How much a new air conditioning, heating, or air filtration system will cost varies a lot depending on a number of factors. These variables usually fall into a couple categories:
- Lifestyle Factors:
- The health conditions of the home's residents (allergies, respiratory issues, and sensitivity to surroundings)
- How the residents "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, design, and size of windows you currently have, the direction the home faces, and age of the home
- Type of building, roofing, siding, ductwork, and level 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
- Legality, ability, and certification level of the employees installing the equipment
- Satisfaction Guarantees and service level (accessibility and commitment to customer satisfaction)
All of these elements and more help to dictate the type, size, and level of work needed to correctly 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.
Due to the fact that every home’s heating and cooling system must be totally custom designed and installed, it is quite tough for good contractors like Boehmers/Cronin Emery Service Experts to provide a specific estimate without understanding all the factors on-site through an in-home comfort analysis. However, we can recommend broad ranges of the probable HVAC system price based on the basic size of a home that isn’t yet 30 years old. Remember, even the price ranges above may 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 usually fall into big (and sometimes incorrect) 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 previous factors noted, the process and ultimate pricing of a heating and cooling system could be equated 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 imperative for homeowners with infants and children, people in the home with allergy or respiratory issues, or climate control issues that require humidification controls. Thermostat controls are also an important part of the home comfort puzzle, and a large choice of mobile and Wi-Fi options are out there.
Other home comfort choices include adding the necessary amount of insulation or redesigning, correcting, and cleaning ductwork to be sure the system works efficiently. Some options can be added as a set, but many of these choices must be determined through a complete Home Comfort Analysis, which is a courtesy service we have.
All of these options must be contemplated 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 deficient for the home and its occupants. To learn more or get your no-obligation Home Comfort Analysis, which includes your customized new system estimate, call 519-804-1617 now, or download our free eBook "Home Heating and Air Conditioning for Dummies".