How Much Should an Air Conditioning System Cost?

July 18, 2016

The dreaded day has arrived and now you have to get a new air conditioning system. Nobody looks forward to this day, and nobody looks forward to budgeting for it, but alas, ‘tis part of Knoxville homeownership. So where on earth should you begin?

First, understand that the cost of a new air conditioning system varies based on many factors. The first is your living situation and the other residents in your home. Are there health issues that will call for a special type of air cleaning equipment? Do the family members in the home have a sensitivity to warmth or coolness, or a disorder (like Multiple Sclerosis) that would that would result in the home needing to stay at a specific temperature or humidity level? What recreation takes place inside the residence? These factors will help determine which air conditioning system is ideal for your family.

The following variable to consider is your home itself. How many windows do you have and which direction do they face? What level of insulation is installed in the residence and what level of efficiency is the ductwork? Does the residence require (or do you prefer) gas, electric, solar-power, etc? At R & M Climate Control Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning, we will pay you a visit and assess your house to go over the options available depending on your home’s design and unique features.

The additional thing to consider is which business to use. Though one company may have the equipment you want at a cost you like, make sure you find out if they are licensed and bonded, and confirm they are insured in case something should happen at your house. If a contractor were to become injured and the company was not insured, it’s likely you would be held accountable. At R & M Climate Control Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning, we are not only bonded, licensed, and insured, but all of our workers go through an extensive background check, drug test, and are skilled to work on all leading brands of air conditioning systems. We also offer a 100% Satisfaction Guarantee so you can be assured in the work we deliver.

So, you’ve thought about all this but let’s get to the real question. How much is this going to set you back?

While all the factors above will go into determining a final budget, below are a few ranges.


Ranch or Smaller House

No bigger than 2000 sq. ft. and usually one story

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

Including approved financing: $40 - $250 per month


Common Suburban Home

Less than 3500 square feet and commonly between one and three stories

Averagecost of an air conditioner: $8,000 - $25,000

With approved financing: $100 - $500/month


Luxury Home

Larger than 3500 ft2 and varied amount of stories

Average cost of an air conditioner: $18,000 - $60,000+

With approved financing: $250+/month

Potentia pricing may change depending on regional climate, personal habits, equipment settings, system maintenance, and installation of equipment and duct system.


The whole process can be a tad overwhelming but R & M Climate Control Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning is available day and night to discuss all your options and choose the best air conditioning system for your home. The budget can be a little scary, but with our great financing options your new system could be yours before you know it!

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