How much a new air conditioning, heating, or air filtration system will cost can differ greatly depending on many factors. These variables generally fall into a couple 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, type, and size of windows you currently have, the direction the home faces, and age of the home
- Design of building, roofing, siding, ductwork, and level of insulation present
- Geographic climate, lot size, city regulations and surrounding setting 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 strength
- Validity, ability, and certification level of the employees installing the equipment
- Satisfaction Guarantees and service level (obtainability and commitment to customer satisfaction)
All of these aspects and more help to determine the design, size, and level of work necessary to appropriately heat and cool a home, which normally goes into the expense associated with 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.
Because every home’s heating and cooling system must be totally custom created and installed, it is awfully tough for good contractors like Coastal Service Experts to offer a specific estimate without investigating all the factors on-site through an in-home comfort analysis. However, we can suggest large ranges of the possible HVAC system price based on the approximate size of a home less than 30 years old. Keep in mind however, even the price ranges above can vary much more, depending 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 prior 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, as well as 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 concerns, or climate control issues that require humidification controls. Thermostat controls are also a big part of the home comfort puzzle, and a large variety of mobile and Wi-Fi options now exist.
Other home comfort choices include adding the recommended amount of insulation or redesigning, correcting, and cleaning ductwork to be sure the system operates efficiently. Some selections can be bought as a package, but a lot of these choices must be figured out through a complete Home Comfort Analysis, which is a complimentary 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 inhabitants. To read more or get your free Home Comfort Analysis, which includes your unique new system estimate, call 912-208-2399 now, or download our free eBook "Home Heating and Air Conditioning for Dummies".