How much a new air conditioning, heating, or air filtration system will cost can vary quite a bit depending on a number of factors. These variables usually fall into a couple categories:
- Lifestyle Factors:
- The health conditions of the home's residents (allergies, respiratory issues, and sensitivity to surroundings)
- How the occupants "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
- Style of building, roofing, siding, ductwork, and quantity of insulation present
- Geographic climate, lot size, city regulations and surrounding setting including typical humidity, nearby 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 constancy
- Legitimacy, expertise, and certification level of the employees installing the equipment
- Satisfaction Guarantees and service level (obtainability and dedication to customer priorities)
All of these elements and more help to decide the type, size, and level of work required to appropriately 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.
Since every home’s heating and cooling system must be completely custom designed and installed, it is quite tough for quality contractors like Strogen's Service Experts to provide a specific estimate without investigating all the factors on-site that can be found during an in-home comfort analysis. However, we can provide broad ranges of the potential HVAC system price based on the basic size of a home less than 30 years old. Remember, even the price ranges above could vary much more, contingent on all the factors and circumstances of a specific home and homeowner.
How HVAC Systems Are Priced by the Manufacturer (MSRP)
Central heating and cooling systems are comparable to vehicle classes. Systems typically fall into broad (and sometimes incorrect) ranges of "economy", "mid-level", and "premium". However, because every homeowner is distinct, each new heating and cooling system is manually installed, and because of all the previous factors mentioned, the process and ultimate pricing of a heating and cooling system could be compared to picking vehicle "Options."
Home Comfort Options
Home comfort Options include size and efficiency, in addition to 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 concerns, or climate control issues that necessitate humidification controls. Thermostat controls are also a large part of the home comfort puzzle, and a big selection of mobile and Wi-Fi options are now available.
Other home comfort options include adding the required amount of insulation or redesigning, correcting, and cleaning ductwork to ensure the system operates efficiently. Some choices can be bought as a package, but a lot of these choices must be decided through a complete Home Comfort Analysis, which is a courtesy service we provide.
All of these options must be through through 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 read more or get your complimentary Home Comfort Analysis, which includes your customized new system estimate, call 603-923-4570 now, or download our free eBook "Home Heating and Air Conditioning for Dummies".