How Much Should an Air Conditioning System Cost?

July 18, 2016

The dreaded day has arrived and now you have to replace your air conditioner. Nobody enjoys 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 varies 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 people living in the home have an issue with the cold or heat, or an affliction (i.e., Multiple Sclerosis) that would that would result in the home needing to stay at a pre-determined temperature or humidity level? What activities take place in the residence? All of these things will help choose which air conditioning system 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? How much 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 Heating & Air Conditioning, we will go out and assess your home to go over the options available considering your home’s design and unique traits.

The third variable to consider is which company to call. Though one business may have the air conditioner you want at a price point you like, take caution and find out if they are licensed, bonded, and confirm they are insured in case something happens at your house. If a contractor were to get hurt and the contractor was not insured, it’s likely you would be liable. At Chief / Bauer Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning, we are not only bonded, licensed, and insured, but all of our employees go through a complete background check, drug test, and are skilled to work on all top brands of air conditioners. We also have a 100% Satisfaction Guarantee so you can be confident in the work we deliver.

Alright, alright, you’ve thought about 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 cost, below are a few ballpark numbers.


Ranch House or Smaller Residence

Less than 2000 ft2 and usually only one story

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

With approved financing: $40 - $250/month


Common Suburban House

No bigger than 3500 square feet and commonly 1-3 stories

Approximatecost of an A/C system: $8,000 - $25,000

With approved financing: $100 - $500 per month


Luxury Home

Over 3500 square feet and any number of stories

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

Including approved financing: $250+ per month

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


The entire process can be a little overwhelming but Chief / Bauer Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning is available day and night to help walk you through all your options and decide on the ideal air conditioner for your home. The price can be a little discouraging, but with our wonderful financing options your new system could be yours before you know it!

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