How Much Should an Air Conditioning System Cost?

July 18, 2016

The time has come when you have to purchase a new A/C system. Nobody hopes for this day, and nobody wants to worry about budgeting for it, but alas, ‘tis part of Raleigh homeownership. So where to begin?

First, realize that the investment of a new air conditioner differs based on many factors. The first is your living situation and the people living in your home. Are there health ailments that will require a specific type of air cleaning system? Do the residents in the home have a sensitivity to the heat or cold, or a disorder (i.e., Multiple Sclerosis) that would that would result in the home needing to stay at a set temperature or humidity level? What hobbies take place in the residence? The above details will help direct you to which air conditioning system is right for your family.

The following variable to examine is the home itself. How many windows do you have and which direction do they face? How much insulation is presently in the house and what is the efficiency level of the ductwork? Does the house require (or do you desire) solar-power, gas, electric, etc? At Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning, we will pay you a visit and analyze your house to go over the choices available based on your home’s construction and unique features.

The other factor to take into consideration is which contractor to call. Though one business may have the equipment you want at a price point you like, take caution and find out if they are licensed and bonded, and confirm they are insured in the event that something occurs at your house. If a contractor were to become injured and the company was not insured, it’s likely you would be held responsible. At Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning, not only are we licensed, bonded, and insured, but all of our team go through a complete background check, drug test, and are skilled to work on all leading brands of A/C systems. We also offer a 100% Satisfaction Guarantee so you can be comfortable in the work we provide.

Alright, alright, you’ve thought about all this but let’s ask the real question. What is this going to cost?

While all the details above will go into giving you a final budget, below are a few ballpark numbers.


Ranch or Smaller Residence

Less than 2000 sq. ft. and commonly a single story

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

With approved financing: $40 - $250 per month


Typical Suburban Residence

Less than 3500 square feet and usually 1-3 stories

Approximatecost of an A/C system: $8,000 - $25,000

Including approved financing: $100 - $500 per month


Luxury House

Over 3500 square feet and various stories

Estimated cost of an A/C system: $18,000 - $60,000+

With approved financing: $250+/month

Potentia pricing could change depending on geographic location, personal routines, system settings, system maintenance, and installation of equipment and duct system.


The full process can be somewhat overwhelming but Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning is available 24/7 to review all your options and determine the right A/C equipment for your home. The budget can be a little discouraging, but with our multiple financing options your new air conditioner could be yours before you know it!

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