How much a new air conditioning, heating, or air filtration system will cost varies greatly depending on a number of factors. These variables usually fall into a couple categories:
- Lifestyle Factors:
- The health conditions of the home's inhabitants (allergies, respiratory issues, and sensitivity to surroundings)
- How the inhabitants "feel" comfortable (liking 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
- Type of building, roofing, siding, ductwork, and level of insulation present
- Geographic climate, lot size, city regulations and surrounding atmosphere including regular humidity, close-by 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, skill, and certification level of the employees installing the equipment
- Satisfaction Guarantees and service level (accessibility and commitment to customer satisfaction)
All of these elements and more help to dictate the design, size, and level of work necessary to appropriately heat and cool a home, which typically 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 developed and installed, it is awfully tough for good contractors like Barlow Service Experts to offer a specific estimate without investigating all the factors on-site through an in-home comfort analysis. However, we can suggest wide ranges of the potential HVAC system price based on the approximate 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, 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 similar to vehicle classes. Systems normally fall into large (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 previous factors mentioned, 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, in addition to 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 wide choice of mobile and Wi-Fi options are out there.
Other home comfort options include adding the recommended amount of insulation or redesigning, correcting, and cleaning ductwork to make sure the system works efficiently. Some choices can be bought as a bundle, but quite a few of these choices must be figured out through a complete Home Comfort Analysis, which is a courtesy service we offer.
All of these options should be considered 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 inadequate for the home and its occupants. To find out more or get your no-obligation Home Comfort Analysis, which includes your customized new system estimate, call 801-436-8985 now, or download our free eBook "Home Heating and Air Conditioning for Dummies".