How much a new air conditioning, heating, or air filtration system will cost can vary quite a bit depending on many factors. These variables usually 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 (liking to cooler or warmer temperatures)
- Hobbies and activities taking place inside the house (musical instruments, crafts, wine)
Building and Environmental Factors:
- The number, style, and size of windows currently in place, 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 setting including average humidity, close-by 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 stability
- Legality, expertise, and certification level of the employees installing the heating and cooling systems
- Satisfaction Guarantees and service level (accessibility and devotion to customer service)
All of these factors and more help to determine the style, size, and level of work necessary to correctly heat and cool a home, which typically 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.
Since every home’s heating and cooling system must be completely custom designed and installed, it is quite hard for reputable contractors like Service Experts to provide a specific estimate without investigating all the factors on-site through an in-home comfort analysis. However, we can provide large ranges of the possible HVAC system price based on the basic size of a home less than 30 years old. Keep in mind however, even the price ranges above may vary much more, depending on all the factors and circumstances of a specific home and homeowner.
How HVAC Systems Are Priced by the Manufacturer (MSRP)
Central heating and cooling systems are comparable to vehicle classes. Systems usually 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 prior factors noted, the process and ultimate pricing of a heating and cooling system could be equated to choosing vehicle "Options."
Home Comfort Options
Home comfort Options include size and efficiency, as well as 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 require humidification controls. Thermostat controls are also a big part of the home comfort puzzle, and a wide choice of mobile and Wi-Fi options are now available.
Other home comfort choices include adding the necessary amount of insulation or redesigning, correcting, and cleaning ductwork to make sure the system operates efficiently. Some choices can be bought as a bundle, but many of these items must be figured out through a complete Home Comfort Analysis, which is a complimentary service we have.
All of these options must be contemplated 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 occupants. To find out more or get your free Home Comfort Analysis, which includes your customized new system estimate, call 540-302-8645 now, or download our free eBook "Home Heating and Air Conditioning for Dummies".