New AC Installations: What Does a New Air Conditioner Cost in Houston? How much a new air conditioning, heating, or air filtration system will cost can vary greatly depending on many factors. These variables generally fall into three categories: Lifestyle Factors: The health conditions of the home's residents (allergies, respiratory issues, and sensitivity to surroundings) How the inhabitants "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, type, 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 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 constancy Legitimacy, expertise, and certification level of the employees installing the heating and cooling systems Satisfaction Guarantees and service level (obtainability and dedication to customer service) All of these factors and more help to decide the type, size, and level of work required to properly heat and cool a home, which usually goes into the cost 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 designed and installed, it is quite tough for reputable contractors like Church Services to give a specific estimate without knowing all the factors on-site that can be found during an in-home comfort analysis. However, we can provide wide ranges of the potential HVAC system price based on the basic size of a home less than 30 years old. It’s important to note that, even the price ranges above could 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 normally fall into broad (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 earlier 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, and also include 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 necessitate humidification controls. Thermostat controls are also a big part of the home comfort puzzle, and a large variety of mobile and Wi-Fi options are now available. Other home comfort options include adding the required amount of insulation or redesigning, correcting, and cleaning ductwork to be sure the system works efficiently. Some options can be bought as a package, but a lot of these items must be decided through a complete Home Comfort Analysis, which is a courtesy service we offer. All of these options must be contemplated very carefully, since the best air conditioner or furnace can’t correctly control the comfort of the home if the duct work, attic insulation, or air filter is insufficient for the home and its residents. To read more or get your complimentary Home Comfort Analysis, which includes your unique new system estimate, call (713) 396-3760 now, or download our free eBook "Home Heating and Air Conditioning for Dummies".