New AC Installations: What Does a New Air Conditioner Cost in Ottawa? How much a new air conditioning, heating, or air filtration system will cost varies greatly depending on many factors. These variables generally fall into a few categories: Lifestyle Factors: The health conditions of the home's occupants (allergies, respiratory issues, and sensitivity to surroundings) How the occupants "feel" comfortable (preference to cooler or warmer temperatures) Hobbies and activities taking place inside the house (musical instruments, crafts, wine) Building and Environmental Factors: The number, design, and size of windows present, the direction the home faces, and age of the home Type of building, roofing, siding, ductwork, and quantity of insulation present Geographic climate, lot size, city regulations and surrounding atmosphere including regular humidity, neighboring industries, available land, and codes required Utilities wanted or available; solar, geothermal, gas, electric, LP, oil Contractor Risk Factors: Contractor licensing, insurance, bonding, and financial stability Legitimacy, ability, and certification level of the employees installing the furnaces and air conditioners Satisfaction Guarantees and service level (obtainability and devotion to customer service) All of these elements and more help to determine the style, size, and level of work required to properly heat and cool a home, which normally goes into the expense associated with 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. Due to the fact that every home’s heating and cooling system must be fully custom developed and installed, it is quite tough for quality contractors like Francis Home Environment Service Experts to give a specific estimate without investigating all the factors on-site that are uncovered during an in-home comfort analysis. However, we can suggest broad ranges of the possible HVAC system price based on the approximate size of a home less than 30 years old. Remember, even the price ranges above can vary much more, depending 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 like vehicle classes. Systems typically fall into broad (and sometimes misleading) ranges of "economy", "mid-level", and "premium". However, because every homeowner is unique, 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 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 issues, or climate control issues that require humidification controls. Thermostat controls are also a large part of the home comfort puzzle, and a wide variety of mobile and Wi-Fi options now exist. Other home comfort possibilities include adding the recommended amount of insulation or redesigning, correcting, and cleaning ductwork to be sure the system performs efficiently. Some selections can be purchased as a set, but many of these options must be figured out through a complete Home Comfort Analysis, which is a courtesy service we offer. All of these options need to be contemplated 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 insufficient for the home and its residents. To read more or get your free Home Comfort Analysis, which includes your customized new system estimate, call 613-317-2303 now, or download our free eBook "Home Heating and Air Conditioning for Dummies".