How much a new air conditioning, heating, or air filtration system will cost varies greatly depending on a number of 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 occupants "feel" comfortable (partiality to cooler or warmer temperatures)
- Hobbies and activities taking place inside the house (musical instruments, crafts, wine)
Building and Environmental Factors:
- The number, design, and size of windows you currently have, the direction the home faces, and age of the home
- Style of building, roofing, siding, ductwork, and quantity of insulation present
- Geographic climate, lot size, city regulations and surrounding atmosphere including average 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 strength
- Validity, ability, and certification level of the employees installing the heating and cooling systems
- Satisfaction Guarantees and service level (obtainability and commitment to customer service)
All of these factors and more help to decide the type, size, and level of work required to correctly heat and cool a home, which normally 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.
Due to the fact that every home’s heating and cooling system must be completely custom developed and installed, it is quite tough for reputable contractors like McElroy Service Experts to offer a specific estimate without investigating all the factors on-site that can be found during an in-home comfort analysis. However, we can provide broad ranges of the potential HVAC system price based on the approximate size of a home under 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 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 earlier factors noted, the process and ultimate pricing of a heating and cooling system could be compared to choosing 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 imperative 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 an important part of the home comfort puzzle, and a large variety of mobile and Wi-Fi options are now available.
Other home comfort choices include adding the required amount of insulation or redesigning, correcting, and cleaning ductwork to make sure the system operates efficiently. Some options can be added as a package, but quite a few of these choices 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 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 read more or get your complimentary Home Comfort Analysis, which includes your customized new system estimate, call 308-210-4398 now, or download our free eBook "Home Heating and Air Conditioning for Dummies".