How Much Should an Air Conditioning System Cost?

July 18, 2016

The dreaded day has arrived and now you have to get a new air conditioning system. Nobody looks forward to this day, and nobody looks forward to budgeting for it, but unfortunately, it is part of Canada homeownership. So where do you begin?

First, understand that the price of a new air conditioner fluctuates based on many factors. The first is your living situation and the people living in your home. Are there health problems that will involve a specific type of air filtration system? Do the residents in the home have an issue with warmth or coolness, or an affliction (like Multiple Sclerosis) that would demand that the home stay at a pre-determined temperature or humidity level? What hobbies take place inside the home? These factors will help determine which air conditioning system is right for your home.

The following variable to assess is your actual home. Do you have a lot of windows and where do they face? How much insulation is installed in the house and what is the efficiency level of the ductwork? Does the house require (or do you prefer) gas, electric, solar-power, etc? At Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning, we will come out and assess your house to help determine the systems available based on your home’s structure and unique features.

The additional thing to take into consideration is which contractor to use. Though one contractor may have the air conditioner you want at a price point you like, be careful and find out if they are licensed and bonded, and confirm they are insured just in case something occurs at your house. If a tech were to get hurt and the contractor was not insured, it’s possible you would be held responsible. At Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning, not only are we insured, licensed, and bonded, but all of our workers go through a complete background check, drug test, and are skilled to work on all leading brands of A/C systems. We also have a 100% Satisfaction Guarantee so you can be confident in the work we provide.

So, you’ve researched all this but let’s get to the real question. How much is this going to cost?

While all the details above will go into giving you a final cost, below are a few ballpark numbers.


Ranch House or Smaller Home

Up to 2000 sq. ft. and usually one story

Average cost of an air conditioning system: $6,000 - $15,000

Using approved financing: $40 - $250 per month


Average Suburban Home

Less than 3500 square feet and commonly between one and three stories

Estimatedcost of an air conditioning system: $8,000 - $25,000

With approved financing: $100 - $500 monthly


Luxury House

More than 3500 sq. ft. and varied amount of stories

Average cost of an air conditioning system: $18,000 - $60,000+

Using approved financing: $250+/month

Approximate pricing may vary depending on geographic location, personal lifestyle, system settings, system maintenance, and installation of air conditioner and duct system.


The entire process can be somewhat overwhelming but Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning is available day and night to help walk you through all your options and choose the ideal air conditioner for your home. The budget can be a little daunting, but with our multiple financing options your new A/C could be yours before you know it!

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