New AC Installations: What Does a New Air Conditioner Cost in Columbia? How much a new air conditioning, heating, or air filtration system will cost can differ greatly depending on many factors. These variables normally 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 happening inside the house (musical instruments, crafts, wine) Building and Environmental Factors: The number, design, and size of windows present, the direction the home faces, and age of the home Style of building, roofing, siding, ductwork, and quantity of insulation present Geographic climate, lot size, city regulations and surrounding setting including average humidity, close-by 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 stability Legitimacy, skill, and certification level of the employees installing the furnaces and air conditioners Satisfaction Guarantees and service level (obtainability and dedication to customer priorities) All of these aspects and more help to decide the design, size, and level of work necessary to correctly 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 1-3 Story $100-$500/month with approved financing, or $8,000 - $25,000 Luxury Home 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 developed and installed, it is awfully hard for quality contractors like Midland Air Service Experts to provide a specific estimate without investigating all the factors on-site through an in-home comfort analysis. However, we can recommend large ranges of the potential HVAC system price based on the basic 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, contingent on all the factors and circumstances of a certain home and homeowner. How HVAC Systems Are Priced by the Manufacturer (MSRP) Central heating and cooling systems are similar to vehicle classes. Systems usually fall into large (and sometimes incorrect) ranges of "economy", "mid-level", and "premium". However, because every homeowner is unique, each new heating and cooling system is manually installed, and because of all the previous factors we discussed, the process and ultimate pricing of a heating and cooling system could be likened to selecting vehicle "Options." Home Comfort Options Home comfort Options include size and efficiency, and also include 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 an important part of the home comfort puzzle, and a big variety of mobile and Wi-Fi options are out there. Other home comfort choices include adding the necessary amount of insulation or redesigning, correcting, and cleaning ductwork to ensure the system operates efficiently. Some options can be added as a bundle, but many of these options must be determined through a complete Home Comfort Analysis, which is a courtesy 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 insufficient for the home and its occupants. To learn more or get your free Home Comfort Analysis, which includes your customized new system estimate, call 803-399-7208 now, or download our free eBook "Home Heating and Air Conditioning for Dummies".