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 three categories:
- Lifestyle Factors:
- The health conditions of the home's residents (allergies, respiratory issues, and sensitivity to surroundings)
- How the residents "feel" comfortable (liking to cooler or warmer temperatures)
- Hobbies and activities taking place inside the house (musical instruments, crafts, wine)
Building and Environmental Factors:
- The number, design, 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 environment including regular humidity, close-by 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
- Validity, expertise, and certification level of the employees installing the furnaces and air conditioners
- Satisfaction Guarantees and service level (availability and commitment to customer satisfaction)
All of these aspects and more help to determine the style, size, and level of work required to correctly heat and cool a home, which normally 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.
Since every home’s heating and cooling system must be totally custom created and installed, it is awfully tough for quality contractors like Strand Brothers Service Experts to offer a specific estimate without knowing all the factors on-site through an in-home comfort analysis. However, we can suggest wide ranges of the probable HVAC system price based on the basic size of a home under 30 years old. Remember, 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 like vehicle classes. Systems typically fall into broad (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 noted, the process and ultimate pricing of a heating and cooling system could be likened to choosing 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 an important part of the home comfort puzzle, and a big variety of mobile and Wi-Fi options now exist.
Other home comfort options include adding the necessary amount of insulation or redesigning, correcting, and cleaning ductwork to ensure the system operates efficiently. Some choices can be purchased as a set, but many of these items must be figured out through a complete Home Comfort Analysis, which is a free service we provide.
All of these options need to be considered very carefully, since the best air conditioner or furnace can never correctly control the comfort of the home if the duct work, attic insulation, or air filter is insufficient for the home and its residents. To find out more or get your free Home Comfort Analysis, which includes your customized new system estimate, call 512-592-3072 now, or download our free eBook "Home Heating and Air Conditioning for Dummies".