How much a new air conditioning, heating, or air filtration system will cost varies greatly depending on many factors. These variables usually fall into a few categories:
- Lifestyle Factors:
- The health conditions of the home's occupants (allergies, respiratory issues, and sensitivity to surroundings)
- How the residents "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
- Design of building, roofing, siding, ductwork, and level of insulation present
- Geographic climate, lot size, city regulations and surrounding setting including regular humidity, neighboring industries, available land, and codes required
- Utilities desired 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 furnaces and air conditioners
- Satisfaction Guarantees and service level (accessibility and devotion to customer priorities)
All of these aspects and more help to dictate 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 totally custom created and installed, it is quite tough for reputable contractors like Norrell Service Experts to provide a specific estimate without understanding all the factors on-site that can be found during an in-home comfort analysis. However, we can provide wide ranges of the potential HVAC system price based on the general size of a home that isn’t yet 30 years old. It’s important to note that, even the price ranges above could vary much more, depending on all the factors and circumstances of a particular home and homeowner.
How HVAC Systems Are Priced by the Manufacturer (MSRP)
Central heating and cooling systems are comparable to vehicle classes. Systems normally fall into broad (and sometimes incorrect) ranges of "economy", "mid-level", and "premium". However, because every homeowner is unique, each new heating and cooling system is manually installed, and because of all the prior factors noted, the process and ultimate pricing of a heating and cooling system could be likened 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 issues, or climate control issues that require humidification controls. Thermostat controls are also a large 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 recommended amount of insulation or redesigning, correcting, and cleaning ductwork to make sure the system performs efficiently. Some options can be added as a set, but a lot of these items must be decided through a complete Home Comfort Analysis, which is a courtesy service we provide.
All of these options need to be through through very carefully, since the best air conditioner or furnace can’t correctly control the comfort of the home if the duct work, attic insulation, or air filter is deficient for the home and its occupants. To learn more or get your no-obligation Home Comfort Analysis, which includes your individualized new system estimate, call 205-267-0023 now, or download our free eBook "Home Heating and Air Conditioning for Dummies".