How Much Should an Air Conditioning System Cost?

July 18, 2016

It’s official; you have to get a new air conditioning system. Nobody looks forward to this day, and nobody looks forward to budgeting for it, but alas, ‘tis part of Birmingham homeownership. So where on earth should you begin?

First, realize that the price of a new A/C system varies based on several factors. The first is your lifestyle and the people living in your home. Are there health conditions that will call for a specific type of air filtration equipment? Do the residents in the home have a sensitivity to the cold or heat, or a disorder (like Multiple Sclerosis) that would that would result in the home needing to stay at a set temperature or humidity level? What recreation takes place in the house? All of these things will help choose which air conditioning system is right for your home.

The next variable to take into consideration is the actual home. What is the number of windows within your home and where do they face? What type of insulation is presently in the house and what level of efficiency is the ductwork? Does the house require (or do you want) solar-power, gas, electric, etc? At Norrell Service Experts, we will come out and analyze your current set-up to go over the options available based on your home’s design and unique traits.

The third variable to think about is which business to use. Though one contractor may have the system you want at a budget you like, be careful and find out if they are licensed, bonded, and confirm they are insured in the event that something should happen at your home. If a contractor were to get hurt and the business was not insured, it’s probable you would be held responsible. At Norrell Service Experts, not only are we licensed, bonded, and insured, but all of our employees go through an extensive background check, drug test, and are trained to work on all top brands of air conditioning systems. We also provide a 100% Satisfaction Guarantee so you can be comfortable in the work we do.

So, you’ve researched all this but let’s answer the real question. How much is this going to set you back?

While all the factors above will go into determining a final budget, below are a few ranges.


Ranch-Style or Smaller House

Up to 2000 ft2 and typically one story

Approximate cost of an A/C system: $6,000 - $15,000

Including approved financing: $40 - $250 monthly


Average Suburban House

Up to 3500 ft2 and usually one to three stories

Approximatecost of an air conditioning system: $8,000 - $25,000

Including approved financing: $100 - $500 per month


Luxury Residence

Larger than 3500 sq. ft. and any number of stories

Approximate cost of an air conditioning system: $18,000 - $60,000+

Using approved financing: $250+/month

Potentia pricing can fluctuate depending on regional climate, personal routines, system settings, equipment maintenance, and installation of equipment and duct system.


The entire process can be somewhat overwhelming but Norrell Service Experts is available around the clock to help walk you through all your options and decide on the best air conditioner for your home. The budget can be a little discouraging, but with our great financing options your new A/C could be yours today!

Contact Us