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 looks forward to this day, and nobody enjoys budgeting for it, but sadly is comes with Champaign homeownership. So where to begin?

First, realize that the investment of a new air conditioning system differs based on many factors. The first is your routine and the other residents in your home. Are there health problems that will involve a particular type of air cleaning equipment? Do the residents in the home have an issue with the heat or cold, or an affliction (i.e., Multiple Sclerosis) that would require the home to stay at a pre-determined temperature or humidity level? What hobbies take place in the residence? These factors will help choose which air conditioner is right for your home.

The second thing to examine is the actual home. Do you have a lot of windows and which way do they face? What level of insulation is presently in the residence and what is the efficiency level of the ductwork? Does the residence require (or do you prefer) electric, solar-power, gas, etc? At Chief/Bauer Service Experts, we will go out and assess your home to go over the choices available considering your home’s design and unique characteristics.

The other variable to think about is which contractor to call. Though one business may have the air conditioner you want at a price point you like, be careful and find out if they are bonded, licensed, and confirm they are insured in the event that something happens at your house. If a contractor were to get injured and the contractor was not insured, it’s likely you would be liable. At Chief/Bauer Service Experts, not only are we licensed, bonded, and insured, but all of our team go through an extensive background check, drug test, and are skilled to work on all major brands of air conditioning systems. We also provide a 100% Satisfaction Guarantee so you can be confident in the work we deliver.

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

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


Ranch House or Smaller House

Less than 2000 ft2 and usually only one story

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

Using approved financing: $40 - $250 per month


Common Suburban House

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

Approximatecost of an air conditioning system: $8,000 - $25,000

With approved financing: $100 - $500/month


Luxury House

Over 3500 sq. ft. and any number of stories

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

Including approved financing: $250+/month

Potentia pricing may change depending on regional climate, personal lifestyle, AC settings, air conditioning maintenance, and installation of system and duct system.


The whole process can be a little overwhelming but Chief/Bauer Service Experts is available day and night to review all your options and decide on the right air conditioner for your home. The price can be a little discouraging, but with our great financing options your new system could be yours before you know it!

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