How much a new air conditioning, heating, or air filtration system will cost varies quite a bit depending on a number of factors. These variables normally fall into a few categories:
- Lifestyle Factors:
- The health conditions of the home's inhabitants (allergies, respiratory issues, and sensitivity to surroundings)
- How the residents "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, design, and size of windows you currently have, 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 average humidity, nearby 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, skill, and certification level of the employees installing the equipment
- Satisfaction Guarantees and service level (accessibility and commitment to customer service)
All of these aspects and more help to determine the design, size, and level of work needed to appropriately 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.
Due to the fact that every home’s heating and cooling system must be totally custom created and installed, it is very hard for good contractors like Abbey Air Service Experts to provide a specific estimate without understanding all the factors on-site that can be found during an in-home comfort analysis. However, we can suggest large ranges of the probable HVAC system price based on the general size of a home less than 30 years old. It’s important to note that, 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 usually fall into big (and sometimes inaccurate) 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 mentioned, the process and ultimate pricing of a heating and cooling system could be compared to choosing 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 issues, or climate control issues that need humidification controls. Thermostat controls are also an important part of the home comfort puzzle, and a large variety 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 ensure the system operates efficiently. Some options can be added as a package, but many of these choices must be decided through a complete Home Comfort Analysis, which is a complimentary service we offer.
All of these options must be considered 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 unique new system estimate, call 289-813-5566 now, or download our free eBook "Home Heating and Air Conditioning for Dummies".