How much a new air conditioning, heating, or air filtration system will cost can differ 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 (partiality to cooler or warmer temperatures)
- Hobbies and activities taking place inside the house (musical instruments, crafts, wine)
Building and Environmental Factors:
- The number, style, and size of windows present, the direction the home faces, and age of the home
- Type of building, roofing, siding, ductwork, and level of insulation present
- Geographic climate, lot size, city regulations and surrounding atmosphere including regular 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 strength
- Legitimacy, 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 factors and more help to dictate the type, size, and level of work necessary to appropriately heat and cool a home, which typically 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.
Since every home’s heating and cooling system must be fully custom developed and installed, it is very tough for quality contractors like San Antonio Air Service Experts to provide a specific estimate without understanding all the factors on-site through an in-home comfort analysis. However, we can recommend wide ranges of the probable 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 particular 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 large (and sometimes misleading) 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 prior 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, as well as 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 problems, or climate control issues that require humidification controls. Thermostat controls are also an important part of the home comfort puzzle, and a large variety of mobile and Wi-Fi options are out there.
Other home comfort options include adding the required amount of insulation or redesigning, correcting, and cleaning ductwork to ensure the system works efficiently. Some choices can be purchased as a set, but a lot of these items must be decided through a complete Home Comfort Analysis, which is a free service we have.
All of these options must be through through 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 inhabitants. To find out more or get your complimentary Home Comfort Analysis, which includes your unique new system estimate, call 210-570-9705 now, or download our free eBook "Home Heating and Air Conditioning for Dummies".