New AC Installations: What Does a New Air Conditioner Cost in Albany? How much a new air conditioning, heating, or air filtration system will cost can differ a lot depending on a host of factors. These variables usually fall into a couple categories: Lifestyle Factors: The health conditions of the home's inhabitants (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, style, and size of windows you currently have, the direction the home faces, and age of the home Style of building, roofing, siding, ductwork, and amount of insulation present Geographic climate, lot size, city regulations and surrounding setting including regular humidity, close-by 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 stability Validity, ability, and certification level of the employees installing the equipment Satisfaction Guarantees and service level (obtainability and commitment to customer satisfaction) All of these aspects and more help to dictate the style, size, and level of work needed to correctly heat and cool a home, which typically 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. Because every home’s heating and cooling system must be totally custom developed and installed, it is awfully difficult for reputable contractors like D.A. Bennett Service Experts to offer a specific estimate without knowing all the factors on-site that can be found during an in-home comfort analysis. However, we can suggest broad ranges of the probable HVAC system price based on the approximate size of a home that isn’t yet 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 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 previous factors noted, the process and ultimate pricing of a heating and cooling system could be compared to selecting 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 concerns, or climate control issues that need humidification controls. Thermostat controls are also a large part of the home comfort puzzle, and a wide choice 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 make sure the system operates efficiently. Some options can be bought as a bundle, but many of these choices must be determined through a complete Home Comfort Analysis, which is a free service we offer. All of these options should be through through 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 inhabitants. To learn more or get your free Home Comfort Analysis, which includes your unique new system estimate, call 518-205-3324 now, or download our free eBook "Home Heating and Air Conditioning for Dummies".