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 conditioner. Nobody looks forward to this day, and nobody looks forward to budgeting for it, but unfortunately, it is 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 several factors. The first is your lifestyle and the other residents in your home. Are there health issues that will call for a specific type of air cleaning system? Do the family members in the home have a sensitivity to warmth or coolness, or a disorder (like Multiple Sclerosis) that would require the home to stay at a specific temperature or humidity level? What recreation takes place within the residence? These factors will help determine which air conditioner 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? How much insulation is currently in the residence and how efficient is the ductwork? Does the residence require (or do you desire) gas, electric, solar-power, etc? At R & M Climate Control Service Experts, we will come out and assess your house to go over the choices available depending on your home’s design and unique features.

The additional factor to think about is which business to choose. Though one contractor may have the system 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 home. 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, 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 conditioners. We also offer a 100% Satisfaction Guarantee so you can be assured in the work we deliver.

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

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


Ranch-Style or Smaller House

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

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

Including approved financing: $40 - $250/month


Common Suburban Home

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

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

Using approved financing: $100 - $500 per 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 can change depending on regional climate, personal habits, system 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 is available day and night to discuss all your options and decide on 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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