How much a new air conditioning, heating, or air filtration system will cost varies greatly depending on a host of factors. These variables usually fall into a few categories:
- Lifestyle Factors:
- The health conditions of the home's residents (allergies, respiratory issues, and sensitivity to surroundings)
- How the occupants "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
- Type of building, roofing, siding, ductwork, and amount of insulation present
- Geographic climate, lot size, city regulations and surrounding setting including typical humidity, neighboring industries, available land, and codes required
- Utilities desired or available; solar, geothermal, gas, electric, LP, oil
Contractor Risk Factors:
- Contractor licensing, insurance, bonding, and financial stability
- Legality, ability, and certification level of the employees installing the heating and cooling systems
- Satisfaction Guarantees and service level (accessibility and commitment to customer satisfaction)
All of these elements and more help to determine the design, size, and level of work needed to appropriately heat and cool a home, which usually 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.
Due to the fact that every home’s heating and cooling system must be completely custom created and installed, it is awfully hard for reputable contractors like Mountainwest Service Experts to offer a specific estimate without investigating 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 approximate size of a home that isn’t yet 30 years old. It’s important to note that, even the price ranges above can vary much more, dependant 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 like vehicle classes. Systems usually fall into big (and sometimes inaccurate) 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 previous factors noted, the process and ultimate pricing of a heating and cooling system could be compared to picking 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 concerns, or climate control issues that need humidification controls. Thermostat controls are also an important part of the home comfort puzzle, and a wide variety of mobile and Wi-Fi options are out there.
Other home comfort possibilities include adding the recommended amount of insulation or redesigning, correcting, and cleaning ductwork to ensure the system operates efficiently. Some options can be added as a set, but a lot of these choices must be figured out through a complete Home Comfort Analysis, which is a complimentary service we offer.
All of these options must 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 deficient for the home and its occupants. To learn more or get your complimentary Home Comfort Analysis, which includes your individualized new system estimate, call 385-399-0280 now, or download our free eBook "Home Heating and Air Conditioning for Dummies".