How much a new air conditioning, heating, or air filtration system will cost can vary quite a bit 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 residents "feel" comfortable (liking to cooler or warmer temperatures)
- Hobbies and activities happening 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
- Type 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 required or available; solar, geothermal, gas, electric, LP, oil
Contractor Risk Factors:
- Contractor licensing, insurance, bonding, and financial strength
- Legitimacy, ability, and certification level of the employees installing the equipment
- Satisfaction Guarantees and service level (obtainability and commitment to customer priorities)
All of these elements and more help to dictate the type, size, and level of work necessary to properly heat and cool a home, which usually goes into the price of 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.
Because every home’s heating and cooling system must be completely custom developed and installed, it is awfully tough for quality contractors like Roland J. Down Service Experts to offer a specific estimate without knowing all the factors on-site that can be found during an in-home comfort analysis. However, we can provide broad 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, depending 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 similar to vehicle classes. Systems usually fall into big (and sometimes misleading) ranges of "economy", "mid-level", and "premium". However, because every homeowner is different, 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 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 problems, or climate control issues that necessitate humidification controls. Thermostat controls are also a large part of the home comfort puzzle, and a wide variety of mobile and Wi-Fi options are now available.
Other home comfort choices include adding the required amount of insulation or redesigning, correcting, and cleaning ductwork to be sure the system works efficiently. Some options can be purchased as a bundle, but a lot 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 through through very carefully, since the best air conditioner or furnace will never correctly control the comfort of the home if the duct work, attic insulation, or air filter is deficient for the home and its occupants. To read more or get your free Home Comfort Analysis, which includes your customized new system estimate, call 518-417-2938 now, or download our free eBook "Home Heating and Air Conditioning for Dummies".