How much a new air conditioning, heating, or air filtration system will cost can differ greatly depending on a host of factors. These variables normally 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 taking place inside the house (musical instruments, crafts, wine)
Building and Environmental Factors:
- The number, design, and size of windows currently in place, 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 environment including typical humidity, nearby 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, expertise, and certification level of the employees installing the furnaces and air conditioners
- Satisfaction Guarantees and service level (availability and commitment to customer satisfaction)
All of these elements and more help to determine the design, size, and level of work required to appropriately 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 completely custom designed and installed, it is quite difficult for quality contractors like Sunbeam Service Experts to provide a specific estimate without knowing all the factors on-site that can be found during an in-home comfort analysis. However, we can provide broad ranges of the probable 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 may vary much more, contingent 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 large (and sometimes inaccurate) 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 earlier factors noted, the process and ultimate pricing of a heating and cooling system could be compared to picking 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 issues, or climate control issues that require humidification controls. Thermostat controls are also a large part of the home comfort puzzle, and a big selection of mobile and Wi-Fi options are out there.
Other home comfort choices include adding the required amount of insulation or redesigning, correcting, and cleaning ductwork to make sure the system performs efficiently. Some options can be added as a bundle, but a lot of these choices must be determined through a complete Home Comfort Analysis, which is a free service we provide.
All of these options need to be contemplated 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 inhabitants. To read more or get your complimentary Home Comfort Analysis, which includes your individualized new system estimate, call 716-427-6807 now, or download our free eBook "Home Heating and Air Conditioning for Dummies".