How much a new air conditioning, heating, or air filtration system will cost varies a lot depending on many factors. These variables generally fall into a couple categories:
- Lifestyle Factors:
- The health conditions of the home's inhabitants (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, style, and size of windows present, the direction the home faces, and age of the home
- Design of building, roofing, siding, ductwork, and quantity of insulation present
- Geographic climate, lot size, city regulations and surrounding atmosphere including average humidity, close-by industries, available land, and codes required
- Utilities desired or available; solar, geothermal, gas, electric, LP, oil
Contractor Risk Factors:
- Contractor licensing, insurance, bonding, and financial stability
- Validity, expertise, and certification level of the employees installing the furnaces and air conditioners
- Satisfaction Guarantees and service level (accessibility and commitment to customer service)
All of these factors and more help to dictate the type, size, and level of work required 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.
Due to the fact that every home’s heating and cooling system must be fully custom designed and installed, it is awfully tough for good contractors like Epperson Service Experts to provide a specific estimate without understanding all the factors on-site that are uncovered during an in-home comfort analysis. However, we can provide wide ranges of the possible HVAC system price based on the approximate size of a home under 30 years old. Remember, even the price ranges above can vary much more, depending 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 like vehicle classes. Systems normally fall into large (and sometimes incorrect) 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 earlier factors mentioned, 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 essential for homeowners with infants and children, people in the home with allergy or respiratory issues, or climate control issues that necessitate humidification controls. Thermostat controls are also a large part of the home comfort puzzle, and a wide selection of mobile and Wi-Fi options are out there.
Other home comfort possibilities include adding the recommended amount of insulation or redesigning, correcting, and cleaning ductwork to be sure the system works efficiently. Some choices can be added as a set, but many of these choices must be determined through a complete Home Comfort Analysis, which is a complimentary service we offer.
All of these options must be considered very carefully, since the best air conditioner or furnace can never correctly control the comfort of the home if the duct work, attic insulation, or air filter is insufficient for the home and its inhabitants. To find out more or get your no-obligation Home Comfort Analysis, which includes your unique new system estimate, call 843-619-3781 now, or download our free eBook "Home Heating and Air Conditioning for Dummies".