How Much Should an Air Conditioning System Cost?

July 18, 2016

It’s official; you have to purchase a new air conditioner. Nobody enjoys this day, and nobody enjoys budgeting for it, but alas, ‘tis part of Nashville homeownership. So where do you begin?

First, realize that the cost of a new A/C system varies based on many factors. The first is your routine and the people living in your home. Are there health issues that will require a specific type of air filtration system? Do the residents in the home have an issue with warmth or coolness, or a disorder (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 choose which air conditioning system is ideal for your.

The next factor to assess is the home itself. How many windows do you have and where do they face? How much insulation is installed in the home and what is the efficiency level of the ductwork? Does the residence require (or do you desire) solar-power, gas, electric, etc? At Donelson Air Service Experts, we will come out and assess your house to provide the choices available considering your home’s construction and unique features.

The other factor to consider is which company to call. Though one business may have the equipment you want at a price point you like, take caution and find out if they are bonded, licensed, and confirm they are insured in the event that something should happen at your residence. If a technician were to get hurt and the contractor was not insured, it’s possible you would be held accountable. At Donelson Air Service Experts, not only are we licensed, bonded, and insured, but all of our team 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 provide.

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-Style or Smaller Home

No bigger than 2000 square feet and usually only one story

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

With approved financing: $40 - $250 per month


Common Suburban House

No bigger than 3500 ft2 and typically 1-3 stories

Averagecost of an A/C system: $8,000 - $25,000

Including approved financing: $100 - $500/month


Luxury Home

Larger than 3500 square feet and various stories

Average cost of an air conditioning system: $18,000 - $60,000+

With approved financing: $250+/month

Potentia pricing could vary depending on regional climate, personal lifestyle, system settings, equipment maintenance, and installation of equipment and duct system.


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

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