New AC Installations: What Does a New Air Conditioner Cost in Austin? How much a new air conditioning, heating, or air filtration system will cost can differ quite a bit depending on a number of factors. These variables generally fall into a couple categories: Lifestyle Factors: The health conditions of the home's occupants (allergies, respiratory issues, and sensitivity to surroundings) How the occupants "feel" comfortable (preference to cooler or warmer temperatures) Hobbies and activities occurring inside the house (musical instruments, crafts, wine) Building and Environmental Factors: The number, style, and size of windows you currently have, 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 environment including average humidity, neighboring industries, available land, and codes required Utilities required or available; solar, geothermal, gas, electric, LP, oil Contractor Risk Factors: Contractor licensing, insurance, bonding, and financial strength Legality, ability, and certification level of the employees installing the heating and cooling systems Satisfaction Guarantees and service level (obtainability and commitment to customer priorities) All of these elements and more help to decide the design, size, and level of work necessary to appropriately heat and cool a home, which normally goes into the price of 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. Since every home’s heating and cooling system must be totally custom created and installed, it is quite tough for quality contractors like Strand Brothers 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 large ranges of the probable HVAC system price based on the general size of a home that isn’t yet 30 years old. Remember, even the price ranges above could 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 comparable to vehicle classes. Systems normally fall into broad (and sometimes incorrect) 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 mentioned, the process and ultimate pricing of a heating and cooling system could be likened to picking 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 essential 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 a large part of the home comfort puzzle, and a large variety of mobile and Wi-Fi options now exist. Other home comfort choices include adding the recommended amount of insulation or redesigning, correcting, and cleaning ductwork to ensure the system operates efficiently. Some selections can be purchased as a set, but many of these items must be determined through a complete Home Comfort Analysis, which is a complimentary service we offer. All of these options must be contemplated very carefully, since the best air conditioner or furnace will never correctly control the comfort of the home if the duct work, attic insulation, or air filter is deficient for the home and its residents. To read more or get your free Home Comfort Analysis, which includes your customized new system estimate, call 512-596-1257 now, or download our free eBook "Home Heating and Air Conditioning for Dummies".