How Much Should an Air Conditioning System Cost?

July 18, 2016

The time has come when you have to purchase a new air conditioning system. Nobody looks forward to this day, and nobody enjoys budgeting for it, but alas, ‘tis part of Nashville homeownership. So where to begin?

First, realize that the cost of a new A/C system differs based on several factors. The first is your routine and the other residents in your home. Are there health issues that will call for a special type of air filtration system? Do the residents in the home have a sensitivity to warmth or coolness, or a condition (such as Multiple Sclerosis) that would demand that the home stay at a specific temperature or humidity level? What activities take place within the residence? These factors will help direct you to which air conditioning system is ideal for your family.

The second factor to consider is the home itself. How many windows do you have and which direction do they face? How much insulation is currently in the home and what is the efficiency level of the ductwork? Does the residence require (or do you prefer) solar-power, gas, electric, etc? At Donelson Air Service Experts, we will come out and evaluate your home to help determine the options available considering your home’s construction and unique features.

The other factor to consider is which contractor to call. Though one business may have the equipment you want at a price point you like, be careful and find out if they are licensed, bonded, and confirm they are insured in case something should happen at your residence. If a contractor were to get hurt and the contractor was not insured, it’s possible you would be held accountable. At Donelson Air Service Experts, we are not only bonded, licensed, and insured, but all of our employees go through a thorough background check, drug test, and are qualified to work on all leading brands of A/C systems. We also offer a 100% Satisfaction Guarantee so you can be comfortable in the work we do.

So, you’ve considered all this but let’s ask the real question. How much is this going to set you back?

While all the factors above will go into determining a final budget, below are a few estimates.


Ranch or Smaller Home

No bigger than 2000 sq. ft. and typically only one story

Approximate cost of an air conditioner: $6,000 - $15,000

With approved financing: $40 - $250 per month


Common Suburban Home

Up to 3500 ft2 and typically one to three stories

Estimatedcost of an air conditioning system: $8,000 - $25,000

Including approved financing: $100 - $500 per month


Luxury Home

Larger than 3500 sq. ft. and any number of stories

Estimated cost of an A/C system: $18,000 - $60,000+

With approved financing: $250+/month

Estimated pricing could fluctuate depending on regional climate, personal lifestyle, system settings, system maintenance, and installation of system and duct system.


The entire process can be a little overwhelming but Donelson Air Service Experts is available 24/7 to help walk you through all your options and choose the best air conditioning system for your home. The price can be a little scary, but with our wonderful financing options your new A/C could be yours today!

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