How Much Should an Air Conditioning System Cost?

July 18, 2016

The dreaded day has arrived and now you have to replace your air conditioner. Nobody looks forward to this day, and nobody wants to worry about budgeting for it, but alas, ‘tis part of Hilton Head Island homeownership. So where do you begin?

First, know that the investment of a new AC fluctuates based on multiple factors. The first is your living situation and the people living in your home. Are there health problems that will necessitate a particular type of air filtration system? Do the family members in the home have a sensitivity to the heat or cold, or a disorder (i.e., Multiple Sclerosis) that would that would result in the home needing to stay at a specific temperature or humidity level? What hobbies take place within the home? All of these things will help determine which air conditioning system is right for your home.

The second variable to assess is your actual home. Do you have a lot of windows and where do they face? How much insulation is presently in the house and what is the efficiency level of the ductwork? Does the house require (or do you want) electric, solar-power, gas, etc? At Epperson Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning, we will go out and evaluate your house to provide the options available based on your home’s structure and unique traits.

The additional variable to consider is which company to choose. Though one business may have the system you want at a cost you like, take caution and find out if they are licensed, bonded, and confirm they are insured just in case something happens at your residence. If a tech were to become injured and the business was not insured, it’s probable you would be held accountable. At Epperson Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning, not only are we insured, licensed, and bonded, but all of our team go through a complete background check, drug test, and are trained to work on all major brands of A/C systems. We also have a 100% Satisfaction Guarantee so you can be confident in the work we provide.

Okay, okay, you’ve considered all this but let’s get to the real question. How much is this going to cost?

While all the details above will go into giving you a final price, below are a few ranges.


Ranch-Style or Smaller Home

No bigger than 2000 ft2 and usually a single story

Approximate cost of an air conditioner: $6,000 - $15,000

Including approved financing: $40 - $250/month


Typical Suburban Home

Up to 3500 square feet and commonly one to three stories

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

Including approved financing: $100 - $500 per month


Luxury House

Larger than 3500 sq. ft. and any number of stories

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

Using approved financing: $250+ monthly

Estimated pricing may change depending on geographic location, personal routines, system settings, system maintenance, and installation of system and duct system.


The entire process can be a little overwhelming but Epperson Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning is available around the clock to help walk you through all your options and decide on the right A/C equipment for your home. The budget can be a little discouraging, but with our wonderful financing options your new system could be yours as soon as possible!

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