How much a new air conditioning, heating, or air filtration system will cost can vary greatly depending on a host of factors. These variables normally 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 (liking to cooler or warmer temperatures)
- Hobbies and activities happening 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
- Type of building, roofing, siding, ductwork, and quantity of insulation present
- Geographic climate, lot size, city regulations and surrounding atmosphere 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 strength
- Legitimacy, expertise, and certification level of the employees installing the furnaces and air conditioners
- Satisfaction Guarantees and service level (accessibility and commitment to customer priorities)
All of these factors and more help to decide the type, size, and level of work necessary to correctly heat and cool a home, which typically goes into the expense associated with 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 created and installed, it is very tough for reputable contractors like Stevenson Service Experts to give a specific estimate without knowing all the factors on-site through an in-home comfort analysis. However, we can suggest wide ranges of the potential HVAC system price based on the general size of a home that isn’t yet 30 years old. Remember, even the price ranges above may 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 like vehicle classes. Systems typically fall into broad (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 earlier factors mentioned, the process and ultimate pricing of a heating and cooling system could be compared 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 important for homeowners with infants and children, people in the home with allergy or respiratory issues, or climate control issues that necessitate humidification controls. Thermostat controls are also a big part of the home comfort puzzle, and a wide choice of mobile and Wi-Fi options now exist.
Other home comfort options include adding the required amount of insulation or redesigning, correcting, and cleaning ductwork to be sure the system operates efficiently. Some selections can be added as a bundle, but quite a few of these options must be decided through a complete Home Comfort Analysis, which is a courtesy service we have.
All of these options should be considered 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 deficient for the home and its inhabitants. To find out more or get your complimentary Home Comfort Analysis, which includes your customized new system estimate, call 937-503-7896 now, or download our free eBook "Home Heating and Air Conditioning for Dummies".