climate control issues that necessitate humidification controls. Thermostat controls are also a large part of the home comfort puzzle, and a wide selection of mobile and Wi-Fi options now exist.
Other home comfort options include adding the necessary amount of insulation or redesigning, correcting, and cleaning ductwork to be sure the system performs efficiently. Some options can be added as a bundle, but quite a few of these choices must be figured out through a complete Home Comfort Analysis, which is a free service we have.
All of these options should be considered very carefully, since the best air conditioner or furnace can never correctly control the comfort of the home if the duct work, attic insulation, or air filter is deficient for the home and its residents. To read more or get your free Home Comfort Analysis, which includes your unique new system estimate, call 289-273-2229 now, or download our free eBook "Home Heating and Air Conditioning for Dummies".