How much a new air conditioning, heating, or air filtration system will cost can differ greatly depending on a host 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 occupants "feel" comfortable (partiality to cooler or warmer temperatures)
- Hobbies and activities taking place inside the house (musical instruments, crafts, wine)
Building and Environmental Factors:
- The number, type, and size of windows you currently have, the direction the home faces, and age of the home
- Design of building, roofing, siding, ductwork, and amount of insulation present
- Geographic climate, lot size, city regulations and surrounding setting including typical 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 stability
- Legitimacy, ability, and certification level of the employees installing the equipment
- Satisfaction Guarantees and service level (accessibility and devotion to customer satisfaction)
All of these factors and more help to determine the style, size, and level of work necessary to properly heat and cool a home, which typically 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.
Because every home’s heating and cooling system must be totally custom created and installed, it is very difficult for good contractors like Service Experts to give a specific estimate without investigating all the factors on-site that can be found during an in-home comfort analysis. However, we can provide wide ranges of the possible HVAC system price based on the basic size of a home less than 30 years old. It’s important to note that, even the price ranges above can vary much more, depending 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 comparable to vehicle classes. Systems typically fall into large (and sometimes misleading) 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 previous factors mentioned, the process and ultimate pricing of a heating and cooling system could be likened to selecting 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 issues, or climate control issues that need humidification controls. Thermostat controls are also a big 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 necessary amount of insulation or redesigning, correcting, and cleaning ductwork to ensure the system performs efficiently. Some selections can be purchased as a set, but many of these items must be figured out through a complete Home Comfort Analysis, which is a complimentary service we provide.
All of these options must be contemplated 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 residents. To find out more or get your no-obligation Home Comfort Analysis, which includes your customized new system estimate, call 239-908-6991 now, or download our free eBook "Home Heating and Air Conditioning for Dummies".