How much a new air conditioning, heating, or air filtration system will cost varies quite a bit depending on a number of factors. These variables usually fall into a few categories:
- Lifestyle Factors:
- The health conditions of the home's inhabitants (allergies, respiratory issues, and sensitivity to surroundings)
- How the occupants "feel" comfortable (partiality to cooler or warmer temperatures)
- Hobbies and activities occurring 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
- Design of building, roofing, siding, ductwork, and level of insulation present
- Geographic climate, lot size, city regulations and surrounding environment including regular humidity, neighboring industries, available land, and codes required
- Utilities wanted or available; solar, geothermal, gas, electric, LP, oil
Contractor Risk Factors:
- Contractor licensing, insurance, bonding, and financial constancy
- Legitimacy, skill, and certification level of the employees installing the equipment
- Satisfaction Guarantees and service level (accessibility and commitment to customer service)
All of these factors and more help to decide the design, size, and level of work required to correctly heat and cool a home, which usually 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 fully custom designed and installed, it is quite hard for reputable contractors like Neal Harris Service Experts to offer a specific estimate without understanding all the factors on-site that can be found during an in-home comfort analysis. However, we can provide large ranges of the possible HVAC system price based on the basic size of a home that isn’t yet 30 years old. It’s important to note that, even the price ranges above can vary much more, dependant on all the factors and circumstances of a certain home and homeowner.
How HVAC Systems Are Priced by the Manufacturer (MSRP)
Central heating and cooling systems are comparable to vehicle classes. Systems typically fall into broad (and sometimes misleading) ranges of "economy", "mid-level", and "premium". However, because every homeowner is distinct, each new heating and cooling system is manually installed, and because of all the prior factors mentioned, the process and ultimate pricing of a heating and cooling system could be compared to selecting 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 concerns, or climate control issues that require humidification controls. Thermostat controls are also an important part of the home comfort puzzle, and a large choice of mobile and Wi-Fi options now exist.
Other home comfort possibilities include adding the required amount of insulation or redesigning, correcting, and cleaning ductwork to make sure the system operates efficiently. Some options can be bought as a set, but a lot of these options must be figured out through a complete Home Comfort Analysis, which is a complimentary service we offer.
All of these options need to 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 occupants. To learn more or get your free Home Comfort Analysis, which includes your unique new system estimate, call 816-787-0500 now, or download our free eBook "Home Heating and Air Conditioning for Dummies".