How much a new air conditioning, heating, or air filtration system will cost can vary quite a bit depending on a host of factors. These variables generally fall into a few categories:
- Lifestyle Factors:
- The health conditions of the home's occupants (allergies, respiratory issues, and sensitivity to surroundings)
- How the residents "feel" comfortable (partiality to cooler or warmer temperatures)
- Hobbies and activities happening inside the house (musical instruments, crafts, wine)
Building and Environmental Factors:
- The number, type, and size of windows currently in place, the direction the home faces, and age of the home
- Type of building, roofing, siding, ductwork, and amount of insulation present
- Geographic climate, lot size, city regulations and surrounding environment including average 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 constancy
- Legitimacy, expertise, and certification level of the employees installing the heating and cooling systems
- Satisfaction Guarantees and service level (accessibility and commitment to customer service)
All of these aspects and more help to dictate the style, size, and level of work needed to appropriately 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 designed and installed, it is very tough for quality contractors like Service Experts to offer a specific estimate without knowing all the factors on-site that are uncovered during an in-home comfort analysis. However, we can provide large ranges of the possible HVAC system price based on the general size of a home under 30 years old. It’s important to note that, even the price ranges above can vary much more, contingent on all the factors and circumstances of a particular home and homeowner.
How HVAC Systems Are Priced by the Manufacturer (MSRP)
Central heating and cooling systems are similar to vehicle classes. Systems normally fall into large (and sometimes incorrect) 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 compared 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 problems, or climate control issues that need humidification controls. Thermostat controls are also a big part of the home comfort puzzle, and a large choice of mobile and Wi-Fi options now exist.
Other home comfort choices include adding the required amount of insulation or redesigning, correcting, and cleaning ductwork to make sure the system performs efficiently. Some choices can be bought as a package, but many of these items must be determined through a complete Home Comfort Analysis, which is a complimentary service we offer.
All of these options need to 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 inhabitants. To read more or get your complimentary Home Comfort Analysis, which includes your unique new system estimate, call 614-334-3192 now, or download our free eBook "Home Heating and Air Conditioning for Dummies".