How much a new air conditioning, heating, or air filtration system will cost can vary greatly depending on many factors. These variables normally fall into a few categories:
- Lifestyle Factors:
- The health conditions of the home's residents (allergies, respiratory issues, and sensitivity to surroundings)
- How the residents "feel" comfortable (liking to cooler or warmer temperatures)
- Hobbies and activities taking place inside the house (musical instruments, crafts, wine)
Building and Environmental Factors:
- The number, style, and size of windows you currently have, the direction the home faces, and age of the home
- Style of building, roofing, siding, ductwork, and amount of insulation present
- Geographic climate, lot size, city regulations and surrounding environment including regular humidity, nearby industries, available land, and codes required
- Utilities required or available; solar, geothermal, gas, electric, LP, oil
Contractor Risk Factors:
- Contractor licensing, insurance, bonding, and financial strength
- Legality, ability, and certification level of the employees installing the equipment
- Satisfaction Guarantees and service level (availability and commitment to customer priorities)
All of these elements and more help to determine the type, size, and level of work required to correctly heat and cool a home, which normally goes into the expense associated with 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.
Because every home’s heating and cooling system must be fully custom designed and installed, it is quite hard for good contractors like Wesley Wood Service Experts to offer a specific estimate without knowing all the factors on-site through an in-home comfort analysis. However, we can suggest wide ranges of the probable HVAC system price based on the basic size of a home under 30 years old. Keep in mind however, even the price ranges above may vary much more, dependant on all the factors and circumstances of a certain home and homeowner.
How HVAC Systems Are Priced by the Manufacturer (MSRP)
Central heating and cooling systems are like vehicle classes. Systems usually fall into broad (and sometimes misleading) 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 noted, the process and ultimate pricing of a heating and cooling system could be equated to selecting 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 important for homeowners with infants and children, people in the home with allergy or respiratory problems, or climate control issues that require humidification controls. Thermostat controls are also a big part of the home comfort puzzle, and a wide choice of mobile and Wi-Fi options are now available.
Other home comfort options include adding the recommended amount of insulation or redesigning, correcting, and cleaning ductwork to be sure the system works efficiently. Some options can be purchased as a set, but quite a few of these options must be determined through a complete Home Comfort Analysis, which is a courtesy service we have.
All of these options must be considered very carefully, since the best air conditioner or furnace will never correctly control the comfort of the home if the duct work, attic insulation, or air filter is inadequate for the home and its residents. To find out more or get your complimentary Home Comfort Analysis, which includes your unique new system estimate, call 484-401-7577 now, or download our free eBook "Home Heating and Air Conditioning for Dummies".