How much a new air conditioning, heating, or air filtration system will cost varies quite a bit depending on many factors. These variables generally fall into a couple categories:
- Lifestyle Factors:
- The health conditions of the home's occupants (allergies, respiratory issues, and sensitivity to surroundings)
- How the residents "feel" comfortable (partiality to cooler or warmer temperatures)
- Hobbies and activities occurring inside the house (musical instruments, crafts, wine)
Building and Environmental Factors:
- The number, design, and size of windows present, the direction the home faces, and age of the home
- Design of building, roofing, siding, ductwork, and level of insulation present
- Geographic climate, lot size, city regulations and surrounding atmosphere including typical humidity, neighboring 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
- Validity, skill, and certification level of the employees installing the furnaces and air conditioners
- Satisfaction Guarantees and service level (obtainability and commitment to customer service)
All of these factors and more help to determine the style, size, and level of work required to correctly heat and cool a home, which typically 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 fully custom created and installed, it is quite hard for reputable contractors like Fras-Air/General Service Experts to offer a specific estimate without understanding all the factors on-site through an in-home comfort analysis. However, we can provide large ranges of the probable HVAC system price based on the general size of a home under 30 years old. It’s important to note that, even the price ranges above could 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 typically fall into large (and sometimes misleading) ranges of "economy", "mid-level", and "premium". However, because every homeowner is different, each new heating and cooling system is manually installed, and because of all the previous factors we discussed, the process and ultimate pricing of a heating and cooling system could be likened to choosing vehicle "Options."
Home Comfort Options
Home comfort Options include size and efficiency, as well as air quality control, such as the efficiency of air cleaners and air filters. Air quality control systems are essential for homeowners with infants and children, people in the home with allergy or respiratory issues, or climate control issues that require humidification controls. Thermostat controls are also a big part of the home comfort puzzle, and a big variety of mobile and Wi-Fi options are out there.
Other home comfort options include adding the necessary amount of insulation or redesigning, correcting, and cleaning ductwork to be sure the system performs efficiently. Some options can be bought as a package, but many of these choices must be decided through a complete Home Comfort Analysis, which is a courtesy service we provide.
All of these options need to be contemplated 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 deficient for the home and its inhabitants. To read more or get your free Home Comfort Analysis, which includes your unique new system estimate, call 908-448-2154 now, or download our free eBook "Home Heating and Air Conditioning for Dummies".