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 enjoys this day, and nobody enjoys budgeting for it, but unfortunately, it is part of Albany homeownership. So where do you begin?

First, know that the cost of a new air conditioner differs based on many factors. The first is your lifestyle and the other people residing in your home. Are there health issues that will call for a specific type of air filtration equipment? Do the residents in the home have any problems with the cold or heat, or an affliction (like Multiple Sclerosis) that would require the home to stay at a particular temperature or humidity level? What hobbies take place in the residence? All of these things will help direct you to which A/C system is best for your.

The second thing to examine is the actual home. Do you have a lot of windows and where do they face? What level of insulation is installed in the residence and what level of efficiency is the ductwork? Does the house require (or do you desire) gas, electric, solar-power, etc? At Roland J. Down Service Experts , we will come out and assess your current set-up to help determine the options available based on your home’s construction and unique features.

The other thing to consider is which company to choose. Though one business may have the system you want at a budget you like, be thorough and find out if they are bonded, licensed, and confirm they are insured just in case something should happen at your residence. If a technician were to get injured and the contractor was not insured, it’s likely you would be held accountable. At Roland J. Down Service Experts , not only are we insured, licensed, and bonded, but all of our employees go through an extensive background check, drug test, and are skilled to work on all top brands of air conditioners. We also provide a 100% Satisfaction Guarantee so you can be confident in the work we deliver.

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

While all the factors above will go into deciding a final price, below are a few estimates.


Ranch-Style or Smaller Residence

No bigger than 2000 ft2 and usually one story

Estimated cost of an A/C system: $6,000 - $15,000

Using approved financing: $40 - $250 per month


Typical Suburban Residence

No bigger than 3500 ft2 and commonly 1-3 stories

Approximatecost of an A/C system: $8,000 - $25,000

Using approved financing: $100 - $500/month


Luxury House

Over 3500 sq. ft. and any number of stories

Estimated cost of an A/C system: $18,000 - $60,000+

With approved financing: $250+/month

Potentia pricing can fluctuate depending on where you live, personal routines, equipment settings, air conditioning maintenance, and installation of air conditioner and duct system.


The whole process can be a tad overwhelming but Roland J. Down Service Experts is available day and night to review all your options and decide on the right air conditioner for your home. The budget can be a little discouraging, but with our great financing options your new system could be yours before you know it!

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