How Much Should an Air Conditioning System Cost?

July 18, 2016

It’s official; you have to purchase a new air conditioner. Nobody hopes for this day, and nobody wants to worry about budgeting for it, but alas, ‘tis part of Edmonton homeownership. So where do you begin?

First, realize that the investment of a new air conditioner varies based on several factors. The first is your living situation and the other residents in your home. Are there health problems that will involve a special type of air cleaning equipment? Do the people living in the home have an issue with the cold or heat, or a condition (such as Multiple Sclerosis) that would require the home 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 best for your home.

The next 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 currently 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 come out and assess your current set-up to help determine the choices available based on your home’s construction and unique characteristics.

The other variable to consider is which business to use. Though one business may have the equipment 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 hurt and the company was not insured, it’s probable you would be liable. 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. How much is this going to set you back?

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


Ranch-Style or Smaller Home

Up to 2000 square feet and commonly only one story

Average cost of an A/C 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

With approved financing: $100 - $500 per month


Luxury House

More than 3500 sq. ft. and various stories

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

With approved financing: $250+/month

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


The whole 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 right air conditioner for your home. The cost can be a little daunting, but with our multiple financing options your new system could be yours today!

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