How much a new air conditioning, heating, or air filtration system will cost can vary quite a bit depending on a host of factors. These variables normally fall into a few categories:
- Lifestyle Factors:
- The health conditions of the home's inhabitants (allergies, respiratory issues, and sensitivity to surroundings)
- How the inhabitants "feel" comfortable (preference to cooler or warmer temperatures)
- Hobbies and activities happening inside the house (musical instruments, crafts, wine)
Building and Environmental Factors:
- The number, design, and size of windows you currently have, 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 regular 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 strength
- Legitimacy, expertise, and certification level of the employees installing the furnaces and air conditioners
- Satisfaction Guarantees and service level (availability and dedication to customer priorities)
All of these elements and more help to dictate the type, size, and level of work required to correctly 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.
Because every home’s heating and cooling system must be totally custom designed and installed, it is awfully hard for good contractors like Chief / Bauer Service Experts to provide a specific estimate without knowing all the factors on-site that are uncovered during an in-home comfort analysis. However, we can recommend large ranges of the possible HVAC system price based on the approximate size of a home less than 30 years old. Keep in mind however, even the price ranges above could vary much more, depending 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 normally fall into broad (and sometimes incorrect) ranges of "economy", "mid-level", and "premium". However, because every homeowner is different, each new heating and cooling system is manually installed, and because of all the earlier factors we discussed, 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 imperative 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 big choice of mobile and Wi-Fi options now exist.
Other home comfort choices include adding the required amount of insulation or redesigning, correcting, and cleaning ductwork to ensure the system operates efficiently. Some options can be bought as a bundle, but a lot of these options must be determined through a complete Home Comfort Analysis, which is a complimentary service we have.
All of these options should be contemplated very carefully, since the best air conditioner or furnace can’t correctly control the comfort of the home if the duct work, attic insulation, or air filter is deficient for the home and its inhabitants. To find out more or get your complimentary Home Comfort Analysis, which includes your unique new system estimate, call 217-689-2469 now, or download our free eBook "Home Heating and Air Conditioning for Dummies".