How much a new air conditioning, heating, or air filtration system will cost can differ quite a bit depending on a host of factors. These variables normally fall into a few 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 taking place 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
- Style of building, roofing, siding, ductwork, and level of insulation present
- Geographic climate, lot size, city regulations and surrounding atmosphere including typical humidity, neighboring industries, available land, and codes required
- Utilities desired or available; solar, geothermal, gas, electric, LP, oil
Contractor Risk Factors:
- Contractor licensing, insurance, bonding, and financial strength
- Legitimacy, skill, and certification level of the employees installing the heating and cooling systems
- Satisfaction Guarantees and service level (obtainability and devotion to customer priorities)
All of these elements and more help to decide the design, size, and level of work needed to correctly heat and cool a home, which typically 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.
Because every home’s heating and cooling system must be totally custom designed and installed, it is very tough for good contractors like Service Experts to give a specific estimate without understanding all the factors on-site through an in-home comfort analysis. However, we can suggest broad ranges of the possible HVAC system price based on the approximate size of a home less than 30 years old. It’s important to note that, even the price ranges above may vary much more, depending on all the factors and circumstances of a particular home and homeowner.
How HVAC Systems Are Priced by the Manufacturer (MSRP)
Central heating and cooling systems are comparable to vehicle classes. Systems typically fall into broad (and sometimes inaccurate) ranges of "economy", "mid-level", and "premium". However, because every homeowner is unique, each new heating and cooling system is manually installed, and because of all the earlier factors noted, 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, and also include air quality control, such as the efficiency of air cleaners and air filters. Air quality control systems are important for homeowners with infants and children, people in the home with allergy or respiratory concerns, or climate control issues that necessitate humidification controls. Thermostat controls are also a large part of the home comfort puzzle, and a large selection of mobile and Wi-Fi options are out there.
Other home comfort possibilities include adding the required amount of insulation or redesigning, correcting, and cleaning ductwork to make sure the system works efficiently. Some selections can be purchased as a set, but quite a few of these items must be figured out through a complete Home Comfort Analysis, which is a complimentary service we provide.
All of these options need to be through through very carefully, since the best air conditioner or furnace can’t correctly control the comfort of the home if the duct work, attic insulation, or air filter is inadequate for the home and its residents. To learn more or get your free Home Comfort Analysis, which includes your unique new system estimate, call 866-397-3787 now, or download our free eBook "Home Heating and Air Conditioning for Dummies".