How much a new air conditioning, heating, or air filtration system will cost varies quite a bit depending on a host of factors. These variables generally fall into three categories:
- Lifestyle Factors:
- The health conditions of the home's occupants (allergies, respiratory issues, and sensitivity to surroundings)
- How the inhabitants "feel" comfortable (preference to cooler or warmer temperatures)
- Hobbies and activities occurring inside the house (musical instruments, crafts, wine)
Building and Environmental Factors:
- The number, style, and size of windows you currently have, 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 regular humidity, close-by industries, available land, and codes required
- Utilities wanted or available; solar, geothermal, gas, electric, LP, oil
Contractor Risk Factors:
- Contractor licensing, insurance, bonding, and financial constancy
- Validity, skill, and certification level of the employees installing the heating and cooling systems
- Satisfaction Guarantees and service level (availability and devotion to customer priorities)
All of these elements and more help to decide the style, size, and level of work required to correctly heat and cool a home, which typically 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.
Since every home’s heating and cooling system must be totally custom designed and installed, it is very tough for good contractors like Becht / Givens 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 provide wide ranges of the potential HVAC system price based on the approximate size of a home that isn’t yet 30 years old. It’s important to note that, even the price ranges above can vary much more, depending 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 similar to vehicle classes. Systems usually fall into broad (and sometimes misleading) ranges of "economy", "mid-level", and "premium". However, because every homeowner is unique, each new heating and cooling system is manually installed, and because of all the earlier factors we discussed, 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, 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 issues, or climate control issues that require humidification controls. Thermostat controls are also a big part of the home comfort puzzle, and a large selection of mobile and Wi-Fi options are now available.
Other home comfort choices include adding the necessary amount of insulation or redesigning, correcting, and cleaning ductwork to ensure the system works efficiently. Some options can be bought as a set, but quite a few of these options must be determined through a complete Home Comfort Analysis, which is a complimentary service we provide.
All of these options should be through through 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 inadequate for the home and its occupants. To learn more or get your complimentary Home Comfort Analysis, which includes your unique new system estimate, call 502-785-8230 now, or download our free eBook "Home Heating and Air Conditioning for Dummies".