How Much Should an Air Conditioning System Cost?

July 18, 2016

The dreaded day has arrived and now you have to get a new air conditioning system. Nobody enjoys this day, and nobody wants to worry about budgeting for it, but unfortunately, it is part of Hilton Head Island homeownership. So where do you begin?

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

The second variable to consider is your actual home. Do you have a lot of windows and where do they face? What level of insulation is presently in the home and what is the efficiency level of the ductwork? Does the home require (or do you want) electric, solar-power, gas, etc? At Epperson Service Experts, we will go out and evaluate your house to help determine the choices available depending on your home’s structure and unique traits.

The additional variable to think about is which company to choose. Though one business may have the equipment you want at a cost you like, be careful and find out if they are bonded, licensed, 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 liable. At Epperson Service Experts, not only are we insured, licensed, and bonded, but all of our employees go through an extensive background check, drug test, and are trained to work on all top brands of A/C systems. We also provide a 100% Satisfaction Guarantee so you can be assured in the work we do.

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

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


Ranch-Style or Smaller Home

Up to 2000 ft2 and typically one story

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

Including approved financing: $40 - $250/month


Average Suburban House

No bigger than 3500 sq. ft. and commonly 1-3 stories

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

Including approved financing: $100 - $500 per month


Luxury Home

Larger than 3500 square feet and any number of stories

Average cost of an A/C system: $18,000 - $60,000+

Using approved financing: $250+ monthly

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


The entire process can be a little overwhelming but Epperson Service Experts is available around the clock to help walk you through all your options and choose 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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