How much a new air conditioning, heating, or air filtration system will cost can differ greatly depending on a number of factors. These variables generally 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 (preference to cooler or warmer temperatures)
- Hobbies and activities happening inside the house (musical instruments, crafts, wine)
Building and Environmental Factors:
- The number, style, and size of windows you currently have, the direction the home faces, and age of the home
- Style of building, roofing, siding, ductwork, and level of insulation present
- Geographic climate, lot size, city regulations and surrounding setting including average humidity, nearby industries, available land, and codes required
- Utilities wanted or available; solar, geothermal, gas, electric, LP, oil
Contractor Risk Factors:
- Contractor licensing, insurance, bonding, and financial strength
- Legality, ability, and certification level of the employees installing the furnaces and air conditioners
- Satisfaction Guarantees and service level (obtainability and devotion to customer priorities)
All of these elements and more help to determine the style, size, and level of work necessary to correctly 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.
Since every home’s heating and cooling system must be totally custom developed and installed, it is quite tough for reputable contractors like McKinley Heating Service Experts to offer a specific estimate without investigating all the factors on-site that are uncovered during an in-home comfort analysis. However, we can recommend large ranges of the probable HVAC system price based on the basic size of a home less than 30 years old. It’s important to note that, even the price ranges above can vary much more, dependant 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 similar to vehicle classes. Systems normally fall into broad (and sometimes incorrect) 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 prior factors noted, the process and ultimate pricing of a heating and cooling system could be equated to choosing 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 need 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 now available.
Other home comfort options include adding the required amount of insulation or redesigning, correcting, and cleaning ductwork to be sure the system operates efficiently. Some choices can be added as a package, but many of these items must be determined through a complete Home Comfort Analysis, which is a complimentary service we offer.
All of these options need to 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 residents. To read more or get your free Home Comfort Analysis, which includes your individualized new system estimate, call 780-800-7092 now, or download our free eBook "Home Heating and Air Conditioning for Dummies".