How much a new air conditioning, heating, or air filtration system will cost can differ greatly depending on many factors. These variables usually 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 present, 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 typical humidity, nearby 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
- Legality, skill, and certification level of the employees installing the heating and cooling systems
- Satisfaction Guarantees and service level (accessibility and dedication to customer service)
All of these elements and more help to decide the type, 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.
Since every home’s heating and cooling system must be fully custom designed and installed, it is very difficult for good contractors like Comfort Masters Service Experts to provide a specific estimate without understanding all the factors on-site that can be found during an in-home comfort analysis. However, we can provide broad ranges of the probable HVAC system price based on the basic size of a home that isn’t yet 30 years old. Keep in mind however, even the price ranges above could vary much more, dependant on all the factors and circumstances of a specific 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 large (and sometimes inaccurate) ranges of "economy", "mid-level", and "premium". However, because every homeowner is distinct, each new heating and cooling system is manually installed, and because of all the prior factors noted, 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, and also include 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 problems, or climate control issues that necessitate humidification controls. Thermostat controls are also a large 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 recommended amount of insulation or redesigning, correcting, and cleaning ductwork to make sure the system operates efficiently. Some choices can be bought as a bundle, but a lot of these items must be decided through a complete Home Comfort Analysis, which is a complimentary 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 inhabitants. To learn more or get your free Home Comfort Analysis, which includes your customized new system estimate, call 847-250-6729 now, or download our free eBook "Home Heating and Air Conditioning for Dummies".