How Much Should an Air Conditioning System Cost?

July 18, 2016

It’s official; you have to purchase a new A/C system. Nobody hopes for this day, and nobody looks forward to budgeting for it, but sadly is comes with Buffalo homeownership. So where to begin?

First, realize that the investment of a new AC fluctuates based on several factors. The first is your routine and the other people residing in your home. Are there health issues that will warrant a specific type of air filtration equipment? Do the people living in the home have a sensitivity to the heat or cold, or a disorder (i.e., Multiple Sclerosis) that would require the home to stay at a particular temperature or humidity level? What activities take place within the residence? All of these things will help determine which air conditioner is ideal for your home.

The next variable to examine is the home itself. How many windows do you have and which direction do they face? How much insulation is presently in the residence and how efficient is the ductwork? Does the home require (or do you desire) gas, electric, solar-power, etc? At Sunbeam Service Experts, we will go out and analyze your current set-up to provide the systems available depending on your home’s design and unique characteristics.

The additional thing to consider is which contractor to use. Though one contractor may have the equipment you want at a budget you like, be careful and find out if they are bonded, licensed, and confirm they are insured in case something should occur at your home. If a tech were to become injured and the contractor was not insured, it’s probable you would be held responsible. At Sunbeam Service Experts, not only are we licensed, bonded, and insured, but all of our employees go through a thorough background check, drug test, and are skilled to work on all major brands of A/C systems. We also provide a 100% Satisfaction Guarantee so you can be assured in the work we provide.

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

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


Ranch or Smaller Home

Up to 2000 ft2 and typically a single story

Estimated cost of an air conditioning system: $6,000 - $15,000

Using approved financing: $40 - $250 monthly


Typical Suburban Residence

Up to 3500 sq. ft. and usually between one and three stories

Averagecost of an A/C system: $8,000 - $25,000

Including approved financing: $100 - $500 monthly


Luxury Residence

Over 3500 ft2 and varied amount of stories

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

Including approved financing: $250+ per month

Approximate pricing can fluctuate depending on geographic location, personal lifestyle, equipment settings, equipment maintenance, and installation of air conditioner and duct system.


The entire process can be a tad overwhelming but Sunbeam Service Experts is available around the clock to discuss all your options and decide on the ideal A/C equipment for your home. The price can be a little scary, but with our wonderful financing options your new A/C could be yours before you know it!

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