How Much Should an Air Conditioning System Cost?

July 18, 2016

It’s official; you have to purchase a new air conditioning system. Nobody hopes for this day, and nobody looks forward to budgeting for it, but unfortunately, it is part of Edmonton homeownership. So where do you begin?

First, realize that the investment of a new air conditioner varies based on many factors. The first is your living situation and the other residents in your home. Are there health problems that will involve a specific type of air cleaning equipment? Do the people living in the home have an issue with the cold or heat, or a condition (like Multiple Sclerosis) that would that would result in the home needing to stay at a specific temperature or humidity level? What recreation takes place in the residence? These factors will help decide which A/C system is right for your home.

The second factor to take into consideration is your actual home. What is the number of windows within your home and where do they face? What type of insulation is installed in the home and what is the efficiency level of the ductwork? Does the residence require (or do you prefer) gas, electric, solar-power, etc? At McKinley Heating Service Experts, we will pay you a visit and assess your current set-up to provide the choices available based on your home’s construction and unique traits.

The third variable to think about is which business to use. Though one business may have the system you want at a cost you like, be thorough and find out if they are licensed and bonded, and confirm they are insured in case something should happen at your residence. If a contractor were to get injured and the company was not insured, it’s likely you would be held accountable. At McKinley Heating Service Experts, we are not only bonded, licensed, and insured, but all of our team go through an extensive background check, drug test, and are qualified to work on all major brands of air conditioning systems. We also have a 100% Satisfaction Guarantee so you can be confident in the work we provide.

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

While all the variables above will go into deciding a final budget, below are a few ballpark numbers.


Ranch-Style or Smaller Home

No bigger than 2000 square feet and commonly only one story

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

Using approved financing: $40 - $250 monthly


Common Suburban Residence

No bigger than 3500 ft2 and commonly between one and three stories

Approximatecost of an air conditioner: $8,000 - $25,000

Using approved financing: $100 - $500/month


Luxury Home

More than 3500 sq. ft. and various stories

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

With approved financing: $250+ per month

Estimated pricing may vary depending on where you live, personal habits, equipment settings, equipment maintenance, and installation of air conditioner and duct system.


The entire process can be somewhat overwhelming but McKinley Heating Service Experts is available around the clock to help walk you through all your options and determine the ideal air conditioner for your home. The price can be a little off-putting, but with our multiple financing options your new A/C could be yours today!

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