One of the first questions potential HVAC owners want to know when they call our company is How much does an HVAC system cost? Although this is a very difficult question to answer, I will try to do my best here to explain some general pricing guidelines.
The purchase of a mechanical HVAC system is much like the purchase of a vehicle or even a home. With so many options available, price ranges can vary drastically. Just as a Chevy Silverado can start around 15k with just a basic package, it can quickly cost over 30k once a shopper adds such items as power windows, CD player, all-leather interior, chrome finishes, extended cab, 4-wheel drive, 4 doors versus two, upgraded wheels, dual exhaust, spray-on bedliner, built-in GPS system, etc, etc. Considering that the average American sells or trades-in their vehicle within the first five years of purchase, why do so many people elect to get so many upgrades? The answer is because most people understand the importance of getting what they want the first time so as to not have any regrets down the road. Because most Americans spend over 30 minutes a day in their vehicles, they want to make sure their vehicle will provide them with comfort, quality, longevity, and ease of use. These same principles typically apply to most HVAC shoppers. Understanding that they are going to have to see and feel their HVAC system every day for as long as they live in their home, as well as the fact that picking the right system with the right options the first time is critical as to ensure maximum enjoyment and comfort with minimum maintenance, most shoppers elect to get the system that will make them the most comfortable in the long-run. Unfortunately, some people only focus on the initial price of the HVAC system with the only goal of finding the “cheapest” contractor, therefore sacrificing low-maintenance, quality, warranty, and aesthetics, which inevitably leads to regret, especially considering that unlike a vehicle, your HVAC system will last much longer, and is much harder to “trade in” if you become dissatisfied and disenchanted.
Now that you hopefully understand the vehicle analogy, I will list some of the most common “add-ons” found in the purchase of an HVAC system:
- Zoning for different areas of the home
- Aeroseal, sealing ductwork from leakage
- Wi-Fi enabled thermostats
- Air purification systems
- Media Air cleaners
- Hepa Bypass Filtration systems
- Whole home dehumidification (less important in our climate)
- Humidifiers (more important in our climate)
- UV Germicidal Lights
- Heat recovery units
- Energy recovery ventilators
As you can see, there are many options available, and when someone receives a quote from our company, we thoroughly examine each option as to educate the homeowner on the option’s benefits as to identify its overall importance to the success of the project.
When an inquiry is made as to how much our HVAC systems cost, extent of installation is also a key factor. What I mean by this is that as a company, we have to assess each and every house on an individual basis. Every home is different and every person is different as well. As many seconds as there are in the month is about as many different options there is for your HVAC system, which is why it is impossible to put a flat price on our services and our work. Unlike most HVAC companies, we will do a complete evaluation of your home, and you, before we can give you a price as to what your HVAC system will cost. This flexibility and thoroughness on our part leads to less stress and more savings for the customer all while delivering the most comfortable HVAC system specifically tailored for them. The general breakdown of our pricing is as follows:
1. Basic Package (14 SEER Range): This package is your basic HVAC system with no bells and whistles, just a good working HVAC system that will deliver you a long life of comfort. This type of system usually has no add on’s, but that doesn’t mean they never do. Some customers feel a humidifier is more important than a multiple stage unit. So again this comes back to a case by case evaluation which will bring you the biggest bang for your buck. The average person spends between $5,000-$10,000 on a Basic Package, based on the size of the home and the options you want to come with it.
2. Medium Package (16 SEER Range): This package includes a more advanced, higher efficiency unit. Usually a two stage outside condenser and a 2 stage 80% AFUE furnace. The price of this package typically ranges from $10,000-$14,000, again depending on the size and options.
3. Medium Best Package (21 SEER Range): Package #3 includes a multiple stage condensing unit that is efficient and quiet. It is almost always paired with a variable speed blower and multiple stage furnace. $14,000-$17,000 for package #3.
4. High End Package (25 SEER Range): Understanding that many homeowners want the most comfort they can possibly achieve, this is the package that will deliver just that. Offering the quietest most efficient HVAC system you can buy. It utilizes a variable capacity (fully modulating) compressor that has 65 stages of cooling or heating compared to the normal of just 1 or 2. This system can and will keep your home within .5 of a degree all the time eliminating the nasty swings of temperature most homes and people have become used to dealing with. Generally this package is paired with many indoor air quality upgrades that make the comfort of the home even higher. In this package most customers will spend $17,000-$30,000, with a large majority falling in the $18,000-$22,000 price range.
As you can probably see, the price ranges vary quite a bit, just as they should considering everyone has different tastes, wants, and budgets when it comes to building an optimum HVAC system. As far as guessing as to what package is correct for you, it’s better to let one of our highly trained comfort consultants come out and do a whole home evaluation for your specific situation. We will then systematically design the most optimum system up to your standards.