How much a new air conditioning, heating, or air filtration system will cost can differ greatly depending on a host of factors. These variables usually fall into three 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 taking place inside the house (musical instruments, crafts, wine)
Building and Environmental Factors:
- The number, type, 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 environment including regular humidity, close-by 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 stability
- Validity, expertise, and certification level of the employees installing the heating and cooling systems
- Satisfaction Guarantees and service level (obtainability and devotion to customer satisfaction)
All of these elements and more help to decide the style, size, and level of work necessary to properly 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 totally custom created and installed, it is very tough for good contractors like Service Experts to provide a specific estimate without knowing all the factors on-site through an in-home comfort analysis. However, we can suggest large ranges of the probable HVAC system price based on the approximate size of a home less than 30 years old. It’s important to note that, even the price ranges above may vary much more, contingent 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 large (and sometimes misleading) 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 we discussed, 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 important for homeowners with infants and children, people in the home with allergy or respiratory issues, or climate control issues that necessitate humidification controls. Thermostat controls are also an important part of the home comfort puzzle, and a wide variety of mobile and Wi-Fi options are out there.
Other home comfort options include adding the recommended amount of insulation or redesigning, correcting, and cleaning ductwork to make sure the system operates efficiently. Some selections can be added as a bundle, but quite a few of these choices must be determined through a complete Home Comfort Analysis, which is a free service we have.
All of these options need to be considered 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 insufficient for the home and its inhabitants. To learn more or get your no-obligation Home Comfort Analysis, which includes your individualized new system estimate, call 801-871-8425 now, or download our free eBook "Home Heating and Air Conditioning for Dummies".