How much a new air conditioning, heating, or air filtration system will cost can differ greatly depending on a number of factors. These variables generally fall into a few categories:
- Lifestyle Factors:
- The health conditions of the home's inhabitants (allergies, respiratory issues, and sensitivity to surroundings)
- How the inhabitants "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
- Type of building, roofing, siding, ductwork, and quantity of insulation present
- Geographic climate, lot size, city regulations and surrounding atmosphere including regular humidity, neighboring industries, available land, and codes required
- Utilities desired 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 furnaces and air conditioners
- Satisfaction Guarantees and service level (obtainability and devotion to customer satisfaction)
All of these aspects and more help to decide the type, size, and level of work necessary to properly heat and cool a home, which normally goes into the price 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 completely custom designed and installed, it is awfully hard for quality contractors like Air Engineers Service Experts to give 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 basic size of a home less than 30 years old. Keep in mind however, even the price ranges above can vary much more, dependant 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 big (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 earlier factors mentioned, the process and ultimate pricing of a heating and cooling system could be equated to selecting vehicle "Options."
Home Comfort Options
Home comfort Options include size and efficiency, in addition to 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 selection of mobile and Wi-Fi options now exist.
Other home comfort possibilities include adding the necessary amount of insulation or redesigning, correcting, and cleaning ductwork to make sure the system operates efficiently. Some choices can be purchased as a package, but quite a few of these items must be decided through a complete Home Comfort Analysis, which is a free service we offer.
All of these options should 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 residents. To learn more or get your no-obligation Home Comfort Analysis, which includes your unique new system estimate, call 904-450-5672 now, or download our free eBook "Home Heating and Air Conditioning for Dummies".