How much a new air conditioning, heating, or air filtration system will cost can vary quite a bit depending on many factors. These variables generally 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 (preference to cooler or warmer temperatures)
- Hobbies and activities happening inside the house (musical instruments, crafts, wine)
Building and Environmental Factors:
- The number, design, and size of windows present, 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 setting including regular humidity, neighboring 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 (obtainability and dedication to customer service)
All of these elements and more help to determine the design, size, and level of work required to appropriately heat and cool a home, which usually 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 completely custom developed and installed, it is very tough for good contractors like Donelson Air Service Experts to offer a specific estimate without investigating all the factors on-site that are uncovered during an in-home comfort analysis. However, we can recommend broad ranges of the potential HVAC system price based on the general size of a home less than 30 years old. Remember, even the price ranges above can 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 similar to vehicle classes. Systems usually fall into big (and sometimes inaccurate) 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 we discussed, the process and ultimate pricing of a heating and cooling system could be equated to picking 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 essential for homeowners with infants and children, people in the home with allergy or respiratory problems, or climate control issues that require humidification controls. Thermostat controls are also a large part of the home comfort puzzle, and a wide variety of mobile and Wi-Fi options now exist.
Other home comfort choices include adding the necessary amount of insulation or redesigning, correcting, and cleaning ductwork to be sure the system performs efficiently. Some choices can be bought as a package, but quite a few of these choices must be figured out through a complete Home Comfort Analysis, which is a courtesy service we offer.
All of these options need to 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 occupants. To learn more or get your complimentary Home Comfort Analysis, which includes your customized new system estimate, call 615-953-9885 now, or download our free eBook "Home Heating and Air Conditioning for Dummies".