How much a new air conditioning, heating, or air filtration system will cost varies greatly depending on a number of factors. These variables generally fall into three categories:
- Lifestyle Factors:
- The health conditions of the home's occupants (allergies, respiratory issues, and sensitivity to surroundings)
- How the occupants "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, style, and size of windows present, the direction the home faces, and age of the home
- Style of building, roofing, siding, ductwork, and quantity of insulation present
- Geographic climate, lot size, city regulations and surrounding setting including regular humidity, neighboring 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 constancy
- Legitimacy, ability, and certification level of the employees installing the heating and cooling systems
- Satisfaction Guarantees and service level (availability and commitment to customer satisfaction)
All of these factors and more help to determine the style, size, and level of work required to correctly heat and cool a home, which normally goes into the expense associated with 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.
Due to the fact that every home’s heating and cooling system must be fully custom created and installed, it is awfully tough for good contractors like Service Experts to offer a specific estimate without understanding all the factors on-site that are uncovered during an in-home comfort analysis. However, we can provide large ranges of the probable HVAC system price based on the general size of a home less than 30 years old. Remember, even the price ranges above may vary much more, contingent 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 like vehicle classes. Systems usually fall into large (and sometimes misleading) ranges of "economy", "mid-level", and "premium". However, because every homeowner is distinct, each new heating and cooling system is manually installed, and because of all the previous factors noted, the process and ultimate pricing of a heating and cooling system could be likened to selecting 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 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 big selection of mobile and Wi-Fi options now exist.
Other home comfort choices include adding the necessary amount of insulation or redesigning, correcting, and cleaning ductwork to make sure the system works efficiently. Some selections can be purchased as a bundle, but quite a few of these choices must be determined through a complete Home Comfort Analysis, which is a complimentary service we offer.
All of these options need to be through through 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 insufficient for the home and its inhabitants. To find out more or get your free Home Comfort Analysis, which includes your customized new system estimate, call 866-397-3787 now, or download our free eBook "Home Heating and Air Conditioning for Dummies".