How much a new air conditioning, heating, or air filtration system will cost can vary greatly depending on many factors. These variables generally fall into a few 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 present, the direction the home faces, and age of the home
- Design of building, roofing, siding, ductwork, and quantity of insulation present
- Geographic climate, lot size, city regulations and surrounding setting including average 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 furnaces and air conditioners
- Satisfaction Guarantees and service level (obtainability and commitment to customer satisfaction)
All of these factors and more help to dictate the type, size, and level of work necessary to properly heat and cool a home, which normally goes into the cost 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.
Since every home’s heating and cooling system must be totally custom developed and installed, it is awfully difficult for reputable contractors like Limcan Walker/Certified Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning to provide a specific estimate without knowing all the factors on-site that can be found during an in-home comfort analysis. However, we can recommend large ranges of the possible HVAC system price based on the approximate size of a home that isn’t yet 30 years old. Remember, even the price ranges above could 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 normally fall into broad (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 previous factors noted, the process and ultimate pricing of a heating and cooling system could be likened to picking 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 essential for homeowners with infants and children, people in the home with allergy or respiratory concerns, or climate control issues that need humidification controls. Thermostat controls are also an important part of the home comfort puzzle, and a wide variety of mobile and Wi-Fi options now exist.
Other home comfort options include adding the recommended amount of insulation or redesigning, correcting, and cleaning ductwork to make sure the system works efficiently. Some options can be bought as a set, but a lot of these choices must be decided through a complete Home Comfort Analysis, which is a courtesy service we have.
All of these options should be through through very carefully, since the best air conditioner or furnace can’t correctly control the comfort of the home if the duct work, attic insulation, or air filter is inadequate for the home and its residents. To read more or get your no-obligation Home Comfort Analysis, which includes your individualized new system estimate, call (289) 274-4367 now, or download our free eBook "Home Heating and Air Conditioning for Dummies".