How much a new air conditioning, heating, or air filtration system will cost can differ a lot depending on a number of factors. These variables generally fall into a couple categories:
- Lifestyle Factors:
- The health conditions of the home's residents (allergies, respiratory issues, and sensitivity to surroundings)
- How the inhabitants "feel" comfortable (preference to cooler or warmer temperatures)
- Hobbies and activities occurring inside the house (musical instruments, crafts, wine)
Building and Environmental Factors:
- The number, type, and size of windows currently in place, 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 wanted or available; solar, geothermal, gas, electric, LP, oil
Contractor Risk Factors:
- Contractor licensing, insurance, bonding, and financial constancy
- Validity, skill, and certification level of the employees installing the heating and cooling systems
- Satisfaction Guarantees and service level (accessibility and devotion to customer priorities)
All of these factors and more help to dictate the type, size, and level of work necessary to correctly heat and cool a home, which usually 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 totally custom developed and installed, it is quite hard for reputable contractors like Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning to give a specific estimate without knowing all the factors on-site that can be found during an in-home comfort analysis. However, we can recommend broad ranges of the probable HVAC system price based on the basic size of a home under 30 years old. Keep in mind however, even the price ranges above may 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 similar to vehicle classes. Systems typically 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 earlier factors noted, the process and ultimate pricing of a heating and cooling system could be compared to selecting 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 problems, or climate control issues that need humidification controls. Thermostat controls are also a large part of the home comfort puzzle, and a wide variety 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 be sure the system performs efficiently. Some options can be purchased as a set, but many of these options must be decided 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 inhabitants. To read more or get your free Home Comfort Analysis, which includes your individualized new system estimate, call 305-440-1505 now, or download our free eBook "Home Heating and Air Conditioning for Dummies".