How much a new air conditioning, heating, or air filtration system will cost varies quite a bit depending on a host of factors. These variables usually fall into three categories:
- Lifestyle Factors:
- The health conditions of the home's occupants (allergies, respiratory issues, and sensitivity to surroundings)
- How the inhabitants "feel" comfortable (partiality 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
- Style of building, roofing, siding, ductwork, and quantity of insulation present
- Geographic climate, lot size, city regulations and surrounding atmosphere including typical 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
- Legality, expertise, and certification level of the employees installing the heating and cooling systems
- Satisfaction Guarantees and service level (availability and dedication to customer service)
All of these elements and more help to dictate the design, size, and level of work needed to appropriately heat and cool a home, which normally goes into the price 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 designed and installed, it is awfully tough for good contractors like Knochelmann Service Experts to provide a specific estimate without knowing all the factors on-site through 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 that isn’t yet 30 years old. Keep in mind however, even the price ranges above may 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 comparable to vehicle classes. Systems normally 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 we discussed, the process and ultimate pricing of a heating and cooling system could be equated 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 necessitate humidification controls. Thermostat controls are also an important part of the home comfort puzzle, and a wide variety of mobile and Wi-Fi options are out there.
Other home comfort possibilities include adding the recommended amount of insulation or redesigning, correcting, and cleaning ductwork to ensure the system performs efficiently. Some choices can be added as a set, but a lot of these items must be decided through a complete Home Comfort Analysis, which is a complimentary service we offer.
All of these options must be through through 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 complimentary Home Comfort Analysis, which includes your individualized new system estimate, call 513-273-5771 now, or download our free eBook "Home Heating and Air Conditioning for Dummies".