How Much Should an Air Conditioning System Cost?

July 18, 2016

The time has come when you have to purchase a new air conditioning system. Nobody looks forward to this day, and nobody looks forward to budgeting for it, but alas, ‘tis part of Houston homeownership. So where do you begin?

First, understand that the price of a new air conditioning system varies based on many factors. The first is your lifestyle and the other people residing in your home. Are there health conditions that will call for a special type of air cleaning equipment? Do the people living in the home have any problems with warmth or coolness, or an affliction (i.e., Multiple Sclerosis) that would demand that the home stay at a set temperature or humidity level? What activities take place inside the home? The above details will help determine which air conditioning system is right for your family.

The next factor to consider is your actual home. How many windows do you have and where do they face? What type of insulation is installed in the residence and how efficient is the ductwork? Does the home require (or do you want) solar-power, gas, electric, etc? At Church Services, we will pay you a visit and assess your current set-up to go over the systems available based on your home’s structure and unique characteristics.

The other thing to take into consideration is which contractor to choose. Though one business may have the equipment you want at a cost you like, make sure you find out if they are licensed and bonded, and confirm they are insured just in case something happens at your house. If a technician were to get injured and the company was not insured, it’s likely you would be liable. At Church Services, not only are we insured, licensed, and bonded, but all of our employees go through a detailed background check, drug test, and are qualified to work on all major brands of air conditioning systems. We also have a 100% Satisfaction Guarantee so you can be comfortable in the work we provide.

Alright, alright, you’ve considered all this but let’s answer the real question. What is this going to set you back?

While all the variables above will go into determining a final budget, below are a few ballpark numbers.


Ranch-Style or Smaller House

Less than 2000 ft2 and usually only one story

Estimated cost of an air conditioning system: $6,000 - $15,000

Using approved financing: $40 - $250 per month


Average Suburban House

No bigger than 3500 sq. ft. and usually between one and three stories

Estimatedcost of an air conditioning system: $8,000 - $25,000

Using approved financing: $100 - $500 per month


Luxury Home

More than 3500 ft2 and any number of stories

Estimated cost of an air conditioner: $18,000 - $60,000+

Using approved financing: $250+ per month

Estimated pricing may change depending on regional climate, personal routines, equipment settings, system maintenance, and installation of air conditioner and duct system.


The whole process can be somewhat overwhelming but Church Services is available 24/7 to review all your options and decide on the right air conditioner for your home. The budget can be a little scary, but with our multiple financing options your new system could be yours before you know it!