How much a new air conditioning, heating, or air filtration system will cost can vary greatly depending on a number of factors. These variables usually fall into three 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 taking place inside the house (musical instruments, crafts, wine)
Building and Environmental Factors:
- The number, style, 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 average 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 constancy
- Validity, ability, and certification level of the employees installing the furnaces and air conditioners
- Satisfaction Guarantees and service level (obtainability and devotion to customer service)
All of these elements and more help to decide the type, size, and level of work necessary to appropriately heat and cool a home, which usually 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.
Due to the fact that every home’s heating and cooling system must be fully custom created and installed, it is quite difficult for reputable contractors like Golden Seal Service Experts to offer a specific estimate without knowing all the factors on-site that are uncovered during an in-home comfort analysis. However, we can suggest large ranges of the probable HVAC system price based on the approximate size of a home under 30 years old. Remember, 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 comparable to vehicle classes. Systems normally fall into broad (and sometimes inaccurate) ranges of "economy", "mid-level", and "premium". However, because every homeowner is unique, each new heating and cooling system is manually installed, and because of all the earlier factors we discussed, 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, as well as 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 a big part of the home comfort puzzle, and a large variety of mobile and Wi-Fi options are out there.
Other home comfort options include adding the required amount of insulation or redesigning, correcting, and cleaning ductwork to ensure the system performs efficiently. Some options can be bought as a bundle, but many of these items must be determined through a complete Home Comfort Analysis, which is a free service we have.
All of these options need to be considered 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 find out more or get your complimentary Home Comfort Analysis, which includes your individualized new system estimate, call 630-246-2698 now, or download our free eBook "Home Heating and Air Conditioning for Dummies".