The Real Cost of a New AC System

It would be nice if a new AC system could simply be pulled from a shelf complete with a nice little sticker denoting the price. Then you’d know exactly how much one costs and could perhaps find a 20% off coupon if you looked hard enough. It just doesn’t work that way.

Your home’s HVAC system is a major factor in the home’s livability, functionality and comfort. It’s not a small decision and it’s not something you should (even if you could) buy “off the rack” so to speak. You and your HVAC contractor have to consider several variables. There’s much more to this purchase than the purchase price.


The way your home is built is one of the first variables in the cost of your AC system. Almost every factor of its construction affects the AC system. Here are just a few items that can drastically change the cost of your system.

  • Total square footage.
  • Number of floors.
  • Size of rooms.
  • Number of rooms.
  • Number of windows.
  • Type of glass.
  • Direction the home faces.
  • R value of insulation.
  • Quality of caulking and sealing.
  • Attic height.

That’s just a sampling of the factors that will determine what kind of AC system you need and what it will cost.


Where your home is located will also factor into the cost of your new AC system. Obviously, if you live in a hot climate you need something different that someone in a colder zone. But what about city homes versus country? That will also affect the price. The way your home sits in relation to the sun will also change things up a bit. If your home gets tons of direct sun, you’ll need more cooling power. If you have a heavily wooded lot that provides plenty of shade, you might not need as much.


Ducts are the pipelines that carry the heated or cooled air from the source to all the other rooms in a home. No matter how good your system, poor quality or poorly installed ductwork will leave you feeling uncomfortable. Your installer will need to assess the current ductwork to see if it can evenly distribute the air produced and keep you and your family cool in the summer and warm in winter.

If you’re replacing your AC system, this is a great time to assess the ductwork and make repairs or changes to the configuration. It’s much better to do it now that to take the system apart after it’s installed. Altering or repairing the ductwork can add to your cost. However, it’s worth the price to have a cozy home without hot or cold spots.

While you can’t just pull a clearly-labeled box off the shelf and get an AC system to pop into place, there is help available. The reliable, qualified and trained HVAC technicians at R&R Refrigeration can walk you through all the variables and help you come to the right decision for your home.