How Much Should an Air Conditioning System Cost?

July 18, 2016

The time has come when 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 A/C system 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 special type of air filtration equipment? Do the people living in the home have a sensitivity to the cold or heat, or a disorder (i.e., Multiple Sclerosis) that would that would result in the home needing to stay at a set temperature or humidity level? What hobbies take place inside the residence? These factors will help determine which air conditioning system is ideal for your home.

The next variable to examine is your home itself. What is the number of windows within your home and which direction do they face? What level of insulation is presently in the residence and what level of efficiency is the ductwork? Does the house 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 help determine the systems available based on your home’s design and unique traits.

The additional factor to think about is which company to use. Though one company may have the equipment you want at a price point you like, take caution and find out if they are licensed, bonded, and confirm they are insured in the event that something should occur at your house. If a tech were to become injured and the contractor was not insured, it’s likely 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 top brands of A/C systems. We also have a 100% Satisfaction Guarantee so you can be assured in the work we do.

So, you’ve thought about 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 deciding a final budget, below are a few ranges.


Ranch or Smaller Home

Up to 2000 ft2 and usually one story

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

With approved financing: $40 - $250 monthly


Average Suburban Residence

No bigger than 3500 square feet and usually 1-3 stories

Averagecost of an air conditioning 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 may fluctuate depending on geographic location, personal lifestyle, system settings, system maintenance, and installation of air conditioner and duct system.


The whole process can be a tad overwhelming but Sunbeam Service Experts is available 24/7 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 system could be yours before you know it!

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