How much a new air conditioning, heating, or air filtration system will cost varies greatly 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 (liking to cooler or warmer temperatures)
- Hobbies and activities taking place inside the house (musical instruments, crafts, wine)
Building and Environmental Factors:
- The number, design, and size of windows currently in place, the direction the home faces, and age of the home
- Style of building, roofing, siding, ductwork, and level of insulation present
- Geographic climate, lot size, city regulations and surrounding atmosphere including typical humidity, close-by 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
- Validity, skill, and certification level of the employees installing the equipment
- Satisfaction Guarantees and service level (accessibility and dedication to customer priorities)
All of these elements and more help to dictate the design, size, and level of work needed to properly 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 totally custom developed and installed, it is quite difficult for quality contractors like Parker Pearce Service Experts to offer a specific estimate without understanding 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 under 30 years old. It’s important to note that, even the price ranges above could 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 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 noted, 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 need humidification controls. Thermostat controls are also a large part of the home comfort puzzle, and a wide variety of mobile and Wi-Fi options now exist.
Other home comfort possibilities include adding the recommended amount of insulation or redesigning, correcting, and cleaning ductwork to be sure the system performs efficiently. Some choices can be purchased as a package, but quite a few of these choices must be figured out through a complete Home Comfort Analysis, which is a courtesy service we offer.
All of these options should 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 inadequate for the home and its occupants. To read more or get your complimentary Home Comfort Analysis, which includes your unique new system estimate, call 301-476-4577 now, or download our free eBook "Home Heating and Air Conditioning for Dummies".